The Ronettes Biography

The Ronettes lead singer married Phil Spector


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The Ronettes

The Ronettes were a 60s American girl group from Harlem, New York City.

First signed by Coolpix Records in 1961 as The Darling Sisters, they moved to Phil Spector’s Phillies Records in 1963 and became The Ronettes.

What followed was a monster hit in ‘Be My Baby’, which was released the same year they signed for Phil Spector’s label.

The song was so successful that they managed to tour the world without having any other big hits. A notable highlight as an opening act for The Beatles on their world tours American leg in 1966.

Unfortunately, having The Ronettes hang with the Fab four enraged Phil so much, he took Ronnie off the tour and replaced her with cousin Elaine.

Their career ended in 1967 and lead singer, Ronnie Bennet ended up marrying Phil Spector, who kept her locked up in his 23 room mansion. They divorced in 1972.

During the late 70s, the group reunited and completed several successful tours only to disband for Ronnie Spector to pursue a solo career.

In 1988, The Ronettes filed a lawsuit against Phil Spector for unpaid royalties and eventually won, 12 years later, ordering Phil to pay them $2.6 million.

After an appeal, they eventually walked away with $1.5 million in 2002.

‘Be My Baby’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.

It was reported that Phil Spector, in his capacity as a member of the Board of Governors, resisted the Ronettes being nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although they had been eligible for a considerable time.

All on the back on of one song in ‘Be My Baby’.

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Be My Baby – Guitar Lesson

‘Be My Baby’ is an early ‘wall of sound production’ by Phil Spector and The Ronettes.

When playing this with a band, we need to create a big sounding guitar part to compensate for the lack of an orchestra.

In the course, we practice each section over live band loops as we explore the guitar neck and create our own, unique guitar part. Finally, you get to play the entire song with a live band!

Preview video lessons: Be My Baby

Be My Baby – Lyrics

The night we met I knew I, needed you so
And if I had the chance I’d, never let you go
So won’t you say you love me
I’ll make you so proud of me
We’ll make ’em turn their heads, every place we go

For complete lyrics, go to Be My Baby lyrics.

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