Thursday, July 25, 2024

Ronnie Spector Is Still Rocking: Concert Triumph at BB King’s


Last night, Ronnie Spector stole our hearts again.

At her 10th annual Christmas show at  BB King’s on 42nd St., Ronnie rocked the house. She was definitely in the “zone” as she and her band put on a sublime nearly two hour show.

Peppered with Christmas hits from her new album and from her Phil Spector days, Ronnie didn’t leave out hits like “Baby I Love You,” “Be My Baby,” and “Walking in the Rain.”

She is in fine form still at age 67, and cute as a button. Her voice, her sound, is a national treasure. Wow. Whoa-oh-oh-oh indeed. When she opens that mouth, a unique musical instrument is presented.

Ronnie did not sing Billy Joel‘s “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” We were a little disappointed, and told her so backstage in her dressing room. So what did she do? She belted it out right than and there, in front of friends movie producer Diane Sokolow, Woodstock founder Michael Lang, and filmmaker Barbara Kopple–and yours truly. Barbara filmed it for posterity on her IPhone. I’ve died and gone to heaven.

Our Yoda of music, Jim Bessman, will have a complete report from Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love‘s respective Christmas shows at BB King’s on Monday.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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