Estelle Bennett

American musician Estelle Bennett

Estelle Bennett was a member of the girl group The Ronettes, along with her sister Ronnie Spector (the 'Ronnie' of the band's name) and cousin Nedra Talley. After the Ronettes' 1966 break-up, she recorded a single for Laurie Records, "The Year 2000/The Naked Boy". She then quit the music business and had rarely been seen since. She married the group's road manager Joe Dong, and they had a daughter, Toyin.
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22 July 1941
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17 Epic Beehive Hairstyles We're Still Buzzing About (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 4 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 onl...
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La poderosa imagen 'retro' de Amy - El Paí (España)
Google News - over 6 years
Puede sonar alocado pero tal vez no lo sea: oír los peinados de abultados e inmensos moños de Veronica Bennett (más tarde conocida como Ronnie Spector), Estelle Bennett y Nedra Talley pasaba por apreciar ese sonido voluminoso, repleto de capas
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A Life of Troubles Followed a Singer's Burst of Fame
NYTimes - about 9 years
She was the quiet Ronette, the one people called the prettiest, the one who was content to remain in the shadow of her younger sister, Ronnie, because even in the shadow there's still some spotlight. For a few years in the mid-1960s Estelle Bennett lived a girl-group fairy tale, posing for magazine covers with her fellow Ronettes and dating the
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Estelle Bennett, 67, a Singer for the Ronettes
NYTimes - about 9 years
Estelle Bennett, one of the beehived queens of 1960s girl-group pop as a member of the Ronettes, has died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. She was found on Wednesday in her apartment by a friend, after family members had been unable to reach her for several days, said her daughter, Toyin Hunter. The cause was colon cancer, Ms. Hunter
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Paid Notice: Deaths O'CONNELL, WILLIAM L., D.D.S.
NYTimes - about 12 years
O'CONNELL -- William L., D.D.S. Of Garden City, N.Y. on January 18, 2006. Beloved husband of Joan (nee Carr). Loving father of Suzanne (Paul) Scully, William A., Cathleen (Stephen) Johnson, Carolyn (James) McTiernan, Joan M. and Neil V. Dear brother of Carol Heinze and Estelle Bennett. Adored Papa of Timothy, Michaela, Caroline, Susannah, Emmett,
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A Sad Song for the Ronettes: Court Reverses Royalty Rights
NYTimes - over 15 years
New York State's highest court ruled yesterday that the Ronettes, the 1960's singing trio known for worldwide hits like ''Be My Baby,'' do not have the right to share the money earned by their producer through the use of the group's songs in movies, television and advertising. Citing a 1963 contract signed by the singers, the court also
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FOLLOWING UP; Decades Later, Ronettes May Get Gold for Oldies
NYTimes - over 17 years
Ronnie Spector Greenfield and the other Ronettes have a reason to whu-oh-oh again. In a golden oldie of a lawsuit, a Manhattan judge ruled on Friday that the Ronettes, the first of the great bad-girl groups, whose ''Be My Baby'' became an anthem of the 60's, were entitled to $2.6 million in royalties and interest for recordings made for their
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A 90's Refrain for a 60's Girl Group; Ronettes' Suit Says Phil Spector Owes Them $10 Million
NYTimes - over 19 years
So won't you say you love me, I'll make you so proud of me, We'll make 'em turn their heads Every place we go. As it had to, it all began with a love song, and those were the words: the lyrics of ''Be My Baby,'' co-written by Phil Spector and sung by his future wife, Ronnie, and the other Ronettes. They were the first of the great bad-girl groups,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Estelle Bennett
  • 2009
    Age 67
    Her body was discovered on February 11, 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 65
    In 2007, when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it was decided that she was too fragile to perform with them, and spoke only a brief two sentences during her acceptance speech, "I would just like to say, thank you very much for giving us this award.
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  • 1966
    Age 24
    After the Ronettes' 1966 break-up, she recorded a single for Laurie Records, "The Year 2000/The Naked Boy."
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  • 1941
    Born on July 22, 1941.
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