Ronnie Spector, Lead Singer of The Ronettes, Dies Aged 78

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Ronnie Spector, the lead singer for ‘60s girl group the Ronnettes, has passed away at the age of 78. The family confirmed in a statement on her website: 

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. She was filled with love and gratitude.

Ronnie was the vital voice on such hits as “Baby I Love You” and “Be My Baby,” which Brian Wilson has said is his favorite song – writing the Beach Boys’ “Don’t Worry Baby” as a tribute to the Ronettes’ wall of sound masterpiece and biggest hit.  He’s been quoted as saying, “This is the song that inspired me to produced records.” 

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Brian took to social media today, saying:

​​I just heard the news about Ronnie Spector and I don’t know what to say. I loved her voice so much and she was a very special person and a dear friend.

“I don’t think I ever listened to a song more than “Be My Baby” and this just breaks my heart. Ronnie’s music and spirit will live forever. Love & Mercy, Brian.

He shared this video to accompany the post:

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In lieu of flowers, Spector’s family requested donations be made “to your local women’s shelter or to the American Indian College Fund.”

A celebration of Spector’s life and music is to be announced.

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