Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ronnie Spector: It's Christmas Once Again

Despite Michael's being horribly under the weather -- and the asshole drunk standing behind us who wouldn't shut the fuck up -- we had a wonderfully festive time at Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Party Ever last night at B.B. King's in Times Square. Ronnie sounded like she was a little under the weather too -- and her stamina lessens each year -- but it's hard not to smile as she makes her way through a dozen of the songs that defined the '60s and the holiday season, including "Frosty the Snowman" and "Sleigh Ride" from her ex-husband's legendary Christmas album, "(The Best Part of) Breaking Up," "You, Baby," "Walking in the Rain" and "Be My Baby," arguably the best pop song of all time. (Amy Winehouse, Rolling Stones and Joey Ramone numbers were also on the menu.) Also, hardcore fans will want to note that this was the first time I heard her perform Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," which appeared on the Ronettes' sole LP, "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica." After completing the rather raucous number, Ronnie gasped for air before saying, "Wow, I wasn't sure I still had that in me," followed by one of her trademark laughs! 

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