Phil Spector has passed away

Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 at his castle-like mansion on the edge of Los Angeles. After a trial in 2009, he was sentenced to 19 years to life.”

7 thoughts on “Phil Spector has passed away

  1. Phil’s defense strategy of wearing a giant fright wig to court and acting creepy didn’t work for him, what a shocker.

  2. One of my favorite musical memories is listening to the Back to Mono compilation back in the 1990s. Obviously a flawed man, but a brilliant musical producer.

    1. I have that and some other later reissues. “Mono” is much better. Specifically I can hear Hal Blaine better. He and Charlie Watts taught me drumming in ’64 (no instruction videos back then). Not that I had the slightest idea who he was at the time.

  3. I would caution against accepting this announcement as definitive. Paul Simon once wrote a simple desultory philippic in which he mentioned having been “Phil Spectored and resurrected”. While I am not “hip” and “with it” enough to fully understand this “groovy lingo”, the implication seems clear: We may now be faced with the spectre of Spector.

    1. That song was Paul Simon’s mocking/appreciation of Bob Dylan.
      “… He’s so unhip that when you say Dylan
      He thinks you’re talking about Dylan Thomas
      Whoever he was
      The man ain’t got no culture”

      1. Also, the last line in the song, said as the song is fading away is
        “I’ve lost my harmonica, Albert.”

        “Harmonica” being a Dylan reference and “Albert” being Albert Grossman who was Dylan’s manager. I believe the lyric is a reference to the amount of control Albert Grossman was regarded as having over Dylan at that time.

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