The Ronettes were an American 1960s girl group from New York City. One of the most popular groups from that period, they placed more than eight songs on the Billboard Hot 100, five of which became top forty hits. Their producer was Phil Spector.
The trio from Washington Heights, Manhattan consisted of lead singer Veronica Bennett (later known as Ronnie Spector), her older sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley. The girls had sung together since they were teenagers, when they were known as "The Darling Sisters." Signed first by Colpix Records in 1961, they moved to Spector's Philles Records in March 1963.
Some of the The Ronettes most famous songs include "Be My Baby", "Baby, I Love You", "(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up", and "Walking in the Rain," all of which charted on the Billboard Hot 100. "Walking in the Rain" won a Grammy Award in 1965, and "Be My Baby" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
In late 1964, the group released their only studio album, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, which entered the Billboard charts at #96. It has since become a classic, and Rolling Stone ranked it number 422 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2007, The Ronettes were inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," and into the "Vocal Group Hall of Fame" in 2004. The Ronettes was the only girl group that toured with The Beatles.
Read more about The Ronettes: The Early Years (1950–1961), Colpix Records and The Peppermint Lounge (1961–1963), Phil Spector and Philles Records (1963–1966), The Group's Initial Break-up, Later Events, Awards and Recognition, Discography, Pop References
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