Ronnie Spector, the leader of the girl group the Ronettes died today after a brief battle with cancer.
Spector was voice behind immortal classics like Be My Baby and Walking in the Rain. Her family said in a statement.
“Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face.
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.
In lieu of flowers, Ronnie requested that donations be made to your local women’s shelter or to the American Indian College Fund.
A celebration of Ronnie’s life and music will be announced in the future.”
Spector sang with the Ronettes from their formation in 1959 through their dissolution in 1967, though there were several reunions over the past few decades.
Working with Phil Spector, they recorded many of the greatest songs of the girl group era. They married in 1968 and separated in 1972, she chronicled the painful chapter of her life in the 1990 memoir, Be My Baby.
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Last year, Be My Baby ranked at Number 22 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Watch below and you’ll see and hear why…
Say Goodbye to Hollwood. Ronnie Spector was 78.
(via Rolling Stone)