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 various music genres, with numerous artists later citing his work as a major influence. For co-producing George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh (1971), Spector earned the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
For his contributions to the music industry, Spector was inducted into the 1989 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 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 2008, The Washington Times named Spector the second greatest record producer in music history.
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