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The Ronettes

1943

Veronica Bennett (a.k.a. Ronnie Spector) of the Ronettes is born in New York City.

1944

Estelle Bennett of the Ronettes is born in New York City.

1946

Nedra Talley of the Ronettes is born in New York City.

1959

Renowned girl-group trio the Ronettes form in their native New York City.

1961

“I Want a Boy, the first single by the Ronettes – credited to “Ronnie and the Relatives” – is released on Colpix Records.

1962

“Silhouettes,” the first single credited to the Ronettes – and the second of four they’d release on the related Colpix and May labels before moving to Phil Spector’s Philles imprint – is released.

1963

Having signed to Phil Spector’s Philles label, the Ronettes begin sessions for “Be My Baby,” one of rock and roll’s greatest singles, in Los Angeles.

1963

“Be My Baby,” by the Ronettes, peaks at #2 on Billboard’s singles chart. It will reach #4 in Britain the following month.

1963

The seasonal classic A Christmas Gift for You - produced by Phil Spector and featuring the Ronettes, the Crystals and others - is released.

1964

“Baby, I Love You,” the Ronettes’ second single for producer Phil Spector’s label, peaks at #24 in the U.S. A month later it will hit #11 in the U.K.

1964

Having befriended the Beatles on their first tour of Britain, the Ronettes are on hand to welcome the Fab Four to New York on their first trip to the U.S.

1964

“Walking in the Rain,” by the Ronettes, becomes the girl group’s fifth single to enter the Top 40, where it will peak at #23.

1965

Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica enters Billboard’s album chart, where it will peak at #96.

1966

“I Can Hear Music,” the Ronettes’ last single for the Philles label, is released but fails to chart. The Ronettes disband shortly thereafter.

1968

Phil Spector and Veronica “Ronnie” Bennett, of the Ronettes, are married. They will separate in 1972 and divorce two years later.

1969

“You Came, You Saw, You Conquered” – a single credited to the Ronettes, Featuring Veronica – is released.

1971

Ronnie Spector releases “Try Some, Buy Some,” a single produced by husband Phil Spector, on the Beatles’ Apple label.

1977

Ronnie Spector cuts “Say Goodbye to Hollywood,” written by Billy Joel, produced by Steve Van Zant and backed by Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

1986

Ronnie Spector returns to the Top Forty for the first time since 1964 when Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight,” on which she sings, enters the chart, where it will peak at #4. It is her highest-charting single since “Be My Baby” reached #2 in 1963.

1990

Ronnie Spector’s tell-all autobiography, Be My Baby

1992

The Best of the Ronettes, a long-overdue CD compendium, is released on ABKCO Records.

2006

Last of the Rock Stars, Ronnie Spector’s first album in 20 years, is released on the High Coin label.

2007

The Ronettes are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 22nd annual induction dinner. Keith Richards is their presenter.

2009

Estelle Bennett passes away in her New Jersey home.