RONETTES SUE PHIL SPECTOR
1960s chart topping girl group superstars THE RONETTES are suing producer/convicted killer PHIL SPECTOR.
The former members of the group that immortalized the wall of sound, Darlene Love, Ronnie Greenfield nee Spector formerly known as Veronica Bennett, and the state of Estelle Bennett and Bedra Talley Ross are putting the legal bite on Spector for a piece of the action - back royalities they claim is owed them.
The Ronettes collectively are suing Phil Spector, Phil Spector Records and Phillies Records claiming they owe them at least $150,000 in royalties.
The band, whose super hit number one was "Be My Baby," also demands $1 million in punitive damages, in New York County.
Ronnie Spector, who was at one point married to Spector, the producer author Tom Wolfe once described as the first teen tycoon, was the hard driving voice behind the all girl group whose hits "Baby, I Love You", "(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up", and "Walking In the Rain" remain part of the collective rock and roll consciousness.
When Spector first heard Ronnie sing, he wanted to sign her solo to his Phillies label but she refused to break the singing group up.
Spector signed them ALL in 1963 and now they're suing him en masse.
Ronnie Spector was married to Phil Spector from 1968 to 1974. In her memoir, she claimed Spector kept her virtually imprisoned in their mansion during the marriage, and sabotaged her career by forbidding her to accept invitations to tour with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
She wrote she finally left him by breaking the glass out of a sliding glass door and fleeing barefooted.
Phil Spector is currently serving 19 years to life for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, Calif. home.