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Ronnie Spector Celebrates First Billboard Top 40 Hit In Over 52 Years, As 2019 International Tour Earns Rave Reviews

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February 12, 2019
 

Ronnie Spector Celebrates First Billboard Top 40 Hit in Over 52 Years, as 2019 International Tour Earns Rave Reviews

“The petite dynamo with the huge, towering voice proved that her sound and presence are still as unique and unmistakable as ever”

High Profile Placements Include People Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Bravo-TV’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Magnet Magazine and more

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Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes returned to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in over 52 years, as their smash ‘Sleigh Ride’ re-entered the charts during the Holidays. The following week, the song jumped to #26, giving Spector her first Top 40 hit in nearly six decades. An extraordinary feat by an iconic artist, and the latest accomplishment in what People Magazine has described as her “triumphant reemergence.”   Billboard wrote about the chart action, here: The Ronettes 'Ride' Back After 52 Years & More Hot 100 Chart Moves
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8491032/andy-williams-the-ronettes-hot-100-chart-moves

Ronnie Spector’s 2019 international tour is underway and has earned rave reviews, with Creative Loafing summarizing last week’s Florida concert with this praise: “Ending the night, fittingly, with the last single The Ronettes ever recorded, 1966’s “I Can Hear Music,” Spector closed on a high note and reminded everyone in the crowd of her musical legacy. As she made her way from one end of the stage to the other at the finale, shaking hands with adoring fans and blowing them kisses, this audience witnessed the classy ending of a dynamite performance by a bona fide rock and roll star and legend.”
https://www.cltampa.com/music/reviews/article/21045817/ronnie-spector-waxes-nostalgic-at-storyfilled-clearwater-concert

With multiple recent stops in Ireland and the UK, U.S. dates confirmed through May in Ft. Lauderdale, Clearwater, Philadelphia, Rockville MD, Vienna VA and Edmonds WA, and more concerts to be announced soon, Spector is delivering shows that transcend the music. The UK Daily Telegraph noted, “Spector allowed us to see who she has become: a proud and wildly capable woman…” On May 26th, Spector will headline in Nashville, alongside The B-52’s, JD McPherson with special guest Wanda Jackson. See all of Ronnie’s upcoming tour dates, here: https://www.ronniespector.com/shows/

Spector’s extraordinary chart success comes at a time when her cultural relevance is once again on the rise. The themes evoked in her four-page People interview, ‘My Song of Survival’, showcase her role as an enduring inspiration for women in difficult or dangerous situations. Some have described her as an embodiment of the #metoo movement, and Spector embraces her resilience: “my past made me strong,” she comments in the exclusive People interview, here:  People Magazine By Jordan Runtagh, 11/28/18
Ronnie Spector's Journey from '60s Pop Icon to Rock 'n' Roll Survivor
https://people.com/music/ronnie-spector-everything-to-know-rock-survivor/

Other high profile placements for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee in recent weeks include a return to Bravo-TV’s ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’, an inclusion in The Wall Street Journal (and an upcoming WSJ feature in the works for March,) print and online coverage in Time Out NY and more. Get a sense of the Bravo-TV visit, here: https://youtu.be/2CexRgyXfb0
and https://youtu.be/xZ4zbEti5sM

Magnet Magazine’s article about ‘Try Some, Buy Some’ is here:
http://magnetmagazine.com/2019/01/29/the-basement-vapes-volume-five-from-beatle-to-bowie-bad-boy-to-bad-girl-wont-you-try-some-buy-some/


As mentioned above, coverage of Spector’s 2019 U.S. tour has already begun, with UK concert reviews and a sampling of Florida preview features here:

Buzz Magazine UK concert review:
https://www.buzzmag.co.uk/music/ronnie-spector-the-ronettes/


UK Telegraph concert review:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/ronnie-spector-review-roundhouse-london-nw1-still-young-mighty/


IN News UK concert review:
https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/ronnie-spector-roundhouse-london-review/

Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel preview feature – Six Degrees of Ronnie Spector:
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/events/go-guide-blog/fl-et-cb-ronnie-spector-fort-lauderdale-parker-playhouse-20190129-story.html

Creative Loafing Clearwater Preview– “An interview with the legend” https://www.cltampa.com/music/interviews/article/21045283/ronnie-spector-talks-aging-the-60s-and-more-before-clearwater-concert  -- And, rave concert review:
https://www.cltampa.com/music/reviews/article/21045817/ronnie-spector-waxes-nostalgic-at-storyfilled-clearwater-concert

Tampa Bay Times – Weekend Concert Picks:
https://www.tampabay.com/music/weekend-concert-picks-lucinda-williams-neko-case-ronnie-spector-and-more-20190130/

A beloved Holiday tradition for three decades, Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes’ Best Christmas Party Ever! earned expansive preview coverage, and a sampling of press clippings from recent weeks is below.  

