Ronnie Spector Celebrates Her ‘Best Christmas Ever’ On New Holiday Release
(NOTE: Like you, I hate the fact that marketing of Christmas items begins in October, but regardless here is the press release)
Rolling Stone calls her “the original bad girl of rock,” but this year Ronnie Spector has been very nice. The iconic singer who has influenced generations of musicians from the Beatles and Brian Wilson, to Patti Smith and the Ramones, through to Amy Winehouse and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, – and recorded some of the most indelible holiday music of all time along the way – is set to release a new collection Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Ever, on November 9, via Bad Girl Sounds/The Orchard.
Best Christmas Ever features five rare holiday gems destined to become contemporary classics. Ronnie recorded four tracks under the guidance of Bobby Eli – the famed Philadelphia producer, songwriter and founding member of MFSB – and the fifth song with producer Johnny Gale (Ryan Shaw/Robert Randolph), with contributions from her long-time touring musicians, bassist Jeremy Chatzky (Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions Band, Steve Earle) and keyboardist Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs, Ryan Adams), among others.
Best Christmas Ever is imbued with Ronnie’s deeply felt and vividly recounted holiday memories from her childhood in New York City. “These songs recapture the original feelings of Christmas I had growing up,” Spector says. “The minute I got into that studio I knew these were going to be my new Christmas hits.”
And she should know. Spector’s group The Ronettes released the definitive versions of “Frosty the Snowman,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” in 1963, and they’ve dominated the holiday airwaves ever since (Ronnie’s “Sleigh Ride” and “Frosty” are among ASCAP’s Top 20 most played Christmas songs of the past five years). As the New York Times has observed “It’s hard to think of a more appealing angel to welcome the season than Ms. Spector.”
Ronnie will announce Best Christmas Ever tour dates soon.
RONNIE SPECTOR’S BEST CHRISTMAS EVER TRACKLIST:
1. My Christmas Wish
2. The Time Of Year (Happy Holidays)
3. Light One Candle
4. Best Christmas Ever
5. It’s Christmas Once Again
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