The Ronettes lead singer married Phil Spector
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The Ronettes were a 60s American girl group from Harlem, New York City.
First signed by Coolpix Records in 1961 as The Darling Sisters, they moved to Phil Spector’s Phillies Records in 1963 and became The Ronettes.
What followed was a monster hit in Be My Baby, which was released the same year they signed for Phil Spector’s label.
The song was so successful that they managed to tour the world without having any other big hits. A notable highlight as an opening act for The Beatles on their world tours American leg in 1966.
Unfortunately, having The Ronettes hang with the Fab four enraged Phil so much, he took Ronnie off the tour and replaced her with cousin Elaine.
Their career ended in 1967 and lead singer, Ronnie Bennet ended up marrying Phil Spector, who kept her locked up in his 23 room mansion. They divorced in 1972.
During the late 70s, the group reunited and completed several successful tours only to disband for Ronnie Spector to pursue a solo career.
In 1988, The Ronettes filed a lawsuit against Phil Spector for unpaid royalties and eventually won, 12 years later, ordering Phil to pay them $2.6 million.
After an appeal, they eventually walked away with $1.5 million in 2002.
Be My Baby was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.
It was reported that Phil Spector, in his capacity as a member of the Board of Governors, resisted the Ronettes being nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although they had been eligible for a considerable time.
All on the back off of one song in Be My Baby.
Be My Baby – Step 1
Before we get into building the guitar part, let’s have a listen to the complete song.
Go to Be My Baby step 1.
Be My Baby – Step 2 (Free Preview)
As the song is in the key of E, we can take advantage of open strings. This will help when trying to create a wall of sound.
Go to Be My Baby step 2.
Be My Baby – Step 3
Be My Baby really is a great example of classic songwriting. The chord progressions, the structure, it’s like the ABC of how to write a song.
Go to Be My Baby step 3.
Be My Baby – Step 4
Let’s learn it all over the neck so we can improvise up our favorite part.
Go to Be My Baby step 4.
Be My Baby – Step 5
Your goal is to improvise up as many different parts as you can.
Go to Be My Baby step 5.
Be My Baby – Step 6
If you swap the chord playing for playing a melody, but keep the licks, you’re soloing!
Go to Be My Baby step 6.
Be My Baby – Step 7
Playing along with me is a good way to prepare for playing the song on your own in the final step.
Go to Be My Baby step 7.
Be My Baby – Step 8
Remember, explore that fret board – The longer you can keep improvising for, the better.
Go to Be My Baby step 8.
Chords and Guitar Lessons
When playing this with a band, we need to create a big sounding guitar part to compensate for the lack of an orchestra.
Go to Be My Baby lyrics.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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