Ronnie Spector, who sang the music that defined a generation, has died. The former singer of the Ronettes was 78 years old. The cause of death was cancer. But what was his net worth when he died?
Ronnie Spector was born Veronica Bennett
Although the world knows her as Ronnie Spector, she was born Veronica Bennett in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. According to the Associated Press, she comes from a multiracial background. Her father was white and her mother was black and Native American.
She teamed up with her younger sister, Estelle Bennett, and her cousin Nedra Talley, to form a band she first called Ronnie and the Relatives. While they were still working on their act, they were also developing their sound and look. They did everything from sock-hopping to bar mitzvahs.
And, they would often cover songs by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers as part of their act. But the most important thing they developed was their look.
In her autobiography, ‘Be My Baby’, she detailed the abuse suffered by Phil Spector
“The louder they clapped, the more mascara we put on next time,” Ronnie Spector wrote in his memoir titled be my baby. “We didn’t have a hit record to catch their attention, so we had to make an impression with our style. None of this was planned; we just took the look we were born with and extended it.
But that’s not all she detailed in her book. After marrying Phil Spector, she detailed how much abuse she suffered from him. “As I said many times during his lifetime, he was a brilliant producer, but a bad husband,” she said. “Unfortunately Phil was unable to live and function outside of the recording studio. Darkness set in, many lives were damaged. I still smile whenever I hear the music we made together, and I always will. The music will be forever.
When Phil Spector died, his children, including the three he adopted with Ronnie Spector, inherited his fortune. However, his ex-wife did not. Luckily, she didn’t need his money.
She was worth 5 million dollars
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ronnie Spector was worth $5 million when he died. She is survived by her five children. She adopted three children with Spector and had two children with her second husband, Jonathan Greenfield. His sister and fellow Ronette, Estelle Bennett, died in 2009. Phil Spector died in prison in January 2021, after contracting COVID-19.
Richard Williams, who wrote the definitive biography of Phil Spector, wrote that the controversial producer’s greatest discovery was none other than Ronnie Spector.
“The extremely quavering and massively sexy voice of Ronnie Bennett [was] a pure pop instrument like no one had ever heard of before. Spector had found her instrument and she had found her setting,” he wrote.
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