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Phil Spector

1939 - 2021

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Harvey Phillip Spector (born Harvey Philip Spector; December 26, 1939 – January 16, 2021) was an American record producer and songwriter, best known for his innovative recording practices and entrepreneurship in the 1960s, followed decades later by his two trials and conviction for murder in the 2000s. Spector developed the Wall of Sound, a production style that is characterized for its diffusion of tone colors and dense orchestral sound, which he described as a "Wagnerian" approach to rock and roll. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in pop music history and one of the most successful producers of the 1960s.Born in the Bronx, Spector moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and began his career in 1958 as a founding member of the Teddy Bears, for whom he penned "To Know Him Is to Love Him", a U.S. number-one hit. In 1960, after working as an apprentice to Leiber and Stoller, Spector co-founded Philles Records, and at the age of 21 became the youngest ever U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Phil Spector has received more than 12,576,217 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Phil Spector is the 5th most popular producer (up from 7th in 2019), the 880th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,179th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Producer.

Phil Spector is most famous for being a music producer and songwriter. He is best known for his Wall of Sound technique.

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Among producers, