Artist of the Month: Phil Spector
The first superstar record producer, Phil Spector was known for his densely detailed Wall Of Sound, heard on era-defining singles buy the Crystals, the Ronettes, and the Righteous Brothers. Not really a performer, but a musician, Spector rarely released records under his own name. However as a producer and songwriter, label owner and session player, he has influenced the course of rock n roll for more than a handful of performers.
The wall of sound that he perfected in the early 1960's opened unlimited possibilities for arrangements and sound construction in rock n roll and pop music. Remember the 1965 song "You've Lost That Lovin Feeling"? That Loving Feeling was produced and co-written by Phil Spector for the Righteous Brothers, the song is listed by BMI as the song with the most U.S. airplay in the 20th century.
Spector also co-produced George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. He won a Grammy for album of the year. The Washington Times has named Spector as the second greatest record producer in music history. Phil Spector "interesting" it depends how you define "interesting" if interesting can also mean "terrifying" then there are lots. He apparently pulled a gun on John Lennon, Mal Evans, Debbie Harry, The Ramones and Stevie Wonder. Phil carried guns with him at all times because in 1958 four guys gave him problems, He was determined not to let that happen again. Another story is that Spector's abuse of his wife Ronnie is both legendary and creepy. He had a glass coffin made which he said was designed for her to end up in if she ever left him.
Find out more about Phil Spector as we feature him as artist of the month. Facts and articles written by Ernest Mesta, Wendy Johnson and produced by Javier Martinez.