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Phil Spector

Knowledge Identifier: +Phil_Spector


Phil Spector

Former American record producer and songwriter add

Category: Music

Born in 1939.

Countries: United States (60%), California (13%), (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: The Ronettes, Lana Clarkson, Christmas

Linked to: The Beatles, The Ronettes, Ramones, Fairfax High School




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Phil Spector was born in 1939 add something


Spector's father committed suicide on April 20, 1949 add something


Jack Nitzsche - He first came to prominence in the late 1950s as the right-hand-man of producer Phil Spector, and went on to work with the Rolling Stones, Neil Young and others


Don Kirshner - Kirshner achieved his first major success in the late 1950s and early 1960s as co-owner of the influential New York-based publishing company Aldon Music with partner Al Nevins, which had under contract at various times several of the most important songwriters of the so-called "Brill Building" school, including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Phil Spector, Howard_Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jack Keller


Lenny Bruce - Starting in the late 1950s, other unissued Bruce material was released by Alan Douglas, Frank Zappa and Phil Spector, as well as Fantasy


In 1953, his mother moved the family to Los Angeles , California add something


Clydie King - Discovered by songwriter Richard Berry, King began her recording career in 1956 with Little Clydie and the Teens; before she was a member of Ray Charles' Raeletts for three years and contributed to early 1960s recordings by producer Phil Spector


By early 1958, Spector and his bandmates had raised enough money to buy two hours of recording time at Gold Star add something


The Teddy Bears went their separate ways in 1959 add something


Camillo Felgen - Another was "Sag warum", in 1959, based on a melody by Phil Spector


In 1960, Sill arranged for Spector to work as an apprentice to Leiber and Stoller in New York add something


In the early 1960s, he briefly worked with Atlantic Records' R&B artists Ruth Brown and LaVerne Baker add something


Spector's first marriage was to Annette Merar, lead vocalist of the Spectors Three, a 1960s pop trio formed and produced by Spector add something


Winehouse had made reference to her admiration of Spector's work with 1960s girl groups add something


Carol Kaye - As a session musician, Kaye was the bassist on many Phil Spector and Brian Wilson productions in the 1960s and 1970s


Sonny Bono - Bono began his music career working at Specialty Records where his song "Things You Do to Me" was recorded by Sam Cooke, and went on to work for the record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s as a promotion man, percussionist and "gofer"


Jeff Barry - Greenwich introduced Barry to her latest partner, songwriter-producer Phil Spector, and the threesome went on to help define the "Girl Group" sound of the early 1960s


Ray Peterson - In 1960, Peterson created his own record label with his manager Stan Shulman, called Dunes Records, and enlisted the help of record producer Phil Spector


Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller - In the early 1960s, Phil Spector served an apprenticeship of sorts with Leiber and Stoller in New York, developing his record producer's craft while observing and playing guitar on their sessions, including the guitar solo on The Drifters' "On Broadway"


Don Randi - In the early 1960s, he was a major contributor, as musician and arranger, to producer Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound"


In late 1961, Spector formed a new record company with Lester Sill, who by this time had ended his business partnership with Hazlewood add something


Twist and Shout - In 1961, one year after Phil Spector became a staff producer at Atlantic Records, he was asked to produce a single by an up-and-coming vocal group, the Top Notes


Leonard Cohen - The album includes a recent musical setting of Cohen's "As the mist leaves no scar", a poem originally published in "The Spice-Box of Earth" in 1961 and adapted by Phil Spector as "True Love Leaves No Traces" on "Death of a Ladies' Man" album


Although predominantly a singles-based label, Philles released a few albums, one of which was the perennial seller "A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records" in 1963 add something


Spector released solo material by Darlene Love in 1963 add something


The first time Spector put the same amount of effort into an LP as he did into 45s was when he utilized the full Philles roster and the Wrecking Crew to make what he felt would become a hit for the 1963 Christmas season add something


"A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records" arrived in stores the day of the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963 add something


The Ronettes - All three Ronettes, along with every other artist who was signed with Phil Spector in 1963, helped him complete his now-classic Christmas LP "A Christmas Gift for You"


Ellie Greenwich - Before the end of 1963, Barry-Greenwich had scored hits with songs such as "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You" , "Then He Kissed Me" and "Da Doo Ron Ron" , "Not Too Young To Get Married" , and "Christmas " by Darlene Love, all co-written and produced by Phil Spector


Bobby Susser - In 1963, he wrote, produced, and sold the master recording of the song "Kiss Me Now", sung by Florence DeVore, to Phil Spector


The Ronettes - In early 1963, fed up with Colpix Records and the group's lack of success, Estelle placed a phone call to producer Phil Spector, telling him of the Ronettes, and how they would like to audition for him


In 1964, The Ronettes appeared at the Cow Palace, near San Francisco add something


Harry Nilsson - In 1964, Nilsson worked with Phil Spector, writing three songs with him


