The Ronettes lead singer, Ronnie Spector (born Veronica Yvette Bennett) passed away on Wednesday (January 12) from her battle with cancer. She was 78 years old.
The family shared a statement about their passion on the Spector website. “
“My beloved earth angel, Ronnie, has safely left this world today after a short battle with cancer. She was with family and in the arms of her husband Jonathan. Ronnie lived her life with a sparkle in her eye, a brave attitude, a sinister sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was full of love and gratitude. Will Her cheerful voice, playful nature and magical presence continue to be heard by everyone who knew, heard or seen her. In lieu of flowers, Rooney has asked for donations to the local Women’s Shelter or to the American Indian College Fund. A celebration of Rooney’s life and music will be announced in the future.”
The family requests respect for privacy at this time.
Spector created The Ronettes in 1957 with her older sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nidra Tally. The group had a string of hit songs in the 1960s, including “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up,” and “Walking in the Rain.” Spector later began his solo career in 1964, releasing five studio albums. Her career saw a boost when Eddie Money sampled Be My Baby on his hit song Take Me Home Tonight, which also featured Spector vocals.
In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Ronettes.
Many expressed their grief on social media over the death of the singer, who rose to fame in the late fifties.
Alison Russell: “[Broken heart emojis]”
Eric Alper: Ronnie Spector, lead singer of ’60s girl band The Ronettes, passed away at 78 after being diagnosed with cancer. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Go play ‘Be My Baby’ or ‘Baby, I Love You’ or whatever Of them realize how wonderful it is.”
Light in the attic logs: “Ronnie Spector Forever”
Don Winslow: “The Voice” Ladies and Gentlemen Ronnie Spector. rip. icon.”
Douglas T Stewart: “So sad to hear that this sexy and unique Ronnie Spector has left this world. She has sung in some of the most magical pop songs ever.”
Steve Silberman: “Rest in Peace Ronnie Spector, a pop-changer with the Ronit family, eloped an abusive marriage with her ex-husband, legendary producer Phil Spector, then spent years fighting for the royalties she deserved. https://ronniespector.com”
Death Valley Girls: Ronnie Spector!!! Many thanks to rock and roll!!! You are the coolest ever!!! I love you. Picture from when we saw her playing in 2014!! “
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