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The Ronettes – "Be My Baby"

We’ll make ’em turn their heads, every place we go

“The things Phil was doing were crazy and exhausting …. but that’s not the sign of a nut. That’s genius.”

– Larry Levine (Phil Spector’s engineer)

“Be My Baby” is a seminal 1963 single written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich, performed by the Ronettes and produced by Phil Spector.

It’s a classic of the pop music genre and the favourite song of no less a genius than pop maestro Brian Wilson! A song that has been influential on generations of great musicians, from the Beatles and the Beach Boys through to the present day.

The Ronettes were a girl group of the 1960s from New York City, best known for their work with producer Phil Spector. They consisted of lead singer Veronica Bennett (a.k.a. Ronnie Spector), her sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley.

The Ronettes were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.

In 1963 the girls came to the attention of producer Phil Spector, who was looking for a new girl group to assume The Crystals’ mantle. He was taken with Ronnie’s voice and style, and signed The Ronettes to his Philles label.

As Spector’s new protégées, they were given a strong image as “bad girls”, with beehive hairdos, heavy eyeliner, and tight skirts.

Their first Philles single was the sublime “Be My Baby”.

When “Be My Baby” was released as a single, the song became a hit, reaching #2 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Singles Chart and #4 in the UK Record Retailer chart.

The song as sung by The Ronettes is #22 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 1999 it was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2006, the Library of Congress honored their version by adding it to the United States National Recording Registry.

Often cited as the ultimate embodiment of Spector’s concept of the Wall of Sound, “Be My Baby” is one of the best-known and most enduring songs of its era, and arguably one of the most influential pop songs of all time.

Spector rehearsed this song with Ronnie Bennett (the only Ronette to sing on it) for weeks , but that didn’t stop him from doing forty-two takes before he was satisfied. Aided by a full orchestra, he created a lush, echo-laden sound that was the Rosetta stone for studio pioneers such as the Beatles and Brian Wilson.

Critic Jason Ankeny writes, “No less an authority than Brian Wilson has declared ‘Be My Baby’ the greatest pop record ever made — no arguments here.”

In her autobiography, lead vocalist Ronnie Spector relates that she was on tour with Joey Dee and the Starlighters when “Be My Baby” was introduced by Dick Clark on American Bandstand as the “Record of the Century.”

The song has been covered countless times by artists including Andy Kim (a 1970 chart hit produced by Jeff Barry), John Lennon, The Lightning Seeds, the Bay City Rollers, the Glitzzi Girls, The Baby Skins, Blue Öyster Cult, We Are Scientists, Psyched Up Janis, Maroon 5. Glasvegas, Ivy, Linda Ronstadt, Whigfield, Ultima Thule, Jason Donovan and Travis.

Brian Wilson considers his song “Don’t Worry Baby” (performed by The Beach Boys) to be the ‘male answer’ to this song.

In 1986, Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight” included the lyrics “Just like Ronnie sang” and Ronnie Spector herself singing part of the chorus to “Be My Baby”. Mutya Buena and Amy Winehouse recently recorded a derivative song “B Boy Baby” based around the chorus for Mutya’s debut album Real Girl.

The song features a famous drum intro by Hal Blaine which has been replicated on hundreds of subsequent songs from The Beatles and The Beach Boys in 1964 to Deerhunter in 2008!

The song has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, best of all in the majestic Martin Scorsese film Mean Streets, which features a montage of street scenes and group photographs set against the Ronettes’ track.




The night we met I knew I needed you so
And if I had the chance I’d never let you go
So won’t you say you love me
I’ll make you so proud of me
We’ll make ’em turn their heads
Every place we go
So won’t you please

(Be my be my baby) Be my little baby
(I want it only say) Say you’ll be my darling
(Be my be my baby) Be my baby now
(I want it only say) Ooh, ohh, ohh, oh

I’ll make you happy, baby
Just wait and see
For every kiss you give me
I’ll give you three
Oh, since the day I saw you
I have been waiting for you
You know I will adore you
Till eternity
So won’t you please

(Be my be my baby) Be my little baby
(I want it only say) Say you’ll be my darling
(Be my be my baby) Be my baby now
(I want it only say) Ooh, ohh, ohh, ohh, oh

So come on and please
(Be my be my baby) Be my little baby
(I want it only say) Say you’ll be my darling
(Be my be my baby) Be my baby now
(I want it only say) Ooh, ohh, ohh, oh

(Be my be my baby) Be my little baby
(I want it only say) Ooh-oh-oh-oh, ooh-oh-oh-oh
(Be my be my baby) Oh-oh-oh, oohh…
(I want it only say) Oh, oh, oh, oh, oooohh…

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January 27, 2009 Posted by | Canon, Music_Pop, Phil Spector, The Ronettes, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

John Lennon – Rock N Roll (1975)

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John Lennon – Rock N Roll1975
Remastered & Bonus Tracks – 2004

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

-Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller/Ben E. King
I’m a freakin’ artist, man, not a fuckin’ racehorse!

