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Ronnie Spector Brings Bubblegum to Brooklyn Pool Parties

The aging Ronettes songstress braves the sizzling sun and brings the classics to Williamsburg's hipster elite -- well, at least those with a little musical history.

William Goodman // July 7, 2008

McCarren Park Pool: Brooklyn’s musical epicenter, delivering blog-fresh bands to the physical realm on a weekly basis with Jelly NYC’s Sunday Pool Parties series. But this week, an exception was made — and there certainly wasn’t a naysayer in the whole damn borough as Ronnie Spector — onetime frontwoman of girl group the Ronettes (and, yes, former wife of Phil Spector) — took the stage and kicked out a short, yet all-round excellent, set of golden oldies with the Rabbit Factory Soul Revue behind her.

Check out shots — courtesy of shutterbug Jen Maler — from Spector’s set, during which the nearly 65-year-old “original bad girl of rock’n’roll” reminded a semi-sparse crowd of pop’s bubbling charm with gems like “Baby, I Love You” and the Joey Ramone-produced, Johnny Thunders-written “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory.” And the very essence of the Wall of Sound, the reverberating and choogling “Be My Baby,” had this journalist toasting to summer with a popsicle extended in the air.

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Ronnie Spector / Photo by Jen Maler

Ronnie Spector / Photo by Jen Maler

Ronnie Spector / Photo by Jen Maler

Ronnie Spector and Roscoe Robinson / Photo by Jen Maler

Roscoe Robinson with Lee Wiley / Photo by Jen Maler

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