The Ronettes were a highly acclaimed girl group from New York City consisting of lead singer Veronica ("Ronnie") Bennett, sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley. The Ronettes played a significant part in defining the pop culture of the early-mid 1960s with such hits as the lush and romantic "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You." Their signature sound came from Ronnie Bennett's soaring lead vocals and the trio's seamless three-part harmonies, with rich orchestral backing provided by renowned producer and "Wall of Sound" pioneer, Phil Spector.
The group got its start during the early 1950s when Ronnie and Estelle Bennett, with cousin Nedra, began singing together as children during visits to their grandmother's home. By the late 1950s, they began singing publically under the moniker, The Darling Sisters, while still in their teens. They got their first record contract in 1961 with Colpix, and their fame took off in 1963 when they signed on with Phil Spector's Philles Records and became known as The Ronettes.
The Ronettes made their national debut in 1963 on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts with "Be My Baby," an oldies classic which became one of the group's best known songs. This smash hit was followed by "Baby, I Love You" (1963), "(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up" (1964), "Do I Love You?" (1964), and "Walking In The Rain" (1964), which all made the Top 40 on both charts. They had a minor hit in 1966 with "I Can Hear Music" as later made famous by The Beach Boys. The Ronettes' final charted song came in 1969 with "You Came, You Saw, You Conquered!" which was also a minor hit.
The Ronettes many awards and accolades included being inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. "Be My Baby" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, and "Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica," the group's only studio album, was ranked by Rolling Stone at #422 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
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- Baby, I Love You 1963
(This upbeat song, which was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector, later also became a hit for Andy Kim (1969).)
- Be My Baby 1963
(This song later also became a hit for Andy Kim (1970) and Cissy Houston (1971).)
- (The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up 1964
- Do I Love You? 1964
- Walking In The Rain 1964
(This song later also became a hit for Jay & the Americans (1970).)
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