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Ronnie Spector

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Ronnie Spector
Spector in 1966
Spector in 1966
Background information
Birth nameVeronica Yvette Bennett
Also known as
  • Veronica Yvette Spector
  • Ronnie Bennett
Born(1943-08-10)August 10, 1943
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 12, 2022(2022-01-12) (aged 78)
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Years active1959–2021

Veronica Yvette Greenfield[1] (née Bennett, formerly Spector; August 10, 1943 – January 12, 2022) known as Ronnie Spector, was an American singer who was the lead singer of the group the Ronettes. She was in this group with her sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley.

Personal life[change | change source]

Spector married music producer Phil Spector in 1968.[2] They adopted three children together.[3] Ronnie said "The more kids I got, the further I was in that mansion and I never got out until I ran out and escaped".[3] She also said that her mother helped her escape from Phil Spector in 1972, saying "I knew that if I didn't leave I was going to die there".[4][5] She said that Phil had abused her for many years and did not allow her to leave or perform. He also had guard dogs and barbed wire around the house.[6] Phil later murdered Lana Clarkson in 2003, and was jailed in 2009.[7]

Spector married Johnathon Greenfield in 1982.[8] They lived in Danbury, Connecticut with their two sons, Austin Drew and Jason Charles.[9]

Spector died on January 12, 2022 from cancer in Danbury, aged 78.[10]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "1 No. 114: Ronnie Greenfield, et al. V. Philles Records, Inc., et al". October 17, 2002.
  2. "Ronnie Spector – Singer – Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Muller, Marissa G. (November 12, 2013). "Ronnie Spector: The Original Icon". Noisey.
  4. "Entertainment". MSN Entertainment. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. May 6, 2010. p. 7. Archived from the original on May 29, 2014.
  5. Anson, Robert Sam (June 2003). "Legend with a Bullet". Vanity Fair.
  6. Arena, Salvatore (June 11, 1998). "MARRIAGE HIT WRONG CHORD, SAYS RONETTE". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on July 2, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  7. Moore, Solomon; Archibold, Randal C. (2009-04-13). "Phil Spector Found Guilty of Killing Actress (Published 2009)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  8. Sisario, Ben (February 16, 2009). "A Life of Troubles Followed a Singer's Burst of Fame". The New York Times.
  9. Tuccio, M.B. (May 15, 2012). "'Beyond the Beehive' tells Ronnie Spector's life story". Connecticut Post. Archived from the original on January 13, 2022. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  10. ’60s icon Ronnie Spector, who sang ‘Be My Baby,’ dies at 78