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Exorcising Phil's Spectre: Ronnie's Return

Barney Hoskyns, The Times, 16 February 1991

THE SNOWBOUND metropolis of London holds many memories for Ronnie Spector. When she was riding high in the mid-'60s with The Ronettes, that vampy girl group to end all girl groups, she was squired around town by no less than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. "Oh, the clubs they had then," she sighs wistfully, recalling the great days of the Ad Lib and the Scotch of St. James'. What she remembers best about Swinging London, however, is her jealous boyfriend and Svengali, Phil Spector, who used to jet in from America to make sure the young guns of the British invasion were keeping their paws off her petite and kittenish body.

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