The Ronettes – Walking In The Rain – 1964

I first heard "Walking In The Rain" in late 1964, I was just 12 years old, and from the moment I heard it, I was blown away by the special effects, its incredibly beautiful melody, but most of all by THAT voice, Ronnie Spector's unique voice, and her tender phrasing on this song is nothing short of perfection. There is an elegance of orchestration, of melodic build up, that make it a majestic and memorable song; but it's the believability of Ronnie's poignant vocals that make it a CLASSIC. I have the 45, I have the Spector box set, and now the song lives in my i-pod, it has been with me all these years, and it was time to pay it the tribute it deserves- This is what this little video is all about, an audiovisual honor to the artist, writers and producer, for having given us this most perfect of records.

About the song-
In November 1964, the Ronettes released "Walking In the Rain" (Philles 123), their most dramatic song to date. The Mann/Weil/Spector written ballad reached number twenty three and won a Grammy for Best Sound Effects, the only Grammy Spector ever received.

Ronnie Spector amazingly completed her vocals on the first take, and she did so beautifully- Her poignant phrasing and honest soulful singing is what makes this record so special and so believable. Add to that the haunting ethereal chorus by Estelle and Nedra and lush and dramatic "Wall of Sound" orchestration/production by Phil Spector and you have the perfect teen rock symphony.

The Ronettes - Walking In The Rain - 1964

I first heard "Walking In The Rain" in late 1964, I was just 12 years old, and from the moment I heard it, I was blown away by the special effects, its incredibly beautiful melody, but most of all by THAT voice, Ronnie Spector's unique voice, and her tender phrasing on this song is nothing short of perfection. There is an elegance of orchestration, of melodic build up, that make it a majestic and memorable song; but it's the believability of Ronnie's poignant vocals that make it a CLASSIC. I have the 45, I have the Spector box set, and now the song lives in my i-pod, it has been with me all these years, and it was time to pay it the tribute it deserves- This is what this little video is all about, an audiovisual honor to the artist, writers and producer, for having given us this most perfect of records.

About the song-
In November 1964, the Ronettes released "Walking In the Rain" (Philles 123), their most dramatic song to date. The Mann/Weil/Spector written ballad reached number twenty three and won a Grammy for Best Sound Effects, the only Grammy Spector ever received.

Ronnie Spector amazingly completed her vocals on the first take, and she did so beautifully- Her poignant phrasing and honest soulful singing is what makes this record so special and so believable. Add to that the haunting ethereal chorus by Estelle and Nedra and lush and dramatic "Wall of Sound" orchestration/production by Phil Spector and you have the perfect teen rock symphony.
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    Bob Anderson says:

    This is the kind of music the music industry needs to get back to…this sound never grows old, only gets better with age.

    Frank King says:

    Right on, brother.

    Kevin Johnson says:

    Bob, I AGREE with you 1,000% because this was when music was music. Today’s music is GARBAGE & isn’t worth a DIME. I LOVE YOUR COMMENT TOO.

    tubbers20 says:

    @W John You mean that ‘WAP’ doesn’t compare to this?

    emjayay says:

    @tony friend Fortunately for the country and the world Trump lost in a landslide.

    Karenk says:

    I agree!!!👍👏👏👏

    luv basses says:

    As Brian Wilson said in some interview: “once you hear Be My Baby for the first time, you’re a fan for life.” Well, in my personal opinion, the same can be said for this song. It’s dynamics, along with Ronnie’s voice and the echo of the guitar chords swirling around just makes this song completely irresistible. I seem to never get tired of hearing it again and again…

    Roger Skipp says:

    me neither

    harryl5 says:

    same as luv basses

    fairytalefun says:

    agreed

    Larry Lancaster says:

    Of course Mr. Wilson gave us ” God Only Knows ” and the most beautiful song ever written about Drag Racing ” Don’t Worry Baby ” both having that same innocence and purity that’s so beautiful in ” Like Walking In The Rain ” . So many really masterfully written love songs from this time , King and Goffin, Neil Diamond, Lou Christy. I Was born in 63 but I had a bunch of older sisters they had all these 45’s. Paperback Writer w/ Rain as the B side… n I loved them all so much… Like walking in the rain…

    Terry Offord says:

    Right on, the lyrics, timing and beat are superb, unlike today’s sad, Bass Drum ‘Thump Thump Thump Thump’ which accompanies a sombre three words (usually hard to even hear what the shrieking is about ,four beats and some times’backing’ vocal of three, even four words hard to distinguish but IF the ‘song’ has a lyric, it’s usually recalled over 42 bars, (just in case you can’t recall the 1st,2nd and third . Doh.seems those two guys in ‘Sweden I think’ who churn out the crap offtoday are making heaps of $$$ thanks to the young of today.There’s little in the way of Listenable songs/vocalists and rhythm and a boring four beats of monotonous drumming back ground.

    Ben Joe Johnson says:

    Phil Spector may be crazy, but his production was unparalleled. Listen to the complexity of this song and then realize it is almost 60 years old. Amazing.

    fairytalefun says:

    agreed,,genius

    Jerry Namirowski says:

    Another great song by one of the greatest girl bands that ever was

    subwaygoddess1 says:

    One of my favorites from the ’60’s. Ronnie’s voice is angelic, the harmonies are incredible.🎵💙

    peter lewis says:

    One of the best girl group of all time , the song is a classic.

    Lúcia Helena says:

    Wonderful song!

    Michele Kutner says:

    Love Ronnies voice!!

    Nygel Miller says:

    I’m mortified that anything could have happened to Ronnie Spector! Such people should be forever! Listening to something as beautiful as Walking In The Rain Helps.

    Connie Stinson says:

    She WILL BE forever. Thankful for her records!!

    Connie Stinson says:

    Was privileged to see her LIVE a few years ago at Moondog Coronation Ball. Stupendous!

    Don Jose says:

    You don’t know what it was like hearing this song from the Ronnettes as a teenager in the 60s. Rest in peace Ronnie .

    Randy Fleet says:

    I certainly remember, of course I’m old enough. But they don’t make ’em like that anymore. You will probably hear a lot of her songs this Sunday. Go to Sunday Oldies Jukebox. Click on listen to the music. You’ll love it!

    joe frisbey says:

    R. I. P. Ronnie you will truly be missed by me and millions of people around the world and thank you for the music and great songs

    Anthony Kibel says:

    I was a 12 year old little boy when this came out. Might sound weird, but it made me cry…so freaking beautiful!

    dntamu76 says:

    Rest In Peace, Ronnie Spector. The world is better because of your wonderful music.

    James Salmon says:

    well, if this was the only thing she was to be remembered by, it still remains a magnificent memorial to a wonderful voice. RIP.

    Melissa Ann Nevin says:

    RIP Ronnie Spector. You had a one of a kind voice and will be missed especially at Christmas time.

    Steve Klein says:

    Tears

    MrBoljangles says:

    RIP Ronnie.. may you go walking in the rain forever. One of a kind.

    Tony Cheek says:

    Always loved her voice.

    oldsoul says:

    I was just turned 13 when I heard this song. Today, I was transported back in time and felt crushed to hear the news that Ronnie had died. It just does not feel real. We are just the sum total of our emotional experiences. I last saw Ronnie perform in 1998. Rest in Peace Ronnie. Your legend will carry on.

    Yfjfu Jcuufif says:

    We’re gonna miss you Ronnie ! What a wonderful voice and what wonderful woman ! She was something special ! Let her memory shine forever !🌟

    Curtis Peters says:

    So sad that Ronnie has left this world….she brought us so much happiness and sunshine. I will remember happier days when I hear her singing with the Ronnettes!

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