Joe Walsh Mourns Ronnie Spector’s Passing, ‘We’ve Lost A National Treasure’
The Eagles icon Joe Walsh posted The Ronettes singer Ronnie Spector’s photo on his official Instagram account after she passed away because of a tragic disease. Walsh paid tribute to the late musician saying that she was a ‘national treasure’ and reflected his sadness and respect for Spector.
Ronnie Spector realized that her greatest passion in life was music when she listened to African American singer from Harlem, Frankie Lymon. Spector pursued her dream and gained international fame and commercial success with her career as The Ronettes’ lead vocalist. The band was an American girl group founded in 1957 by Spector, who was known as Veronica Bennett back then, her elder sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley.
The Ronettes’ songs, ‘Be My Baby,’ ‘Baby, I Love You,’ ‘The Best Part of Breakin’ Up,’ and ‘Walking in the Rain’ became very popular by hitting the charts all around the world. Following their tour with The Beatles, the band members decided to break up and pursue solo musical careers in 1967. Unfortunately, Ronnie Spector’s death was recently announced by her family’s statement released on her Facebook account.
Her family revealed that Spector was battling cancer until her death on January 12, 2022, at the age of 78. Therefore, many musicians such as Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine, Gene Simmons, Brian Wilson, and many more shared their devastation and sadness after hearing the news. As one of them, Joe Walsh mourned Ronnie Spector’s passing by emphasizing that she was the queen of rock and roll and will sing with Lymon in heaven forever and stated that the singer admired her the moment she listened to her songs.
Here’s what Joe Walsh on his IG post:
“We have lost a national treasure today. Ronnie was undisputedly the Queen of the Golden era of Rock and Roll.
Frankie Lymon was the King. They are singing together in heaven. I met Ronnie at a Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame event. I had loved her from the moment I heard The Ronettes. She was everything I had hoped she would be and much more. Thank you for the music, Ronnie. I still love you.”
You can check out the photo below.