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Phil Spector, 'Wall of Sound' producer dies

music news 18/01/2021

The famous-infamous producer, Phil Spector, has passed away in jail, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

In a post on their website, the CDCR has announced that Spector was "pronounced deceased of natural causes" on 16th January at an outside hospital.

Later, his daughter, Nicole, confirmed that he passed away from complications related to COVID-19. Spector was taken to San Joaquin Hospital on 31st December for treatment and was intubated earlier this month.

The 81-year-old was well known for several pop songs that were released in the early 1960s including Ronettes' 'Be My Baby', the Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' and more. By the '70s, he was known to be an eccentric who frequently carried guns.

In 1966, he was notorious for being reclusive and paranoid, reportedly keeping his wife at the time, Ronnie Spector, imprisoned in his mansion. She said that he threatened to kill her if she left, and managed to escaped in 1972, running away barefooted.

Some of his most famous productions include John Lennon's 'Plastic Ono Band', George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' and the Beatles' 'Let it Be'.  Harrison credited Spector in helping him getting his record made.

In 2003, he was arrested for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, when her dead body was found in his mansion. In 2009, Spector was found guilty of second-degree murder and was to serve a 19-year sentence in prison.