1960s music icon Ronnie Spector dies at 78 Jan 14, 2022 0 0 12345 dpa Los Angeles Ronnie Spector, whose towering voice propelled indelible early 1960s hit records including “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain,” died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78.Spector, born Veronica Bennett, teamed with her older sister Estelle and their cousin Nedra Talley to form the Ronettes in 1957. They went on to become one of the most enduring trios of the so-called girl-group era, and long after the group, and her marriage to record producer Phil Spector, disbanded, she was hailed as a symbol of artistic and personal resiliency.“She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan,” her family said in a statement. “Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her.” Spector - then still Bennett - famously promised a similar brand of attention in “Be My Baby.” “I’ll make you happy, baby, just wait and see / For every kiss you give me I’ll give you three,” she pleaded.The future Ronnie Spector earned her most prominent commercial success early on, when Phil Spector signed the group in 1963. They promptly fell for each other.“I was so much in love. That energy comes back to me every time: when I’m singing ‘Be My Baby,’ I’m thinking of us in the studio,” Ronnie said in a 2013 interview. The song, which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in October 1963, earned a second life when Martin Scorsese featured it in the opening montage of his gritty 1973 crime drama “Mean Streets.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin Jan 14, 2022 0 0 France demands release of French academic in Iranian jail Jan 14, 2022 0 0 Russian-led forces begin departure as stability returns to Kazakhstan Jan 14, 2022 0 0 OSCE gives warning of war but no solutions in stand-off with Russia dpa Vienna Diplomats warned of a possible military escalation between European nations and Russia on Thursday, but offered no solutions in the face of searing tensions. They were speaking at a meeting of the .. Queen strips Prince Andrew of honorary military roles dpa London Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has agreed to strip the Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, of his honorary military roles and royal patronages, Buckingham Palace has announced. The move is a major blow to Andrew who is .. Iran, Venezuela lose voting rights at UN General Assembly dpa New York Iran and Venezuela have temporarily lost their voting rights at the UN General Assembly because of payment arrears. In a letter published Wednesday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the minimum .. Germany hopes faster vaccine drive will lessen record Omicron wave Berlin: The vaccination rate appears to be picking up in Germany, as the government tries to meet its target of having 80 per cent of the population double-vaccinated by the end of the month. Some 780,000 doses of .. Nigeria to lift Twitter ban after more than half a year dpa Lagos Twitter is to become accessible again in Nigeria after the government said on Wednesday it would lift a ban on the microblogging website in place for seven months. After talks with the US company, it was agreed .. Hundreds of schools evacuated in Russia due to wave of bomb threats Moscow: Russian schools received a barrage of anonymous bomb threats on Thursday, with more than 100 schools evacuated in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk alone, the Echo of Moscow radio station reported. In other ..