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Bella Donna: Ronnie Spector

Girl groups from the Spice Girls to Le Tigre might not exist were if not for Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of 1960s girl band The Ronettes and first wife of murder suspect (and alleged nutball) Phil Spector. During a time when multiracial, all-female bands (Ronnie and her sister-cum-bandmate Estelle's mother was black and Native American, their father Irish) were uncommon, The Ronettes topped charts. Their most famous song, "Be My Baby" (yes, from Dirty Dancing) has been covered or sampled by bands from The Beatles to Concrete Blonde to Amy Winehouse. Ronnie (born Veronica Yvette Bennett) released a memoir in 2004 titled Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness.

The Ronettes began performing together as The Darling Sisters in 1959, and when the oldest member was 18, the group won a talent show at The Apollo. While in line for The Peppermint Lounge (a Manhattan disco owned by the Genovese crime family) a couple of years later, the trio were mistaken for a no-show band and ended up on stage. Before long, they hooked up with producer Phil Spector, who is credited with getting them to adopt a more rocker style by wearing beehives and heavy eyeliner.






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To reach the heights of volume only a soulful singer can, spray on a root lifter like John Frieda Luxurious Volume Lavish Lift Root Lifter ($5.79) and back comb away. Complete the look with winged black liquid eyeliner. One that's packaged like a felt-tip pen, such as CK Calvin Klein Electric Edge Liquid Eyeliner Marker Pen ($16) makes getting bad-girl style a breeze.


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nouvellemello nouvellemello 8 years
I'm a bargain shopper when it comes to, well. . . everything! :) Any suggestions of other marker style eyeliners for those of fus with less than steady application techniques? ha ha.
myystque myystque 8 years
I love big hair!!!
myystque myystque 8 years
I love big hair!!!
Mermaid922 Mermaid922 8 years
Thank g-d people are realizing Amy Winehouse's so-called "unique" look was basically lifted wholesale from Ronnie Spector. Original my ass!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Many good memories are popping in my head right now.
emalove emalove 8 years
Aw, I love "Be My Baby"...probably my favorite song on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack!
chasingjamie chasingjamie 8 years
Her eyes look fierce, but as a glasses wearer I can't really pull it off.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Always up for retro glam here too! Win!
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
Ooh! I'm so in for going retro-glam!
bshowell bshowell 8 years
And I'm definitely gonna try the eyeliner. Maybe the felt tip will help my steadiness (or lack thereof).
bshowell bshowell 8 years
I so love "Be My Baby"...
bshowell bshowell 8 years
I so love "Be My Baby"...
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