By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
"We came from Spanish Harlem," Spector recalls. "We had high hair anyway." So the Ronettes made their hair still higher"We used a lot of Aqua Net"and pressed into service one of Spector's seven aunts: the one who sewed the best.
"It was pretty simplewe took it from the streets, and sometimes we did the opposite: If girls were wearing wide dresses, we would make ours tight. We needed attention." Spector's aunt would sew fringe on the back of the dresses; when the girls turned around and started shimmying, the crowd would go wild.
Spector says the group would while away the hours backstage artfully applying makeup and teasing their hair skyward: "There was nothing else to do back there; there was just mirrors and chairs."
So was it like the beginning of Dreamgirls, when the trio crowded around a dressing room table, fixing their faces and planning their future? Dead silence on the other end of the phone. Then: " Dreamgirls? Please. No. This was real."