Jonathan Greenfield is best known for being the husband of Ronnie Spector, an American singer who formed the girl group the Ronettes in 1957 with her elder sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley. Bennett fronted the group while record producer Phil Spector produced the majority of their recording output. The two were married in 1968 and separated in 1972.
Jonathan Greenfield & Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector and Greenfield got married in1982. He was the manager of the Bennett singer and the couple lived in Danbury, Connecticut with their two sons, Austin Drew and Jason Charles.
Bennett and Phil Spector Affair and Marriage
Bennett and Phil Spector began having an affair soon after she was signed to his label in 1963. She was unaware that he was married early in their relationship. Bennett was once busted by house detectives for prostitution at the Delmonico Hotel in New York City after leaving a room they had booked. She was allowed to call Spector, who threatened the hotel, and then they allowed her to leave. After Spector divorced his wife in 1965, he purchased a home in Beverly Hills, where he lived with Bennett.
The two were married at Beverly Hills City Hall on April 14, 1968. Bennett changed her surname and became known as Ronnie Spector. Their son Donté Phillip was adopted in 1969. Two years later, Phil surprised her for Christmas with adopted twins, Louis and Gary.
Spector revealed in her 1990 memoir, Be My Baby, that after they married, Phil subjected her to years of psychological torment and sabotaged her career by forbidding her to perform. He surrounded their house with barbed wire and guard dogs and confiscated her shoes to prevent her from leaving. He was allowed on rare occasions to go out alone and had to drive with a life-size dummy of Phil. Spector stated that Phil installed a gold coffin with a glass top in the basement, promising that he would kill her and display her corpse if she ever left him. She began drinking and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to escape the house.
In 1972, Spector fled their mansion barefoot and without any belongings with the help of her mother. “I knew that if I didn’t leave I was going to die there,” she said. In their 1974 divorce settlement, Ronnie forfeited all future record earnings after Phil threatened to have a hit man kill her. She received $25,000, a used car, and monthly alimony of $2,500 for five years. Spector later testified that Phil had frequently pulled a gun on her during their marriage and threatened to kill her unless she surrendered custody of their children.
Ronnie Spector Death & Cause
Spector died from cancer on January 12, 2022, at the age of 78.
One fan wrote in a tribute, “She was the first, she was the original bad girl of rock n roll, and no matter what happened she always got back up, no one could knock her down not even the disgusting Phil Spector. Ronnie Spector, you’ll never ever be forgotten while heart.”
“Ronnie Spector, the lead singer for ’60s girl group hitmakers The Ronettes, has died at age 78 after being diagnosed with cancer. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, go play “Be My Baby”, “Baby, I Love You” or anything from them realize just how great she was.”
Ronnie Spector, the lead singer for ’60s girl group hitmakers The Ronettes, has died at age 78 after being diagnosed with cancer.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, go play "Be My Baby", "Baby, I Love You" or anything from them realize just how great she was. pic.twitter.com/4PvTGAE6xO
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) January 12, 2022