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Ronnie Spector answers a question during her interview at the Ponderosa Stomp's 3rd Annual Music History Conference at the Louisiana State Museum in the Cabildo in New Orleans on September 24, 2010.  <br />
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Ronnie Spector is a singer, known for her work with the Ronettes, a girl group that that had a string of hits in the early 1960s, most notably "Be My Baby".  The group was managed and produced by Phil Spector, who Ronnie married and suffered through a famously oppressive marriage with as she was effectively imprisoned in their home, her career put on forced hiatus.   After finally escaping her marriage in 1974 Ronnie was not able to regain her earlier acclaim although she did have a bit of a resurgence in the mid 1980s.<br />
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The Ponderosa Stomp is an annual music festival held in New Orleans since 2002 that celebrates the uncelebrated names in American musical history.  The festival spotlights musicians who have contributed to the American roots musical canon in various genres, from rockabilly to soul to rock and roll to jazz to experimental.  For two nights of the year these mostly forgotten names perform to an audience of aficionados whose memory has not faded and turn back the clock with blistering performances of the hits that did or (in the case of the regional musicians that plugged away unknown to the world at large, as well as those whose songs were recorded to acclaim by other musicians) did not make them famous.  <br />
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In addition to the two nights of performances the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation (the non-profit founded by the eccentric Dr. Ira Padnos and his coterie of like minded music fanatics the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau) also produces two days of the Music History Conference, where many of the performers, as well as other music industry names, share stories of their lives in the business.  The Conferences take place in the Louisiana State Museum at the Cabildo in Jackson Square.

Ronnie Spector answers a question during her interview at the Ponderosa Stomp's 3rd Annual Music History Conference at the Louisiana State Museum in the Cabildo in New Orleans on September 24, 2010.

Ronnie Spector is a singer, known for her work with the Ronettes, a girl group that that had a string of hits in the early 1960s, most notably "Be My Baby". The group was managed and produced by Phil Spector, who Ronnie married and suffered through a famously oppressive...
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