You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling…

Today Phil Spector was convicted of second degree murder.  Now yes, Phil Spector has been a pretty “off” for awhile now, but there was a point in time where he was a major influence on the music industry.  I mean he is in the Rock and Rol Hal of Fame as a non-performer…

Spector has put his touch on countless numbers of recordings from the 1950s to 1970s not only as a producer but also as a songwriter.  He also worked with everyone in the music industry at the time (Sonny Bono, Ike & Tina Turner, The Ronettes, Connie Francis, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, The Crystals,Carole King & Gerry Goffin, The Righteous Brothers, etc.)  Fun Fact: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” which he produced and co-wrote is listed by BMI as the song with the most airplay in the 20th century.

Spector and the Ronettes 1963

Spector may be most famous for his “Wall of Sound“.  He and Larry Levine used layering techniques of sound to produce sound that was perfect for AM radio.  It included using combinations of instruments that had never been used together (like acoustic and electric guitars), using a lot of instruments at once with many playing the same part, and also using an echo chamber.  The sound was large and full.  No had heard anything like it at the time…

In the 1970s Spector worked with the the Beatles on Let It Be.  He often though butted heads with Paul McCartney.  This led Paul to release Let It Be… Naked in 2003, the Let It Be album without the input of Spector.  Some speculate he had some part in the Beatle’s break up.  Both John and George, though, went on to  work with Spector on solo albums.

So I choose to remember Phil Spector the sound and not really the person (because I didn’t even get into his relationship with the Ronettes and Ronnie Spector… that’s a whole other post)

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~ by katoque on April 13, 2009.

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