Phil Spector; Renowned Music Producer, Jailed For Murder Dies At 81

Lana Clarkson, actress, model, and nightclub hostess, was known for her work in the film Barbarian Queen, 1985.

Phil Spector transformed the pop music scene with his ‘wall of sounds’ recordings. Later he produced music for the Beatles, the Righteous Brothers, and Ike and Tina Turner. He scored his first hit working with the Teddy Bears when he was in his teens. Spector formed this group with his school friends and recorded the mesmerizing ballad ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him.’ This ballad was released in the August of 1958 and sold more than a million records after the group appeared on ‘American Bandstand.’

Spector placed his 24 records in the Top 40 list from 1960 to 1965. His singles that landed in the Top 10 were ‘He’s a Rebel,’ Then He Kissed Me,’ Da Doo Ron Ron,’ ‘Uptown,’ ‘ Walking in the Rain,’ and ‘Be My Baby’ by the Ronettes. He also became hit with the Beatles by producing the album ‘ Let it Be.’ He produced songs for the Righteous Brothers, named ‘Unchained Melody,’ and ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin Feeling,’ which became the most played songs on radio and television in the 20th century, according to BMI. Spector also produced John Lennon’s solo album ‘Imagine.’

As the decade progressed, Spector’s behavior became reclusive, and the accounts of his disturbing conduct were widespread. Shortly before killing the actress, he gave a rare interview to The Telegraph. He said, ‘I would say I’m probably relatively insane, to an extent,’ and there are ‘devils inside that fight me.’

Ronnie Spector, his former spouse, wrote on Instagram about his death that he was ‘a brilliant producer but a lousy husband.’ According to her, she lived a fairytale with him, falling in love and creating music. His life was full of darkness outside the recording studio, and he damaged many lives in the process.

According to John Lennon, he was ‘the greatest record producer ever.’ Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys called him ‘the biggest inspiration in his entire life,’ and told an interviewer for the British documentary ‘Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys Story’ that ‘he was everything.’

Jimmy Iovine told Rolling Stone in 1990 that ‘he added drama to music that I don’t think existed before him.’

 

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