Ronnie Spector Bio, Net Worth, Death, Death Cause, Age, Husband, Family, Parents, Ethnicity, Real Name, Height, Career, Books, Albums, Band, Kids

Ronnie Spector

Facts About Ronnie Spector

Celebrated Name Ronnie Spector
Age 79 Years Old
Nick Name Ronnie
Birth Name Veronica Yvette Bennett
Birth Date 1943-08-10
Gender Female
Place Of Birth Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Birth Nation America
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mixed
Religion Christian
Race White
Horoscope Leo
Parents Beatrice Bennett (mother) and Louis Bennett (father)
Siblings 1
Marital Status Married
Spouse Phil Spector ​ ​(m. 1968; div. 1974)​ Jonathan Greenfield ​ ​(m. 1982)
Children 5
Sexual Orientation Straight
Source of Wealth Singing career
Net Worth $5 million
Salary $500,000 per year
Height 5 ft 1 in
Weight 123 lbs
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Dark brown
Body Type Slim
Body Measurement 33-36-24 inches
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Veronica Yvette Bennett was an American singer who was professionally known as Ronnie Spector. She was well recognized for being the lead singer of the girl group the Ronettes who was referred to as the original "bad girl of rock and roll". She released her first album as a member of "The Ronettes" in 1961 and was inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 2007. She formed a singing group with her elder sister, Estelle Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley in the late 1950s who were signed to Phil Spector's Philles label and he produced the majority of their recording output. She gained much fame when she was featured on Eddie Money's song "Take Me Home Tonight" in 1986. As well, Spector published a memoir, "Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, Or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette" in 1990. Additionally, "Deadline" reported in September 2020 that actress Zendaya would portray Ronnie Spector in a biopic adapted from her memoir "Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness".

Ronnie Spector Death Cause

Ronnie Spector, the trail-blazing lead singer of the 1960s all-girl group the Ronettes, has died. The pop star found fame with hits such as "Be My Baby, Baby I Love You and Walking in the Rain". A statement from her family said Spector leave the world forever from cancer on 12th January 2020 at the age of 78 at her home in Danbury. Following her death in January 2022, the BBC broadcast the compilation tribute "Ronnie Spector at the BBC".

Famous For

  • Being an American singer.
  • For being the lead singer of the girl group the Ronettes who was referred to as the original "bad girl of rock and roll". 

Where was Ronnie Spector from?

Ronnie Spector was born on 10th August 1943 with the real name of Veronica Yvette Bennett in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. She was American by nationality and mixed by ethnicity as her mother was black and Cherokee, and her father was Irish. Likewise, her religion was Christian and her race was white. Ronnie lastly celebrated her 78th birthday back in 2021 and as per her birth date, her star sign was Leo. She was the daughter of Beatrice Bennett (mother) and Louis Bennett (father). She had a sister named Estelle Bennett (1941-2009).

Ronnie Spector in her teenage

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How was the Singing Career of Ronnie Spector?

  • Ronnie Spector kicked off her career forming the band named "The Ronettes" becoming a popular live attraction around the greater New York area in the early 1960s after which they initially were signed to Colpix Records and produced by Stu Phillips.
  • Their relationship with Spector brought chart success with their biggest hit "Be My Baby" in 1963 and the group had two entries on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965 with "Born to Be Together" and "Is This What I Get for Loving You?".
  • The group's last charting single was "I Can Hear Music" as the Ronettes broke up in early 1967, following a European concert tour.
  • Then Spector recorded the song "Try Some, Buy Some/Tandoori Chicken" at Abbey Road Studios during Phil's work with George Harrison in February 1971, and her debut solo single was released on Apple Records in April 1971.
  • Later she reformed the Ronettes with two new members (Chip Fields Hurd, the mother of actress Kim Fields, and Diane Linton) in 1973 and released a few singles on Buddah Records, but the records failed to chart.
  • In 1975, she released the single "You'd Be Good For Me" on Tom Cat Records and recorded her first solo album in 1980, "Siren", produced by Genya Ravan. 
  • She also enjoyed a resurgence of popular radio airplay as the featured vocalist on Eddie Money's Top 5 hit, "Take Me Home Tonight" in 1986 as well as recorded the song "Tonight You're Mine, Baby".
  • She released the EP, She Talks to "Rainbows" in 1999 and appeared on the BBC's "Later... with Jools Holland".
  • Subsequently, she provided backing vocals for The Misfits' album "Project 1950" on the songs "This Magic Moment" and "You Belong to Me in 2003 and her album, "Last of the Rock Stars" (2006), was released by High Coin.
  • She starred on the 2014 New Year's Eve edition of the "Jools' Annual Hootenanny" and her first album of new material in a decade named  "English Heart" in 2016.
  • Ronnie starred in the music documentary "Amy Winehouse: Back to Black" (2018) and "Deadline" reported in September 2020 that actress Zendaya would portray Ronnie Spector in a biopic adapted from her memoir "Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness". 
  • As well, the Ronettes returned to the Top 10 for the first time in 58 years with their 1963 recording of "Sleigh Ride" in December 2021.

American Singer, Ronnie Spector

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Who was Ronnie Spector Husband?

Ronnie Spector was a married woman. She married her manager Jonathan Greenfield in 1982. They had two sons and lived in Danbury, Connecticut. Previously, she tied a knot with Phil Spector at Beverly Hills City Hall on 14th April 1968 with whom she adopted a son in 1969. Two years later, Phil surprised her for Christmas with adopted twins, Louis and Gary. But, Phil subjected her to years of psychological torment and sabotaged her career by forbidding her to perform. Spector stated that Phil installed a gold coffin with a glass top in the basement, promising that he would kill her and display her corpse if she ever left him. She began drinking and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to escape the house. In their 1974 divorce settlement, Ronnie forfeited all future record earnings, alleging that Phil had threatened to have a hitman kill her. She later testified that Phil had frequently pulled a gun on her during their marriage and threatened to kill her unless she surrendered custody of their children. According to her, Phil hired lawyers to prevent her from singing her popular songs and denied her royalties. It took 10 years for the case to make it to trial, and after a prolonged legal battle, Phil was ordered to pay Ronnie over $1 million in royalties. Furthermore, talking about Ronnie's sexual orientation, she was straight.

Ronnie Spector and her husband, Jonathan Greenfield

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How much was Ronnie Spector Net Worth?

Ronnie Spector was a versatile woman who had a net worth of $5 million at the time of her death (2022). She also had a handsome amount of salary which was around $500,000 per year. Ronnie had earned a fine amount of money from her profession as her major source of income was from her singing career. She had not endorsement work for any brands yet.

What was the Height of Ronnie Spector?

Ronnie Spector stood at an ideal height of 5 ft 1 in with a balanced bodyweight of 123 lbs. She had blonde hair and dark brown eyes color. Moreover, Ronnie had a slim body build with 33-36-24 inches of body measurement. 

Did You Know?

  • She fronted The Ronettes, the group that sang "Be My Baby."
  • She has collaborated with artists like the Raveonettes.
  • She released her first album as a member of The Ronettes in 1961.
  • She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • She was featured on Eddie Money's 1986 single "Take Me Home Tonight."