Ronnie Spector

by ethnic on March 17, 2010

Ronnie Spector – The 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Presentation with Ronnie Spector – Waldorf Astoria hotel – New York City – Photo Credit: Daniel Locke / PR Photos

Birth Name: Veronica Yvette Bennett

Place of Birth: Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 10, 1943

*Irish (father)
*African-American and Cherokee Native American (mother)

Ronnie Spector is an American rock and roll and pop music singer. She was born Veronica Yvette Bennett in New York City, the daughter of a father of Irish descent and a mother of African-American and Cherokee Native American ancestry. She and her sister, Estelle Bennett (1941–2009), were encouraged to sing by their large family, as was their cousin, Nedra Talley, who was of African-American and Puerto Rican descent. All three women would later become members of The Ronettes.

The Ronettes were a ’60s girl group who are famous for their hit, Be my Baby. Ronnie was their lead singer.

Ronnie has two children with her husband, Jonathan Greenfield, and three children with her former husband, record producer and musician Phil Spector. She uses his surname professionally.


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andrew February 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Ronnie Spector was married to producer Phil Spector (who is Jewish) from 1968 to 1974 and took his name professionally

fuzzybear44 February 2, 2017 at 1:25 am

It’s said old Phil was very abusive

bablah February 2, 2017 at 7:03 am

It’s not just said. Didn’t he kill a woman?

andrew October 4, 2017 at 6:04 am

he’s a genius anyway

Native2 August 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm

To Nativegirl,etc , I agree alot of Afrian Americans & Puerto Rican’s r incorrectly believing they r Native American. They aren’t of course. The Indians in Puerto Rico & most of the Carribean died out in the early 1600’s!

Mariposa January 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Yes, most of the natives in the West Indies did die or were killed. But that isn’t a complete story. The pilgrims went to North America because of religious persecution. The Spanish, French, and Portuguese did not. They were on board ships for months and practically starving. They banged EVERYTHING in site. One boat of Spaniards in Hawaii produced hundreds of offspring. Anyhow, have you ever heard of honorary white status? This is done with the Japanese in South Africa. And in Puerto Rico, the Tainos that abandoned their way of life and converted to catholoscism, were listed as white on the census. Many natives also hid in the hills. Most Puerto Ricans are tri-racial. Some are bi-racial (black and white). It is proven through history and genetic testing. Almost everyone is mixed, but for some reason it is still up for debate. Mostly, by racist and self-hating Puerto Ricans. The typical mix of Puerto Ricans is somewhere between all three races, or somewhere between black and white.

nativegirl July 27, 2011 at 11:01 am

a lot of african american people have been incorrectly led to believe that they are part Native when, in fact, they are not. sadly, being “black” or “african” was so looked down upon in the days after slavery that many african american people chose to claim Native ancestry. historical scholarship has shown us that the rate of Native and african american mixing was actually at a much lower rate than originally believed. so, when african american people claim Native ancestors, with little historical or familial evidence, i can’t help but doubt them.

Memphis December 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

In Northern states that may be somewhat true about Native and African interaction but down south we have the Lumbe tribes of the Carolinas that have a Native identity but are tri racial. The so called Melugeons of Tennesse and Kentucky that are also very mixed. Some Natives like the Cherokee and Choctaw had slaves and some intermixed. One of Seminole Chief, Osceola’s wives was of African descent. “African Americans” ancestry varies depending on the situation of that region. In some parts of the south, African Americans have a hidden Chinese ancestry like Oprah and James Brown that they have no clue about.

Bobatu March 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Oprah doesn’t have a secret Chin!ese identity

Mariposa January 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Actually, I think some people mistakenly believe they are Native descent, when they don’t exactly know the genetic makeup of a family member. Some african americans mixed with european look “native”. But also, I think because of the racism experienced, many did not want to believe that they are related to whites.

Saimone March 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

Now since we are ready go disprove N.A. ancestry in A.a. let me say this Native Americans also had Black slaves. This is why there are so many AA people claiming to have Native Ancestry. They did mix, it is a fact. Now the census does not show this so much because like everyone knows it you looked too black, too dark,or didn’t have what people perceive to be NA features you were marked as black . Even those who were clearly of mixed race were marked as AA if they were in A house that was predominantly black. Now with all the genetic testing more people are seeing that there are a lot of AA with native American blood. Sorry for the typos it’s the touchscreen..

ena March 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Go to Oklahoma you will change your mind.

Jasmine June 6, 2011 at 10:24 am

Wow what a nice multiracial blend there.

Megan Perkins June 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Ronnie Spector is half Irish (Father) and half Black (mother).

Fuzzybear May 15, 2010 at 5:51 am

She also said in an interview,that she was confused,she didn’t know if she was black or white.I thought that was crazy,to I remembered that when my sister was little,and we were at the park.This little white girl she was playing with asked her the same thing;however asks her that now

Jasmine June 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

She said that about her CHILDHOOD “Ronnie Spector said that at one point in her childhood, she was not sure if she was black or white.” Of course she didn’t fully understand as a child but I’m sure now she knows that shes multiracial and is just a human being regardless of race,and that she should just be who she is and accept all 3 racial categories because it’s wonderful and unique.

Fuzzybear June 7, 2011 at 4:39 am

To Jasmine

Yea I know all that about Ronnie,I was just remember something that happen when I was a kid

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