Ronnie Spector has died at the age of 78, his family said.
The Ronettes legend was an extraordinary singer known worldwide for hits including “Be My Baby”.
Spector was the lead singer of a girl group that formed in the early 1960s and also scored hits such as “Baby I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain.”
She also married Svengali producer Phil Spector in 1968, endured years of abuse and death threats, and finally escaped their mansion barefoot in 1972 with the help of her mother.
When Spector – who was later convicted of murder – died in January 2021 aged 81, Ronnie said “he was a brilliant producer, but a terrible husband”.
Ronnie’s family released a statement announcing her death yesterday, saying she had a short battle with cancer but releasing no other details.
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She was known for her powerful voice
He was known for his sexy looks and powerful voices as well as his many big hits.
“We weren’t afraid to get hot. It was our game,” Spector said in his memoirs.
“When we saw Shirelles walk on stage in her huge party dress, we went in the opposite direction and squeezed our bodies into the tightest skirts we could find.
“Then we’ll go out on stage and take them up to show more of our legs.”
The group toured with some huge names
The Ronettes befriended The Beatles and toured with The Rolling Stones at the height of their fame as one of the main acts of the girl-group era.
Spector’s sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley made up the other members of the group.
“She was full of love and gratitude”
Her family said in a statement announcing her death that she had a short battle with cancer but released no other details.
“Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a no-nonsense attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face,” her family said.
“She was full of love and gratitude.”
Ronnie Spector has died at the age of 78
Singer Ronnie Spector, known for hits like “Be My Baby,” died Wednesday at age 78 after a short battle with cancer.
The Rock’n’Roll Siren She was the leader of the girl group The Ronettes, who also scored hits such as “Baby I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain”.