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Billy Joel mourns Ronnie Spector's passing

Billy Joel mourns Ronnie Spector's passing
Billy Joel on Thursday mourned the death a day earlier of singer Ronnie Spector, whose 1960s song "Be My Baby" influenced his own hit "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." "The great Ronnie Spector has died. So

i pShare Tweet Email Billy Joel on Thursday mourned the death a day earlier of singer Ronnie Spector, whose 1960s song "Be My Baby" influenced his own hit "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." "The great Ronnie Spector has died.17 hit single with a live version five years later — "I was thinking of Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes when I did it." Meanwhile, fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who has lived in Long Beach since the 1970s, tweeted Wednesday, "Our dear friend Ronnie Spector, has passed.

At university lectures, Hicksville-raised Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joel reportedly has described "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" as an homage to both "Be My Baby" and the famed "wall of sound" heard in that and other works produced by Phil Spector, whom Ronettes frontwoman Veronica "Ronnie" Bennett would later marry and divorce.And her mark on rock and roll is indelible.

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