How Ronnie Spector Helped Eddie Money Score His Biggest Hit

The late Ronnie Spector was a legend however not precisely at a profession excessive level when Eddie Money gave her a ticket again to music paradise together with his 1986 hit “Take Me Home Tonight.”

It had been an excellent two-plus a long time away from the charts for Spector, who’d final hit the Top 40 with the Ronettes’ 1964 single “Walking in the Rain.” She’d continued working, however her solo profession — together with a short stint on the Beatles’ Apple Records, collaborations with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes and a canopy of Billy Joel’s “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” — by no means caught fireplace.

Spector died Wednesday on the age of 78, following a short battle with most cancers.

“When I called her up, I heard a bunch of clinkin’ and clankin’ in the background,” Money, who died in 2019, beforehand instructed UCR. “I said, ‘What are you doin’?’ She said, ‘I’m doing the dishes.’ I said, ‘What?!’ She said, ‘I got a couple kids. I don’t sing anymore.’ I told her, ‘Honey, it’s time to sing again.'”

The car was “Take Me Home Tonight,” a tune slated for Money’s sixth album, Can’t Hold Back. He was in a little bit of profession doldrums himself and was open to having potential hits pitched his approach. Producer Richie Zito introduced in “Take Me Home Tonight,” written by Mick Leeson and Peter Vale. Although Money claimed to not just like the tune at first, when he heard the monitor’s chorus of “Just like Ronnie said … ‘Be my little baby,'” interpolating the Ronettes’ 1963 hit “Be My Baby,” a proverbial gentle bulb went off.

But not instantly.

Watch Eddie Money’s ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ Video With Ronnie Spector

“They wanted me to use Martha Davis [of the Motels],” Money recalled. “And I’m going, ‘I love Martha,’ ’cause her boyfriend was my guitar player back in the ’70s, ‘but let’s try to get Ronnie Spector, for Chrissakes!’ Why wouldn’t you, y’know? Who else is gonna sing, ‘Be my little baby’?”

Davis concurred and inspired Money to make use of Spector. “[Money] called me and said, ‘Ronnie, I need your help with this. It needs you to be on it,'” Spector instructed this author throughout a separate interview. “I said, ‘Baby, I don’t do that anymore,’ but he was insistent.”

“I knew ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ was gonna be huge, because it had two choruses: the ‘Take me home tonight’ part and then ‘Be my little baby,'” Money defined. “Ronnie’s such a sweetheart to come do that cut for me, and the video was amazing. The whole thing was a lot of fun.”

It was, in fact, a win throughout. “Take Me Home Tonight” hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, giving Money his largest hit in 4 years and the highest-charting single of his profession. Its success pushed Can’t Hold Back to No. 20 on the Billboard 200 and a platinum certification. The tune was additionally nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1987 and supplied the title for the 2011 romantic comedy movie that starred Topher Grace and Anna Faris.

“Take Me Home Tonight” additionally introduced Spector again to energetic obligation. She launched her common Ronnie Spector’s Christmas Party on the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York and collaborated with Misfits and the Raveonettes. Joey Ramone produced Spector’s 1999 EP She Talks to Rainbows, and he or she launched two different EPs and three full-length solo albums along with publishing a memoir, Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, in 1990.

“She got the bug back when she did [‘Take Me Home Tonight’],” Money mentioned. “When she got into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame [with the Ronettes in 2007], the first thing she did was thank me. It really worked out great for both of us.”

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