Ronnie Spector, soul legend, has died

When they married in April 1968, they were convinced that they would be together until death parted them. To the point that she adopted her husband’s surname: Spector. Ronnie (born as Veronica Greenfield) and Philip were happy, but along the way the relationship deteriorated. It rotted in such a way that in 1972 she ran away from home without belongings and with the help of his mother. Two years later, during their divorce, Ronnie disengaged from any legal agreement, after her impending ex-husband threatened to send a hitman if he continued with the intention of obtaining some financial compensation. Although he withdrew from the claim, he kept his last name to carry out his musical career and pay the bills. Although he continued to make her life miserable.

Like Sid and Nancy or Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson, the relationship between Phil Spector y Ronnie Spector he was torn between love and hate. However, unlike what Tina Turner or Yoko Ono achieved, and as much as she rebuilt her life, the New York singer could not take off his artistic career from his karmic bond. And it is that life is a paradox. A year after the death of his former partner, and to a great extent the maker of his place in the history of music, Ronnie Spector passed away on Wednesday after battling cancer. He was 78 years old. “Ronnie lived his life with a twinkle in his eye, a brave demeanor, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on his face,” his family said in a statement. “It was full of love and gratitude.”

The statement also stated that “her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her.” For those who did not know her, Ronnie was the leading voice of The Ronettes: emblematic band not only in contemporary popular music of the 20th century but also of the spaces that women have won within pop culture. Your song “Be My Baby” It is so powerful that, despite the fact that its music is in the key of soul, it is considered a hymn of pop music. It has so much power that few dared to version it. While his lyrics were and still are a wonderful ode to unbridled passion and daring: “For every kiss you give me, I will give you three,” reads one of his passages.

“Be My Baby” was released in the summer of 1963, and instantly turned the Ronettes into Super stars. And the thing is that that song still provokes emotions. “When I heard it the first time, I was driving and I had to stop on the side of the road: I was amazed,” he said in 2013 Brian Wilson, who acknowledged having stayed devastated upon hearing the news of Ronnie’s death. “I felt like I wanted to try and do something as good as that song, and I never did. I stopped trying. It is the best song ever produced. Nobody will overcome it. ” Not even the threesome himself, completed by his sister Estelle Bennet and his cousin Nedra Talley, he was able to overcome it.

Beyond the weight that success brought them, “Baby, I Love You”, “Walking in the Rain” and “Do I Love You” seduced the American public until The Beatles y The Rolling Stones they crossed the Atlantic. They had already been in England shortly before, a landing that captivated both groups. To such an instance that those of Liverpool They asked to be the opening act for their 1966 North American tour. Ronnie couldn’t go though: Phil Spector stopped him because of his jealousy. It was the beginning of a dark period in her life in which her husband tried to exert as much control over her life as possible. “He never let me read the newspaper or watch television. All i knew was that Phil started laying barbed wire, then guard dogs, and then guns. “

Phil Spector began an affair with Ronnie shortly after he signed with the group in 1963, and it produced all of the group’s hits. “Unfortunately, Phil couldn’t live and function outside of the recording studio,” he said last year. “There was darkness, many lives were damaged. I still smile every time I listen to the music we made together, and I always will. Music will be forever”. Before they divorced, Phil was in charge of Apple Records, record label of The Beatles in which Ronnie recorded in 1971 the single “Try Some, Buy Some / Tandoori Chicken”. The subject had little repercussion at that time, although later it was covered by George Harrison and David Bowie.

Once the Ronettes were reformed, the artist once again savored recognition with her collaboration on “You Mean So Much To Me,” opposite Southside Johnny. The theme was composed by Bruce Springsteen and produced by Steven Van Zandt, of the E Street Band. A decade later, Spector enjoyed the revival thanks to his participation in Eddie Money’s hit “Take Me Home Tonight.” In that intermittent career, in 1999 he released the EP She Talks to Rainbows, produced by Joey Ramone. His link with rock continued in 2005 after collaborating with The Raveonettes on “Ode to LA”, supported by the album. Last of the Rock Stars (2006) in which, apart from the Danes, they participate The Raconteurs, Patti Smith y Keith Richards.

Although he remarried in 1982, this time to his manager at the time, Jonathan GreenfieldRonnie was never able to part with his past with the Ronettes. Nor did he want, no matter how much he objected induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Amen to redeem Amy Winehouse after his death, with his cover of “Back to Black” and his appearance in the documentary Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (2018), the singer had time to delve into her solo career. In 2016, through 429 Records, he released English Heart, his first album of new material in a decade. Today became the last of one of the most captivating and heartbreaking singers, as well as influential, that pop music had.

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