Phil Spector, legendary music producer, is dead
Phil Spector, the legendary music producer, died this Saturday at the age of 81
A controversial rock'n'roll figure! Legendary American music producer Phil Spector died of "natural death" at the age of 81 on Saturday, the California Prison Department said in a statement on Sunday. A producer with innovative methods, at the helm behind hits like the Beatles album, Let It Be, Phil Spector was imprisoned for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.
Born in the Bronx on December 26, 1939, Phil Spector moved to Los Angeles with his mother in 1953 after the suicide of his father. In 1958, he founded the Teddy Bears with his high school friends Marshall Lieb and Annette Kleinbard.
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At 18, he caught the attention of producer Lester Sill, who asked him to co-write the Ben E. King Spanish Harlem hit. But it was as a producer that Phil Spector made his biggest impression, directing Corinna's hit version of Ray Peterson, Corinna, Gene Pitney's Every Breath I Take, and Curtis Lee's Pretty Little Angel Eyes.
At the end of 1961, he founded with Lester Sill, Philles Records. He notably produces a girl group, The Crystals. It's a success, and he becomes a millionaire at 21. In 1963, he created four of the ten biggest hits of 1963: Da Doo Ron Ron and T hen He Kissed Me from Crystals Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah by Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans and especially Be My Baby by Ronettes. He becomes the first rock & roll superstar producer.
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In 1968, he signed the baroque pop epic he considered his masterpiece, River Deep - Mountain High by Ike & Tina Turner. In 1968, he appeared as a drug dealer in the classic counterculture film Easy Rider and married Ronnie Bennett.
In her 1990 memoir Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Minijirts, and Madness, or My Life as a Fabulous Ronette, she portrayed Spector as an abusive husband prone to behavior bordering on madness.
In 1969, he produced Let It Be, the Beatles' last studio album. In 1974, he narrowly escaped a terrible car accident. Prior to his accident, he had formed a new label, Warner-Spector, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers, for which he recorded Cher, Harry Nilsson, Darlene Love, and a young singer named Jerri Bo Keno.
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In 1977, he produced Death of a Ladies Man by Leonard Cohen. In 1980, he revamped End of the Century by the Ramones. He entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 when he had already retired. In 1995, he agreed to produce a Celine Dion album, before retracting.
He spent the next decade in court to retain British copyright to the music and lyrics of To Know Him Is to Love Him.
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“People tell me they idolize me, want to be like me, but I tell them, 'Trust me, you don't want my life,'” he confides then. “I have been a very tortured soul. "
In 2003, police were called to Spector's mansion in Alhambra, California, where actress Lana Clarkson was shot. Phil Spector is arrested and charged with second-degree murder. In 2009, he was sentenced to 19 years in prison.
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