Band's producer tried to block honour
Ronettes singer and ex-wife of the producer, Ronnie Spector, has said that Phil has attempted to play down the band’s contribution to music.
Ronnie Spector said the producer sent a letter, obtained by her lawyers two years ago, addressed to the Rock Hall’s nominating committee, dated July 11, 1994 detailing why The Ronettes are unworthy of induction.
It says: “My first objection to The Ronettes is that they did not record! Of all the recordings they made, only the lead singer appeared. The group behind her, as you no doubt know, consisted of any number of hundreds of singers I used for that purpose.
“Secondly, I do not think they made the contribution required of some to be in the HALL OF FAME, nor do they have the body of work that would qualify them for induction.”
He goes onto name several other bands that deserved consideration ahead of The Ronettes.
However, Ronnie Spector said: “He’s an angry and unhappy man, and he hasn’t been successful since I left.”
Phil Spector’s trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson begins on March 19.