Don’t Worry Baby: Ronnie Spector, Brian Wilson, Joey Ramone

“DON’T WORRY BABY”   Ronnie Spector

ronnie spector don't worry baby“Be My Baby” by the Ronettes is one of the Top 100 Rock and Roll records of all-time.  Hearing Ronnie Spector’s voice plus those iconic drum beats and the beautiful arrangement by her ex-husband, legendary producer Phil Spector, the song will be stuck in your head for days after hearing it.   To follow up the massive #1 hit record, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys wrote Ronnie a new hit song called “Don’t Worry Baby”.   Unfortunately, the control freak in Brian decided the song was too good to give away.  Brian’s falsetto and the Beach Boys’ harmony made”Don’t Worry Baby” one of the biggest hits of 1964.    In 1999, Ronnie finally got the chance to record the song on her “She Talks To Rainbows” CD.   The song was produced by Joey Ramone and her version rivals Brian’s as the best “Don’t Worry Baby” ever.  (Check out Lorrie Morgan’s country take)

Ronnie Spector’s Version

The Beach Boys



Ronnie Spector with Joey Ramone

joey ramone ronnie spectorJohnny Thunders’ punk anthem was revisited when Joey took his friend’s song and reinvented it with the lovely voice of Ronnie Spector.   This sad yet uplifting record may bring a tear to your eyes, but when that chorus kicks in you’ll be smiling as Joey and Ronnie harmonize together.   “BYE BYE BABY” is one of the best throwback records of the decade.  Doesn’t Joey Ramone sound so happy harmonizing with one of the greatest female singer of all-time?  Their chemistry is undeniable.   The 5 song EP is out of print but Ronnie Spector’s “She Talks To Rainbows” is worth the treasure hunt.



  1. Oops! Thanks for the catch there. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I wrote that. Did you see the HBO movie with Al Pacino? What did you think? Spector is such an enigma, it takes an actor like Pacino to play him. (post edited)

  2. “her husand, the late phil spector”. PS isn’t dead! (he’s in prison)
    otherwise, nice page.