In 1964, the music scene was flourishing, and the sound of The Ronettes was making waves. Their hit song, ‘Be My Baby,’ produced by Phil Spector, exemplified his ‘Wall of Sound’ production technique, characterized by multiple layers of instruments and echo effects. Spector, who had already produced seven chart-topping hits, discovered the group and fell in love with Veronica’s (Ronnie) voice.
The song’s lyrics, written by Jeff Barry, are simple, conveying a girl’s plea to convince the guy she likes to give her a chance. The Ronettes’ rendition of the song was a huge success, ranking #1 on the US Cashbox Top 100 and #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, among other charts.
Veronica Bennett, the lead singer of The Ronettes, was the only Ronette to sing the song, rehearsing for weeks before Phil Spector recorded 42 takes to get the sound he wanted. Spector and Bennett got married in 1968 and divorced in 1974.
The Ronettes comprised three members – Veronica (Ronnie) Bennett, her sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley. Their harmonious voices influenced the group’s signature sound, which blended beautifully with Spector’s production techniques.
In the 1960s, a gallon of milk cost around $0.93, and a gallon of gas was about $0.30. Lyndon B. Johnson was President of the United States, and the Civil Rights Act was signed into law in 1964, a significant moment in American history.
The Ronettes’ hit song ‘Be My Baby’ continues to be a fan favorite, even after all these years. With Ronnie Spector’s passing, fans have expressed their deep sadness and appreciation for the legacy she leaves behind. One comment on the remastered video of ‘Be My Baby’ said, “The 60’s music scene was one of the greatest eras in music history! Unfortunately, another one of the legends from that period is gone forever! I think I am going to cry now. Thank you so much, Ronnie, for the legacy you leave behind! Rest In Peace, and may all the musical greats you now join on the other side sing together in harmony!”
The Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby’ is a timeless classic that showcases the best of 1960s music. The song continues to captivate audiences with its simple yet powerful lyrics, beautiful harmonies, and Phil Spector’s production genius. If you haven’t watched the remastered video of the song yet, you’re missing out! Share it with your friends and family and relive the golden era of music.