The famous American producer Phil Spector died this Saturday, January 16 of “natural death” at the age of 81. It was the California Prison Department that announced it in a statement released this Sunday, January 17. He had quickly made a name for himself with the public, in particular thanks to his innovative methods. New Yorker of origin, he was very famous in the years 1960/1970 with Be My Baby, You’ve Lost That Lovin ‘Feelin’ or even Da Doo Ron Ron. He was the creator of the technique called “Wall of sound”, which consisted in superimposing several sounds to densify the production. He was also a pioneer of female vocal groups with over 25 American Top 40 hits in the period 1960-1965.
During his life, Phil Spector had the chance to collaborate with the Beatles on the Let it Be disc and the first solo albums of John Lennon and George Harrisson but also with Leonard Cohen and the Ramones during the following decade. He was considered one of the “greatest record producers of all time” by John Lennon. In the fall of 1958, he had his first number 1 with the Teddys Bears: To Know Him Is to Love Him. In 1989, he entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was one of the “greatest producers in rock history”. His success had started to wane in the 1970s. In addition, he was quickly overtaken by chronic physiological disorders, which he called “his demons”. Discreet, he was however talked about in 2003, after the discovery of the body of an actress in his apartment.
The murder of Lana Clarkson
Since 2009, he was incarcerated in a prison in California for the murder of Lana Clarkson, an actress of series B. On the night of February 2 to 3, 2003, the young woman was discovered lifeless in the residence of producer in Alhambra in California. . He first claimed that the 40-year-old had shot herself in the mouth. He was eventually charged with manslaughter in March 2009 and convicted of murder in April. He was remanded in custody and sentenced in May of the same year to 15 years in prison for second degree murder without premeditation, plus 4 years for possession of a weapon and will not be entitled to early release. He still tried to appeal this decision but it was rejected by the highest judicial authority in California.
Phil Spector © California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Bestimage