Thursday, 13 January 2022

RONNIE SPECTOR FRONTWOMAN OF THE RONETTES DIES AGED 78




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes has died at the age of 78 after a brief cancer battle
The New York-born singer is famed for 1960s hits Be My Baby and Walking in the Rain

She was married for six years to Phil Spector, the music producer who died in January 2021 while in prison for the 2003 murder of Lana Clarkson
Ronnie Spector sang such 1960s hits as Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, and Walking in the Rain as the leader of the girl group The Ronettes, has died at 78.

She passed away on Wednesday following a brief battle with cancer, according to her family.

Ronnie Spector married music producer Phil Spector in 1968, a year after The Ronettes disbanded. She would later reveal details of his abusive relationship, saying he kept her locked in their Beverly Hills mansion.

Her 1990 autobiography 'Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts And Madness' tells an unhappy story of abuse. Phil Spector, the eccentric and volatile music producer was known for pulling guns on the artists he worked with - among them Blondie and The Beatles - and also threatened his wife with guns.

The Ronettes was one of the premier acts of the girl-group era, touring England with the Rolling Stones and befriending the Beatles. 

In the 70s, George Harrison had so many songs stockpiled, he just started giving them away to fellow rock stars who he knew would serve them well. That included Ronnie Spector, whose career was on a downturn at the time.He made a triple album called All Things Must Pass.

 When work on All Things Must Pass ended, George and Phil Spector, the album’s producer, decided to focus on reviving the career of Spector’s wife, Ronnie.

For Ronnie’s comeback album, which was to be produced by The Beatles record label, Apple, George gave her “Try Some Buy Some.” Ronnie recorded it in London.

George said he wrote the tune on the organ. Since he didn’t understand the instrument that well, he got into “complications.”

“With keyboards you can do changes which you can’t really do well or at all on the guitar; you can move the bass line down and keep changing your right hand forward, changing the different notes, and this tune was based on these weird chords that I got,” George wrote.

“I couldn’t play both parts (left and right hand) at the same time and I had a friend write it down for me-as I don’t write notation.”

Like most songs on All Things Must Pass, “Try Some Buy Some” is about God. However, Ronnie was lost on George’s spirituality. The Ronettes sang about love and relationships with partners, not God.

Although it might have been weird for Ronnie to sing “Try Some Buy Some,” she sang it beautifully.

Rolling Stone wrote, “The tune is more pensive and plodding (and therefore more George Harrison–y) than the Ronettes’ music, but Ronnie’s voice fits in perfectly as she sings about opening her eyes and falling in love (with God this time, since Harrison wrote it).”

Later, George recorded the song himself and placed it on Living in the Material World. After that, David Bowie recorded the tune for his 2003 Reality album. 

Later, George recorded the song himself and placed it on Living in the Material World. After that, David Bowie recorded the tune for his 2003 Reality album. He said: Whatever the song means to the people who’ve recorded it, “Try Some Buy Some” gave Ronnie the chance to reinvigorate her career, it allowed Ronnie to work with George. 

 

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