By: Natalie Shomali, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Ronnie Spector, the famous lead singer of the girl group the Ronettes died yesterday at age 78. Spector released widely popular hits, including Be My Baby, Walking in the Rain, and I Wonder.
A statement from her family claimed that she passed “after a brief battle with cancer.” The pop singer was born in 1943, and rose to fame performing with her older sister and cousin in 1964, at age 18.
The group released their only album, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, in 1964.
The Ronettes also opened shows for well-known rock bands such as The Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds, and were invited on tour with the Beatles.
The all-girl group officially earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
“She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her,” the family statement included. Spector’s legacy will live on with her husband, Jonathan Greenfield, and her two sons.