Ronnie Spector

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: Spanish Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 10, 1943

*father – Irish
*mother – African-American, possibly Cherokee Native American

Ronnie Spector is an American rock and roll and pop music singer. She fronted the girl group The Ronettes. The group is famous for their hits, Be My Baby, Baby, I Love You, (The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up, and Walking in the Rain. She is also known as Veronica Yvette Spector, Bad Girl of Rock and Roll, and Ronnie Bennett.

Ronnie was born Veronica Yvette Bennett in New York City, the daughter of Beatrice Mobley and Louis Albert Bennett. Her father is said to have been of Irish descent, and her 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.

Ronnie is married to Jonathan Greenfield. She has three children with her former husband, record producer and musician Phil Spector; and two children with Jonathan. She uses Phil’s surname professionally.



Curious about ethnicity

18 Responses

  1. andrew says:

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

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