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Ronnie Spector, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m., tavernhospitalitygroup.com/soiled_dove.
f you can make it through five years of marriage to Phil Spector, you can survive just about anything, including more than a half-century in the music business. As lead singer of the Spanish Harlem trio The Ronettes, Ronnie Spector co-created the ‘60s girl-group sound with “Be My Baby,” “Do I Love You,” and “Walking in the Rain,” hit singles that featured one of the best voices of a generation stealing the spotlight from her then-husband’s “wall of sound” production style. By the early ‘70s, the group had broken up and Ronnie had left behind her highly abusive marriage. She’s since been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, recorded five solo albums, and collaborated with a strangely diverse collection of artists that includes The Misfits, The Raveonettes and, yes, Eddie Money. Her most recent album, 2016’s English Heart
, features covers of her British Invasion counterparts: bands like the The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and, of course, The Beatles. Last year, she revisited her early history once more by going back into the studio with The Ronettes for “Love Power,” their first single in decades, with Narada Michael Walden at the production helm. Based on live videos and crowd-sourcing, Spector’s concerts are still extraordinary. Naturally, her voice has deepened along the way, but so has her emotional depth.