Phil Spector

Songwriter and Music Producer
Born Dec 26, 1940

Phillip Harvey "Phil" Spector is an American record producer and songwriter. The originator of the "Wall of Sound" production technique, Spector was a pioneer of the 1960s girl-group sound and produced over 25 Top 40 hits in 1960–1965. Some of his famous girl groups are The Ronettes and The Crystals.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Phil Spector.


1939 Birth Spector was born on December 26, 1939, to a first-generation immigrant Jewish family in the Bronx, New York City. … Read More
1949 9 Years Old Spector's father committed suicide on April 20, 1949.


1953 13 Years Old In 1953, his mother moved the family to Los Angeles where she found work as a seamstress. … Read More
1958 18 Years Old In 1958, the Teddy Bears recorded the Spector-penned "Don't You Worry My Little Pet", which helped them secure a deal with Era Records. … Read More


1960 20 Years Old In 1960, Sill arranged for Spector to work as an apprentice to Leiber and Stoller in New York. … Read More
1961 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Leiber and Stoller recommended Spector to produce Ray Peterson's Corrina, Corrina, which reached number 9 in January 1961. … Read More
1962 22 Years Old Spector continued to work freelance with other artists. In 1962, he produced "Second Hand Love" by Connie Francis, which reached #7. … Read More
1963 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Spector also released solo material by Darlene Love in 1963. … Read More
1966 26 Years Old 1 More Event
However, the sound of the Righteous Brothers' singles was so distinctive that the act chose to replicate it after leaving Spector, notching a second number 1 hit in 1966 with the Bill Medley–produced "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration". … Read More


1970 30 Years Old In 1970, Allen Klein, manager of the Beatles, brought Spector to England. … Read More
1971 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1971, Spector was named director of A&R for Apple Records. … Read More
1972 32 Years Old The album later won the "Album of the Year" award at the 1972 Grammys. … Read More
1973 33 Years Old In 1973, Spector participated in the recording sessions for what would be Lennon's Rock 'n' Roll album (number 6). … Read More
The most probable and significant reason for his withdrawal, as revealed by biographer Dave Thompson, was that in 1974 he was seriously injured when he was thrown through the windshield of his car in a crash in Hollywood. … Read More
1975 35 Years Old 1 More Event
A similar relationship with Britain's Polydor Records led to the formation of the Phil Spector International label in 1975.
1977 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Finally, he released an American compilation of his Philles recordings in 1977, which put most of the better-known Spector hits back into circulation after many years.
1979 39 Years Old Spector also produced the much-publicized Ramones album End of the Century in 1979. … Read More


2003 63 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His most recent released project was Silence Is Easy by Starsailor, in 2003. … Read More
2006 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Spector produced singer-songwriter Hargo's track "Crying for John Lennon", which originally appears on Hargo's 2006 album In Your Eyes, but on a visit to Spector's mansion for an interview for the John Lennon tribute movie Strawberry Fields, Hargo played Spector the song and asked him to produce it. … Read More
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2016 76 Years Old Spector filed for divorce in April 2016, claiming irreconcilable differences. … Read More
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