Tough but tender, there is no singer quite like Ronnie Spector.
That bouffant hair, the pearlised lipstick, the melting voice combined with fierce attitude turned her into a star in the 1960’s and the legend has never worn off, backed by incredible talent showcased in classics like Be My Baby and Walking In The Rain.
Now Ronnie Spector returns to the UK for concerts this Spring with Ronnie Spector Sings the Fabulous Ronettes. This is the iconic rock singer’s first show created specifically to pay tribute to the music of the ultimate girl group she co–founded as a teenager.
She will perform at the DLWP on May 16 and tickets go on sale today (Friday) at 10am priced at £34.50 (premium) and £29.50 (standard).
This tour follows the singer’s last UK appearance, in 2015, when her show played London’s Barbican to critical acclaim; “Her voice still with that mix of innocence and lasciviousness,” said The Times.
In conjunction with the upcoming tour, in April she will release the first new Ronettes recording in 49 years, English Heart.
Ronnie was raised in Spanish Harlem, she formed the Ronettes while in her teens and released her first records in 1961 on the Colpix label.
The Ronettes were also professional singers and dancers at New York’s Peppermint Lounge. There they were discovered by legendary disc jockey Murray Kaufman who promptly hired them as dancers for his rock and roll revues.
Beginning in 1963, Ronnie Spector — as lead singer of the group — recorded a long string of powerful, poignant teen anthems including Do I Love You, Baby I Love You, The Best Part of Breaking Up, and I Can Hear Music. These records are among the best-loved in the history of rock and roll.
As a hugely popular draw in England, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes headlined over acts like the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds. The Beatles personally requested that the Ronettes join their final U.S. tour in August 1966; later that year, at Basin Street East, a talented young comedian named Richard Pryor was the opening act for the Ronettes’ final live performance.
In 1970, Ronnie sang on Jimi Hendrix’s recording of Earth Blues, and the following year released her Apple Records debut single, Try Some, Buy Some written and produced by George Harrison, with a backing band that included George, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.
In 2004 Ronnie was recognized for her contribution to American popular music when she was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.
Ronnie’s CD, The Last of the Rock Stars, released 2009, however marked the first time she was ever in full control of her material, arrangements, and production. The supporting cast includes Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), members of The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Patti Smith, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
In the summer of 2012, Ronnie debuted her biographical one-woman multi-media show Beyond the Beehive in New York City and brought it to London for its premier UK performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall on March 9, 2014.
To book tickets call on 01424 229111 or go to www.dlwp.com