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The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

Phil Spector, born Harvey Phillip Spector, is currently on trial for second degree murder charges. Once a famous music producer and songwriter and originator of the recording technique called “The Wall of Sound” has allegedly turned his life upside down. The co-writer and producer of the song, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” has been accused of murder.

Phil Spector has produced many number one hit songs and co-wrote most of them too. However, his biggest claim to fame was being brought to England to produce an album for the Beatles. John Lennon and George Harrison asked Spector to produce an album with the shelved “Get Back” recordings. He was already producing John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” when he was asked to make produce this album. He worked his recording magic on the songs and the very successful; Let It Be album was born. It is also thought that this was the beginning of the end for the Beatles as Paul McCartney was not happy with the way Phil Spector had produced some of the songs on the album and also said that the work was finished and produced without the lead singer’s approval.

In 2003, Phil Spector’s limousine driver said he had heard a gunshot and discovered the body of Lana Clarkson; a night club hostess that went home with Spector. Although Spector had allegedly made a statement that he “thinks he killed somebody”, he is claiming that Lana Clarkson accidentally killed herself. Spector also went through three lawyers in his first trial, such as Robert Shapiro of O.J. trial fame and Bruce Cutler, the former attorney for the late John Gotti. The jury in the first trial was deadlocked at 7-5 and after further instructions issued by the judge to try and make their decision easier, the jury again deadlocked but this time was 10-2. The judge had no choice but to declare a mistrial.

As of this date, the jury is out deliberating his fate for the second trial. They have been deliberating for seven days as of April 9, 2009. However, during the past seven days, the jury has only been deliberating a total of approximately twenty-seven hours because of juror illnesses and court holidays. Today, the jury is not in because of another juror being sick. They, the jury, are also considering a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Trivia: Phil Spector is playing the guitar solo in the song On Broadway by The Drifters.

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