Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"Demonic Maniac" = Phil Spector

This guy was one of the greatest producers who ever lived. He is also a complete lunatic. Could he be the embodiment of the term "evil genus"?

LA County prosecutors claim that Spector shot Lana Clarkson when she wanted to leave his home. Apparently, his ravishing good looks weren't enough to persuade her to stay.

It was reported (in the late 1960's-early 1970's) that Spector locked his then wife Ronnie in their mansion never letting her leave or tour with the Rolling Stones because he thought she would cheat on him. Ronnie Spector sued him for royalties and claimed recently that the Ronette's delayed induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was because of Spector's influence. Darlene Love wrote about similar experiences in her autobiography.

I own the Phil Spector box set which makes me think that I am paying for a very small part of his defense. I couldn't help myself. It is outstanding. There are three CDs of the Ronettes, Darlene Love, Ike and Tina Turner, The Crystals, etc. and one amazing Christmas compilation.

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