(Born: May 8, 1928 – New York City, New York
Died: May 8, 2008 – Encino, California)
world renowned recording engineer for Gold Star and A&M in Hollywood, California.
(photo: studio ‘A’ control room at Gold Star – 1963)
AS BEAUTIFUL AS EVER…..
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK U.S.A. – Nedra Talley-Ross of The Ronettes poses for a photograph with Al Sharpton at the 2007 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. The ceremony, in which the Ronettes were among the inductees, was held at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. [March 12, 2007]
This classic girl group cut was actually the Cookies under a pseudonym. Written by Spector’s friends Cynthia Well and Russ Titelman, this is as good as it gets when it comes to the girl group genre, if you ask me. Yet, as good as this recording is – and Titelman’s production is very sympathetic – I have always felt it lacked a bit of punch.
Had Spector had a go at it, he’d probably had the drums be much more pounding in the ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’-vein and no doubt had a gigantic rumble drone beneath, courtesy of a legion of guitarists strumming along in unison. And don’t even get me started thinking about what a sweeping Jack Nitzsche string arrangement could have brought to all this! File under ‘perfect for the Crystals’, then.