Roni Spector, lead singer of the Rontes, passed away yesterday (Wednesday) at the age of 78, as a result of cancer.
"Our favorite country angel, Roni, has left this world today after a brief battle with cancer," the official website said in a statement.
"She was surrounded by her family and her husband Jonathan. Ronny lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, cheeky playfulness, a sharpened sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was full of love and gratitude. Hear or see her. "
The Rontes, Photo: Gettyimages
Spector was born Veronica Bennett in 1943 in Manhattan.
She formed the Ronts female ensemble in the early 1960s, along with her older sister Estelle Bennett and her cousin Nadra Taley.
The band attracted a lot of attention due to the music they created, as well as due to the unique skirts, makeup and hairstyles of its members.
After being discovered by producer Phil Spector, the band has released hits that will become temporary over the years, including "Be My Baby", "Walking in the Rain" and others.
Bennett and Spector had an affair while he was still married to his first wife Annette Marr.
The two finally married in 1968, and since then Bennett has been identified as a chronic Spector.
Their marriage knew mostly rebellions, as a devastating relationship developed between the two that led Spector to alcoholism, which hurt her career later on.
Her marriage to Spector came to an end in 1974, two years after she ran away from home and left behind their adopted children.
She later married Jonathan Greenfeld, who helped her deal with her addictions as well as returning to musical activities.
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In the late 1970s, Spector worked as a solo artist and worked with names such as Joey Ramon, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Manny, but was never able to replicate the success she experienced in the early years of her career.
In 2007, she and her Ronts bandmates entered the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Other big hits she signed with the Rontes are "Baby I Love You", "(The Best Part of) Breakng Up", "Do I Love You".
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