The Ronettes lead singer married Phil Spector!
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.
None of this would’ve happened without that one song, Be My Baby.
Be My Baby – Chords & Guitar Lessons
Be My Baby is an early “Wall Of Sound Production” by Phil Spector.
When playing this with a band, we need to create a big sounding guitar part to compensate for the lack of an orchestra.
Be My Baby – Lyrics
The night we met I knew I, needed you so.
And if I had the chance I’d, never let you go.
So won’t you say you love me,
I’ll make you so proud of me.
Go to Be My Baby – Lyrics.