Saturday, February 14, 2009

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Remembering "Ronette" Estelle Bennett

"They could sing all their way right through a wall of sound. They didn't need anything. They touched my heart right there and then and they touch it still."Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones introducing the Ronettes at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2007

Estelle Bennett, one of the backup singers of the 1960s "girl group" The Ronettes, died at 67 at her home in Englewood, NJ. The group's hits, including "Be My Baby," performed above on "Shindig!" in 1965, as well as "Baby I Love You" and "Walkin' In The Rain," incorporated producer Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" technique. The Ronettes also included Estelle's younger sister Ronnie Spector, the lead singer, and cousin Nedra Talley.


mjmand said...

The Ronettes first album, "presenting the Fabulous Ronettes, featuring Veronica" still ranks, in my opinion, as one of the greatest albums of all time. It still makes my top twenty every time I comprise my list. It is the quintessential "Wall of Sound" album and serves as a prime influence and inspiration for Brian Wilson, who actually wrote "Don't Worry, Baby" with Ronnie Spector in mind. (She actually recorded it a few years ago on an EP that, I believe, was produced by Joey Ramone...but I may be mistaken about that.) Just thought you might like to know.

Jeff Tone said...

MJM: You might like to know that "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica" made it to "The Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. They didn't rank it quite as highly as you did, however; it was number 427.