Creator / Phil Spector

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Spector at the control board, circa The '60s.

Harvey Phillip Spector, better known as Phil Spector (born December 26, 1939), is a Record Producer, songwriter, and convicted murderer. He became famous in The '60s 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 Groups (The Ronettes, The Crystals), Ike and Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers, The Beatles' Let It Be, John Lennon's first three solo albums, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, The Ramones' End Of The Century and Leonard Cohen's Death of a Ladies Man. His production style has served as an important influence on several subgenres of Alternative Rock, such as 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 Leonard Cohen and The Ramones with loaded 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 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 David Mamet, with Al Pacino playing Spector.

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