There’s no denying that in his early years Phil Spector wrote and produced some delightful music. We LOVED the Ronettes, Ike and Tina, and The Righteous Brothers. His “wall of sound” enhanced everything he created. There is reason to celebrate his music, but certainly NOT his life. Most of his wives and girlfriends described him as an abusive monster who thought nothing of pulling out a gun if they spurned his advances. In fact, guns and alcohol were the center of his universe long before he murdered Lana Clarkson. We had a Phil Spector experience back in the 90’s at a Christmas party at Joan Rivers home in Manhattan. When the party started (we were always the first to arrive and last to leave) Spector was quiet and standoffish. But the more he drank, the louder and bossier he became. Finally Joan had to take action to calm him down. Fortunately he didn’t pull out a gun, but it was obvious he had a very problematic personality. No surprise that he was convicted of murder, but he only got 19 years and was eligible for parole in 2024. His MUSIC will be fondly remembered.
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