The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart with 'Be My Baby' today in 1963

August 31, 2016

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

 

Darlene Love

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

 

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