One of the great voices of pop music has been stilled.
Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the Ronettes, the 1960s vocal trio that gave a passionate, bad-girl edge to pop’s girl-group sound with hits like “Be My Baby” and “Baby, I Love You,” died on Wednesday. She was 78.
She died after “a brief battle with cancer,” according to a statement from her family, which gave no further details.
This is basically your perfect pop single.
Of course, she paid a price for that, marrying the psychotic Phil Spector. It took her years to get out from that relationship. Once she did, she did what she could to resurrect her career. My favorite post-Spector song of hers came with the backing of the E Street Band.
I’ll miss you, Ronnie.