Phil Spector: BBC apologises for calling murderer 'talented but flawed'

20 Janvier, 2021, 16:14 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • BBC apologises for calling murderer Phil Spector ‘talented but flawed’

In a statement issued out by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Phil Spector was confirmed to have died of natural causes on Saturday, January 16th, 2021.

It was reported (via The New York Times) that the music producer had contracted COVID-19 recently and his death was related to complications stemming from the disease.

Spector's approach to how music was produced helped paved the way for genres such as art rock, dream pop and shoegazing.

Spector produced 20 top 40 hits between 1961 and 1965 and went on to work with the Beatles on "Let It Be", as well as Leonard Cohen, the Righteous Brothers and Ike and Tina Turner. Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 at his castle-like mansion on the edge of Los Angeles.

After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989, the producer reported began acting increasingly erratic and violent. After a trial in 2009, he was sentenced to 19 years to life.

The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is funded by the public through a mandatory TV tax, caused uproar over the weekend when in reporting on Spector's death, headed the article: "Talented But Flawed Producer Phil Spector Dies Aged 81".

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In a magazine interview, Spector claimed she had "kissed the gun" before pulling the trigger herself, however a jury unanimously agreed he had murdered the actress.

Spector himself often carried a pistol to the recording studio, placing it on the console while he worked.

"It's a sad day for music and a sad day for me", writes Ronnie. Unfortunately Phil was not able to live and function outside of the recording studio. "So much to love about those days".

They scored a hit single in 1958 with a song titled after the inscription on his father's headstone: "To Know Him Is to Love Him".

Let's remember Phil and arguably two of the best examples of his Wall of Sound.

The "Baby I Love You" hitmaker will always look back fondly on the music she and Phil worked on together.

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