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Published on January 12th, 2022 | by Gerry Galipault


Pause & Play Today: Jan. 12, 2022


Ronnie Spector, Beloved Ronettes Singer, Dead at 78 | Rolling Stone

Ronnie Spector, the leader of the girl group the Ronettes and the voice behind immortal classics like “Be My Baby” and “Walking in the Rain,” died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78.

“Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancer. She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan,” reads a statement on Spector’s official website. “Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her.”

There are unique voices, and then there’s Ronnie Spector. “He’s a Rebel,” “Be My Baby,” “Walking in the Rain.” She and The Ronettes were one of a kind.

Here’s what other news outlets are saying …

Née Veronica Bennett, she forged an enduring “bad girl” image with her older sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley – towering teased beehive hairdos, canopies of mascara and eyeliner and tight-fitting slit skirts – that rubbed against the aching romanticism of the Ronettes’ Philles Records hits of 1963-66. | Variety

In songs like “Be My Baby,” a No. 2 hit in 1963, they sang with thin but powerful voices of street-smart romance (“We’ll make ’em turn their heads everyplace we go”), over the swelling “wall of sound” production of Phil Spector. | The New York Times

She was married to Phil Spector, the producer and writer of many of those hits. Spector abused her, and they divorced; Ronnie Spector chronicled the abuse in her 2004 memoir, “Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness.” | NPR

Bruce Springsteen and his band were unabashed fans of Ronnie Spector and recorded material with her at the time when Springsteen was barred from releasing new music amid a contract dispute among his managers. | Deadline

Have you ever heard her 1999 version of the Ramones’ “She Talks to Rainbows”?



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William Lee Golden (83)
Maggie Bell (77)
Phil Perry (70)
Ricky Van Shelton (70)
Howard Stern (68)
Per Gessle [Roxette] (63)
Rob Zombie (57)
TBird (55)
Zack de la Rocha (52)
Raekwon (52)
Brian Culbertson (49)
Dan Haseltine [Jars of Clay] (49)
Matt Wong [Reel Big Fish] (49)
Melanie Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice (48)
Jason Freese (47)
Jeremy Camp (44)
Amerie (42)
ZAYN (29)
Ella Henderson (26)


Precious Bryant (1942-2013)

Alice Coltrane (1937-2007)

Randy VanWarmer (1955-2004)

Maurice Gibb (1949-2003)


“Listen honey, just like Ronnie sang, ‘Be my little baby'”

 RELEASED ON JAN. 12 … IN 1969 

“Led Zeppelin,” Led Zeppelin (their debut album, featuring “Good Times Bad Times,” “Communication Breakdown” and “Dazed and Confused”; producer: Jimmy Page; Atlantic)


Rosa Lee Hawkins (The Dixie Cups)


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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

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