“Be My Baby” is a 1963 single written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich, performed by the Ronettes and produced by Spector. When released as a single, the song reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Singles Chart and #4 on the UK’s Record Retailer.

As sung by The Ronettes the song is #22 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999 it was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2006, the Library of Congress honored their version by adding it to the United States National Recording Registry.

Often cited as the ultimate embodiment of Spector’s Wall of Sound, “Be My Baby” is one of the best-known and most enduring songs of its era. Critic Jason Ankeny writes, “No less an authority than Brian Wilson has declared ‘Be My Baby’ the greatest pop record ever made — no arguments here.”

In her autobiography, lead vocalist Ronnie Spector relates that she was on tour with Joey Dee and the Starlighters when “Be My Baby” was introduced by Dick Clark on American Bandstand as the “Record of the Century.”

The drums were played by Hal Blaine.

Edited by rwitte on 23 May 2009, 08:23

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