Here’s why this song should be in your collection!
Veronica Bennett, sister Estelle, and cousin Nedra Talley used several group names, including Ronnie and the Relatives. In 1963 they became The Ronettes and signed with Philles Records, a label owned by Phil Spector.
“Be My Baby” was a stunning showcase for Spector’s legendary Wall of Sound technique, drawing praise from promoters like Dick Clark, and inspiration for composers like Brian Wilson. Backup vocalists included a duo that would later become Sonny and Cher. Ronnie reprised her signature vocals in the 1986 Eddie Money hit, “Take Me Home Tonight.”
On September 13, 1963 Phillips, the electronics giant, released a compact, enclosed version of the reel-to-reel tape. Consumers quickly began using them to tape songs from record players and radios. Eventually, cassette players could be played in most home, car, and portable audio systems-- causing problems for record companies.
This song is available in vinyl, CD, MP3 (and cassette) format on various compilations. Please consider purchasing them from a local independent record store.
Here’s an interesting fact!
“She Loves You” by The Beatles was the #1 single in 1963. In 1964, The Ronettes toured the U.K. with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. They became close with members of both bands, but apparently not too close: Mrs. Bennett, their mother and aunt, served as lead chaperone throughout the tour.