Pop Music Legend
Multiple Grammy-winning rock legend Ronnie Spector helped define an entire era of pop music. Her style and sound influenced artists from Joey Ramone and Bruce Springsteen to Amy Winehouse, and her beauty knocked Keith Richards for a loop.
As the lead singer of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Ronettes, she pioneered a female daringness and performance style that did not previously exist – with their sexually-charged persona, The Ronettes were the first women in rock to do for boys in the audience what Elvis did for girls. The Ronettes, scoring hit after hit, caused a hysteria to match that surrounding Elvis Presley or The Beatles. Ronnie has retained the voice, class and passion of the early recordings, securing her legendary status as one of the great voices of rock music.
Ronnie formed The Ronettes in 1961, and they quickly found regular work in New York. By 1963 they were an international sensation with hits like their Grammy Award-winning “Walking in the Rain,”, “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,”and the Number One smash “Be My Baby.” As the number one pop group in England, The Ronettes had opening acts like The Rolling Stonesand The Yardbirds when touring there. The Beatles specifically asked for The Ronettes to open for their final American tour in 1966.
Her post-Ronettes career was no less auspicious. Ronnie released her debut solo recording in 1971, with a backing band featuring George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. Billy Joel wrote “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” for Ronnie, and she recorded it in 1976 with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band backing her up. “Take Me Home Tonight,” her 1986 duet with Eddie Money, spent 23 weeks on the charts and was nominated for a Grammy.
Spector’s rock and roll recordings of Christmas songs have become definitive: her versions of “Sleigh Ride” and “Frosty the Snowman” were in ASCAP’s top 20 most played Christmas songs of the past 5 years. She has appeared on countless Christmas specials reprising these and other songs.
Ronnie Spector’s latest CD, The Last of the Rock Stars, was released November 10th 2009. It could be called the best and most fully realized album of her career. For the first time ever, Ronnie is in full control of her material, arrangements, and production-which explains the remarkable warmth and vitality of her performances throughout the album. As a further testament to her far-reaching influence, members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather guest on the album, in addition to guests like Keith Richards and Patti Smith.