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The Ronettes discography

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The Ronettes discography
Studio albums 1
Compilation albums 11
Singles 18
Other albums 8

This article is a discography for American singing group The Ronettes. The Ronettes began recording with Colpix Records in 1961 and recorded eleven songs for Colpix. In March 1963, the group moved to Phil Spector's Philles Records, where they achieved their biggest success.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Released Title Peak Chart Position
US
1964 Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica 96

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Issued Album title Peak chart position
US
1963 Today's Hits (Philles) -
1963 A Christmas Gift for You (Philles) -
1965 The Ronettes featuring Veronica (Colpix Records) -
1975 The Ronettes Sing Their Greatest Hits (Phil Spector International) -
1976 Phil Spector's Wall of Sound: Rare Masters Vol. 1 (Phil Spector International)

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1976 Phil Spector's Wall of Sound: Rare Masters Vol. 2 (Phil Spector International) -
1981 The Ronettes Sing Their Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (Masters) -
1985 The Ronettes: The Colpix Years 1961–1962 (Murray Hill) -
1990 The Ronettes: The Early Years (Rhino) -
1992 The Best of the Ronettes (ABKCO) -
1997 The Ronettes: The Ultimate Collection (Marginal) -
2005 Silhouettes (Collectables) -
2010 Be My Baby: The Very Best of the Ronettes (Legacy) -

Released singles[edit]

Year Titles (A-side, B-side) Label & number Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 Cashbox Top 100 UK Singles Chart[1]
1961 "I Want a Boy"
"Sweet Sixteen"
Colpix 601 The Ronettes (Featuring Veronica)
1962 "I'm Gonna Quit While I'm Ahead"
"I'm on the Wagon"
Colpix 646
1962 "I'm Gonna Quit While I'm Ahead"
"My Guiding Angel"
May 111
1962 "Silhouettes"
"You Bet I Would"
May 114
1962 "Good Girls"
"Memory"
May 138
1963 "Be My Baby"
"Tedesco & Pitman" (Non-album track)
Philles 116 2 1[2] 4 ...Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
1963 "Baby, I Love You"
"Miss Joan & Mr Sam" (Non-album track)
Philles 118 24 24[3] 11
1964 "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up"
"Big Red" (Non-album track)
Philles 120 39 48[4] 43
1964 "Do I Love You?"
"Bebe & Susu" (Non-album track)
Philles 121 34 36[5] 35
1964 "Walking in the Rain"
"How Does it Feel?"
Philles 123 23 20[6]
1965 "Born to Be Together"
"Blues for Baby"
Philles 126 52 67[7] Non-album tracks
1965 "Is This What I Get for Loving You?"
"Oh, I Love You"
Philles 128 75 92[8]
1965 "He Did It"
"Recipe for Love"
Dimension 1046 The Ronettes (Featuring Veronica)
1966 "I Can Hear Music"
"When I Saw You" (from ...Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes)
Philles 133 100 Non-album tracks
1969 "You Came, You Saw, You Conquered!"
"Oh, I Love You"
A&M 1040 100 92[9]
1973 "Go Out and Get It"
"Lover Lover"
Buddah 384
1974 "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine"
"I Wonder What He's Doing"
Buddah 408
1976 "Paradise"
"When I Saw You" (from ...Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes)
Warner/Spector 409

Unreleased music[edit]

Songs Produced by Phil Spector[10]

The Ronettes recorded many songs for producer Phil Spector that were not released until after the group disbanded in 1967. Today, some of their originally unreleased songs are just as critically applauded as their biggest hits. Below is an accurate chart of the unreleased songs the Ronettes recorded for Philles Records that did not see a release. These songs were first issued on later compilation albums, mentioned respectively. Four of the songs below—"The Twist", "Mashed Potato Time", "Hot Pastrami" and "The Wah Watusi"—were released, and credited to, popular Philles contracted singing group The Crystals, on their 1963 Philles LP, The Crystals Sing The Greatest Hits.[10]

