Ronnie Spector, who as the leader of girl group The Ronettes sang 1960s hits including “Be My Baby,” “Baby I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain,” died Wednesday at age 78 after a brief battle against cancer. Her death drew tributes and expressions of sadness from music industry colleagues.
“I am totally in shock! Didn’t see this one coming. Please give me time to process my thoughts to give Ronnie the proper tribute she deserves. She and I shared so much together.” — Darlene Love, via Facebook.
“I just heard the news about Ronnie Spector and I don’t know what to say. I loved her voice so much and she was a very special person and dear friend. This just breaks my heart. Ronnie’s music and spirit will live on forever.” — Brian Wilson, via Twitter.
“It was an honor to produce her and encourage her to get back on the stage where she stayed for the next 45 years. Her record with the E Street Band helped us through a very precarious time (thanks to Steve Popovich). Condolences to her husband and family.” — Stevie Van Zandt, via Twitter.
“Our good friend Ronnie Spector has passed away. She was the sweetest person you could ever know. And her mark on rock and roll is indelible.” — Joan Jett, via Twitter.
“Rest in peace Ronnie Spector what a special time in music. What a beautiful song The Ronettes — ‘Be My Baby.’” — Dave Davies, via Twitter.
“The voice of a million teenage dreams, including mine. Sing in power forever dear Ronnie. Thanks for singing mine and @Desmonchild song. We were honored.” — Diane Warren, via Twitter.
“For New Yorkers my age, the Ronettes were the sex symbols of the time. When she left Phil and came home to her mother, she asked me to be her conductor.” — Billy Vera, via Twitter.
“I am absolutely gutted to hear this news. Sweet beautiful, talented, fierce Ronnie. I will love you forever. But then you knew that. Love Love Love from your girl, Sx.” — Garbage, via Twitter.
“Peace and love, Ronnie Spector.” — Susanna Hoffs, via Twitter.