Singer Ronnie Spector was married to producer Phil Spector, who died today at 81, from 1968-74. Although the marriage saw much commercial success, with hits like “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up,” “Do I Love You? and ‘Walking in the Rain,” Ronnie Spector later claimed abuse during their relationship.
The former Ronettes singer posted on Facebook today about the relationship and her memories.
“It’s a sad day for music and a sad day for me.
“When I was working with Phil Spector, watching him create in the recording studio, I knew I was working with the very best. He was in complete control, directing everyone. So much to love about those days.
Meeting him and falling in love was like a fairytale.
The magical music we were able to make together, was inspired by our love. I loved him madly, and gave my heart and soul to him.
As I said many times while he was alive, he was a brilliant producer, but a lousy husband.
Unfortunately Phil was not able to live and function outside of the recording studio.
Darkness set in, many lives were damaged.
I still smile whenever I hear the music we made together, and always will. The music will be forever
Phil Spector 1939-2021.”