Song Title[10] Date Recorded[11] Album Issued On[10] Notes[10]
"The Twist" June 1963 The Crystals Sing
The Greatest Hits
Credited to The Crystals.
"Mashed Potato Time" June 1963 The Crystals Sing
The Greatest Hits
Credited to The Crystals.
"Hot Pastrami" June 1963 The Crystals Sing
The Greatest Hits
Credited to The Crystals.
"Wah Watusi" June 1963 The Crystals Sing
The Greatest Hits
Credited to The Crystals. Features Nedra Talley on lead vocals.
"Keep On Dancing" 1964 Phil Spector Wall of Sound:
Rare Masters, Vol 2.
Features Ronnie, Estelle, and Nedra singing lead in unison.
"Girls Can Tell" 1964 Phil Spector Wall of Sound:
Rare Masters, Vol 1.
Erroneously credited to The Crystals. A version sung by The Crystals, with Lala Brooks on lead vocals, does exist.
"Paradise" 1965 Phil Spector Wall of Sound:
Rare Masters, Vol 1.
Covered by the Shangri-Las as well as the Supremes.
"Soldier Baby" 1965 Phil Spector Wall of Sound:
Rare Masters, Vol 1.
Features Ronnie, Estelle, and Nedra singing lead in unison.
"I'm a Woman in Love" 1965 Phil Spector Wall of Sound:
Rare Masters, Vol 1.
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"Everything Under the Sun" 1965 Phil Spector Wall of Sound:
Rare Masters, Vol 2.
Features Ronnie, Estelle, and Nedra singing lead in unison for most of the song, with Nedra and Estelle continuing the chorus while Ronnie gets solo lines.
"I Wish I Never Saw the Sun Shine" 1965 Phil Spector Wall of Sound:
Rare Masters, Vol 2.
Rerecorded by Ronnie Spector in 1974 for Buddha Records, and for her 1999 solo EP She Talks to Rainbows.
"Here I Sit" 1965 Phil Spector Wall of Sound:
Rare Masters, Vol 2.
Features male backing vocals.
"Lovers" 1965 The Ronettes Sing Their Greatest Hits, Vol 2. A Ronnie solo.

Work with Jimi Hendrix[edit]

During the Summer of 1964, the Ronettes spent a lot of time hanging out at Odine's, an exclusive East Side club on Fifty-Ninth Street in Manhattan.[12] According to Ronnie, that is where the Ronettes were first introduced to Jimi Hendrix, who was an unknown guitarist there at the time. Ronnie used to get up and sing along with Hendrix as he played guitar.[12] After running into Hendrix again at a party in 1969, Estelle and Ronnie were invited into the studio to do backing vocals on Hendrix's "Earth Blues" song. Their work on the backing vocals earned The Ronettes a credit on Hendrix's posthumously released LP Rainbow Bridge, released in October 1971.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 469. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Cashbox Magazine 'Top 100'". 
  3. ^ "Cashbox Magazine 'Top 100'". 
  4. ^ "Cashbox Magazine 'Top 100'". 
  5. ^ "Cashbox Magazine 'Top 100'". 
  6. ^ "Cashbox Magazine 'Top 100'". 
  7. ^ "Cashbox Magazine 'Top 100'". 
  8. ^ "Cashbox Magazine 'Top 100'". 
  9. ^ "Cashbox Magazine 'Top 100'". 
  10. ^ a b c d e Spector, Ronnie (2004). Be my baby : how I survived mascara, miniskirts, and madness, or my life as a fabulous Ronette. New York: New American Library. pp. 324–336. ISBN 0-451-41153-6. 
  11. ^ . pp. 324–336. ISBN 0-451-41153-6.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ a b Spector, Ronnie (2004). Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or My Life as a Fabulous Ronette. New York: New American Library. pp. 99–100. ISBN 0-451-41153-6. 
  13. ^ Ronnie Spector, p. 336.