Spector is often called the first auteur among musical artists for acting not only as a producer, but also the creative director, writing or choosing the material, supervising the arrangements, conducting the vocalists and session musicians, and masterminding all phases of the recording process. He helped pave the way for art rock, and helped inspire the emergence of aesthetically-oriented genres such as dream pop, shoegaze, and noise. Among his famous girl groups were the Ronettes and the Crystals; later working with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, John Lennon and the Ramones with similar acclaim. He produced the Beatles' album Let It Be (1970), and the Grammy Award-winning Concert for Bangladesh (1971) by former Beatle George Harrison. His influence has been claimed by contemporary performers such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and The Velvet Underground alongside latter-day record producers such as Brian Eno and Tony Visconti.
For his contributions to the music industry, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as a nonperformer. 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". Spector-produced albums that have ranked within Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" include Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica (1964), A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (1963), and Back to Mono (1991).
In 2009, Spector was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home. He is serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life.
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Rachelle Spector believes new HBO TV movie clearly proves the producer is innocent
- Mar 26, 2013
Court opt not to review producer's sentence for killing Lana Clarkson
- Feb 21, 2012
Music producer and Donna Clarkson reach confidential agreement
- Feb 6, 2012
Producer heading to America's highest court to fight jail sentence
- Dec 16, 2011
Producer is told he cannot appeal again over his 19-year prison sentence
- Aug 18, 2011
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