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Sixties icon Ronnie Spector dies at 78

Musician Ronnie Spector has died following a brief battle with cancer, her family say. She was 78 years old.

“Ronnie lived her life with a sparkle in her eyes, a brave demeanor, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude,” the family said in a statement.

Spector, alongside his sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley, has recorded hits with pop masterpieces like “Baby, I Love You”, “Walking in the Rain”, “I Can Hear Music” and “Be My Baby”, which was co-written by Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.

Ronnie Spector died on Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer.
(Photo by Jordi Vidal / Redferns)

“We weren’t afraid to be hot. It was our thing,” Spector wrote in his memoir.

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“When we saw the Shirelles take the stage in their loose evening dresses, we went in the opposite direction and hugged our bodies into the tightest skirts we could find. Then we would take the stage and ride them. to show our legs even Continued. “

The group released their debut album, “Introducing the Fabulous Ronettes with Veronica”, in 1964. Five of the 12 songs landed on the US charts.

Les Ronettes performed on stage in 1963.

Les Ronettes performed on stage in 1963.
(Photo by Gilles Petard / Redferns)

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Spector had a great influence on Hollywood. The song “Be My Baby” has been used in many movies and TV shows, including “Dirty Dancing”, “Mean Streets”, “Baby Mama”, “Moonlighting” and “The Wonder Years”.

The Ronnettes went their separate ways in 1967, but Spector continued to create music.

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The Ronnettes separated around 1967, but Spector continued to make music.

The Ronnettes separated around 1967, but Spector continued to make music.
(Photo by Tom Sheehan / Sony Music Archive via Getty Images)

Spector is survived by her husband, Jonathan Greenfield, and two sons, Jason and Austin.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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