Phil Spector: Pop Music Producer dies at 81.

Phil Spector
  • Phil Spector also known as Harvey Spector, an American Pop Music producer, songwriter, musician, and convicted Murder has died of natural causes.
  • Phil Spector transformed the Pop music industry with his “wall of Sound” recordings working with revolutionary artists such as the Righteous Brothers, the Beatles, and Tina Turner.
  • He was convicted in 2009 for the 2003 murder of Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson.
  • His death was just confirmed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation dispelling earlier rumors that he passed on due to Covid 19.

Phil Spector produced half of the 40 pop music hits between 1961 and 1965. His skills influenced major artists including Bruce Springsteen and the Beach Boys.

Phil Spector was born in Bronx, New York on December 26th, 1939. He was best known for pop music with his “Wall of Sound” approach to producing top-notch orchestral studio recordings. He had a troubled life with a history of gun violence, drugs, and alcoholism.

Phil Spector 2020

Spector’s health condition deteriorated with reports reaching media houses that he was under care at the Correctional Facility’s Health Unit. His health condition was however not disclosed. Furthermore, a mugshot taken of Spector from prison revealed that he now had bald hair completely different from his signature look during his trial. In addition, the photo also showed that he was now using hearing aids on both ears. With the Covid 19 fiasco, it was feared that perhaps prisoners and certainly the aged ones like Phil would be at the receiving end of the pandemic.

Also Read...  Justus Mutai Tuno, a Captivating Kalenjin Singer.

Phil Spector wife

Phil Spector was married to Annette Merar who was the lead vocalist of the Spectors three. Given that Phil produced for the group in the 1960s, their relationship developed but never lasted. It was alleged that Phil was also having an affair with Veronica Bennett Ronnie Spector The Ronettes lead singer. Phil was very instrumental in putting together the band and their constant interaction soon blossomed into an affair. Phil divorced Annette in 1966 and married Ronnie 2 years later.  Phil also divorced Ronnie in 1974 in what Ronnie alleged was due to emotional distress. Phil married Rachelle Short in 20o6 and divorced in 2016 on what was termed as due to irreconcilable differences. Phil also dated Janis Zavala in the 1980s.

Phil Spector Children

Phil Spector was married three times but only had five children from his two unions. Phil adopted three children Donte Philip Spector and Gary Philip Spector and Louis Philip Spector with ex-wife Ronnie Spector. Phil Spector also had 2 children with Janis Zavala, Nicole Audrey Spector, and Philip Spector Jr. Unfortunately, Philip Spector Jr. died of Leukemia in 1991.

Phil Spector songs

Phil Spector wrote a number of original songs as well as re-writing songs previously written by other artists. His top 50 songs include the following;

  1. The Teddy Bears “To Know Him Is to Love Him” (1958)
  2. Ben E. King “Spanish Harlem” (1960)
  3. Ray Peterson “Corrine, Corrina” (1960)
  4. Paris Sisters “I Love How You Love Me” (1961)
  5. Curtis Lee & the Halos “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (1961)
  6. The Crystals “There’s No Other Like My Baby” (1961)
  7. Gene Pitney “Every Breath I Take” (1961)
  8. The Crystals “He’s a Rebel” (1962)
  9. The Crystals “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” (1962)
  10. The Crystals “Uptown” (1962)
  11. Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (1962)
  12. Connie Francis “Second Hand Love” (1962)
  13. The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
  14. The Ronettes “Baby I Love You” (1963)
  15. The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” (1963)
  16. The Crystals “Then He Kissed Me” (1963)
  17. Darlene Love “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry” (1963)
  18. Darlene Love “A Fine, Fine Boy” (1963)
  19. Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans “Why Do Lovers Break Each Others’ Hearts” (1963)
  20. The Dixie Cups “Chapel of Love” (1964)
  21. The Ronettes “Walking in the Rain” (1964)
  22. The Ronettes “Do I Love You?” (1964)
  23. The Ronettes “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up” (1964)
  24. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” (1964)
  25. The Righteous Brothers “Just Once in My Life” (1965)
  26. The Righteous Brothers “Ebb Tide” (1965)
  27. The Ronettes “Born to Be Together” (1965)
  28. Ike & Tina Turner “River Deep, Mountain High” (1966)
  29. Sonny Charles & the Checkmates Ltd. “Black Pearl” (1969)
  30. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
  31. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1970)
  32. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)
  33. John Lennon “Mother” (1970)
  34. John Lennon “God” (1970)
  35. John Lennon “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” (1970)
  36. The Beatles “The Long and Winding Road” (1970)
  37. The Beatles “Across the Universe” (1970)
  38. John Lennon “Working Class Hero” (1970)
  39. George Harrison “Isn’t It a Pity” (1970)
  40. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)
  41. John Lennon “Jealous Guy” (1971)
  42. John Lennon “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” (1971)
  43. George Harrison “Bangla-Desh” (1971)
  44. George Harrison “What Is Life” (1971)
  45. John Lennon “Power to the People” (1971)
  46. John Lennon “Woman Is the Nigger of the World” (1972)
  47. George Harrison “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth” (1973)
  48. John Lennon “Stand by Me” (1975)
  49. Ramones “Rock and Roll High School” (1979)
  50. Ramones “Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio” (1980)
Also Read...  City Lawyer Donald B. Kipkorir Mourns the Loss of His Mother, Katarina: A Tribute to Courage and Enduring Love

Back To Top