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

Harvey Phillip Spector, better known as '''Phil Spector''' (born December 26, 1939), is a RecordProducer, songwriter, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and 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 Music/TinaTurner, 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 influence on several subgenres of AlternativeRock, such as [[BaroquePop Chamber Pop]] and {{Shoegazing}}.

However, chances are you mostly know him for being totally, 100% batshit insane. There's a reason he's at the top of our "Producer from Hell" list after all. Aside from threatening Music/LeonardCohen with a loaded gun 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 Lana Clarkson. The last album he was credited on was ''Silence is Easy'' by post-{{Britpop}} band Starsailor, and even then, they almost immediately booted him off after he produced two tracks.

The story of his murder trial was turned into the 2013 HBO movie ''Phil Spector'', directed by Creator/DavidMamet, with Creator/AlPacino playing Spector.
!!Tropes pertaining to Phil Spector:
* AxCrazy: Judging by the fact that he issued death threats to his wife and his clients, as well as his murder of Lana Clarkson, it's fair to say that he was a little... ''off''.
* BaldOfEvil / ThousandYardStare: [[http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01421/phil-spector_1421717i.jpg His mugshot.]]
* BrokenAce: 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-frothingly insane.
* TheCameo: As a cocaine dealer in ''Film/EasyRider''.
* ChristmasSongs: The 1963 album ''A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector'', regarded by many as his masterpiece, features rock arrangements of Yuletide favorites performed by such artists as The Ronettes, The Crystals, and Darlene Love.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Phil certainly had an, shall we say interesting way of thinking. Creator/DavidMamet made this a central element of the HBO film.
* 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. Creator/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 (according to Cohen, Spector was wielding ''a crossbow'' at this incident).
* MadArtist
* PsychopathicManchild: Phil loved producing, and wasn't above death threats to get the musicians under his control.
* RecordProducer: This trope's patron saint, for better or worse.
* SignatureStyle: The "Wall of Sound".
* TheSociopath
* TheTysonZone: The man is so crazy that some particularly outrageous stories about him are at least somewhat plausible.