Ronettes live at the Big TNT Show, Hollywood, California, November 29, 1965. What a magical moment that was! How can it be that 50 years have gone by since this was recorded. Dig those hairdos too and the gyrating chicks in the background. Hippies weren’t quite here yet. It was Beatniks seguing into hippies around this time. The jerking and swaying miniskirts in the background is Beatnikism all the way. The Vietnam War had just been escalated dramatically. The Beatles were huge. The Rolling Stones, their darker twin, exploded in the background. LSD was still legal. What a Hell of a time to be alive.
That’s Ronnie Specter on lead vocals. There is something so special about this young woman. Veronica Bennett (Ronnie Specter) and her older sister Estelle on the left were mixed race – Irish, Black and Cherokee. It was the Black-Indian mix that gave them their exotic good looks. The other similar looking beauty, their cousin Nedra Talley, was Black, Cherokee and Puerto Rican – a similar racial mix, as she looks so much like the sisters that it is hard to tell them apart.
Here is the famous studio version, polished by the master, Phil Specter. Great music. Not sure about the hairdos though. Beehive hairdos anyone? The B-52’s were born too late.
The video is a series of snapshots from the era. Check out those hairdos! Check out those outfits! Go-go boots! Miniskirts!
More great Black musical artists. Will they ever end?
Racists say Blacks have never done one damn good thing for our country. Bull. What about music? Pull out the Blacks, and the whole thing unravels. The Blacks are that one special chord stringing it all together, from Gospel and Ragtime to Jazz to Blues to Rhythm and Blues to Rock and Roll to Motown to Hendrix to disco, the Blacks never stop playing and swaying.
What do White people have instead? Country music. Great, good job Whites.