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Phil Spector

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Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1940) is an American record producer and songwriter. In later years, he gained infamy as the subject of a murder conviction.

The originator of the production technique, Spector was a pioneer of the 1960s girl group sound (The Ronettes and The Crystals a.o.) and produced over twenty-five Top 40 hits between 1960 and 1965 alone. After this initial success, Spector later worked with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Ramones with similar acclaim.

He produced The Beatles’ Academy Award-winning album Let It Be, and the Grammy Award-winning Concert for Bangladesh by former Beatle George Harrison. In 1989, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. The 1965 song You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, produced and co-written by Spector for The Righteous Brothers, is listed by BMI as the song with the most U.S. airplay in the 20th century.

The 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home led to his being charged with murder in the second degree. After a 2007 mistrial, he was convicted in 2009 and given a prison sentence of 19 years to life.

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  • LightsOfBohemia

    I once told him I loved his music and he was so overwhelmed that in a fit of nerves he accidentally shot me in the face. Shit happens, right?

    9 Jul 12:27pm Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "When I got to California, Phil Spector had a real reputation for doing his 'walls with sound.' I just looked at it like, 'Walls with sound?' It's just padding the payroll." - Meet the frankly legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr, better known to the music world as Dr. John: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/dr_john/

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Jamekae

    http://www.last.fm/music/Phil+Spector/+images/87729495

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • doowniwevets

    People actually have their music tagged as "phil spector". Honestly, I'm not surprised.

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Duke_St_King

    Bastard1 is talking out of his arse. If his theory is correct, then I wouldn't have Be My Baby, A Fine Fine Boy, Da Doo Ron Ron, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Spanish Harlem, Let It Be & He's a Rebel stuck in my head so consistently.

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    His productions were to die for [2]

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Jazzdjur

    Gimmie that f'in wall o sound!

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • chxxlie

    YEAH! and you know what else? fuck SALT! that shit's been used as a crutch for tasteless food for TOO LONG!

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Nope, the wall of sound is a fucking crutch for substandard songs that need production to save them.

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • crimsonking93

    "Fuck this guy and his crappy wall of sound." Hey, you can shit over this crazy prick all you want, but don't fuck tha glorious wall of sound!

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    dead. these comment's are so funny

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Fuck this guy and his crappy wall of sound. Being a murderer is the least of his crimes.

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    phil spector and charles manson need to get together and make an album [2]

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • glottis5

    phil spectre

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • Timothy21121993

    just saw him on the jeorge harrison documentar .WTF HE IS SCARY EEEEW

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Enokii

    shame he's so full of himself

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • xxxvanessaxx

    GENIUS [2]

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
  • JOEmeow

    phil spector and charles manson need to get together and make an album

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • cs81

    I love sentences that start with "He may be a murderer, but"

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • richardneal

    And who did you learn it from, Phil? Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. Without them there would be no wall of sound.

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
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