Today, Amazon Music released a music video for Hurray for the Riff Raff’s cover of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.” The video sets out to recreate the song’s original 1965 television performance shot-for-shot, with Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra even sporting a beehive hairdo. Segarra’s cover was recorded for an Amazon Music original Valentine’s Day music playlist titled “Love Me.” In a press release, Segarra reveals the keen influence Ronnie Spector had on her life:
Ronnie Spector’s flawless performance of “Be My Baby” influenced me since I first heard my family sing along on long road trips from NYC to Florida. The song is perfect, and it made me think about melodies and what makes a song timeless. Everywhere I’ve traveled: from an ancient pub in Ireland, to my brother’s wedding in the Dominican Republic, to a festival stage in New Orleans—people get excited when I cover this song. Maybe it makes us feel young, maybe it makes us feel in love, maybe we just love to sing along. I hope I make Ronnie proud.
Find more original love songs and covers recorded for Amazon Music on their “Love Me” playlist here, watch The Ronettes’ classic performance of “Be My Baby” below, find John Lennon’s cover beneath that and find Paste Cloud footage of a HFTRR set at the Newport Folk Festival beneath that. You can also read Paste’s review of HFTRR’s new album The Navigator here.