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Phil Spector

Music Producer Phil Spector

Full Name: Harvey Phillip Spector
Profession: Music Producer

United States of America

Biography: One of the most influential figures in music history, Spector pioneered a production technique known as "Wall of Sound", which used the recording studio as an instrument to create a dense orchestral sound.

By the mid-1970s he had produced chart-topping singles for people like John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles (as well as their final album, Let it Be), the Righteous Brothers and the Ronettes.

In 2003 he shot and killed actress Lana Clarkson, and though he maintained she accidentally shot herself, Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. He died in January of 2021.

Born: December 26, 1939
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: January 16, 2021 (aged 81)

Historical Events

  • 1989-01-18 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Dion; Otis Redding; The Rolling Stones; The Temptations; Stevie Wonder; The Ink Spots; Bessie Smith; The Soul Stirrers; and Phil Spector
  • 2003-02-03 Actress Lana Clarkson is shot and killed by Phil Spector at Spector's house in Alhambra, California
  • 2009-04-13 US record producer Phil Spector is found guilty of second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003

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