Over the years, you didn’t see Ronnie Spector very often, but when you did, you felt blessed. Nobody sounded like Ronnie Spector, looked quite like her, and nobody was a better centerpiece for Phil Spector’s epochal production. This was pop music that really popped, elevating romantic dramas to operatic levels. She sang songs that never felt overplayed, even when you were overplaying them. And now she’s gone: Veronica Yvette Bennett, New Yorker. This playlist contains some of her masterpieces, and some by other legends.

Randall Poster is the Music Supervisor for AIR MAIL