Wednesday, January 09, 2013

'Baby' Love or, Somewhere Linda McCartney's Cringing in Her Grave

  Here are the recently unvaulted isolated vocal tracks from the Ronettes' "Baby, I Love You," the group's sorely underappreciated follow-up to "Be My Baby." Like many songs by the group, Ronnie is the only Ronette featured -- part of the reason Phil Spector insisted the "group" didn't deserve induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (that, and because he's a psychotic asshole). The girls had been booked to tour with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars, so Phil sent the other two members, Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley, plus Ronnie's cousin Elaine in her place, while Ronnie recorded this song back in California. In the girls' absence, the other vocals were provided by none other than Darlene Love and Cher! Sadly, it stalled at No. 24 on the charts -- but was later a Top 10 smash for Andy Kim in 1969 (my mom had the album!).

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