Ronnie Spector: a life in pictures

The singer who defined the sound of mid-century girl groups as the frontwoman of the Ronettes has died at age 78

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The vocal trio the Ronettes.

Nedra Talley Ross, Ronnie Spector and Estelle Bennett Vann formed the vocal trio the Ronettes.



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Phil Spector, right, and the Ronettes.

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1964

Motown star Stevie Wonder is joined by heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, Ronnie Spector and Dionne Warwick backstage in 1964.



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1974

Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes in London in August 1974.



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1965

The Ronettes look at a copy of Hit Parader magazine with photographer Don Paulsen after performing on Hullabaloo on 27 April 1965.



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1978

Ronnie Spector, seen here in 1978, began her solo career in 1971.



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1975

Bruce Springsteen poses with Ronnie Spector on 13 August 1975. In 1976 she would duet with Southside Johnny on the Bruce Springsteen-penned You Mean So Much to Me.



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1977

Ronnie Spector recorded her version of Billie Joel’s Say Goodbye To Hollywood in 1977.



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1977

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on stage with Ronnie Spector at the Crystal Palace Bowl in London in 1977.



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1981

Ronnie Spector performs onstage at Tuts nightclub in Chicago, Illinois in 1981.



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1990

Singer Ben E King and Ronnie Spector attend the Grammy Legends Tribute gala in 1990.



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2007

Inductees Estelle Bennett, left, and Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes appear onstage at the 22nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2007.



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Battle

Ronnie Spector spent 15 years battling her ex-husband Phil Spector for royalties her band was owed.



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2010

Ronnie Spector and Iggy Pop attend the 25th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2010.



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2011

Cyndi Lauper and Ronnie Spector attend the 53rd Grammy award nominees reception in 2011.



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2011

Ronnie Spector performs at the 28th annual Seaport Chorus tree lighting spectacular in 2011.



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2014

Ronnie Spector performs at the Women of the World festival in London in 2014.



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