The originator of the "Wall of Sound" production technique, Spector was a pioneer of the 1960s girl group sound and clocked in over twenty-five Top 40 hits between 1960 and 1965. Later in his career he worked with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Ramones with similar success. He produced the Academy Award winning Beatles' Let It Be and Grammy Award winning Concert for Bangladesh soundtracks. In 1989, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a nonperformer.
The 1965 song "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", produced and cowritten by Spector for the The Righteous Brothers, is listed by BMI as the song with the most U.S. air play in the 20th century.
The 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home led to his being charged with murder in the second degree. After a 2007 mistrial, he was convicted in 2009, at the age of 69, and soon thereafter entered prison to serve a sentence of 19 years to life.
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