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The Greatest Songs Part 2

The Greatest Songs Part 2

Continuing on from the top 5, according to Acclaimed Music are:
#6 Johnny B. Goode which I covered in my Chuck Berry post.


 #7 "Be My Baby", the Ronettes with lead vocals by Ronnie Spector (Veronica Bennett) released in August of 1963. Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector who also produced the song with an early demonstration of his "wall of sound" formula. There is quite a bit to say about this song that hit #1 only on Cash Box, while it reached #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B and UK charts. Backing vocalists included the other two Ronettes, Ronnie's older sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley, Sonny and Cher, Darlene Love (with The Blossoms) and one of the song writers Ellie Greenwich. The legendary drummer Hal Blaine's (who just passed away March 11) opening has been used in dozens of songs such as "Rag Doll" by the Four Seasons. Brian Wilson was quite obsessed wi…