Phil Spector, the music producer liable forsome of thebiggest hits in music and the architect of The Wall of Sound has died … sources with direct datatell TMZ.
We’re advised he died from COVID-related complications, after being transferred from his jail cell to a hospital. We’re advised he was diagnosed 4 weeks ago and went to the hospital but recovered well enough to return to jail, where he was serving a 19-to-life sentence for the murder of Lana Clarkson.
Our sources say he relapsed, had hassle breathing,, and was rushed back to the hospital, where he died Saturday.
Spector began his career early … when he was still in high school, he produced his first big hit, “To Know Him is To Love Him,” by the Teddy Bears.
After which, the floodgates opened. He produced a flurry of hits … from The Righteous Brothers “You Lost that Lovin’ Feeling,” “Unchained Melody,” “You are My Soul and Inspiration,” The Ronettes’ “Be My Child,” The Crystals’ “He’s a Rebel,” and on and on.
Spector had a deep association with The Beatles, and produced their last album, “Let It Be.” Among the songs, “The Lengthy And Winding Road,” “Get Again,” and the title monitor. He also produced John Lennon‘s solo work, including “Instant Karma,” and “Imagine.”
Phil’s reach was far and wide. He also produced Ike & Tina Turner‘s “River Deep, Mountain Excessive.”
When Phil produced The Ronettes, he went on to marry their lead singer, Ronnie in 1968 and had a tumultuous relationship. She accused him of tormenting her during their 4 years together by telling her she was nothing — personally or professionally — without him, forbidding her to depart their mansion alone, and pulling guns on her.
She finally fled barefoot from him in 1972.
Spector’s “Wall of Sound” was a way he discovered in a tunnel close to Hollywood Blvd. The sound created a roaring impact, which Spector called the “Wagnerian approach to rock ‘n’ roll” — it involved overdubbing scores of musicians in an orchestral type to make a fuller sound.
The approach was mimicked by the Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 1989.
Spector ended up in prison for the second-degree murder of Clarkson, an actress he’d met in 2003 whereas she was working on the Home of Blues in WeHo. They went again to his mansion, and he shot her … though he’d claimed it was an accidental suicide.
His first trial, in 2007, was declared a mistrial, due to a hung jury, but he was convicted in a 2009 retrial.
In March 2013, Al Pacino played Spector within the film “Phil Spector.“Spector was 81.