-John Lennon (Rolling Stone 5/6/1975)

We saw a post with this fine release posted over at scarydaydreams

Rock ‘n’ Roll is a 1975 album of late 1950s and early 1960s-era rock songs covered by John Lennon. The recording of the album spanned a year and its dramatic and infamous sessions have since entered into rock music folklore. The title was actually a last-minute choice, coming from a neon sign crafted for the album cover.

In this new improved version of the album from 2004, all the tracks have been remixed and remastered, and while true to the original release, sound better than they ever have before. A few extra touches, such as a count-in on “Be Bop A Lula”, are good and the bonus tracks ain’t half bad either – particularly the fun arrangement and backing vocals on “My Baby Left Me”, and the extra spoken words on the previously unreleased outro to “Just Because”.

It may not be a perfect album, but it’s pretty damn good indeed and a must-have for fans of great music. It’ an uplifting album and the interpretations sound fresh and strong. The songs of course are stone-cold classics and the album itself is a great and warm Lennon tribute to the rock n’ roll roots that influenced him, seeped into his soul and stayed with him throughout his life.

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The context and background for this album were very complex indeed and rather surreal!

John was in the midst of his so called, “Lost Weekend” when he started recording golden oldies for a new album.

After splitting with Yoko Ono in the fall of 1973, and arriving in Los Angeles with May Pang, Lennon teamed up with Phil Spector to record the album, working at both A&M Records Studios and Gold Star Recording Studios. Due to the boys-club nature of the sessions, the atmosphere quickly fell into disarray with alcohol, with Lennon in very aggressive form.

Paul McCartney had decided to go to court to dissolve the Beatles partnership, which froze their assets. All of the Ex-Beatles were given allowances, and this meant that none of them could make any money on their own until the Beatles had officially broken up on paper. All of the money that the Beatles were making on solo projects was being poured into one giant Apple pot.

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Lawyers had begun to slice up the Apple pie, and each of the Beatles had their own lawsuits to fight. John Lennon started making the album “ROCK ‘N ROLL,” due to a lawsuit that was filed against him by Morris Levy, a renowned shyster, who owned the publishing to “You Can’t Catch Me” by Chuck Berry.

Levy claimed that John had ripped off Chuck Berry when he recorded, “Come Together.” The lawsuit was filed in 1973. John’s lawyer, “Harry Seider” was ready to fight, but Yoko didn’t want John to come back to New York, she wanted him to settle this out of court.

An agreement was reached that, in summary, Lennon would record three Chuck Berry numbers and thereby fill Levy’s coffers!

Furthermore, Lennon’s recent outings had not sold well so he felt he would return to his roots with classic Rock n Roll numbers with a view to increasing sales.

These two scenarios were the main factors leading to the recording of what became this album.

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The LA sessions for the album are infamous and filled with so many strange and fucked-up details, it would take a novel to do them justice. Therefore, let’s just cover the main salient points.

John went to work on the album in LA with ‘wall of sound’ uber-producer, whack-job (and now potential murder felon!) Phil Spector. The sessions at various points ranged between chaotic to insane, entailing throughout, the consumption (allegedly!) of copious amounts of cocaine, alcohol, pot etc. and entailing, at various points, Spector gunshots in the studio, fierce arguments, Lennon fights, monster celebrity parties, etc. etc.

Furthermore, Lennon was so fucked-up that not only was his voice shot but he was changing his singing style, as well as the lyrics, so much between takes that continuity and cutting together of takes was impossible. Also Spector’s style of very slowly designing the arrangements in the studio, and technically his means of recording every take with all 24 tracks wide open, meant that very little from the sessions could be salvaged.

In the end, the sessions had cost a hell of a lot of money and had yielded very little. A further surreal complication was that, for a time, Spector absconded with the masters and claimed they had been destroyed in a motorcycle crash!