Bill Medley - Their first single was "Little Latin Lupe Lu"; their first hit was "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", produced by Phil Spector in 1964


The Ronettes - The Ronettes had even been asked by John Lennon to accompany the Beatles on their flight to America on February 7, 1964, but Phil Spector denied the Ronettes the opportunity to do so


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 add something


The Ronettes - Ronnie, Chip, and Denise recorded some songs for Buddha Records in the mid '70's, one of which was a cover of "I Wish I Never Saw the Sun Shine", a song Ronnie had first done in 1965, though Phil Spector had refused to release it


Unchained Melody - The best-known version of "Unchained Melody" was recorded by The Righteous Brothers and produced by Phil Spector in 1965 as the 'B' side of the single featuring the song, "Hung On You"


Spector's final signing to Philles was the husband-and-wife team of Ike and Tina Turner in 1966 add something


Ellie Greenwich - In addition, Barry and Greenwich teamed with Phil Spector one last time to pen "I Can Hear Music", recorded by The Ronettes in 1966, which was their final single for the Philles label, and by The Beach Boys in 1969; and "River Deep - Mountain High", which Spector produced for Ike and Tina Turner, although Ike was officially banned from the studio recording


Boyce and Hart perform the tune, "Out and About", which reached number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967 add something


Already something of a recluse, he withdrew temporarily from the public eye, marrying Veronica "Ronnie" Bennett, lead singer of the Ronettes, in 1968 add something


Ronnie Spector - Ronnie Spector was married to Phil Spector from 1968 to 1974, and took his name professionally; they adopted three children, including a set of twins:


In 1969, Spector made a brief return to the music business by signing a production deal with A&M Records add something


Spector emerged briefly for a cameo as a drug dealer in the film "Easy Rider", in 1969 add something


As the 1970s progressed, Spector became increasingly reclusive add something


In 1970, Allen Klein, manager of the Beatles, brought Spector to England add something


Spector began to reemerge in the late 1970s, producing and co-writing a controversial 1977 album by Leonard Cohen, entitled "Death of a Ladies' Man" add something


The character of Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell in "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", a 1970 Russ Meyer film, is based upon Spector, though neither Meyer nor screenwriter Roger Ebert had met him add something


Let It Be - A new version of the album was created by Phil Spector in 1970 and finally released as "Let It Be", serving as the album for the 1970 motion picture of the same name


Dave Edmunds - After learning the trade of producer, culminating in a couple of singles in the style of Phil Spector, "Baby I Love You" and "Born to Be with You", he became linked with the pub rock movement of the early 1970s, producing Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe, and the Flamin' Groovies, using a stripped down, grittier sound


Let It Be - In March 1970, American producer Phil Spector was brought in to work on the album


Let It Be (song) - On 26 March 1970, Phil Spector remixed the song for the "Let It Be" album


Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - "Tell the Truth" had been initially recorded in June 1970 as an upbeat song, with Harrison's producer, Phil Spector


In 1971, Spector was named director of A&R for Apple Records add something


The album later won the "Album of the Year" award at the 1972 Grammys add something


Some Time in New York City - Released in 1972, it is John Lennon's third post-Beatles solo album, fifth with Yoko Ono, and third with producer Phil Spector


Some Time in New York City - Lennon once again brought in Phil Spector to co-produce the new studio album, which was completed on 20 March 1972


The most probable and significant reason for his withdrawal, recently revealed by biographer Dave Thompson, was that in 1974 Spector was seriously injured when he was thrown through the windshield of his car in a crash in Hollywood add something


He was admitted to the UCLA Medical Center on the night of March 31, 1974, suffering serious head injuries which necessitated several hours of surgery with over 300 stitches to his face and more than 400 to the back of his head add something


A similar relationship with Britain's Polydor Records led to the formation of the Phil Spector International label in 1975 add something


Dion DiMucci - This was followed in 1975 by the album "Born To Be With You", produced by Phil Spector


Leonard Cohen - After the European tour of 1976, Cohen again attempted a new change in his style and arrangements; his new 1977 record, "Death of a Ladies' Man" , was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, known as the inventor of the "Wall of Sound" technique, which backs up pop music with many layers of instrumentation, an approach very different from Cohen's usually minimalist instrumentation


Leonard Cohen - However, none of the recordings from three live tours with Lissauer were ever officially released, and the album was abandoned in 1976, and some of the songs rewritten by Cohen and Phil Spector for Cohen's 1977 album "Death of a Ladies' Man", which was produced and arranged by Spector


Finally, he released an American compilation of his Philles recordings in 1977, which put most of the better known Spector hits back into circulation after many years add something


Ramones - After the band's movie debut in Roger Corman's "Rock 'n' Roll High School" , renowned producer Phil Spector became interested in the Ramones and produced their 1980 album "End of the Century"


Shoegazing, a British musical movement in the late 1980s to mid 1990s, was heavily influenced by the Wall of Sound add something


Spector produced the much-publicized Ramones album, "End of the Century" in 1980 add something


