Is This What I Get For Loving You 45 by The Ronettes

March 12, 2013

is this what i get for loving you

Veronica Bennett(the future Ronnie Spector), Estelle Bennett, and Nedra Talley began singing together while in Junior High School. They began providing backing vocals for Phil Spector in 1962 and a year later began issuing singles as the Ronettes.

They would place eight singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100, 1963-1966, but would disband in 1967. Ronnie would reform the group during the early 1970s with two different singers but then leave for a solo career.

“Is This What I Get For Loving You” was released during May of 1965 as they commericial success was on the wane. It peaked at number 75 during its four weeks on the chart. By this time Ronnie had emerged as the group’s vocal point.

The Ronettes were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.


Walking In The Rain 45 by The Ronettes

June 30, 2012

The Ronettes are now members of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Veronica Bennett (later Ronnie Spector), Estelle Bennett, and Nedra Talley formed The Darlings during 1958 and later took the name Ronettes.

“Walking In The Rain” was their last big hit. Released during the early fall of 1964, it reached number 23 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It also reached number 29 on the Rhythm & Blues Chart.

It was written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil. It was a prime example of Spector’s Wall Of Sound approcach to recording. It was the only Phil Spector produced song to ever win a GRAMMY AWARD.


Be My Baby: The Very Best Of The Ronettes

March 7, 2011

During the early 1960’s, few people produced as many successful singles as Phil Spector. Releases by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love, and The Righteous Brothers among others climbed high on the American charts.

Spector is remembered for his creativity and advances in the recording studio. His multi-tracking and layering of vocals was ahead of its time and became known as the “Wall Of Sound.” His sound remains fresh nearly fifty years after its creation.

Spector established the Phillies label during 1961. In commemoration of its 50th anniversary, Sony Legacy, in conjunction with Phil Spector Records. has issued CD’s by Darlene Love, The Crystals, The Ronettes, and a greatest hits compilation.

The Ronettes formed during the early 1960’s. Veronica Bennett, her sister Estelle, and their cousin Nedra Talley would ultimately be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It completed a long journey that began during 1961 with a series of performances at the famous Peppermint Lounge in New York City, for which they were paid $10.00.

Spector originally hired them as a backing group but quickly moved them into the studio on their own. Their first release would become one of the memorable songs of the pre-Beatles era. “Be My Baby” is still recognized as one of the classic songs of the early 1960’s. It would climb to the number two position on the American Singles Chart, and remain there for three weeks.

During the next three years, they would produce such songs as “Baby I Love You,” “ (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up,” “Walking In The Rain,” “I Can Hear Music,” “Do I Love You,” “Born To Be Together,” and “Is This What I Get For Loving You.” Be My Baby: The Very Best Of The Ronettes gathers all these songs plus ten more to form the definitive Ronettes album. They were remastered from the original tapes and present not only the brilliance of Spector’s production, but also the power of Ronnie’s voice plus the harmonies of the threesome.

Ronnie (Veronica) married Phil Spector during 1968. His obsessive possessiveness during their five-year marriage would put an end to The Ronettes career. Ronnie would go on to a credible solo career and is still active on the road and in the studio.

Be My Baby: The Very Best Of The Ronettes is an excellent look back in time to the early 1960’s. Veronica, Estelle, and Nedra have left a wonderful musical legacy and this release is a good way to enjoy the best of their music.

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Be My Baby 45 by The Ronettes

November 27, 2010

Ronnie Bennett (Spector) was actually the only member of The Ronettes who sang on the song and sing she did. Phil Spector recorded 42 takes before he was satisfied he had enough for his Wall Of Sound.

“Be My Baby” would become a huge hit reaching number two on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE singles chart for three weeks during 1963.

Spector was at the height of his producing powers during this period of time and would employ a fill orchestre and all manor of backing singers including a young Cher).

“Be My Baby” remains one of the best examples of the early sixties girls group sound that was so popular at the time.


The Last Of The Rock Stars by Ronnie Spector

October 27, 2009

Ronnie Spector is a member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having fronted one the great girl groups of the early sixties. She has recorded with The E Street Band, hung out with John Lennon, and also (probably most importantly) survived a marriage to Phil Spector.

I still have my original copy of Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica in my record collection.

Ronnie Spector, born Veronica Yvette Bennett, began singing with her sister Estelle and cousin Nedra Talley in the late 1950s and by 1961 they were performing under the name The Ronettes. They were a part of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound and produced such memorable singles as “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You,” “Do I Love You,” and “Walking In The Rain.” The group split in 1966 leaving behind a short but memorable legacy.

Counting her 1999 EP, The Last Of The Rock Stars is her eighth album release in the last 29 years. Her voice may not have the same quality as it did a half century ago but it is still a powerful instrument. And what she has lost in range, she has more than made up for in passion and emotion.

“Never Gonna Be Your Baby” is a powerful song of independence and defiance. It is Ronnie Spector with attitude. “Ode To L.A.” and “All I Want” evoke memories of her work with The Ronettes. Her use of a back-up group serves to enhance the experience.

She shares “There Is An End” with fellow survivor Patti Smith. Their vocal styles match well and it is gritty rock ‘n’ roll at its best. The duet with Keith Richards on “Work Out Fine” may be a stretch in places but it is still very interesting.

The album concludes with two very strong tracks. Frankie Lyman was a musical hero of the young Veronica Bennett and here she pays tribute with “Out In The Cold Again,” which he recorded in 1957. She gives a jazz-laced vocal with a mournful saxophone in support. Another treat is the holiday song “It’s Christmas Once Again.”

Ronnie Spector is still on the road, constantly touring. The Last Of The Rock Stars not only draws upon her legendary past but brings her into the present with a formidable set of material. It is an album that stands on its own as she completes fifty years as a singer of note.