Veronica Yvette "Ronnie" Spector
; born August 10, 1943) is an American
rock and roll and popular music vocalist, and was the lead singer
of the 1960s hit-making girl group
, The Ronettes
, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 2007. She is known as the "original bad girl of rock and roll
She was born Veronica Yvette Bennett
in New York City
on August 10, 1943. From an early age, Ronnie took to singing, encouraged by her large, close family. The other members of the Ronettes
, her sister, Estelle Bennett
(1941–2009), and cousin, Nedra Talley
, were also encouraged to sing by their family. The Ronettes were a multiracial
group. The Bennetts' mother was African-American
, and their father was Irish
; their cousin, Nedra Talley
, is African-American
and Puerto Rican
. In her autobiography, Ronnie Spector said that at one point in her childhood, she was not sure if she was black or white.
Bennett was married to Phil Spector
from 1968 to 1974, and took his name professionally; they adopted three children, including a set of twins, whom Phil adopted as a single parent after Ronnie and the youngest child left.
- Donté Phillip (b. March 23, 1969; adopted November 1969, aged 8 months)
- Louis Phillip (b. May 12, 1966; adopted at the age of 5)
- Gary Phillip (b.......