Be My Baby: The Ronettes

A salute to girl groups today!!

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15 Comments on “Be My Baby: The Ronettes”

  1. Spaceman Says:

    Girls were simpler back then – well, not really.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isc7-rJ1pIk

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I think many of them were alike, especially the wall of sound groups, but they sure dominated the radio back then.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Yeah, a salute to girl groups today! Funny coincidence, I just returned from a free open air concert nearby with a girl group I wanted to hear again. Chantik is a local a-capella quartet, but it’s not quite the girl group music you posted:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fol6wjyIt7o
    The festival is still going on, but the second concert (meditative instrumental world music) was so boring that I left early.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I don’t know what they are singing, but it doesn’t matter. I don’t need to understand to like their voices.

      Thank you!!

  3. im6 Says:

    NOW you’re talking! The girl group sound has to be one of my very favorites and there are so many sensational examples from Phil Spector, Shadow Morton and on and on. I’ve been sitting here trying to think just what my favorite might be and I think I’ve finally narrowed it down. But, oh!, what competition! Is it something that was really famous such as The Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine,” or The Angels’ “My Boyfriend’s Back?” Or maybe something less well known such as The Charmettes’ “Please Don’t Kiss Me Again” or The Girlfriends’ “My One And Only Jimmy Boy.” Decisions, decisions! I finally settled on this one. Famous group. Famous producer. It’s timeless:

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      You can never, ever go wrong choosing The Ronettes. I listen and find my head nodding in time and my feet going with the beat. Phil Spector knew what he was doing when it came to music!!

      Wow, I haven’t heard this in forever!!

      • im6 Says:

        Notice how most of the songs are just barely over 2 minutes. Spector really pushed AM radio (they weren’t happy about it either!) by making his songs longer and longer (“Be My Baby” is 2:40; “Best Part…” is 3:15). Then he made The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” at 4:02 and radio was changed forever. I guess he paved the way for “Hey Jude” at 7:06.

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        I didn’t know that about Spector pushing the limits of time. Am radio was all we had so I guess I never thought about the length of the songs until Hey Jude.

  4. im6 Says:

    You think I’m going to leave it at just ONE? You know me better than that. Thought I’d pass along the two I mentioned as being lesser well known… but still great:

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      Wow, I don’t even remember this one.

      I loved the girl groups, and after listening, to these, I still do. Their harmony, beat, the whole package is beyond amazing!!

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