Top Songs of 1963; #19

ronettesThe next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes. The song was written¬† by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector who also produced the song. This was to become one of the earliest songs that used Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” which included many background vocals and many instruments.

The Ronettes were a family group consisting of Veronica Bennett (later known as Ronnie Spector), her sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley. They started singing together as early as 1957. They made a couple of recordings in 1961 but they didn’t go very far. “Be My Baby” was to be the first of a string of hits for The Ronettes.

The song made it to the top of the Cash Box record chart for just one week (Oct. 6-12). It never did make it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It rose to the number spot were it remained for 3 weeks (Oct. 6 – Nov. 2).

Download songs from The Ronettes (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.