Some of Spector’s biggest hits like “Be My Baby” are still widely known and recognized for their impact on music history.
The star died on Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer, her family said.
“Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude,” a statement from the family read.
“RIP Ronnie Spector. It was an honor to Produce her and encourage her to get back on stage where she remained for the next 45 years,” said Stevie Van Zandt. “Her record with the E Street Band helped sustain us at a very precarious time (thanks to Steve Popovich). Condolences to her husband and family.”
“I just heard the news about Ronnie Spector and I don’t know what to say,” Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson shared. “I loved her voice so much and she was a very special person and a dear friend. This just breaks my heart. Ronnie’s music and spirit will live forever. Love & Mercy, Brian.”
“Oh No!” wrote Patricia Arquette. “Ronnie Spector, Girl Group Icon and Leader of the Ronettes, Dies at 78.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report