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

Date of Birth: August 10, 1943

*father – Irish
*mother – African-American and Cherokee Native American

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.

Ronnie’s maternal grandfather’s surname was Bennett.

Ronnie’s maternal grandmother evidently was the daughter of a father surnamed Mobley, and of Susie Parrish.



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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