Phil Spector, the infamous music producer, has died after suffering complications relating to COVID-19. The producer, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was 81-years-old.
It was revealed that Spector was diagnosed with coronavirus four weeks ago and, as his symptoms worsened, he was transferred to hospital. However, after returning to his prison cell, TMZ reports that Spector suffered a relapse and was rushed back to the hospital where he died on Saturday.
Spector, who revolutionised the music industry with his ‘Wall of Sound’ technique, was serving 19 years-to-life sentence for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. As well as causing irreparable damage to countless lives, Spector also sullied a reputation within pop music that had seen him placed at the top of the tree and was widely regarded as a golden hitmaker.
A new York City native, Spector made his name by writing some classic hits for 1960s girl groups, most notably, The Ronettes. He also had a hand in the work of the Crystals, and Ike & Tina Turner. Spector started his career by producing his first hit ‘To Know Him is To Love Him’ by the Teddy Bears when he was still a teen. His career caught fire when he wrote ‘Be My Baby’ for The Ronettes, a band who included his future wife Ronnie.
His “Wagnerian” approach to rock ‘n’ roll set him apart from the rest and gathered up some serious admirers. Soon enough he begun working with big name acts including The Beatles, with whom he would enjoy a flourishing partnership beyond their 1970 album Let It Be and on to John Lennon and George Harrison’s solo work.
During the seventies and eighties, Spector took on work with Leonard Cohen and the Ramones, proving to be erratic and untenable in all most all occasions.
In 2009, after three decades of retirement, Spector was convicted of Lana Clarkson’s 2003 murder. The confirmation of his death ends one of the most twisted stories in music history.