“…Presenting The Fabulous RONETTES” (click here to read the entire story)
I can’t believe during yesterday’s rant, I forgot to post a picture of my favorite 60’s girl group who happened to be on the Philles label!
(so now they get their very own entry on this thing!)
sisters- Estelle and Veronica Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley.
I love, LOVE the Ronettes! These were the bad girls of Rock & Roll. Teased hair, tight skirts and mascara as thick as Veronica’s accent. The Ronettes were first signed to the Colpix label and recorded several songs that- for the most part, were only heard by some of the local teens in the NY area. They got their start singing a small birthday parties and small dances in the neighborhood. Eventually, they became dancers at the world famous “Peppermint Lounge” that stole the show. Can you imagine how cool it must have been to see these three teenage girls shakin’ it on stage, hair piled high and enough make-up to frost a cake? At the time, they hadn’t yet recorded the hit songs that would eventually earn them Gold Records but I’m sure everyone in that club probably knew who the Ronettes were.
To pass the time before a concert, The Ronettes would sometimes have a little contest between themselves to see “Who could get their hair the highest or extend their eye make-up the furthest”.
During their “Colpix” sessions, they recorded songs that may have not hit Number #1 on the Billboard Music Charts but they remain some of my personal favorites. I love, LOVE their version of “Silhouettes”. A few other cool tunes from those early sessions (this was before they were being produced by the magic that is Phil Spector) included songs like- “I Want A Boy”, “I’m On The Wagon” and “Good Girls”….(which showcases Veronica singing about how a good girl is looking for a real good boy) has one of the coolest lines they ever recorded- “I’ll mashed potato but forget the gravy!”
They got out of their Colpix recording contract (thanks to a little white lie) and signed with Phil Spector- that’s when they started writing their chapter in Rock & Roll History. The song that kicked it off for them was called “Be My Baby” and if you’ve never heard it… you’re missin it. That is one of the few songs I can put on repeat and listen to over and over and over again. I love the opening drum beat, Veronica’s lead vocals, the constant chanting of the background vocals, the entire production of that song is just amazing. A few other gems from Gold Star Studios sessions are “I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine”, “Walking In The Rain” and “Is This What I Get For Loving You?”.
The girls in 1963, backstage with a couple of fans.
Is that a cigarette in Estelle’s hand?…COOL!
Veronica, Estelle and Nedra performed as “The Ronettes” all over the world and played for millions of screaming fans. They toured with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and they have made their own little chapter in the history books of Rock & Roll Music. These three girls were recently and FINALLY inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME- and for the first time in 40 years, The Ronettes were on the same stage together and honored by their peers.
This has always been my favorite publicity photo of the girls-
(left to right) Nedra, Veronica & Estelle
A can of Aqua Net and two pounds of mascara…..each!
Love ya girls… thanks for the music-
….especially Estelle Bennett, my favorite Ronette who left us in 2009
Rest in peace- sweet Estelle, you’re free now….