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Iconic Singer Ronnie Spector Dies Aged 78 After A Brief Battle With Cancer

Famous American singer Ronnie Spector, the lead singer and the frontwoman of the all-girl group “Ronettes” has died on Wednesday, January 12 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78.

The cat-eyed, bee-hived rock ‘n’ roll siren diva singer delivered superhit songs like Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, and Walking in the Rain.

A statement released by her loved ones read: “Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancer. She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan. Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor, and a smile on her face.”

Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the Ronettes passes away at 78

Her family added, “She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature, and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard, or saw her.”

Her fans and followers paid tributes to Spector on various social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

Brian Wilson, a member of the Beach Boys, remembered her on Twitter saying, “I loved her voice so much and she was a very special person and a dear friend. This just breaks my heart. Ronnie’s music and spirit will live forever.”

American singer, songwriter, and musician Stevie Van Zandt remembered the late singer and offered condolences by taking to his Twitter handle.

He wrote, “RIP Ronnie Spector. It was an honor to Produce her and encourage her to get back on stage where she remained for the next 45 years. Her record with the E Street Band helped sustain us at a very precarious time (thanks to Steve Popovich). Condolences to her husband and family.”

Ronnie was born in the year 1943 in Manhattan as Veronica Yvette Bennett. She gained prominence when she was performing along with her older sister and cousin when she was just 18 years old.

In 1957, she formed the Ronettes, an all-girl group with her elder sister, Estelle Bennett, and cousin Nedra Talley.

The three girls used to play at a local club and later recorded their singles that did not do well on the charts. Music producer Phil Spector later signed the group after a successful audition.

Their first co-written song “Be My Baby” was a huge hit and it was at 2nd position in the US in the year 1963 and at 4th position in the UK.

In 1968, she wed Phil Spector, who was famous for the “wall of sound” recording technique. The couple was married for six years and later filed for divorce. Ronnie married her manager Jonathan Greenfield in the year 1982.

Spector published a memoir Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, Or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette in the year 1990. As a Ronettes member, she was also made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 2007.

Spector is survived by her husband Jonathan Greenfield and two sons, Austin Drew and Jason Charles.

Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda
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