Ronnie Spector is well known as the lead singer of the 1960’s girl group the Ronettes. At the age of 69, she is on the way to making a modest comeback. Even though her divorce from mega producer, Phil Spector, occurred in 1974, his influence over her musical career had a long and sometimes damaging impact. During their marriage, Spector showcased his wife’s talents and used her band the Ronette’s to garner a tidy fortune. After the divorce however, he was not obliging. The paranoia and obsession he experienced throughout the marriage, hit Ronnie full force after the nasty divorce.
Spector continually ostracized his former wife telling anyone who would listen she was unstable and not worth hiring as a performer. Ironically, it was later discovered that Spector was probably looking at himself in the mirror and portraying his bad habits as his ex wife’s. With Spector in prison for murder, Ronnie has taken the opportunity to put herself back in the spotlight. In a recent one woman show in New York, she performed a few of her famous hits as well as covers of “Don’t Worry Baby” by the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones’ “Time Is On My Side”.
While Phil Spector continues to hold the rights to some of her more famous hits with the Ronettes, Ronnie doesn’t mind. She had a few successes with other artists including the East Street Band with which she recorded “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”. Ronnie’s show, “Ronnie Spector: Beyond the Beehive”, was her way of telling the world she is still around and still has the same love of music that she had almost 50 years ago. During the show she took the time to speak to the audience about her life both with Phil Spector and after their divorce. She made it quite clear that she is doing fine and will continue to perform for as long as she possibly can much to the delight of her fans.