Our ‘Ticket @ Two’ song today is a holiday favorite from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Ronettes[/lastfm], “Sleigh Ride.”

Lead singer Ronnie and Estelle are sisters, Nedra Talley is their cousin. They were backup singers at clubs and on tours before recording as The Ronettes. Phil Spector produced the group and signed them to his record label. He and Ronnie were married from 1968 – 1974.

In 1998, Spector was ordered to pay [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Ronettes[/lastfm] $2.6 million in back royalties. All the money their songs made from movies, commercials and TV shows went to Spector, until a judge agreed the group should be paid. In 2002, the ruling was overturned.

They opened for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] on their first US tour in 1964 and for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm] on their 1965 tour.

Sad to report that Estelle Bennett died on February 11, 2009. Shortly after her death, the New York Times published a story revealing that she struggled with anorexia since the ’70s.

Despite personal hardships, The Ronettes music made a huge mark in music history and even got them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

When you hear it play between two and three this afternoon be caller 5 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) and win passes to the NBC taping of Sing-Off.


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