Phil Spacter, Famous Music Producer 81, Slaying, Captured in Des


After reaching the top 20 of “There Is No Other (Like My Child)” and “Uptown”, Mr. Spector was immediately eager to record Gene Pitney’s composition “He’s a Rebel”. To speed things up, he enlisted the famous Blossoms from the Los Angeles backup group, and recorded them under the name Crystals with Darlene Wright (whose last name she changed to Love) in the lead. The record became Philles first number 1 hit.

Mr. Spector left his singers out of his will. He also drafted Ms. Love and another blossom, Fanita James, for the song with Bobby Sheen, credited to the group Bob B. Soxx and the BlueJeans. He re-admitted original singles for the singles “Da Do Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Mere,” with a new lead singer now known as 15-year-old Dolores Brooks, Lala. Both songs made it to the top 10.

Crystals, along with Ronettes and Ms. Love, all presented “A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector,” a collection of holiday songs. The album, now considered a specter work, was released in 1963, the day Kennedy was assassinated. Mr. Spector withdrew it from sale, and it sank without a trace.

Along with the righteous brothers, the sound wall eclipsed the heights, but Mr. Spector surpassed himself when he put Tina Turner in the studio in 1966 to record “River Deep, Mountain High”, which featured 21 musicians and An equal number of backup singers were appointed. .

The record reached the upper reaches of the British charts but flopped in the United States. Rejected, Mr. Spector withdrew from the music business for several years and entered a decade marked by erratic behavior, often involving his extensive handgun collection and heavy liquor.

An affair with Ronets lead singer, Veronica Bennett, better known as Ronnie, broke off their marriage. His tumultuous marriage to Ms. Bennett was dilapidated in her 1990 memoir “Be My Baby”.

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