Aidin Vaziri | Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Ronnie Spector’s soulful voice filling the house. The Ronettes’ versions of “Sleigh Ride,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “Frosty the Snowman” on the classic 1963 LP “A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector” (produced by her ex-husband) rank among the best holiday pop recordings of all time. Now the 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has released a five-track seasonal follow-up, “Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Ever.” She’s also one of the main subjects in Keith Richards’ autobiography, “Life.” We spoke to her by phone from her home in Connecticut.
Q: What Christmas records get the most play in your house?
A: I always play “A Christmas Gift for You.” I have no bitterness. No anger. I love my records. Forget the person who made them, if you get my drift.
Q: What took you so long to make a follow-up?
A: My fans said, “You only have three songs. You need to make more.” So that’s what I did. Let me tell you: I love that I did it. You know what Keith Richards said to me? He said, “I love your new CD so much. Your new stuff is a bitch.” That was his compliment to me.
Q: Didn’t Richards want to marry you at one point?
A: He gave me his book and on the first page he wrote, “It’s a love affair.” For 40 years, we’ve had fun together. He’s innocent and I’m innocent. People think he’s been on all these drugs and has had all these women. But he’s only been with, like, two women. He doesn’t do drugs anymore. He has a beer or two. Give him a break. He’s so nice. I should have married Keith. Our kids would have had great hair.