Ronnie Spector English Heart on LP
First Album of New Solo Material from Ronettes Lead Singer Since 2006!
With hits like "Be My Baby," "Baby I Love You" and "Walking in the Rain," Ronnie Spector ruled the pop charts worldwide as lead singer of the archetypal 1960s girl group, the Ronettes. Now the iconic vocalist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has signed with 429 Records for the release of English Heart – her first album of new material since 2006.
Produced and mixed by Grammy Award–winning producer, songwriter, and musician Scott Jacoby (Vampire Weekend, Sia, Coldplay), English Heart is Ronnie's personal love letter to 1960s Britain – where she toured with the Ronettes in 1964-1966, supported by the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Yardbirds (with Eric Clapton) among other acts. The eleven tracks of English Heart comprise a collection of Ronnie's hand–picked favorites including songs recorded by the Kinks ("Tired of Waiting"), the Animals ("Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"), the Beatles ("I'll Follow the Sun"), and Gerry & the Pacemakers ("Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying").
"Be My Baby" was approaching the peak of the UK charts in January 1964 when Ronnie Spector stepped onto the tarmac at London's Heathrow Airport to begin the Ronettes' first British tour. With her inimitable voice, distinctive style, and exciting live performances, Ronnie soon found herself welcomed into the inner circle of British pop royalty. "I'll never forget my very first impressions of England in that winter of '64," Ronnie recalls. "I'd never traveled outside the US before. To arrive at Heathrow and be welcomed by those kids was an amazing feeling. We'd never had fans waiting at an airport to greet us."
English Heart is a musical homage to that magical time and an expression of Ronnie's desire to sing from the most honest and intimate part of herself: Her performance is so raw and so real that the listener may seem to hear Ronnie's life story in her interpretations of these songs. Jacoby has preserved the timeless spirit of the material while bringing a distinctly contemporary yet subtle touch. This is the Ronnie Spector whose indomitable spirit and singular talent have inspired the admiration of countless peers including Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Joey Ramone, and Amy Winehouse. This is the real Ronnie Spector!