January 24, 2022
Ronnie Spector, born Veronica Yvette Bennett, (August 10, 1943 East Harlem - January 12, 2022) was an American singer who founded in 1957 with her older sister Estelle Bennett (1941-2009) and cousin Nedra Talley (* 1946) the girl group The Darling Sisters, later renamed The Ronettes. Her most famous songs include Be My Baby, Baby, I Love You or Walking in the Rain. In 1964 she began her solo career. Her mother was of Cherokee and African descent, while her father had Irish ancestry. From 1968 to 1974, her husband was Phil Spector, producer and songwriter. Spector kept his wife at his California headquarters for two years, and later (1972) thanks to his mother's help, she managed to escape. She released her first solo album, Siren, in 1980. It was produced by Genya Ravan. She later released several other albums.