Spector remained inactive throughout most of the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s add something


Allen Klein - Klein bought the rights to music produced by Phil Spector, such as the Philles Records and Phil Spector International catalogs, in the 1980s


Spector worked with Yoko Ono in 1981, and co-produced "Season of Glass", her first work after the death of her husband, John Lennon add something


The Ronettes - In 1988, the Original Ronettes sued Phil Spector, for nonpayment of royalties


For his contributions to the music industry, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 add something


In 1989, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer add something


Robert Schneider - The Wall of Sound production style implemented by his heroes Phil Spector and Brian Wilson was used on these records and cemented Schneider's reputation as the man behind the sound of many bands of the Elephant 6 label, which grew through the 1990s into a sprawling collective of psychedelic pop and experimental groups


Phillip Spector, Jr. died of leukemia on Christmas Day, 1991 add something


Ike Turner - Ike and Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 while Turner was still in prison, Phil Spector accepting the *award on their behalf


A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector - The album appeared as the fourth disc of ABKCO's 1991 Spector box set, "Back to Mono", and as the second disc of the 2006 UK-only ABKCO compilation "The Phil Spector Collection"


Ike Turner - While he was still in prison, Ike and Tina Turner were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, which Phil Spector accepted on their behalf


Kathy Troccoli - In 1996, Troccoli was featured on the Beach Boys's now out-of-print album "Stars and Stripes Vol. 1", singing lead vocals on a cover of their 1969 song "I Can Hear Music", itself a cover of a Phil Spector song


In 1997, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame add something


His most recent released project has been "Silence Is Easy" by Starsailor, released in 2003 add something


Spector met Short at a Hollywood restaurant in 2003, shortly after his arrest in the shooting of Lana Clarkson add something


On February 3, 2003, actress Lana Clarkson was found dead, killed by a firearm, in Spector's mansion in Alhambra, California add something


Lana Clarkson - On February 3, 2003, Clarkson was shot dead in the mansion of music producer Phil Spector


Leslie Abramson - In 2004, she was hired by Phil Spector, who was charged with fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his suburban Alhambra, California mansion, replacing his former attorney, Robert Shapiro


In 2006, Spector married Rachelle Short add something


Spector produced singer-songwriter Hargo's track, "Crying For John Lennon", which originally appears on Hargo's 2006 album "In Your Eyes", but on a visit to Spector's mansion for an interview for the John Lennon tribute movie, "Strawberry Fields", Hargo played Spector the song and asked him to produce it add something


Bruce Cutler represented him during the 2007 trial, but withdrew on August 27, 2007, claiming "a difference of opinion between Mr. Spector and me on strategy add something


" On September 26, 2007, Judge Fidler declared a mistrial because of a hung jury add something


Also in December 2007, Spector attended the funeral for Ike Turner, whose former wife, Tina Turner, he previously produced in 1966 add something


In December 2007, the song "B Boy Baby" by Mutya Buena and Amy Winehouse featured melodic and lyrical passages heavily influenced by the Ronettes song "Be My Baby" add something


Bruce Cutler - Cutler had served as the lead defense attorney for Phil Spector until August 27, 2007, when he announced that he was leaving Spector's defense due to "a difference of opinion between Mr. Spector and me on strategy


The retrial of Spector for murder in the second degree began on October 20, 2008, with Judge Fidler again presiding; this time it was not televised add something


Billy Joel - The minor hit "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" echoed the Phil Spector sound, and was covered by Ronnie_Spector (in a 2008 radio interview, Joel said he does not perform "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" in his live shows anymore because it is in too high a key and "shreds" his vocal cords.


In 2009, Spector was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California, home add something


The case went to the jury on March 26, 2009, and nineteen days later, on April 13, the jury returned a guilty verdict add something


Lana Clarkson - On April 13, 2009, songwriter and producer Phil Spector was convicted of second degree murder for her gunshot death


The California Court of Appeal affirmed Spector's conviction in May 2011 and denied his request for a rehearing of the appeal shortly thereafter add something


On August 17, 2011 the California Supreme Court refused to review the Court of Appeal's decision to affirm his conviction add something


"Phil Spector", a 2013 HBO film written and directed by David Mamet and starring Al Pacino and Dame Helen Mirren, depicted a fictionalized account of the murder and trials add something


Al Pacino - Pacino has most recently starred in a 2013 biographical picture about record producer Phil Spector's murder trial, titled "Phil Spector"


In July 2014, Spector was hospitalized reportedly due to severe health issues add something


In September 2014, it was reported that Spector had lost his ability to speak due to throat polyps add something


On July 11, 2015, United States District Judge S. James Otero denied Spector's appeal add something


On August 12, 2015, Spector's lawyers filed an appeal with the court to overturn the dismissal of his petition, saying that the judge in his original murder trial did numerous inappropriate things which caused him a denial of his due process" add something


Spector filed for divorce in April 2016, claiming irreconcilable differences add something