Thursday, June 13, 2024

Respect for Ronnie: “Be My Baby,” by the Ronettes, Rises to Number 1 on iTunes After Spector’s Death


It’s respect for Ronnie Spector.

“Be My Baby” by the Ronettes has risen to number 1 on iTunes after the death of the great singer and pop icon was announced last night.

Plus “Baby I Love You” is number 21 and “Walkin’ in the Rain” is number 50. “Sleigh Ride” is number 84. A later version of “Be My Baby,” recorded just by Ronnie. is number 29. Just beautiful!

“Be My Baby” is perhaps the single greatest piece of pop to come out of the early 1960s. It’s soul, R&B, pop and rock all at the same time. The record features Ronnie Bennett Spector’s remarkable voice soaring through producer Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. In the live performance clips, you can see Ronnie almost levitating, sensing the power of the record and showing her joy at commanding it.

What we didn’t know then was how bad Spector was treating her, how he would rip her off, abuse her, and deny her rights to the songs that she made hits.

But Ronnie triumphed in the end. She was vindicated as her star rose and Phil was revealed as a sociopath and murderer.

Now let’s see more Ronnie Spector singles hit iTunes in her memory including “Baby I Love You.” “Don’t Worry Baby” and her singles with the E Street Band, Southside Johnny, and Eddie Money.

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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