Phil Spector

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Harvey Phillip Spector, 26 December 1940, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. Possibly pop’s most distinctive record producer. Spector became involved in music upon moving to Fairfax, California, in 1953. While there, he joined a loosely knit community of young aspirants, including Lou Adler, Bruce Johnston and Sandy Nelson, the last of whom played drums on Spector’s debut recording, ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’. This million-selling single for the Teddy Bears - Spector, Annette Kleinbard and Marshall Leib - topped the US chart in 1958, but further releases by the group proved less successful. The artist’s next project, the Spectors Three, was undertaken under the aegis of local entrepreneurs Lee Hazlewood and Lester Sill, but when it, too, reaped little commercial reward, the latter recommended Phil’s talents to New York production team Leiber And Stoller. In later years Spector made extravagant claims about his work from this...

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