Legendary producer Phil Spector tried to prevent THE RONETTES from being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by writing a disparaging letter to its nominating committee.
Spector, who goes to trial later this month (MAR07) accused of the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, produced the The Ronettes and was once married to frontwoman RONNIE BENNETT.
In a letter dated 11 July 1994 and recently obtained by Bennett's lawyers, Spector wrote: "My first objection to The Ronettes is that they did not record! Of all the recordings they made, only the lead singer appeared.
"Secondly, I do not think they made the contribution required of some to be in the Hall Of Fame, nor do they have the body of work that would qualify them for induction."
But Bennett has rejected Spector's protests, saying, "He's an angry and unhappy man, and he hasn't been successful since I left."
The Ronettes will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame on Monday (12MAR07).