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Music Producer Phil Spector Dead at 81

Phil Spector, the revolutionary music producer who was known for creating the orchestral "wall of sound", and later for a murder conviction, has died at 81.

Spector gave acts like the Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, and Ike and Tina Turner an unmistakably full and pop-perfect sound during recording.  Spector's musical touch can be heard best on The Beatles' final album, Let It Be or John Lennon's Imagine.

Spector wasn't without controversy during the height of his career, with Ronettes lead vocalist Ronnie Spector accusing him of abuse during their four-year marriage, including trapping her inside their home and threatening her with guns.  Other singers like Darlene Love claimed Spector had a violent dark side.

Spector would later hit the news in 2007 when he was accused of murdering Lana Clarkson, an actress he met in 2003.  He claimed she committed suicide in front of his L.A. home; a 2009 jury found him guilty and sent him to prison for 19 years.

Spector reportedly died from COVID-19 complications while in prison.



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