Phil Spector


He gets up each morning and he goes downtown
Where everyone's his boss and he's lost in an angry land
He's a little man

The Crystals, 'Uptown'

Phillip Harvey Spector was born December 26th 1939 to a middle-class Jewish family in the Bronx, New York City. He is a record producer, songwriter and the originator of the wall of sound production method. At the height of his career, Spector was a pioneer of the 1960s girl-group sound, and produced more than twenty-five Top 40 hits from 1960 to 1965, writing or co-writing many of them. For his contributions to the music industry, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and in 1997 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 1965 song You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, produced and co-written by Spector for the Righteous Brothers, is listed by BMI as the song with the most U.S airplay in the 20th century. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #63 on their list of the ‘Greatest Artists of All Time’. In 2009, Spector was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his California home. He is serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life.