Ronnie Spector
American singer
Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector is an American rock and roll and popular music vocalist, and was the lead singer of the 1960s hit-making girl group, The Ronettes, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. She is known as the "original bad girl of rock and roll."
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Ronnie Spector on the Chantels' 'Maybe'
Wall Street Journal - 7 months
Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the Ronettes, on the Chantels, a girl group that inspired her, and the song “Maybe.”
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Songs We Love: Ronnie Spector, 'I'd Much Rather Be With The Girls'
NPR - 11 months
It was originally written for The Rolling Stones and has made its way through several covers, but Spector's big, sexy, sweet-and-tough voice brings this song home.
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Ronnie Spector Christmas at City Winery, Escort to Rock the Brooklyn Bowl
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever, an annual affair since 1988; Escort at the Brooklyn Bowl; and more in this week’s Pop Scene.
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Val Kinzler & Joe Vasta: Keeping the Rock 'n' Roll Faith in New York City
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"There is a spiritual theme to this record. We were all working really hard, getting ourselves out there, playing the clubs, developing our chemistry. But one day I was sitting at my dining room table just teary eyed - I was about to give up, I was losing my faith. The day before I had found two bibles in the trash - and I brought them upstairs thinking somebody's gonna need a bible, right? It's not like I'm a holy roller, but I am spiritual. Then I thought, 'damn it I'm gonna throw these bibles back in the garbage!' Suddenly the phone rang and it was Tate Records asking if I'd got the contract they'd sent. Contract! What contract? For some reason their email with the contract had gone to my spam folder ---and I took that as a sign, that you gotta have faith!" Val Kinzler "There is the faith in yourself as an artist, the faith in the power of rock 'n' roll, the faith borne of experience, and the faith in the music. Life is a learning experience. In music, you either have it in y ...
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Eleven Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - over 1 year
We serve the singer, the song, the soloist, and ultimately the listener. Though we do not possess the harmonic nor sonic range of a guitar, keyboards, voice, horns, wind instruments, nor the dynamics of drums and percussion-the bass player determines how a musical chord actually sounds - which, in essence -often determines whether or not you'll like the track. Do the math! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced and I congratulate all the artists: The Cars, Chic, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, The J.B.'s, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., The Smiths, The Spinners, and Yes. Since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation began in 1983 there has been much controversy over who belongs and who does not. It's no different than sports Halls of Fame. Controversy, dispute, and rock 'n' roll are siblings, and I accept that. However I must stand up for my woefully neglected bass brethren, some of whom no longer lay down ...
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Ronnie Spector brings Xmas show to Dakota
NPR - about 3 years
Fifty years ago today the Ronettes's classic album "A Christmas Gift for You" was released.
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17 Epic Beehive Hairstyles We're Still Buzzing About (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Beehive hair has become synonymous with big-name musical acts from across the pond such as Dusty Springfield, Amy Winehouse and Adele. But did you know that the towering hairdo was created by retired Chicago hairstylist Margaret Vinci Heldt? While trying to come up with a hair trend that would define the '60s for Modern Beauty Shop magazine, Heldt was inspired by a hat she owned to fashion this sky-high hairstyle. The vintage hair mag coined it the "beehive," and a bandwagon effect ensued -- suddenly, everyone from stay-at-home moms to pop stars and Hollywood actresses were requesting the 'do. The beehive's height has had its ups and downs over the years, as women incorporate side-swept bangs and ponytails. However, it is still one of the most popular '60s hairstyles that stars sport on the red carpet today. Tell us: Whose beehive hair is the best? The Ronettes (Nedra Talley, Estelle Bennett and Veronica Bennett aka Ronnie Spector), circa 1960 The Ronettes, who were the only ...
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Richard (RJ) Eskow: Less Than Zero: Rep. Mary Bono Mack Hurts Middle Class, Uses 'Toilet' Slur Against Her Own District
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Wealthy Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack is locked in a tight and bitter Congressional race against a progressive Democrat with an inspiring story. While her campaign focuses on red-baiting her opponent (yes, they still do that in 2012) a new nonpartisan analysis shows that Mack scores "zero" on voting for the interests of the middle class. Actually, make that less than zero. Mack has actively worked to undermine middle-class interests, including those of her own constituents, many of whom are struggling underwater homeowners. She's also displayed withering contempt for some residents of her own district, whose neighborhoods she laughingly agreed was a "third world toilet." There's something particularly distasteful about seeing someone who earned her Congressional seat the "old-fashioned way" -- that is, through nepotism, cronyism and big-money politics -- describe the homes of her own constituents that way. What's truly "third world" about Mary Bono Mack's di ...
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R&B Treats, South Streets, English Beats
Wall Street Journal - over 4 years
This week's Pop Scene calendar leads off with the English Beat at the Bell House, plus Ronnie Spector at City Winery, 10cc at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Best Coast at Terminal 5, and more.
