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That Time Ronnie Spector Rescued The E-Street Band with a Billy Joel Song

This week we mourn the late great Ronnie Spector, best known as the lead singer of the Ronettes, who passed away at the age of 78 on Wednesday January 12th. Her hits included "Be My Baby" and "Baby I Love You," but Eddie Money fans also know her for her contribution to Eddie's hit "Take Me Home Tonight." The line "Just like Ronnie Sang..." refers to Spector who sings backup on the track with the refrain "Be my little baby."

HOWEVER...Here's a story you may not have known, as told in a recent Rolling Stone article... In 1977 Bruce Springsteen was having a legal battle with his former manager, so he couldn't record any music. That meant his band "The E Street Band" was sitting idle and not making any money. Just as the band was about to vote to break up, Steve "Little Steven" VanZandt, the band's legendary guitarist, suggested the band record with Ronnie Spector, whose songs he had begun producing. The result was the song below - a cover of Billy Joel's "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." Thanks to the single, the band made some money and was able to stick together until Bruce was able to get back to business.

Source: Rolling Stone Video: YouTube photo: Getty Images


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