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Eventually, the masters were returned to Lennon, but were in the most part unusable. Lennon basically re-recorded the entire thing in NYC over 9 days and the record company shipped it out pronto due to an impending similar release being made by the aforementioned Morris Levy of similar Lennon material called Roots. This was an unauthorised album recorded by Lennon and his band in Levy’s farmhouse and released on Levy’s Adam VIII label. Though it didn’t sell very well, original copies of Roots are now valuable collector’s items.

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The album cover for Rock n Roll is of course the famous photo of John Lennon standing in a doorway while the other Beatles walk in front of him, and are blurred as they’re walking by. Photographer Jurgen Volimer took the great shot in 1961.

The photo was a favorite of John’s, and was one of the few Beatles photos that he had hanging in his Dakota pad. He actually kept the picture hanging over his jukebox there.

The album’s working title had been Oldies but Mouldies; no official title had been chosen until Lennon saw the neon sign prepared as cover art by John Uotomo, with Lennon’s name and the words “ROCK ‘N’ ROLL” beneath. This struck Lennon in a positive way, and it became the album title.

Some interesting links:

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Tracklisting:

All tracks produced by John Lennon, except where noted.

1. “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (Tex Davis/Gene Vincent) – 2:39

* Lennon opened with a song he’d played the only time his mother Julia got to see him perform. This was the song he was playing when he met Paul McCartney in 1957.

2. “Stand by Me” (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller/Ben E. King) – 3:26

* The single’s B-side, “Move Over Ms. L”, was a non-album song written by Lennon, originally intended for Walls and Bridges.

3. “Medley: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy” (Blackwell/John Marascalco) – 1:33

* Two songs famously recorded by Little Richard, who had toured with the Beatles.

4. “You Can’t Catch Me” (Chuck Berry) – 4:51

* Produced by Phil Spector was the song that, according to Morris Levy, sounded very much like Come Together.

5. “Ain’t That a Shame” (Fats Domino/Dave Bartholomew) – 2:38

* Lennon met Fats Domino during a Las Vegas visit late in 1973; this was the first song Lennon’s mother taught him to play.

6. “Do You Wanna Dance?” (Bobby Freeman) – 3:15

* A reggae-flavoured remake.

7. “Sweet Little Sixteen” (Chuck Berry) – 3:01

* Produced by Phil Spector.

8. “Slippin’ and Slidin'” (Eddie Bocage/Albert Collins/Richard Wayne Penniman/James H. Smith) – 2:16

* Planned as the second single from the album (with “Ain’t That A Shame” as the B-side), but cancelled before its release. In the video, he sends a sweet message to son Julian.

9. “Peggy Sue” (Jerry Allison/Norman Petty/Buddy Holly) – 2:06

* Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison were Buddy Holly fans; McCartney purchased Holly’s song copyrights in the late 1970s.

10. “Medley: Bring It On Home to Me/Send Me Some Lovin'” (Sam Cooke)/(John Marascalco/Lloyd Price) – 3:41

11. “Bony Moronie” (Larry Williams) – 3:47

* Produced by Phil Spector

12. “Ya Ya” (Lee Dorsey/Clarence Lewis/Morgan Robinson) – 2:17

* A brief version appeared on Walls and Bridges, featuring eleven-year-old Julian Lennon on drums.

13. “Just Because” (Lloyd Price) – 4:25

* Produced by Phil Spector

* Lennon speaks before the fadeout, in the style of a 50’s D.J. closing out a radio programme, joking, “There’s two basses in this, and I hope you appreciate it!” adding “Good night from the Record Plant East, New York… Goodbye.” He said in a later interview that he was subconsciously bidding farewell to the music business.

* On the ‘Reprise’ version found on the 2005 re-issue, Lennon says “it’s all down to Goodnight Vienna, I’d like to say hi to Ringo, Paul and, George… how are you?” “All wounds are healed” said Lennon in 1974, and he was feeling sentimental toward his fellow bandmates. As he could not leave the U.S. because of immigration problems, he sent this message to them.

14. “Angel Baby” (Rosie Hamlin) – 3:44

* appears on 2004 reissue

15. “To Know Her is to Love Her” (Phil Spector) – 4:31

* appears on 2004 reissue

16. “Since My Baby Left Me” (Arthur Crudup) – 4:40

* appears on 2004 reissue

17. “Just Because (Reprise)” – 1:25

* appears on 2004 reissue

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December 11, 2008 Posted by | John Lennon, May Pang, Music_ClassicRock, Phil Spector, The Beatles, Yoko Ono, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Spectre of Spector rises again!

Interesting piece by Reuters regarding supreme whackjob Spector.

