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Quiz about Ronnie Spector A Rock and Roll Legend
Quiz about Ronnie Spector A Rock and Roll Legend

Ronnie Spector: A Rock and Roll Legend Quiz


This quiz is dedicated to one of the original bad girls of rock, and one of its lasting legends, Ronnie Spector. See how much you know about her life and her music.

A multiple-choice quiz by fredsixties. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
fredsixties
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
303,271
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
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Avg Score
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Question 1 of 10
1. Where and when was Ronnie Spector born? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Ronnie formed "The Ronnettes" in the early 1960s. Who were the other members of the group? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. What was unusual about The Ronnettes during that era? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Where were Ronnie and the group discovered, and by whom? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Staring in 1963, The Ronnettes had five straight Top 40 U.S. Billboard hits. Which of the songs, with Ronnie leading the way, was the highest charting hit? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In 1971 Phil Spector was in charge of a division of Apple Records, and Ronnie recorded the single "Try Some Buy Some" which was a very minor hit. Who wrote the song? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In 1976, a song which was considered to be a tribute to Ronnie was recorded by one of the greatest solo artists of the time. Who was this artist? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. 1986 saw a song called "Take Me Home Tonight" hit the charts for Eddie Money. What does this have to do with Ronnie? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Ronnie recorded an album produced by Joey Ramone.


Question 10 of 10
10. The Ronnettes are in The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Where and when was Ronnie Spector born?

Answer: New York City, August 10, 1943

Ronnie was born Veronica Yvette Bennett on August 10, 1943 in New York City. She grew up in Spanish Harlem. Her dad was an Irish-Catholic, and her mom was a combination African American/Native American. In her autobiography titled "Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts and Madness" Ronnie said that when she was growing up she wasn't sure if she was black or white.
2. Ronnie formed "The Ronnettes" in the early 1960s. Who were the other members of the group?

Answer: Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley

It was the combination of her sister, Estelle Bennett, and her cousin, Nedra Talley who became The Ronnettes in the early 1960s and banged out hit after hit from 1963 through 1965.
3. What was unusual about The Ronnettes during that era?

Answer: One of the few multi-racial groups

Ronnie's perception of whether she was black or white was correct. Very few multi-racial groups were around then. Groups such as "The Orlons" and "The Crests" had some success as multi-racial groups, but generally these successes were few and far between.
4. Where were Ronnie and the group discovered, and by whom?

Answer: At The Peppermint Lounge, by Murray The K

Ronnie and the group had been recording since 1961, with a minimum of success. They also doubled as singers and dancers at New York's Peppermint Lounge, a popular nightclub in the early 1960s which gave rise to a number of stars. "Murray The K" (Murray Kaufman), who was a popular disc jockey in the New York area at the time, heard them, and hired them for his series of rock and roll revues that he emceed and produced at the Brooklyn Fox Theater.
5. Staring in 1963, The Ronnettes had five straight Top 40 U.S. Billboard hits. Which of the songs, with Ronnie leading the way, was the highest charting hit?

Answer: Be My Baby

The group led off with their first release on the Phillies record label "Be My Baby". Phillies was the recording arm of manager/producer Phil Spector who had taken over the group in early 1963. This song was considered by some to be one of the greatest examples of pure rock and roll.

The other songs mentioned all made it into the U.S. Billboard Top Hot 100 at number 39 or better, but this song was the highest charting hit at number two.
6. In 1971 Phil Spector was in charge of a division of Apple Records, and Ronnie recorded the single "Try Some Buy Some" which was a very minor hit. Who wrote the song?

Answer: George Harrison

Phil Spector co-produced this song with George Harrison, who wrote it. Harrison had known Ronnie from a few years before, when the Ronnettes toured with The Beatles. The Beatles actually requested that The Ronnettes tour with them during their August 1966 U.S. tour. The song didn't do too well, only managing a number 77 placing on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100.
7. In 1976, a song which was considered to be a tribute to Ronnie was recorded by one of the greatest solo artists of the time. Who was this artist?

Answer: Billy Joel

It was the "Piano Man' who recorded "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" in 1976, a song that is generally acknowledged to be a tribute to Ronnie Spector. Ronnie later did a cover version of the song herself, and it was also covered by Bette Midler.
8. 1986 saw a song called "Take Me Home Tonight" hit the charts for Eddie Money. What does this have to do with Ronnie?

Answer: She sang it with Eddie as a duet

"Take Me Home Tonight" was a cut off Eddie's album called "Can't Hold Back". It hit Billboard as a number four hit on the Hot 100 charts and it stayed on the charts for 23 weeks. Ronnie and Eddie sing the chorus "Take me home tonight, I don't want to let you go till you see the light..." Eddie later sings "Just like Ronnie sang".. and Ronnie chimes with her distinctive voice, "Be my little baby..oh, oh, oh..." just like she did in her original song "Be My Baby".
9. Ronnie recorded an album produced by Joey Ramone.

Answer: True

In 1999 Joey Ramone produced Ronnie's "She Talks To Rainbows" album which was an EP album of six songs, some of which were covers. The Four Seasons' "Bye Bye Baby" was covered, along with The Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby". The album was critically acclaimed but that didn't translate into sales, even though Joey Ramone appeared with Ronnie on stage at some of her performances to promote the album.
10. The Ronnettes are in The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Answer: True

The Ronnettes were inducted in The Hall Of Fame on March 12, 2007. They had been eligible for a number of years, but it is generally believed that pressure was brought to bear by former husband Phil Spector, who was on the Board Of Governors of the Hall, to keep the group and Ronnie out as revenge for their divorce, and also because of a lawsuit filed by Ronnie and the group concerning monies allegedly owed to them by Phil Spector.

At the Hall Of Fame ceremonies, the original group reunited for the first time in many years.
Source: Author fredsixties

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