[[caption-width-right:350:Spector at the control board, circa TheSixties.]]

'''Harvey Phillip "Phil" Spector''' (born December 26, 1939) is a RecordProducer, songwriter, and more recently [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers a convicted murderer]]. He became famous in TheSixties for pioneering the "Wall of Sound", a production technique that relied on large groups of musicians playing heavily orchestrated parts to yield a dense, full sound, specifically optimized for the top 40 AM radio of the day. His credits include numerous {{Girl Group}}s (The Ronettes, The Crystals), Ike and Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers, Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/LetItBe'', Music/JohnLennon's first three solo albums, Music/GeorgeHarrison's ''Music/AllThingsMustPass'', Music/TheRamones' ''Music/EndOfTheCentury'' and Music/LeonardCohen's ''Death Of A Ladies Man''. His production style has served as an important influences on several subgenres of AlternativeRock, such as BaroquePop and {{Shoegazing}}.

But [[NeverLiveItDown you mostly know him for being totally, 100% batshit insane]]. There's a reason he's at the top of our "[[RecordProducer Producer From Hell]]" list after all. Aside from threatening Music/LeonardCohen and Music/TheRamones with guns and stealing the tapes of Lennon's ''Rock 'N' Roll'' album at gunpoint, there's also the part where he showed his wife a coffin and threatened to kill her if she left and also the part where he got convicted for murdering actress [[BarbarianQueen Lana Clarkson]].

The story of his murder trial was turned into a 2013 HBO movie directed by Creator/DavidMamet, with Creator/AlPacino playing Spector.

!!Tropes pertaining to Phil Spector:

* BaldOfEvil / ThousandYardStare: [[http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01421/phil-spector_1421717i.jpg His mugshot.]]
* BrokenAce: Argubly the defining producer of 60's pop, while also suffering from severe mental problems.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's regarded as one of the greatest producers of all time. He's also regarded as completely, mouth-frothing insane.
* ChristmasSongs: The 1963 album ''A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector'', regarded by many as his masterpiece.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Phil certainly had an, shall we say interesting way of thinking. DavidMamet made this a central element of the HBO film.
* CreatorCouple: With Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes. At least until they divorced.
* FunnyAfro: Phil [[http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01372/Phil-Spector-afro_1372154i.jpg famously sported a large blonde afro]] during his murder court case. AlPacino even [[https://nyoobserver.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/tdy-130201-ent-pacino-spector-photoblog6003.jpg?w=635 recreated it in the 2013 HBO tv movie.]]
* GunNut: Stories have been told about him ready to shoot Music/LeonardCohen point-blank in the face and holding Music/TheRamones hostage and making them listen to him play "Baby, I Love You" until four in the morning.
* MadArtist
* [[RecordProducer Producer From Hell]]: This trope's patron saint, for better or worse.
* PsychopathicManchild: Phil loved producing, and wasn't above death threats to get the musicians under his control.
* SignatureStyle: The "Wall of Sound".
* TheSociopath
* TroubledProduction: ''Music/LetItBe'', ''[[Music/JohnLennon Rock 'N' Roll]]'', ''[[Music/LeonardCohen Death Of A Ladies' Man]]'' and ''[[Music/TheRamones End Of The Century]]'' spring to mind.
* TheTysonZone: The man was so crazy that some particularly outrageous stories about him are somewhat plausible.