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.”