"Ronnie Spector" (born Veronica Yvette Bennett, 10 August, 1943, in New York City) was the lead singer of the girl group The Ronettes, and is known as the "original bad girl of rock and roll".
From a very young age, she took to singing and her large, close family encouraged her to do so, along with the other members of the Ronettes.
The other members were her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley. They were a multiracial group, which was a bit unusual during the 1960s. The Bennetts' mother was black and Native American; their father was white. In her autobiography, Ronnie Spector said that she was not sure if she was black, or white, at one point in her childhood. From 1968 to 1973, she was married to record producer Phil Spector, who produced the Ronettes and brought them success.
In early 1971, during Phil Spector's tenure as head of A&R at Apple Records, Ronnie recorded the single "Try Some Buy Some"/"Tandoori Chicken"; released as Apple 33 in the UK, Apple 1832 in the U.S. The A side of the single was written by George Harrison, and produced by Harrison and Spector. Although the single was not a big hit, it had one lasting influence: when John Lennon...