RONNIE SPECTOR FINE ART PRINT
The next in my ABC MUSIC series is Veronica Yvette Spector (née Bennett; born August 10, 1943) and hailing from Spanish Harlem (El Barrio), New York City.
“I hope your Hell is filled with magazines/and on every page you see a big picture of me/and under every picture a caption should read/not bad for a girl from the ghetto like me” — — Girl From the Ghetto, Ronnie Spector
Known for her early success with the “girl group” the Ronettes (1963-69), she is an American singer who has worked with Eddie Money, Southside Johnny, Joey Ramone, Bruce Springsteen, and The Misfits, to mention a few.
Her marriage to Phil Spector (record producer, singer, songwriter) was, according to her biography, one that resulted in years of torment and mental abuse, and imprisonment in their home.
For lack of space here, I encourage you to check out her biography, or, there is a podcast out there I found that covers the book in detail. What she’s survived is astonishing. I like her quote, “…as long as you end up okay.” Currently, a movie of her life is in the works.
This image is based on her early years but I love all her eras and styles. Many have told me this reminds them of Amy Winehouse. That’s likely because I’m sure Amy emulated Ronnie’s style. What’s not to love?
Since Amy’s passing, Ronnie performs, “Back to Black” at her concerts.
As usual I have a Spotify playlist for this drawing. This time the songs are a collection of: The early years with the Ronettes, her later music and collabs (Bye Bye Baby sung with Joey Ramone – my heart!), as well as a Billy Joel song written for her, “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”, also her early influences like Little Anthony and the Imperials, Frankie Lymon, and *please listen to, “Girl from the Ghetto” it’s a powerful bio-song.*
Phil Spector died January 16, 2021 of COVID-19 while in prison for the murder of Lana Clarkson.
“I hope your Hell is filled with magazines/and on every page you see a big picture of me/and under every picture a caption should read/not bad for a girl from the ghetto like me”
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I’m an illustrator living with MS & Endometriosis. I dig music/history/gardening/ and spirits.
“She talks to birds she talks to angels
She talks to trees she talks to bees
She don’t talk to me
Talks to the rainbows and to the seas”
— Joey Ramone (Check out this song on our “Drawing Ronnie Spector” Spotify Playlist)
Until next time,