The music industry remembers the life of Ronnie Spector, the leader of the girls group The Ronettes.
Spector spokesman Seth Cohen confirmed Wednesday that Spector died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 78 years old.
Born Veronica Bennett, Spector formed The Ronettes in 1957 with her older sister Estelle and their cousin Nedra Talley. The band’s debut album, “Presenting the Amazing Ronetta with Veronica,” was released in 1964. Five of his 12 tracks have entered the U.S. Billboard charts.
Spector’s powerful and iconic voice rose through the hit parades of the early and mid-60s, including “Be My Child,” “My Child, I Love You,” and “Walking in the Rain.” His long solo career, which began in 1964 with his sister So Young, continued.
His death received expressions of respect and grief from his colleagues in the music industry.
Remember Ronnie Spectrum: The voice of “My Child” died at the age of 78 after a battle with cancer
Singer-songwriter Stevie Van Zandt He wrote on Twitter that it was an “honor” Create music with Spector.
“RIP Ronnie Spector. It was an honor to produce it and encourage him to return to the rest of the scene for the next 45 years,” he wrote. “Her record in the E Street Band helped keep us in a very dangerous time (thanks to Steve Popovich). I offer my condolences to her husband and family.”
Kathy Valentin, bassist of Go-Go, wrote: “RIP the legendary Ronnie Spectrum. Thank you for the music, for being so wonderful.”
His colleague Darlen Love, a music icon of the 60s, posted several photos of himself and Spector on Facebook.
“I’m totally amazed! I didn’t see it coming. Please give Ronnie time to rework my thoughts so I can give him a decent rating. He and I shared a lot together,” he wrote.
“Our dear friend Ronnie Spector has died. He was the sweetest man you can know. And his mark on rock ‘n’ roll will never fade.” Written by Joan Jett.
One of the founders of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, posted an old video of himself and Spector sharing music moments, and he wrote that he had never listened to the song “Be My Baby” more and that it broke my heart.
“I just heard the news about Ronnie Spector and I don’t know what to say. I loved his voice so much and he was a very special person and a dear friend,” she writes. “Ronnie’s music and spirit will live on forever.”
Contribution: Melissa Ruggieri,; The