And still remembering Estelle Bennet.
Someday I want to try and explain this Ronettes thing. Seriously.
For ow, all I can tell you is that, many, many years ago in my adolescence, they overwhelmed and transformed everything I thought I knew about music and excitement.
The performance below is particularly thrilling because- as far as I know – it is the only time that the wall of sound was so elaborately created by a live orchestra. The genius of conductor and arranger Paul Shaffer is on full and glorious display.
The wonderful Ronnie Spector is — as always — luminous. What a thrill to see Nedra Talley. And a reminder that we will never, ever forget Estelle Bennet.
If it’s not your thing, skip to 6:38 for the incredible solo drum introduction to Ronnie’s extraordinary renditon of “Be My Baby.”
If you lived and breathed 60’s girls groups, you worshipped the Ronettes. Who knew that Estelle Bennett, Ronette extraordinaire, had such a relentlessly painful life? Estelle died this week at age 67.
Rest well, Estelle.