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Be My Baby
#2 in 1963
|The Ronettes were a girl group of the 1960s from New York City,
best known for their work with producer Phil Spector. They consisted of
lead singer Veronica Bennett (a.k.a. Ronnie Spector), her sister Estelle
Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley. Ronnie Spector married Phil
Spector in 1968, then launched a solo career after divorcing him in
1973. It was believed that Phil Spector, in his capacity as a member of
the Board of Governors, deliberately prevented the Ronettes (and Darlene
Love) from being nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame, although they had been eligible for a considerable period. The
alleged reasons included the acrimonious divorce of Ronnie and Spector,
in addition to the group having (unsuccessfully) sued Spector for back
royalties. While Spector was awaiting trial on a murder charge and out
on $1 million bail, the Ronettes were finally inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame at the March 12, 2007, induction ceremony held at the
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Keith Richards, a self-confessed
longtime fan, inducted the trio. Ronnie Bennett (Spector) and Nedra
Talley performed "Baby I Love You," "Walking in the Rain"
and "Be My Baby." Estelle Bennett was present to accept her
award but did not perform.
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