Ronnie Spector sadly passed away.
The iconic musician, who provided hits like ‘Be My Baby’ and ‘Baby I Love You’ as the girl group frontman The Ronettesdied at age 78, the AP reported on Wednesday (January 12th).
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Ronnie died after a battle with cancer, her family confirmed.
“Ronnie lived his life with a twinkle in his eye, a brave attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on his face. She was filled with love and gratitude,” they said in a statement.
The Ronettes had many hits like “Baby, I Love You”, “Walking in the Rain”, “I Can Hear Music” and “Be My Baby” over the years, becoming icons of the 60s.
She got married Phil Spector in 1968, and she later detailed their unhappy marriage and 1974 divorce in her 1990 autobiography, Be My Baby: How I survived mascara, miniskirts and madness. He was then sent to prison in 2009 for the murder of the actress Lana Clarkson and died in 2020.
The Ronettes were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.
She continued to tour and make music after the band broke up, including songs like “Take Me Home Tonight” featuring Eddie’s Moneyand the 1999 EP She talks to rainbowswhich included her very first recording of “Don’t Worry Baby”, written for her by Brian Wilson. She continued to release albums, including those from 2006 The Last of the Rock Stars and 2016 English Hearthis covers of British songs from the 60s.
She survived her husband, Jonathan Greenfieldand two sons, Jason and Austin.
Our thoughts go with Ronnie Spectorloved ones during this difficult time.
We have sadly already lost many beloved stars in 2022.