When he died of COVID-19 complications in January, Phil Spector was described as the infamous “Wall of Sound” producer. To a person who knows little or nothing about the Octogenarian, that description will sound a little harsh, but what really made is Phil Spector infamous?
If you read about his death or know him beforehand, you will know that the revolutionary producer was serving a life sentence. Yes, he was locked up for some serious crime we will discuss right here, but what was his story before infamy and incarceration?
A Golden Hitmaker
Phil Spector was a New York Native who started a career in music quite early. He produced his first hit song, “To Know Him is to Love Him,” by Teddy Bears as a teenager. He shot into the limelight when he wrote the song “Be My Baby” for The Ronettes, a bad that had his future wife Ronnie as a member.
Spector wrote other classic hits for other girl groups and was a darling of the music industry. He was well-recognized, especially for his “Wagnerian” approach to rock ‘n’ roll. He revolutionized the industry with his “Wall of Sound” Technique.
Descent to Infamy
Phil Spector got embroiled in what can be described as one of the most twisted stories in music history. He was treated as a prime suspect in the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was found dead in the early hours of February 3, 2004, in his Californian mansion.
Phil Spector actually shot Lana Clarkson about an hour after both were driven to the mansion in his limousine. He notoriously claimed that her death was an “accidental suicide,” saying that she “kissed the gum”.
He was tried for Clarkson’s murder in 2007 and was convicted in 2009, approximately six years after the murder.
The confirmation of Phil Spector’s death ends a very sad story in the entertainment industry. The once famous producer died as an infamous murderer.