(above) with phil spector
The Ronettes were:
Ronnie Spector (b. Veronica 'Ronnie' Bennett, 10th August 1943, New York, New York State, U.S.A.)
Estelle Bennett (b. 22nd July 1944, New York, U.S.A. d. 11th February 2009, Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.A.)
Nedra Talley (b. 27th January 1946, New York, New York State, U.S.A.)
The Ronettes originally began performing as the Darling Sisters and later worked as dancers at New York's Peppermint Lounge.
i want a boy b/w sweet sixteen - 1961 / silhouettes b/w you bet i would - 1962
The trio's first single, 'I Want A Boy b/w 'Sweet Sixteen', was credited to Ronnie And The Relatives, however, when 'Silhouettes' b/w 'You Bet I Would' followed in 1962, the Ronettes had changed their name, with the group members comprising: Veronica Bennett-Spector, Estelle Bennett And Nedra Talley-Ross.
The Ronettes recorded four singles for the Colpix / May group and appeared on disc jockey Murray The K's 'Live From The Brooklyn Fox'.
The Ronettes signed with Phil Spector's Philles Records in 1963.
The same year, the group had a huge hit with the song 'Be My Baby' b/w 'Tedesco And Pitman', reaching number 2 in the charts.
The group were also involved in the legendary Christmas album, released by Spector, additionally, in 1963.
'Be My Baby' was followed by 'Baby I Love You' b/w 'Miss Joan And Mr. Sam', another Top 20 entrant in the U.S. and the U.K.
presenting the fabulous ronettes featuring veronica - 1964 / the ronettes featuring veronica - 1965
Following sides included 'The Best Part of Breaking Up' b/w 'Big Red', 'Walking In The Rain' b/w 'How Does It Feel?' (both 1964) and 'Is This What I Get For Loving You' b/w 'Oh, I Love You' (1965).
Their last Philles single was 'I Can Hear Music' b/w 'When I Saw You' in 1966, and going their seperate ways the following year.
After the group's breakup, Estelle hardly ever made public appearances.
The group did have an exhaustive court battle, regarding royalties, with Spector, citing the use of the song 'Be My Baby' in the opening credits of the film 'Dirty Dancing'.
In 2000, Phil Spector was ordered to pay 2.6 million dollars as compensation for the use of the women's music in various media projects.
Two years later, the award was overturned.
The Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
In addition to her sister, Estelle is survived by a daughter, Toyin Hunter of Santa Monica, Califonia, along with three grandsons.
Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica (Philes Records 1964)
The Ronettes Featuring Veronica (Colpix Records 1965)