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

Phil Spector is a RecordProducer, songwriter, and more recently [[BreadEggsMilkSquick 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 & Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers, Music/TheBeatles' ''Film/LetItBe'', Music/JohnLennon's first three solo albums, Music/GeorgeHarrison's ''All Things Must Pass'', Music/TheRamones' ''End of the Century'' 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]].

!!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.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Phil certainly had an, shall we say interesting way of thinking.
* CreatorCouple: With Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes. At least until they divorced.
* 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". Enough said.
* TheSociopath
* TroubledProduction: ''[[Music/TheBeatles Let It Be]]'', ''[[Creator/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.
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