Steven Van Zandt Picks His 5 Favorite Ronnie Spector Songs: Exclusive
Steven Van Zandt knew Ronnie Spector, who died Jan. 12 at the age of 78, for more than 40 years. But even before they met, her music was an integral part of his life. As leader of The Ronettes, Spector’s dynamic, powerful delivery and instantly recognizable vibrato imprinted on his soul.
More than a decade after The Ronettes’ heyday, Van Zandt produced a handful of records featuring Spector, igniting a friendship that lasted until her death. Their work in the mid-’70s, as she was coming out of her divorce from producer Phil Spector and trying to find her footing again in the musical world, helped bring her out of retirement.
“She never changed throughout all of her adversity,” Van Zandt tells Billboard. “She was just an eternal 16-year-old teenager. I …
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