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January 12, 2022 10:07 PM   Subscribe

Ronnie Spector has died at age 78. Best known as the frontwoman of The Ronettes (and the only one who actually sang on their signature hit, 1963’s Be My Baby), she survived a bright spotlight and a tight wardrobe at a young age, and later, an abusive marriage to a certain murderous record producer.

In 1986, she connected with a new generation of sweaty-palmed listeners as a guest vocalist on Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money (previously).

Artists from Brian Wilson to Amy Winehouse credited her as an inspiration.

She is predeceased by her sister, Estelle Bennett, leaving their cousin, Nedra Talley-Ross, as the last surviving original Ronette.
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She went through hell with Phil. I can’t even imagine. Her voice and Be My Baby specifically takes me to a better place. It’s always been one of my all time favorite experiences. Her voice, I mean.

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posted by OnTheLastCastle at 10:25 PM on January 12 [6 favorites]


She is one of my favorites. I have been thinking of her because of an episode of Andrew Hickey’s excellent podcast The History of Rock Music in 500 Songs explained that at the peak of her fame her abuser prevented her from recording new material, as he feared losing control of her, depriving all of us of something wonderful.
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posted by Joey Michaels at 11:18 PM on January 12


Man, 2022 is coming out of the gate hard. She was one of my all-time faves and I still have my vinyl copies of her music. I loved the sound of her voice, that almost raspy, low from the chest sound. An icon.
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All my beloved heros are melting away like snow in the sun. Kids, never grow old. It's a trap.
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. Such a talent.
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I still remember, as a young teen in the 90s, hearing Be My Baby for the first time. That powerful yet fragile voice just latched onto my brain and, in some way, it’s still the perfect pop voice in my mind.
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posted by dsword at 7:06 AM on January 13


Despite being the simplest, most hackneyed language, that chorus on "Be My Baby" is indelible due to her performance.

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posted by praemunire at 7:08 AM on January 13 [2 favorites]


"Be My Baby" is an objectively perfect pop song. There are maybe three or four songs in American pop music that can stand next to it. Maybe.
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posted by Cash4Lead at 7:44 AM on January 13


One of the greatest of all singers.
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Gotta love that Cyndi Lauper actually posted homage comment on that YouTube.
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posted by kuppajava at 8:28 AM on January 13


And Be My Baby is also on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, cementing her place in many peoples' brains forever.
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The rest is silence.
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posted by brujita at 3:10 PM on January 13


RIP.

Love her.
posted by chaz at 3:30 PM on January 13


I love “Be My Baby”. Reading this thread yesterday I remembered that Patti Smith covered it when I saw her in Portland. But Ronnie has a lot of other songs!!

Is this the definitive Frosty the Snowman?

Walking in the Rain (Mann/Weil)

Paradise (Harry Nillson)

Is This What I Get for Loving You (Goffin/King)

Baby, I Love You
(Greenwhich/Barry)

The Best Part of Breaking Up

Do I Love You

I Wonder (Greenwhich/Barry)

You Baby (Mann/Weil)

I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine (Greenwhich/Barry)

I Can Hear Music (Greenwhich/Barry)
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