Yap, poor Phillo will have to stand trial a second time on charges that he murdered Lana Clarkson (former B-Movie actress) in his mock castle (why the fuck would anyone want to own a mock castle??) back in 2003.

Last time out, in September 2007, the jury were deadlocked 10-2 in favor of a guilty verdict, and the case declared a mistrial.

This is the sort of justice that happens when you can afford to pay out millions of bucks to the greasiest, sorry best, lawyers! Justice for the rich! Seems like an OJ case once again!

Phil Spector To Be Re-Tried For Murder

Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

//www.billboard.com/billboard/photos/daily/2007/spector_phil_01l.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.A Los Angeles judge today (May 22) set a September date for pioneering rock producer Phil Spector’s second trial on charges that he murdered actress Lana Clarkson in the foyer of his mock castle in 2003.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler ordered Spector to stand trial beginning on Sept. 29 in the high-profile case.

The jury in Spector’s first trial deadlocked 10-2 in favor of a guilty verdict in September 2007, forcing Fidler to declare a mistrial, but prosecutors immediately said they would bring the case again.

Most of Spector’s defense team quit in October, causing delays in the retrial. The new defense team is seeking to have Fidler removed from the case, claiming he is biased against the 68-year-old rock producer.

Clarkson, 40, was found dead of a gunshot to the mouth early on the morning of February 3, 2003, after Spector’s driver called police to say that the record producer had killed someone.

Prosecutors say Spector shot Clarkson while trying to prevent her from leaving. They called a series of witnesses to testify that Spector had a history of brandishing guns at women when he was drunk and said forensic evidence indicated that the Colt Cobra .38 special revolver went off accidentally after he jammed it in Clarkson’s face.

Defense attorneys countered that Clarkson, best known as the star of such B-movies as “Amazon Women on the Moon” and “Barbarian Queen,” had been depressed and may have killed herself.

Spector did not take the witness stand in his own defense. He told a magazine interviewer early on in the case that Clarkson committed suicide for reasons he could not grasp.

After a five-month trial in 2007, the jury deliberated for 12 days before telling the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked and could not reach a unanimous verdict.

May 26, 2008 Posted by | OTHER_ARTICLE, Phil Spector, _MUSIC, _OTHER | Leave a comment

The Spectre of Spector rises again!

Interesting piece by Reuters regarding supreme whackjob Spector.

Yap, poor Phillo will have to stand trial a second time on charges that he murdered Lana Clarkson (former B-Movie actress) in his mock castle (why the fuck would anyone want to own a mock castle??) back in 2003.

Last time out, in September 2007, the jury were deadlocked 10-2 in favor of a guilty verdict, and the case declared a mistrial.

This is the sort of justice that happens when you can afford to pay out millions of bucks to the greasiest, sorry best, lawyers! Justice for the rich! Seems like an OJ case once again!

Phil Spector To Be Re-Tried For Murder

Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

//www.billboard.com/billboard/photos/daily/2007/spector_phil_01l.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.A Los Angeles judge today (May 22) set a September date for pioneering rock producer Phil Spector’s second trial on charges that he murdered actress Lana Clarkson in the foyer of his mock castle in 2003.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler ordered Spector to stand trial beginning on Sept. 29 in the high-profile case.

The jury in Spector’s first trial deadlocked 10-2 in favor of a guilty verdict in September 2007, forcing Fidler to declare a mistrial, but prosecutors immediately said they would bring the case again.

Most of Spector’s defense team quit in October, causing delays in the retrial. The new defense team is seeking to have Fidler removed from the case, claiming he is biased against the 68-year-old rock producer.

Clarkson, 40, was found dead of a gunshot to the mouth early on the morning of February 3, 2003, after Spector’s driver called police to say that the record producer had killed someone.

Prosecutors say Spector shot Clarkson while trying to prevent her from leaving. They called a series of witnesses to testify that Spector had a history of brandishing guns at women when he was drunk and said forensic evidence indicated that the Colt Cobra .38 special revolver went off accidentally after he jammed it in Clarkson’s face.

Defense attorneys countered that Clarkson, best known as the star of such B-movies as “Amazon Women on the Moon” and “Barbarian Queen,” had been depressed and may have killed herself.

Spector did not take the witness stand in his own defense. He told a magazine interviewer early on in the case that Clarkson committed suicide for reasons he could not grasp.

After a five-month trial in 2007, the jury deliberated for 12 days before telling the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked and could not reach a unanimous verdict.

May 26, 2008 Posted by | OTHER_ARTICLE, Phil Spector, _MUSIC, _OTHER | Leave a comment