Phil Spector Biography
Phil Spector born Harvey Phillip Spector is an American record producer, musician, and record producer he developed the Wall of Sound. It’s a production formula he described as a Wagnerian approach to Rock and Roll. He was born on December 26th, 1939 in The Bronx, New York.
He started in 1958 as co-founder, guitarist, and the vocalist of the Teddy Bears which penned their US number-one single “To Know Him Is to Love Him”. 1960 he co-founded Phil`s Records, and at the age of 21, became the youngest ever US label owner to that point.
In the next several years he wrote co-wrote and produced acts such as the Ronettes and the Crystals, and later, John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles. He was considered the first auteur among musical artists for the unprecedented freedom and control he had over every phase of the recording process.
Phil Spector Education
He attended Fairfax High School.
Phil Spector Career
With three of his friends, Phil formed a group called the Teddy Bears. During this period, record producer Stan Ross—co-owner of Gold Star Studios in Hollywood—began to tutor Spector in record production and exerted a major influence on Spector’s production style. 1958 the Teddy Bears recorded Don’t You Worry My Little Pet. which helped them secure a deal with Era Records.
During their next session, they recorded another song Phil had written one inspired by the epitaph on Phil’s father’s tombstone. Released on Era’s subsidiary label, Dore Records, “To Know Him Is to Love Him” reached number one on Billboard Hot 100singles chart on December 1, 1958, selling over a million copies by year’s end. It was the seventh number-one single on the newly formed chart. Following the success of their debut, the group signed with Imperial Records.
The group later split in 1959 after the split Phil`s career quickly moved from performing and songwriting to production. He had met Lester Sill, a former promotion man who was a mentor to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. His next project, the Spectors Three, was undertaken under the aegis of Sill and his partner, Lee Hazlewood. In 1960, Sill arranged for Phil to work as an apprentice to Leiber and Stoller in New York. Ronnie Crawford would become Spector’s first true recording artist and project as a producer. Spector quickly learned how to use a studio.
He co-wrote the Ben E. King Top 10 hit “Spanish Harlem” with Jerry Leiber and also he worked as a session musician, most notably playing the guitar solo on the Drifters’ song “On Broadway”. His own productions during this time, while less conspicuous, included releases by LaVern Baker, Ruth Brown, and Billy Storm, as well as the Top Notes’ original version of “Twist and Shout”.
Leiber and Stoller recommended Phil to produce Ray Peterson’s “Corrina, Corrina”, which reached number 9 in January 1961. Later, he produced another major hit for Curtis Lee, “Pretty Little Angel Eyes”, which made it to number 7.
Returning to Hollywood, Spector agreed to produce one of Lester Sill’s acts. After both Liberty Records and Capitol Records turned down the master of “Be My Boy” by the Paris Sisters, Sill formed a new label, Gregmark Records, with Lee Hazlewood, and released it. It reached only number 56, but the follow-up, “I Love How You Love Me”, was a hit, reaching number 5.
Late 1961 Phil formed a new record company with Lester Sill who had ended his business partnership with Hazlewood. Philles Records combined the names of its two founders. Through Hill and Range Publishers, Spector found three groups he wanted to produce: the Ducanes, the Creations, and the Crystals. The first two signed with other companies, but Spector managed to secure the Crystals for his new label.
Phil continued to work freelance with other artists. In 1962, he produced “Second Hand Love” by Connie Francis, which reached #7. In the early 1960s, he briefly worked with Atlantic Records’ R&B artists Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker. Ahmet Ertegün of Atlantic paired Spector with future Broadway star Jean DuShon for “Talk to Me”, the B-side of which was “Tired of Trying”, written by DuShon.
Phil took on a job as head of A&R for Liberty Records. It was while working at Liberty that he heard a song written by Gene Pitney, for whom he had produced a number 41 hit, “Every Breath I Take”, a year earlier. “He’s a Rebel” was due to be released on Liberty by Vikki Carr, but Spector rushed into Gold Star Studios and recorded a cover version using Darlene Love and the Blossoms on lead vocals. The record was released on Phillies, attributed to the Crystals, and quickly rose to the top of the charts.
By the time “He’s a Rebel” went to number 1, Lester Sill was out of the company, and Phil had Phillies all to himself. He created a new act, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, featuring Darlene Love, Fanita James (a member of the Blossoms), and Bobby Sheen, a singer he had worked with at Liberty.
Phil Spector Christmas
Is an album of Christmas songs, produced by Phil Spector, and originally released as Philles 45 in 1963. Spector treated a series of mostly secular Christmas standards to his “Wall of Sound” treatment, and the selections feature the vocal performances of Spector’s regular artists during this period.
Phil Spector Jail
Phil was sentenced to 19 years to life for killing actress Lana Clarkson and possession of a weapon used in the murder.
Phil Spector Tina Turner
During Ike Turner`s funeral, Phil criticized Tina Turner’s autobiography as badly written that it demonized and vilified Ike and also for Oprah Winfrey for promoting the book.
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Phil Spector Age/Family
Phil was born on December 26th, 1939. His father was an ironworker from Ukraine with the name Spekter which Phil later changed to Spector. Once his father died from suicide his mother moved the family to Los Angeles where she worked as a seamstress.
Phil Spector Wife
Phil was first married to Annette Merar the lead vocalist of the Spectors Three a group formed in the 1960s. His second marriage was to Veronica Bennett who later came to be known as Ronnie Spector. She was the lead singer of the girl group called The Ronettes. They later got divorced after lasting from 1968 to 1974. They adopted three children Donte, Louis, and Gary. In the 1980s Phil had twin children with his girlfriend Janice Zavala.
Phil Spector Height
He is 5′ 5″ tall.
Phil Spector Networth
Phil has a net worth of $50 million.
Phil Spector Wall of Sound
Phil Spector Interview