The ’60s icon died earlier this week “after a brief battle with cancer”
Mark Ronson has recalled how Ronnie Spector was a huge hero to Amy Winehouse after the death of the Ronettes leader.
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The icon in her 60s died on Wednesday (January 12) “after a brief battle with cancer,” her family confirmed in a statement. She was 78 years old.
In the wake of Spector’s passing, people like Brian Wilson, Keith Richards, Gene Simmons and Joan Jett took to social media to pay tribute.
Now, Ronson has also paid his respects and explained that Winehouse was a big fan.
“This may come as a huge surprise to no one but Ronnie Spector was Amy Winehouse’s hero,” he wrote. “It’s one of the first things Amy heard from me before I started work. She was incredible. Thanks to Ronnie for the inspiration.”
This may not come as a huge surprise to anyone but Ronnie Spector was a hero to Amy Winehouse. This was the first thing Amy told me before I started work. She was unbelievable. Thanks Ronnie for the inspiration ️❤️❤️
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) 13 January 2022
After Winehouse’s death in 2011, Spector honored him with a cover of ‘Back to Black’, which included all proceeds. datetop village De-addiction Treatment Center.
“When I saw him on TV two weeks ago and he was all drunk, drinking and stuff, I said, ‘Damn, damn, damn, damn it! Don’t be like 20 years ago! I cleaned. You have to clean!’ And two weeks later, she’s dead. I’m devastated,” Spector told Rolling stone those days.
Meanwhile, Ronson, who produced Winehouse’s second album “Back to Black” in 2006, has recently expressed regret over the way she had treated him when he was at the height of his addiction issues.
“Obviously, we had our ups and downs, and it was upsetting,” Ronson explained. Guardian, “I don’t know if I was totally in love with the way he behaved around him.”
“While she was going through addiction, I wish I was a little more forward or confrontational about it,” he continued. “But I was just like, ‘Ah, she’ll sort it out – she’s already done it once.
BBC Four will broadcast a special 30-minute program titled Ronnie Spector in BBC Tonight (January 14) at 9 p.m. GMT.