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Famous Authors' Rock Band Calls It Quits After 20 Years
Huffington Post - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES -- It took 20 years but the group Bruce Springsteen once praised as being almost as good as a lousy garage band is finally calling it quits. The Rock Bottom Remainders, a contingent that has made it clear with every performance that literary giants like Amy Tan, Stephen King and Scott Turow really did make the right decision when they set aside their musical ambitions to write books, is calling it a career after two Southern California shows later this month. "We've gotten as good as we're ever going to get," says lead guitarist and best-selling humorist Dave Barry, explaining the band's decision. "You can't get any better," Barry continued. "Well, you actually can get a lot better. But we can't get any better. We're up to almost four chords now, and the Beatles quit at that point, I'm pretty sure." Truth be told, the Rock Bottom Remainders were always a lot better than they gave themselves credit for. Especially for a band whose members' busy wr ...
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Film About Legendary Session Musicians Coming to Bridge Street
Canton Patch - over 4 years
The Wrecking Crew film has been in the can since 2008, when it premiered at the South by Southwest film festival. It's the story of the legendary Los Angeles session musicians who played, uncredited, on hundreds of hits by artists including The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel and the Mamas and the Papas. Produced by Denny Tedesco (son of Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, who died of cancer in 1997), the film is being held up over music clearances — the 132 song fragments that appear in the film. Until he raises the money to secure these rights, Tedesco is in fundraising mode, bringing the film to festivals and screenings while he negotiates the labyrinth of labels and publishers who control the songs. These showings are typically in big cities where the big dollars are found, but on Sunday, the film comes to Bridge Street Live in Collinsville for a 2 p.m. screening. The connection is Jonathan Greenfield, who is Ronnie Spector's husband. Greenfield is good friend ...
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Middletown’s Jazzin’ with the Stars Concert Benefits Children
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
Concert with Ronnie Spector, Jimmie Rodgers, Marshall Lytle, and Michelle Berting with The Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band will Benefit The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp and Channel 3 Kid’s CampMiddletown, CT (PRWEB) April 13, 2012 On Saturday, April 21, the first-ever “Jazzin’ with the Stars” concert will unite one of the best known bands in New England, The Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band, with a host of special guest stars. The concert will be held at The First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street in Middletown from 2pm to 5pm. ...
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Ronnie Spector Joins Heatbeat Benefit
Blogs.Courant.com - almost 5 years
Middletown Concert Benefits Kids' Camps   Follow CT Lifestyle & Entertainment News On The Courant's Features Buzz Facebook Page With a little bit of help from famous rock 'n' rollfriends like Ronnie Spector , Bill Logozzo's Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band presents its first "Jazzin' with the Stars" concert, a benefit held April 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The First Church of Christ, 190 Court St., Middletown.
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CALENDAR; Connecticut
NYTimes - over 5 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in Connecticut. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to ctcal@nytimes.com. Commemorating 9/11 BRIDGEPORT The Bijou Theater ''Patriot Guard Riders,'' documentary by Ellen Frick about a group of motorcyclists who care for the families of fallen soldiers. Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.
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The Top Ten Musical Performances of Fashion's Night Out - Racked NY
Google News - over 5 years
The cast of Glee won't be performing—at least not outside of YouTube—but the night still features some serious divas, from '60s superstar Ronnie Spector to Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto. The British import has a history of partnering with musicians,
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CALENDAR; Connecticut
NYTimes - over 5 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in Connecticut. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to ctcal@nytimes.com. Comedy COLLINSVILLE Bridge Street Live Joey Kola. Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. $20 and $30. Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge Street. (860) 693-9762; 41bridgestreet.com. MASHANTUCKET Comix at Foxwoods Jimmy
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Events in Connecticut - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
“Ronnie Spector: Beyond the Beehive,” stories and songs. Sept. 9 at 8 pm $50 and $55. B. Willie Smith, blues. Sept. 10 at 8 pm $25. Cappella Cantorum Men's Chorus. Sept. 11 at 3 pm $16. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, RIDGEFIELD Ballard
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New York Fringe Festival: Francophile follies - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
As a guest performer for the past two years after her fellowship, Nisenson is in good company — Ronnie Spector, Leslie Uggams and Rita Gardner have also appeared there. At the conference, she learned much about cabaret, the mysterious genre that calls
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ronnie Spector
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 72
    In 2016, she released English Heart, her first album of new material in a decade through 429 Records.
    More Details Hide Details The album features her versions of songs of the British Invasion by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Bee Gees, and others produced by Scott Jacoby. English Heart peaked at #6 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.
  • 2015
    Age 71
    She has also performed this song as part of her live act: for example, during her UK tour in 2015.
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  • 2011
    Age 67
    In 2011, after the death of Amy Winehouse, Ronnie Spector released her version of Winehouse's single "Back to Black" (2006) as a tribute and for the benefit of the Daytop Village addiction treatment centers.
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  • 2010
    Age 66
    A Christmas EP, Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever, was released on Bad Girl Sounds in November 2010, featuring five new Christmas songs.
