The Ronettes finally got
their day in court Tuesday, as a judge in the Appellate Division of
the Supreme Court of New York heard first-day arguments in their
lawsuit vs. producer Phil Spector.
The Ronettes — whose Spector-helmed hits include “Be My Baby”
and “Walking In The Rain” — charge that the producer, his
Philles Records label, and successor labels
breached the group’s 34-year-old contract by paying the members,
led by Spector’s ex-wife Ronnie Greenfield, no
royalties since 1963.
The suit, filed in 1988, was held up by a slow discovery process
and legal maneuvering. It asks for $12 million in damages,
rescission of the contract, the return of the masters, and
recoupment of all monies received by the defendants, minus
expenses, from the sale of Ronettes masters.