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December 17, 2023

Ronnie Spector Cover Shoot for Her Single “Try Some, Buy Some” (1971)

Ever since the Beatles came to the US, the group had been fans of Spector’s girl group the Ronettes (and it’s lead singer, Ronnie), who were also opening act for the Beatles on two UK tours.

After Ronnie married Phil Spector in 1968 he imprisoned her at home and forced her to abandon her own career. Following the successful Phil Spector and George Harrison partnership on All Things Must Pass (1970), they planned to  resurrect Ronnie’s career. The plan was a comeback album with Harrison providing many of the songs, and issuing it on Apple Records. Sessions took place at London’s Abbey Road Studios beginning on February 2, 1971. The album was scrapped soon after due to erratic behavior from Phil Spector.

In April 1971 Apple released the single “Try Some, Buy Some”, a Harrison-Spector production. The record pleased Harrison to the point that he later re-recorded it for his 1973 LP Living In the Material World (1973). The single was a commercial failure and Ronnie’s comeback was over before it begun. “Try Some, Buy Some” has grown in status over the years.

In his book Phil Spector: Out of His Head, Richard Williams quotes music publisher Paul Case as having said during this period: “Phil wants a hit record with Ronnie again more than anything in the world. I think he’d give up all his worldly possessions for that.”

Though she initially didn’t like it, Ronnie performs it in her live shows these days and David Bowie even did a cover for his Reality album in 2003.


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