It is a sad day indeed as the frontman of iconic band Ronettes, Ronnie Spector has passed away. She was 78 years old. The legendary band redefined the power of a girl band, and it was Ronnie who formed the band back in 1957. Their song, Be My Baby was a part of the opening sequence of iconic movies, including Dirty Dancing and Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets in 1973.
In an official statement issued, it was confirmed that the songstress has passed away after her brave battle with cancer. The iconic star left behind a void in the music industry as we all lost a singing star. As the late star would say, she is just a girl from the ghetto who wanted to sing.
The Ronettes Frontwoman Will Be Remembered By All
While the initial few singles did not do that good in the market, it was their song titled Be My Baby that became their first hit. The song went on to become No 2 in the US in 1963 and reached the fourth position in the UK. The band was soon signed by Phil Spector. The band even toured the US back in 1966 as a support act to the Beatles. The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson once recalled how the song Be My Mind blew his mind when he first heard it. Take a look at this heartfelt post penned down by Stevie Van Zandt.
RIP Ronnie Spector. It was an honor to Produce her and encourage her to get back on stage where she remained for the next 45 years. Her record with the E Street Band helped sustain us at a very precarious time (thanks to Steve Popovich). Condolences to her husband and family.
The Ronettes were later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2007. As Keith Richards would say, the band could sing all their way right through a wall of sound. However, the band parted ways in 1967, and Ronnie Spector went on to start his solo career. In Ronnie Spector’s final record, she has covered some masterpieces, including The Kinks’ Tired Of Waiting and Nina Simone’s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.
Several musical icons and celebs have mourned the loss and remember the late songstress. Songwriter Diane Warren remembered Ronnie Spector as someone who was the voice of million teenage dreams. Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine thanked Ronnie for the music and also for being so cool.