Ronnie Spector is seated in the restaurant of a lavish midtown Manhattan hotel. Four decades ago, she was a prisoner in her own house. Ronnie has kept busy with music in recent years, sporadically performing live her favorite thing to do and putting out albums. Her inspiration for the record, however, is distinctly American. But the more she thought about it, Dylan was singing American songs, so she ought to do something different, and focused her project on Great Britain. Why did you want to do an album of cover songs by British artists? When the Ronettes started out, our first big trip was to the U. Everybody was so innocent. We got to know Eric Clapton and the Yardbirds, the Kinks, all these groups. Later, I knew and dated David Bowie a few times.
BE MY BABY (live)
Now 76, she is still touring and recording — between painting and jams with Keith Richards. We are meeting ahead of her Best Christmas Party Ever! The Latin jazz of Tito Puente drifted up from the street. As a biracial young woman with African-American and Cherokee heritage, she often felt isolated.
BABY I LOVE YOU
The group signed with record producer Phil Spector and produced a number of s hits, including "Be My Baby" and "Walking in the Rain. She grew up in Spanish Harlem with her mother, father and older sister, Estelle. The daughter of an Irish father and a mother of African-American and Cherokee descent, Spector struggled as a child to reconcile both sides of her mixed ethnic heritage, a rarity for the time period. Her father, Louis, left the family when Spector and her sister were still very young. Eventually, her exotic features, distinct voice and striking beauty would later prove to be a boon for her music career. As a young child, Spector loved to perform, often arranging the coffee table and chairs in her parents' living room into a makeshift auditorium, climbing atop the table to sing. Spector, Estelle, and their cousin Nedra Talley Ross formed a singing group called "The Rondettes," a hybrid of their three names, and began performing small gigs and local shows around New York, most notably at The Apollo Theater, where they gained some attention as teenagers. They were still underage and took to stuffing their bras and wearing heavy makeup in order to look older. By , the girls had still not found much success with Colpix and made a bold move: They cold-called the legendary producer Phil Spector at Mirasound Studios; struck by their moxie, he agreed to audition them.
Subsequently, Spector launched a solo career and has since released five studio albums Siren in , Unfinished Business in , Something's Gonna Happen in , Last of the Rock Stars in , and English Heart in and one extended play She Talks to Rainbows in In , Spector experienced a career resurgence when she was featured on Eddie Money 's Grammy nominated pop rock song " Take Me Home Tonight " which reached number four on the Billboard Hot She has sung and collaborated with multiple other acts. Spector is called the original "bad girl of rock and roll ". She and her sister, Estelle Bennett — , were encouraged to sing by their large family, as was their cousin, Nedra Talley. All three women later became members of the Darling Sisters, later known as the Ronettes. The Ronettes were a popular live attraction around the greater New York area in the early s.