The Ronettes

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2007

Inducted by: Keith Richards

Nominated in: 2007

First Eligible: 1989 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Ronnie Spector, Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2014 (ranked #224) .

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Be My Baby (1963)
Baby, I Love You (1963)
Walking in the Rain (1964)

The Ronettes @ Wikipedia

The Ronettes Videos


17 comments so far (post your own)

I can't belives some snobby old bastards picked the ronnettes for the rock hall than judas priest

Posted by martin on Sunday, 10.29.06 @ 06:38am

Inducting the Ronettes would be like inducting Phil Spector again.

Posted by A-Killa on Sunday, 10.29.06 @ 10:10am

The Ronettes are long overdue for this induction.
However, good things are worth waiting for.
Ronnie, Nedra, & Estelle are what original Rock
& Roll is all about...their look, their heritage,
their sound, their style. Phil Spector gave
them their hits, but not their image or sound.
Stu Phillips produced them first and listening
to those recordings you hear how Ronnie is
ALL Ronnie-her phrasing, her vibrato, it's all
there. The Ronettes are real Rock and Roll

Posted by Randy Russi on Tuesday, 10.31.06 @ 07:09am

The Ronettes (along with the Crystals) were the ONLY competetion LIVE-ON STAGE that the Motown female groups had.Ronnie, Nedra & Estelle were the best looking female group BUT they also had a great LIVE show and could really sing. I remember me & my friends in Jr. High all had big crushes on these ladies.

Posted by Tony Russi on Tuesday, 10.31.06 @ 07:22am

The Ronettes make the hall on their first attempt. Excellent, ladies. With the exception of Aretha Franklin, Ronnie Spector is the finest female rock voice recorded to date.

Posted by Danny on Saturday, 02.10.07 @ 20:47pm

Sorry. How were they "innovative" or "influencial" ?

Posted by dave on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 12:13pm

the hof needs to move past the sixties. every artist to come out of the sixties doesn't need to go in the hof. they've past over most the seventies. they might do the same with most of the eighties too! i thought a hof is about impact on history. you can't include everyone, but to skip major artist so many years that have made impact, is ridiculous.

Posted by thomas johnson on Monday, 04.9.07 @ 05:58am

I agree with the earlier comments. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and its sister organization, Rolling Stone magazine are stuck in the 60's. Sure the 60's produced great music, but not every 60's act should be there. I thought it was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and not country, rap, or soul. It is getting out of hand. How can a hall of fame call itself Rock and Roll and not include Kiss, but have acts like The Ronettes, Frankie Lymon, and Bonnie Rait. That is a joke. I can't wait for you guys to induct Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion in a few years.

Posted by Andy on Saturday, 07.14.07 @ 13:08pm

The Ronettes are arguably the greatest girl group of all time, and they're my personal favorite. Frankie Lymon was hugely influential on various artists of the 60's, including The Ronettes. I can agree that the Bonnie Rait inclusion was a bit of a "huh?" moment, but certainly all three have more artistic merit in their left pinky than KISS.

Posted by Casper on Saturday, 07.14.07 @ 14:13pm

Andy has a point. I mean, the Ronettes had one good song. That's it. I mean, KISS had a lot of good songs and they're not in. KISS and Rush should be in. Like you said, Frankie Lymon was influential on 60's artists. The 60's. Some good bands from the 70's and 80's are not in, and rap and country is in. They should call it the Music Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Chance on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 14:57pm

How did they have one good song? Every song on The Best Of The Ronettes stands out amongst the crowded 60's field. "Be My Baby" barely cracks my Top Five, if that.

Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 19:22pm

LONG overdue ladies, long overdue. They were my favorite girl group when I was in high school in the 1960's, and now my daugter watch's them on you tube. I have less respect for Phil Spector now, having read Ronnie's book. But as a pioneer rock producer, he is unsurpassed. Come on ladies, how about just one short reunion tour..PLEASE

Posted by Dennis on Wednesday, 12.26.07 @ 14:16pm

Crushingly insipid and uninteresting music, would have made a...justifiable induction under some sort of Spector umbrella but alone, no, they meant shit and sounded like goats.

Posted by oosive on Tuesday, 08.18.09 @ 15:21pm

According to wikipedia, Phil Spector tried to prevent the Ronettes from getting nominated into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, here's the full story for anyone interested:

"It was believed that Phil Spector, in his capacity as a member of the Board of Governors, deliberately prevented The Ronettes (and Darlene Love) from being nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although they had been eligible for a considerable time. The alleged reasons included the acrimonious divorce of Ronnie and Spector, in addition to the group having unsuccessfully sued Spector for back royalties. While Spector was awaiting trial on a murder charge and out on $1 million bail, the Ronettes were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 12, 2007."

Glad they got in as they're my personal favorite girl group.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 08.23.10 @ 10:16am

"Crushingly insipid and uninteresting music..... they meant shit and sounded like goats." - oosive (Posted on Tuesday, 08.18.09 @ 15:21pm)

Wrong place to talk about the Jonas Brothers, oosive.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 08.23.10 @ 12:20pm

The Ronettes were the dominant girl group of their time and Be My Baby is the greatest girl group single of all time. My personal favorite is Walkin in the Rain. The only question with the Ronettes and the Crystals too is to what degree Phil Spector should get the credit. There's no doubt in my mind that the Wall of Sound made all the difference in the world, which is not to say that the girls couldn't sing because they could. They were great!

Posted by ralph rayban on Thursday, 05.12.11 @ 04:53am

I'd like to reply to oosive who calls the Ronettes 'crushingly insipid and uninteresting.' I agree that the Ronettes, like the other Spector produced 60s groups, did not produce High Art. Nor were they original or controversial. But rock and roll was originally music for teenagers and low brows. A lot of the songs had nothing going for them except that once you heard them you couldn't get them out of your mind. As a boy I noticed that certain songs had a similar arranging style and it was incredibly powerful, kind of heavy before there was heavy. That was the Wall of Sound. It appealed to the simple side f you, not to anything deep and subtle. But if you reject that approach you are rejecting most of rock and roll or at least most of the earlier stuff. And quite frankly, the word 'insipid' could be applied to an awful lot of artists if you want to go there. Is Jackson Browne never insipid, or the early Beatles, or Crosby Stills and Nash?

Posted by ralph rayban on Thursday, 05.12.11 @ 05:09am

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