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Name: Ronnie Spector  
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Date of Birth: 10th August 1943
Place of Birth: Spanish Harlem, New York, USA
Profession: Actress
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Ronnie Spector (born August 10, 1943, as Veronica Bennett in New York City) was lead singer of the girl group The Ronettes and is known as the "original bad girl of rock and roll". From a very young age she took to singing and her large, close family encouraged her to do so, along with the other members of the Ronettes.

The other Ronettes were her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley. From 1968 to 1973, she was married to record producer Phil Spector, who produced the Ronettes and brought them success.

In early 1971, during Phil Spector's tenure as head of A&R at Apple Records, Ronnie recorded the single Try Some Buy Some/Tandoori Chicken, release as Apple 33 in the UK, Apple 1832 in the US. The A side of the single was written by George Harrison, and produced by Harrison and Spector. Although the single was not a big hit, it had one lasting influence: when John Lennon recorded Happy Xmas (War Is Over) later the same year, he asked Spector to reproduce the same mandolin-laden Wall of Sound that he had created for Try Some Buy Some. (Lennon liked the rockabilly B-side too, and is reported to have sung it at his birthday party in New York in October 1971.)

In 1986 Spector and Eddie Money had a big hit with the duet "Take Me Home Tonight."

Her autobiography, Be My Baby, How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, was published in 1989 and became a bestseller, even being republished very recently.

In 1999 she released the critically acclaimed album She Talks to Rainbows which featured a few cover versions of older songs. Joey Ramone acted as producer, and appeared on stage with her to promote the record.

She now lives in Connecticut with her second husband and their two sons, Austin Drew and Jason Charles. She also hosts an annual Christmas party.

Ronettes and Solo Discography

  • The Ronettes Featuring Veronica, 1965
  • The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, 1965
  • Siren, 1980
  • The Ronettes Greatest Hits - Volume 1, 1981
  • The Ronettes Greatest Hits - Volume 2, 1981
  • Unfinished Business, 1987
  • The Best of The Ronettes, 1992
  • She Talks To Rainbows, 1999

External Link

  • Official website

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