Ronnie Spector Death – Cause of Death: Legendary ‘Be My Baby’ singer, Ronnie Spector dies aged 78.
Ronnie Spector who formed the girl group the Ronettes in 1957 with her elder sister, Estelle Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley has died aged 78 following a ‘brief battle with cancer.’
“Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humour and a smile on her face.”
Ronnie’s elder sister, Bennett fronted the group while record producer Phil Spector produced the majority of their recording output. The two were married in 1968 and separated in 1972.
Very sad to hear that the sensational and unique Ronnie Spector has left this world. She sang on some of the most magical pop tracks ever made. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/n7CW8atZBU
— Duglas T Stewart (@DuglasTStewart) January 12, 2022
Bennett sang lead on the Ronettes’ string of hits in the early-to-mid 1960s, including “Be My Baby” (1963), “Baby, I Love You” (1963), “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up” (1964) and “Walking in the Rain” (1964).
In 1964 she launched a solo career with the single “So Young”. After 1980 she released five studio albums:
Siren (1980), Unfinished Business (1987), Something’s Gonna Happen (2003), Last of the Rock Stars (2006) and
English Heart (2016). Bennett also recorded one extended play, She Talks to Rainbows (1999). In 1986 her career revived when she was featured on Eddie Money’s song “Take Me Home Tonight”.
She was the epitome of cool. One of the first black girls of rock n roll. We can only aspire to be like her. Rest In Power, Ronnie Spector. You were everything. pic.twitter.com/rgxy75nWre
— bianca xunise (@biancaxunise) January 12, 2022
Bennett was sometimes referred to as the original “bad girl of rock and roll”. In 1990, she published a memoir, Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, Or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette. In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Ronettes.