"(John Lennon) loved my voice and the way I performed and Phil was the opposite - he didn't like guys in the audience screaming at me. Maybe I would've been better off marrying John Lennon or Keith Richards. I always fantasise about that." Singer Ronnie Spector sometimes wishes she had wed another rock icon instead of notoriously controlling producer Phil Spector.
Legendary singer Ronnie Spector has recalled the time she moved tragic star Amy Winehouse to tears by covering her track Back To Black. The Rehab hitmaker, who died aged 27 in 2011, often hailed The Ronettes frontwoman as her inspiration, and was visibly moved when her idol showed her mutual respect by playing one of Winehouse's most acclaimed tracks.
Spector tells Britain's The Guardian, "I used to wish I could get my hands on her. She came to one of my shows. I was singing Back to Black and there was a tear in her eye.
"She was too shy to meet me, but she was so sweet to me. I read articles where she said: 'I love girl groups, especially the Ronettes.' I think she liked us because we were different. I had a black and Cherokee mom and a white father, and that was different. And we were pretty. We didn't have wigs like the other girl groups, it was our real hair."
Phil Spector's ex-wife Ronnie has taken aim at Kanye West in a new interview, revealing she thinks the outspoken rapper is a "d**k". The R&B icon, who fronted girl band The Ronettes, was asked for her opinion on West in a recent interview with website Noisey, and she let rip.
Spector told the site, "I am not a fan of Kanye West. I don't mind (his fiancee) Kim (Kardashian), but I just don't like that guy. I'm not a fan of how he speaks. He's a d**k. I'm sorry. I don't like him. I'm just being honest."
However, she confessed there are some rappers who turn her on - she is a fan of Eminem.
Spector added, "I like something I can understand. I understand his lyrics, but I like the beat."