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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 lower-middle-class Jewish family in the Bronx, New York City. … Read More
1949 9 Years Old Spector's father Ben committed suicide on April 20, 1949.


1953 13 Years Old In 1953, his mother moved the family to Los Angeles, California. … 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 #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 #1 hit in 1966 with the Bill Medley-produced "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration". … Read More


1970 - 1973 5 More Events
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.


…  His most recent released project was Silence Is Easy by Starsailor, in 2003. … Read More
2006 66 Years Old On September 1, 2006, Spector married his third wife, Rachelle Short. … Read More
Spector remained free on $1 million bail while awaiting trial, which began on March 19, 2007. … Read More
2008 - 2009 2 More Events
The California Second District Court of Appeal affirmed Spector's conviction in May 2011 and denied his request for a rehearing of the appeal shortly thereafter.
2012 72 Years Old On June 18, 2012, Spector's attorneys filed a Habeas Corpus appeal in the Federal District Court, California Central District.
In July 2013, Attorney Dennis Riordan filed a petition with a US Magistrate urging prompt action due to Spector's ill health.
2014 74 Years Old 1 More Event
In Love & Mercy, a 2014 film about musician and songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Phil Spector was portrayed by Jonathan Slavin. … Read More
2015 75 Years Old On July 11, 2015, United States District Judge S. James Otero denied Spector's appeal. … Read More
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