Behind the Song Lyrics: “Be My Baby,” Performed by Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes

In 1961, The Ronettes, the New York City girl group made up of Veronica (Ronnie) Bennett, her sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley, were signed to Colpix Records and released a handful of singles, but nothing happened. By 1963, the trio had captured the attention of producer Phil Spector, and had moved to Philles Records, where they expanded their sound with the popular “Wall of Sound” production technique.

Initially, Spector asked the group to record the song “Why Don’t They Let Us Fall in Love,” penned by duo Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who were married at the time and had already written a number of hit songs in 1963 and 1964 for other girl groups, including That’s “The Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cubs, “Da Du Ron Ron” from The Crystals, and The Shangri-Las “Leader of the Pack.”

As was his custom, Spector is also credited with being a songwriter on the track, but eventually chose another song written by Barry and Greenwich, “Be My Baby,” as the first single for The Ronettes.

Backed by an ensemble of musicians, including guitarists Tommy Tedesco and Bill Bateman, pianist Don Randy, bassist Ray Pullman, drummers Hal Blaine and Frank Cap, keyboardist Al De Laurie along with the chord department and vocals by then-new couple Sony And Cher, along with Darlene Love, “Be My Baby” was recorded at Goldstar Studios in Hollywood, California on July 5, 1963.

Sung by Veronica (Ronnie Spector), who breaks down every single with her great vocals, “Be My Baby” tells the story of an instant love affair and a girl who craves the attention of a certain man.

The night we met I knew I needed you
And if I had the chance, I’d never let you go
So you won’t say you love me
I will make you very proud of me
We’ll make them turn their heads everywhere we go

In her 1995 memoir, aptly titled be my BabySpector said she rehearsed the song for weeks and spent days getting the vocals just right, mastering all of her hits “Oh Oh Oh” and “Hass” before recording.

“In the studio, I had to hide in the ladies’ room so the musicians could get their work done – I was so pretty and they kept looking at me,” Ronnie Spector said in a 2015 interview. “While there, I came up with all these ‘Oh oh ohs’ inspired by my old records by Frankie Lemon. It took three days to record my vocals, and take after that.”

I’ll make you happy, baby, just wait and see
For every kiss you give me to me, I’ll give you three
Oh, since the day I saw you
I’ve been waiting for you
You know I will adore you forever

Upon its release the same year, “Be My Baby” became an instant hit for The Ronettes. The group toured with caravan stars Dick Clark, the legendary host even said “this will be the record for the century” on his TV music show. American platform.

Ultimately, The Ronettes will include Be My Baby on their first and only album together Presentation of wonderful runites embodying VeronicaIt was released in 1964 and also included the group’s song “Baby, I Love You”.

Although The Ronettes disbanded in 1967, Be My Baby remained her biggest hit. Reach No. 2 on painting 100 chart on release, it’s also the group’s top 10 hits. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, marking the 35th anniversary of its release. By 2006, “Be My Baby” had also been added to the United States National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.

Over the years, “Be My Baby” has made its way into the movie – the 1987 film opening sequence dirty dance– It has been covered many times. In 1986, Eddie Mooney sampled “Be My Baby” on his song “Take Me Home Tonight”, which also featured Spector vocals.

In 1973, John Lennon recorded a performance of Be My Baby during sessions for his 1973 album Rock and Roll Music, which was later released in John Lennon Anthology In the year 1998.

Beach Boy co-founder Brian Wilson, who has always loved the song, wrote in response to the 1963 classic on the group’s 1964 release Don’t Worry, Baby, which Spector later covered on her 1999 album talking to rainbow.

Photos: Reuven Avnador / Courtesy of the artist


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