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For Ronnie Spector this holiday season, Winter’s Eve will “be her baby.” Ronnie Spector is the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock and roll.
Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, she formed The Ronettes while she was still a teenager and released her first record in 1961. She went on to record genre-defining classics such as the Grammy Award-winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” and of course, the international number one smash hit “Be My Baby.”
As a seminal force in Rock, Spector’s swagger, moxie and trademark voice (still instantly recognizable from the first note,) defined an era. As the Number One pop group in England, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes headlined over acts including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds. In the years since, Spector has collaborated with George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, members of The Beatles and more. Billy Joel wrote ‘Say Goodbye to Hollywood’ as a tribute to Ronnie, and her duet with Eddie Money, ‘Take Me Home Tonight’, reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
As a performer and a rock and style icon, Spector has reached a new level of cultural significance. Critical respect is at its peak, and she continues to thrill — inspiring and empowering a new generation of fans as an enduring, transcendent figure, who has overcome adversity. Much as B.B. King came to embody the blues, or Chuck Berry was to early Rock ‘n Roll, Spector has solidified her status as the Rosetta Stone for female rock performers of today.