Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Ronnie Spector

The Ronettes
The Ronettes (Wikimedia Commons)

History Highlight:

Veronica Yvette Bennett, also known as Ronnie Spector, is 74 today. Spector was the lead singer of the Ronettes, which had a bunch of hits during the early to mid-1960s including "Be My Baby", "Baby, I Love You", "The Best Part of Breakin' Up", "Do I Love You?", and "Walking in the Rain".

Also, Today In:

1959 - Four members of the Platters were arrested following a gig in Cincinnati after being found with four 19-year-old women in various stages of undress. The scandal resulted in radio stations across the U.S. removing Platters records from their playlists.

1963 - Thirteen-year-old Little Stevie Wonder started a three-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Fingertips part II," making him the youngest singer to top the charts.

1974 - John Denver went to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with Back Home Again.

1974 - Roberta Flack went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Feel Like Makin' Love," her third U.S. No. 1.

1976 - Elton John begins a historic record-breaking ten-night run of concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

1985 - Canadian singer and guitarist Bryan Adams scored his first U.S. No.1 album with Reckless.

1985 - Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran was air-lifted to safety when his boat, Drum, overturned while racing off the English coast. Le Bon was trapped under the hull with five other crew members for 20 minutes until they were all rescued by the Royal Navy.

1997 - Puff Daddy & the Family went to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with No Way Out.

2005 - Mariah Carey had the U.S. No. 1 single with "We Belong Together."

2008 - Soul singer/actor Isaac Hayes died of a stroke in Tennessee 10 days before his 66th birthday.

Birthdays:

INXS drummer Jon Farriss is 56.

Michael Bivins of Bel Biv Devoe is 49.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.


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