With hits like 'Be My Baby', 'Baby I Love You' and 'Walking in the Rain' Ronnie Spector ruled the pop charts worldwide as lead singer of the quintessential 1960’s girl group, The Ronettes.
Now the iconic vocalist is set to release her latest album 'English Heart' on April 8th – her first album of new material since 2006.
'English Heart' is Ronnie’s personal love letter to 1960s Britain – where she toured with the Ronettes from 1964-66, supported by the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds.
The 11 songs on 'English Heart' comprise of a collection of Ronnie’s hand–picked favourites, including songs recorded by The Kinks ('Tired of Waiting'), The Animals ('Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood') and The Beatles ('I’ll Follow the Sun').
Leading up to the release of the album, the first single was the Rolling Stones rarity 'I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys' written by Keith Richards and Andrew Loog Oldham in 1964 but with the song’s title changed to 'I’d Much Rather Be With The Girls.'
When Ronnie first set foot on the tarmac at London’s Heathrow Airport in January 1964 to begin her first British tour with the Ronettes, 'Be My Baby' was approaching the peak of the UK charts. Ronnie found herself holding court with British pop royalty, who fell in love with her unforgettable voice and with her distinctive ‘Bad Girl’ style.
“I’ll never forget my very first impressions of England in that winter of 1964,” Ronnie recalls.
“I’d never travelled outside the US before. To arrive at Heathrow and be welcomed by those kids was an amazing feeling. We’d never had fans waiting at an airport to greet us.”
'English Heart' is a musical homage to that magical time.
1. Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)
3. I'd Much Rather Be with the Girls
4. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
5. Tired of Waiting
6. Tell Her No
7. I'll Follow the Sun
8. You've Got Your Troubles
9. Girl Don't Come
10. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
11. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
15th May - Shepherds Bush Empire, London
16th May - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
10th June - St David's hall, Cardiff
22-26th June - Glastonbury Festival 2016
More to be announced soon...