Wall Street Journal –Ronnie Spector praises her idol Frankie Lymon in a Holiday Music Round-Up: https://www.wsj.com/articles/beyond-bing-11545228639

Time Out NY: Color Photo Preview Pick ran in print and online for City Winery Christmas concert: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/music/ronnie-spector  

Philadelphia Inquirer tour interview feature:
Girl group diva Ronnie Spector wants you to the have the ‘Best Christmas Ever’
http://www.philly.com/entertainment/ronnie-spector-ronettes-christmas-tour-20181212.html

Allentown Morning Call, tour interview ran as cover of Entertainment section: https://www.mcall.com/entertainment/lehigh-valley-music/mc-ent-ronnie-spector-musikfest-cafe-bethlehem-20181206-story.html

Detroit Metro Times - Tour Interview feature:
Girl groups, Gold Star Studios, and more: a conversation with Ronnie Spector
https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/girl-groups-gold-star-studios-and-more-a-conversation-with-ronnie-spector/Content?oid=18495106

In addition, People Magazine ran multiple, stand-alone web-based features in the days that followed the print release, and those supplemental stories may be found here:
https://twitter.com/SCPR_NY

As one example, People previewed the Xmas tour here:
https://people.com/music/ronnie-spector-the-ronettes-best-christmas-party-ever/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article

Selected press highlights from recent months:
Spector was featured in the Summer Double issue of AARP Magazine, the #1 print outlet in America, with readership exceeding 47 million. AARP MAGAZINE –‘Sandwich of Love’: http://bit.ly/RonnieAARP

NPR Music praised Ronnie Spector as a rock trailblazer:  
It's Time To Recognize The Ronettes As Rock And Roll Pioneers  By Hilarie Ashton March 12, 2018
https://www.npr.org/2018/03/12/590891692/its-time-to-recognize-the-ronettes-as-rock-and-roll-pioneers

NextTribe interview: https://nexttribe.com/ronnie-spector/?mc_cid=18e514b3ac&mc_eid=51ffbf2789
LA Weekly interview: https://www.laweekly.com/music/ronnie-spector-puts-her-arms-around-a-lifetime-of-memories-9709883

More about Ronnie Spector:
Spector’s current high-profile stretch was described by People Magazine as a “Victory Lap” for “The Original Rock Queen”. Billboard Magazine named ‘Be My Baby’ as the #1 Greatest Girl Group Song of All Time, NPR included Spector’s 1964 debut at #20 on their 150 Greatest Albums of the Rock Era, Made by Female Artist, and her busy 2017/18 also included the release of ‘LOVE POWER’, her first single recorded with The Ronettes in decades, a commanding performance at Lincoln Center, an appearance on FOX-TV’s Good Day New York, a Main Stage performance at SF Pride and more. The acclaimed singer was also presented with the Legend Award by The Woman's International Music Network at their "She Rocks Award” ceremony. She was featured in the BBC’s 2018 documentary about Amy Winehouse. Spector was honored with a Lifetime Spirit Award by LSA Family Health Services, in her native East Harlem. In addition, ‘Be My Baby’ has been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, preserved as a work of historical and cultural significance, and is also now an official addition to the Grammy Hall of Fame.

As a seminal force in Sixties Rock, Spector’s swagger, moxie and trademark voice (still instantly recognizable from the first note,) defined an era. As the Number One pop group in England, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes headlined over acts including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds. In the years since, Spector has had songs written for her by George Harrison as well as by Bruce Springsteen, and has recorded with Jimi Hendrix, Springsteen & The E Street Band, members of The Beatles and more. Billy Joel wrote the smash ‘Say Goodbye to Hollywood’ as a tribute to Ronnie, and Eddie Money’s ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ celebrated her trademark Be My Baby vocals, with the duet reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Now in her sixth decade as a performer and a style icon, Spector has reached a new level of cultural significance. Critical respect is at its peak, and she continues to thrill -- inspiring and empowering a new generation of fans as an enduring, transcendent figure, who has overcome adversity to build a career that is nothing short of remarkable. Much as B.B. King came to embody the blues, or Chuck Berry was to early Rock ‘n Roll, Spector has solidified her status as the Rosetta Stone for female rock performers of today.


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