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  • 2004
    Age 60
    Spector and her group were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Spector provided guest vocals on the track "Ode to LA", on The Raveonettes' album Pretty in Black (2005). Spector's album Last of the Rock Stars (2009) was released by Bad Girl Sounds and featured contributions from members of The Raconteurs, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Raveonettes, Patti Smith, and Keith Richards. Spector herself has co-produced two of the songs.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 59
    In 2003, she provided backing vocals for The Misfits' album, Project 1950 on the songs "This Magic Moment" and "You Belong to Me."
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  • 1999
    Age 55
    In 1999, she released the album, She Talks to Rainbows, which featured a few covers of older songs.
    More Details Hide Details Joey Ramone acted as producer and appeared on stage with her to promote the record.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 44
    In 1988, Spector began performing at the Ronnie Spector's Christmas Party, a seasonal staple at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City.
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  • 1986
    Age 42
    In 1986, Spector enjoyed a resurgence to popular radio airplay as the featured vocalist on Eddie Money's Top 5 hit "Take Me Home Tonight", in which she answers Money's chorus lyric "just like Ronnie sang" with "be my little baby".
    More Details Hide Details The song's music video was one of the top videos of the year and in heavy rotation on MTV. During this period, she also recorded the song "Tonight You're Mine, Baby" (from the film Just One of the Guys).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 39
    In 1983, Spector and the other Ronettes sued Phil Spector for non-payment of royalties, eventually winning a $3 million judgement in 2003 and establishing the terms of the group's 1963 contract as binding.
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  • 1976
    Age 32
    In 1976, she sang a duet with Southside Johnny on the recording "You Mean So Much To Me", penned by Southside's longtime friend Bruce Springsteen and produced by Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band.
    More Details Hide Details This was the final track on the Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes' debut album I Don't Want to Go Home. She also made appearances with the band the following year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 27
    Lennon liked the rockabilly B-side too; he sang it at his birthday party in New York in October 1971 (a recording of which has appeared on bootlegs).
    More Details Hide Details Spector recorded other Harrison songs during those London sessions − including "You" and "When Every Song Is Sung" − but her versions were never released, even though a full album had been planned originally. In the early to mid-1970s, Spector briefly reformed the Ronettes (as Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes) with two new members (Chip Fields Hurd, the mother of actress Kim Fields, and Diane Linton). In her book, she recounted several abortive attempts to recapture mainstream success throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, during which time she was widely perceived as an oldies act. Billy Joel's hit "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" (1976) was inspired by Ronnie. Ronnie herself covered it in 1977 backed by Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Ronnie recorded her first solo album in 1980 produced by Genya Ravan, which was a prelude to her work with Joey Ramone in the late 1990s.
    In February 1971, during Phil Spector's tenure as head of A&R at Apple Records, Spector recorded the single "Try Some, Buy Some/Tandoori Chicken" at Abbey Road Studios, released as Apple 33 in the UK and Apple 1832 in the US.
    More Details Hide Details The A-side was written by George Harrison, and produced by both him and Spector. Although the single was not a big hit, its backing track was used two years later for Harrison's own version of the song, on his chart-topping Living in the Material World album. "Try Some, Buy Some" had another lasting influence when John Lennon recorded "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" later the same year and asked Spector (co-producing again) to reproduce the mandolin-laden Wall of Sound he had created for Spector's single.
  • 1968
    Age 24
    Ronnie Spector was married to Phil Spector from 1968 to 1974 and took his name professionally.
    More Details Hide Details They adopted three children: Donté, Louis and Gary Phillip. Ronnie Spector lives in the area of Danbury, Connecticut with her second husband, Jonathan Greenfield (whom she married in 1982), and their two sons, Austin Drew and Jason Charles.
  • 1965
    Age 21
    The group had two top 100 hits in 1965: "Born to Be Together" and "Is This What I Get for Loving You?" The group broke up in early 1967, following a European concert tour that included their appearance at the Moonlight Lounge, in Gelnhausen, Germany, where they entertained American military personnel.
    More Details Hide Details The group's last single, "I Can Hear Music", on the Philles Records label (# 133), was released in the fall of 1966. That song was not produced by Phil Spector, who used to hire the "Wrecking Crew", Los Angeles area musicians, to provide Wall of Sound orchestral pop symphony backups for the group, at the Gold Star Recording Studio in Hollywood. Instead, "I Can Hear Music" was produced by songwriter/producer Jeff Barry, who used only a small band when he recorded the trio in a New York City recording studio. Phil stopped producing new Ronettes' records and kept many of the group's numerous unreleased songs in the vault for years. The Ronettes were never to reunite until their 2007 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1966 was also the year when Phil Spector went into a brief seclusion. Thereafter, a one-off single, "You Came, You Saw, You Conquered," sung by Ronnie but credited to "The Ronettes Featuring the Voice of Veronica," appeared in 1969 on Herb Alpert's A&M Records label, with "Oh I Love You", an old Ronettes B-side, as the flip. Only Ronnie's voice was used for the lead and background vocals on "You Came, You Saw, You Conquered". Ronnie's recording and performing career had begun its long hiatus.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Born on August 10, 1943.
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