She is 78 years old.
“Our beloved Earth Angel Ronnie passed away today after a short battle with cancer,” the family said. “She was with her family and in the warmth of her husband Jonathan. Ronnie lived with lightning in his eyes, a sly attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on his face.”
Praise for Specter’s talent began to accumulate from the royalty.
Veronica Bennett was born in the Spanish Harlem neighborhood of New York City, having created the Ronets in 1961 when she was a teenager with an older sister and a cousin.
After two years of auditioning for Bill Specter, the music producer who created the “Wall of Sound” style of the 1960s, the band did not become famous and he signed his label.
Following the success of their first single for Specter, “Be My Baby”, they toured the country with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars, and reel rehearsed a series of pop hits over the next few years, including “Baby I Love You”. “Walking in the Rain” and “Do I Love You?”
The group split in 1967. After Ronnie married Bill Specter, she had a chaotic relationship with him. The couple divorced in 1974.
In her memoir, Ronnie Spector described her husband as an abusive, emotionally abusive man, “Be My Baby: How I got mascara, miniskirts and crazy.”
In the mid-1970s, Ronnie Spector began a new career as a solo artist. Although he did not reach the peak of his 60s commercials, he returned to the top 40 radio songs in 1986 with his hit song “Take Me Home Tonight” with Eddie Money.
Bill Spector was later convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to 19 years in prison. He died behind bars.
Ronnie Spector continued to record music and performed well in his 70s.
She was “full of love and gratitude. Her happy voice, playful nature and magical presence will be with everyone who knew, heard or saw her. The family is respectfully asking for privacy at this time. “