Ronettes Royalties Case Presses On

The longstanding fight between a sixties girl group and rock'n'roll impresario Phil Spector is on the docket this week of New York State Court of Appeals in Albany. The court battle between Spector an

The longstanding fight between a sixties girl group and rock'n'roll impresario Phil Spector is on the docket this week of New York State Court of Appeals in Albany. The court battle between Spector and the Ronettes has been going on since 1988.

The Ronettes -- led by Phil Spector's then-wife Ronnie Spector -- recorded 28 songs for Spector from 1963 to 1967. Under a 1963 contract, they received a one-time payment of $14,482. But group members contend that the contract didn't cover the royalties for Ronettes songs used in movies, TV shows, and advertising. The Ronettes' big hit, "Be My Baby," was featured in the movie "Dirty Dancing."

In November 2001, a lower state court said the Ronettes were entitled to nearly $3 million. Spector's lawyers counter that the 1963 contract gives him ownership of all the group's recordings.


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