Monday, February 16, 2009

“I’m Estelle of the Ronettes. Thank you.”

A sad story, but very well written. This reminds me why I read the New york Times. Ben Sisario is a keeper.

1 comment:

Mark said...

a very, very sad story.

so many people who came in contact with Phil Spector lived out their lives in less than desireable conditions. Darlene Love worked as a cleaning lady just a couple of years after her records topped the charts. Ronnie Spector has fought demons for years.

John Lennon's music was hijacked from him at gunpoint. George Harrison expressed deep wishes to remove Phil's production from his epic All Things Must Pass (not possible in the due to the mono-style mix-down). The poor Ramones' career all but floundered after their Spector debacle as did Leonard Cohen's after his.

yet the music the Phil created still has an insane vibrancy that takes over any room it's being played in, and people have the most amazingly visceral reactions to it.

this past sunday, in honor of estelle and valentine's day i played "Be My Baby", followed by the Crystals singing "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)".

i think those two songs sum it all up quite well.