Style Icons: Female »Ronnie Spector

ronnie spectorBefore you start and end with giving Ronnie Spector credit for making your tween years a bit more romantic with the Dirty Dancing soundtrack golden oldie Be My Baby, you may be interested to know that when this spirited New Yorker was a teenage rebel with a record contract, she had the Rolling Stones opening up for her. She and The Ronettes were also the only female group to tour with the Beatles.

Known as the original bad girl of rock and roll, she was tough enough to survive a marriage to Phil Spector and smart enough to get out of it eventually because “I knew that if I didn't leave at that time, I was going to die there”. She may have been right.

Her tough, out of sight voice defined a generation of girl group rock and roll and while she never quite reached the same peaks of success in later years, she is the voice singing in Eddie Money's Take Me Home Tonight and she also sang background vocals for The Misfits!

She remained stylish through the years, with beehives and suede boots in the sixties and this smoking jumpsuit and flowing locks later.

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Posted on March 23, 2009

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