Phil Spector Biography
Phil Spector, the music producer responsible for some of the biggest hits in music and architect of The Wall of Sound, is dead… sources with direct information tell TMZ.
He was said to have died from complications related to COVID after being transferred from his prison cell to the hospital. We are told that he was diagnosed 4 weeks ago and went to the hospital, but recovered enough to return to prison where he was sentenced to 19 life imprisonment for the murder of Lana Clarkson.
Our sources say she had relapsed, had trouble breathing, and was hospitalized where she died on Saturday.
Spector started his career early … while still in high school, he made Teddy Bears’ first big hit called “Knowing Him, Love Him”.
And then the weir gates were opened. The Righteous Brothers made a series of hits from “You Lost That Lovin ‘Feeling”, “Unchained Melody”, “You Are My Soul and Inspiration”, “Ronettes'” Be My Baby, “The Crystals”. He’s a Rebel, ”and so on.
Spector had a deep relationship with The Beatles and produced their latest album “Let It Be”. Among the songs, “The Long and Winding Road”, “Get Back” and the title track. He also did solo work such as John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” and “Imagine”. Phil’s scope was very wide. He also produced Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High”.
When Phil made The Ronettes, he married lead vocalist Ronnie in 1968 and had a turbulent relationship. During the 4 years they spent together, he accused him of torturing him by saying that there was nothing – personally or professionally – without him, forbidding him to leave his mansion alone and shooting him a gun.
He eventually ran from him in 1972 barefoot.
Spector’s “Wall of Sound” was a technique he discovered in a tunnel near Hollywood Boulevard. The sound created a roaring effect that Spector called the “Wagnerian approach to rock ‘n’ roll” – it involved excessive vocalization of many musicians in orchestral style to produce a fuller sound.
The technique was imitated by Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen.
In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Spector was imprisoned in 2003 for the second-degree murder of Clarkson, an actress he met while working on the House of Blues at WeHo. They returned to his mansion and shot him despite accidental suicide claiming.
His first trial in 2007 was declared legally due to a suspended jury, but was convicted in a 2009 retrial.