Rock-N-Roll Icon, Ronnie Spector, Has Passed Away At 78

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To her friends and family, she was Veronica Greenfield. To us, she was rock icon, Ronnie Spector. Sadly, the Rock-n-Roll Hall Of Famer lost her battle with cancer yesterday. She was 78. Here’s a message posted on her Facebook page:

Classic Hits fans will remember her incredible voice blending with Eddie Money on his 1986 hit, ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ that peaked at #4 on the charts. I remember talking with Eddie years ago when he came to Indy for a concert and I asked him about working with Ronnie. Eddie said she was exactly as he had always imagined: “a phenomenal talent”.

(source Eddie Money VEVO via YouTube)

Here’s Ronnie with The Ronnettes singing the song that inspired Eddie to create his tribute to her:

(source MrHaagsesjonny1 via YouTube)

Of course Ronnie’s career spanned several decades, bringing her fame for several hit songs like, ‘Walking In The Rain”, “Baby I Love You” and “Breakin’ Up”. Ronnie would later go on to write her memoir, including her dark confessions about her abusive marriage to Phil Spector. In a statement from her family they wrote, โ€œIn lieu of flowers, Ronnie requested that donations be made to your local womenโ€™s shelter or to the American Indian College Fund,โ€

Thanks for your beautiful voice, Ronnie. Your talents will continue to make fans smile forever. Rest in peace~