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Be My Baby
by The Ronettes
As I've said before, I never really took much notice of "Wall of Sound"-type girl groups back in the Sixties, but rather rediscovered them in the late 1970s on a "Rare Masters" compilation LP (vinyl). I really switched on to their sound at that point, and this classic is no exception. Now I love them.

'The Ronettes':
:: Sisters Ronnie and Estelle Bennett joined with their cousin Talley Ross to become dancers and back-up singers at clubs and on tours, before getting it together to record for Phil Spector as 'The Ronettes'. ...
:: After Spector signed them to his record label and started producing the group, he and Ronnie became romantically involved, and were married from 1968 to 1974. ...
:: In her 1990 autobiography, Ronnie claimed that her egotistical husband would make her watch the movie "Citizen Kane" (about a singer whose husband makes her famous) just to remind her that she would be nothing without him. (Even after remarrying she kept her married surname for "professional reasons", but has since taken the name 'Ronnie Greenfield' after marrying her second husband Jonathan.)

In #1963 :
:: The "Elysee Treaty" (a treaty of friendship between France and West Germany) was signed by President Charles de Gaulle and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer on January 22nd in Paris. With this, the two countries established a new foundation for relations to end centuries of rivalry, and paved the way for accord over the proposed European Common Market (now the European Union). ...
:: The "children's" record "Puff (The Magic Dragon)", recorded by the vocal 'folk' trio 'Peter, Paul & Mary', hit No. 2 in the US singles chart on May 11th this year. (As a "children's" record it has always been open to conjecture by many, given the drug-related connotations contained in the title.) ...
:: Starting on December 6th 1963, 'The Beatles' began sending out spoken and musical messages on flexi-disc to members of their official fan clubs in the UK and US each Christmas (until 1969). An LP compilation of all seven discs (entitled "From Then to You" in the UK and "The Beatles' Christmas Album" in the US) was sent out in 1970.

US: No. 2 ("Cash Box" No. 1) - UK: No. 4
1963 - Philles - United States - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 2nd December 2019
For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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