On August 31st of 1963
The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart
with 'Be My Baby' - the girl group's only top 10 hit
Veronica Bennett who became Ronnie Spector
wife of producer Phil Spector was the lead singer
'Be My Baby' was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector
Phil Spector produced their elaborately layered recording
in what is now largely considered the ultimate embodiment
of his 'Wall of Sound' production formula
'Be My Baby' was recorded in July 1963 at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles
Spector recorded a range of instruments
including guitars, saxophones, multiple pianos, and horns
with innovative studio mixing and over-dubbing.
Spector described his production method
as "a Wagnerian approach to rock & roll"
'Be My Baby' was one of the first times
Phil Spector used a full orchestra in his recording
The drums were played by Hal Blaine
Guitars on the session were played by Tommy Tedesco
and Bill Pitman
after whom the instrumental 'Tedesco and Pitman'
on the B-side of the single was named
and Sonny and Cher
were part of the group of guests
that provided additional backup vocals.
The song was arranged by Spector regular Jack Nitzsche
and engineered by Larry Levine