Darlene Love, Ronettes Sue Phil Spector for Royalties

Pop singer Darlene Love and the vocal group the Ronettes have again sued producer Phil Spector, who’s in prison in California for murder, for unpaid royalties on songs recorded in the 1960s.

The plaintiffs, who include Spector’s former wife Ronnie Greenfield, charge that Spector has violated a 2009 court- ordered settlement agreement that required him to pay royalties twice a year, according to a complaint filed yesterday in the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

“Defendants have generated millions of dollars through the sale of plaintiffs’ musical recordings, yet have paid only a fraction of royalties,” lawyers for the singers said in the complaint.

Spector is serving a 19-year sentence on a second-degree murder conviction in the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, according to the complaint.

Love sang with the groups the Blossoms, the Crystals and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans. The Crystals’ hits included “Da Doo Ron Ron.”

Other plaintiffs include members of the Ronettes: the estate of Estelle Bennett, Ronnie’s sister; and their cousin Nedra Talley Ross.

The Ronettes signed with Spector’s Phillies Records, also a defendant, in 1963 and recorded hits including “Be My Baby.”

Photographer: Jae C. Chung/AFP/Getty Images

Music producer Phil Spector faces judge Larry Paul Fidler in a Los Angeles courtroom on May 29, 2009, to hear his sentence for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Close

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Music producer Phil Spector faces judge Larry Paul Fidler in a Los Angeles courtroom on May 29, 2009, to hear his sentence for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

The case is Darlene Love v. Phil Spector, 652227-2010, Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York. An earlier case was Ronnie Greenfield v. Phillies Records, 000763- 1988, Supreme Court of the State of New York.

To contact the reporter on this story: Don Jeffrey in New York at djeffrey1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David E. Rovella at drovella@bloomberg.net

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