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The Ronettes Star Ronnie Spector Dead at 78 After Cancer Battle

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After a brief battle with cancer, Ronnie Spector, lead singer of the ‘60s girl group The Ronettes, passed away at the age of 78.

In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2021

The music world is mourning the loss of a ‘60s icon.

Ronnie Spector, leader of the girl group The Ronettes, died at the age of 78 following a brief battle with cancer. 

The singer’s family released an emotional statement on Jan. 12, confirming that Ronnie, born Veronica Yvette Bennett, was with family and passed “in the arms of her husband” Jonathan Greenfield.

“Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face,” her family wrote. “She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her.”  

Asking for privacy during their difficult time, they also stated that a celebration of Ronnie’s life and music would be announced in the future.

The Ronettes, whose members also Ronnie’s older sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley, released a string of hit songs in the early-to-mid-1960s including “Be My Baby” (which was later used in the opening sequence of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing), “Baby, I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up” and “Walking in the Rain.”

While Ronnie fronted the band, record producer Phil Spector produced the majority of their music. The two were married in 1968 and separated in 1972.

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Known as the original bad girl of rock ‘n’ roll, Ronnie made waves for her unapologetic sassy attitude and provocative style which included her trademark beehive and dark eyeliner. 

 In her 1990 memoir, Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, Or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette, the singer admits she didn’t shy away from leading with sex appeal. 

“We weren’t afraid to be hot. That was our gimmick,” she wrote. “When we saw The Shirelles walk on stage with their wide party dresses, we went in the opposite direction and squeezed our bodies into the tightest skirts we could find. Then we’d get out on stage and hike them up to show our legs even more.”

The Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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T.I. Says When It Comes To Making Music “Ain’t Nobody F***ING With Me”

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T.I. wants to bring them out. Says, “Ain’t nobody f***ing with me.”

The Atlanta native jumped on his Instagram live over the weekend to air out a discrepancy. Who makes the best music?

“MF’s can’t f**k with me in no way, shape, form or fashion when it comes to doing no music,” declared T.I. “I got a lot of other sh*t going on so I don’t do music on no consistent basis.”

The “Live Your Life” rapper continued, “I don’t depend on that sh*t to feed me, you hear me? But when you’re talking about doing music and when you’re talking about cutting records, you talking about putting sh*t out, talking about making sh*t that’s better than anything out there. Man, ain’t nobody f***ing with me! Nobody f***ing with me.”

The actor and entrepreneur made it clear of his place in the Hip Hop orbit.

“Jay and Nas, you need to bring them… They who you need. Jay-Z, Nas, Wayne, Ye… They who you need. Bring them, Pusha T, yeah, all them,” the Bankhead representor demanded.

“Keep trying to goddamn throw my name in the circle, in the mix… ain’t nobody f***ing me, keep playing…”

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“Jay-Z, Nas, Pusha, Ye, Wayne… when it comes to making music, ain’t nobody f***ing with me.”

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Christina Haack and Fiance Joshua Hall Hit the Beach in Cabo

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Not Waiting to Get Hitched
… Life’s a Beach Right Now!!!

1/17/2022 10:20 AM PT

Christina Haack isn’t married to Joshua Hall just yet … but they sure look like they’re already in the honeymoon phase.

The HGTV star is down in Cabo with her fiancé, where they hit the beach on Saturday … and packed on a lot of PDA while facing the waves. Doesn’t look like they ever fully made it into the water either — as you can see, they were a little preoccupied.

Check out the pics … you see CH hugging up on Josh from behind, from the side and just about every other direction … all while showing off her massive diamond ring. Love birds, no doubt, and if this is any indication … their “I dos” can’t come fast enough.

Christina confirmed last year Josh had, indeed, popped the question and that she’d said yes … which was already suspected after photos of her wearing the engagement ring leaked. They’ve been together for about a year or so now — the couple reportedly first started dating sometime in 2021, and things obviously moved quickly … because Christina is ready to be a bride anew.

She finalized her divorce from Ant Anstead just last year — this after 3 years of marriage — and moved on from her previous ex-husband, Tarek El Moussa, back in 2018.

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