Ronnie Spector DIED At 78: “Be My Baby” Singer Dies At 78

Ronnie Spector, a former lead singer of the 1960s pop-rock group the Ronettes known for their acclaimed harmonies and definitive hit “Be My Baby,” died Thursday at her home in Idaho. She was 78.

Spector’s family and longtime boyfriend announced her death to NBC News on Saturday — Valentine’s Day — but declined to comment on the cause.

Spector, her sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley formed a group as teenagers in New York City known as the Ronettes, whose hits also included “Walking in the Rain” and “Do I Love You?” (1965). They performed their Be My Baby song at The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.

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Two years later, Spector released her debut solo album, “Be My Baby.” She eventually retired from performing in the 1970s to raise a family and focus on songwriting for other artists.

Ronnie Spector Dead: Ronettes Lead Singer Dead at 78 – Billboard
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She briefly reunited with the Ronettes when they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Spector was born in 1943 to a Jewish family in the Bronx. Her father, who was also named Ronnie, worked as a bookkeeper for various companies and moonlighted as a singing waiter at resorts during the summer. Her mother, Evelyn Bargel, was a homemaker.

Spector’s “Be My Baby” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1963. She also had two Top 40 hits with “Baby I Love You” and “I’m Walking Out on You.”

Reviews described her as a striking presence, with Spector standing over six feet tall.

Spector’s marriage to music producer Phil Spector ended in divorce after more than 10 years. They had three children together.

Spector is survived by her sisters, Estelle and Nedra Talley; sons Phillip Spector Jr., Danny Garcia, and Donte Spector; daughter Terryann Carrara; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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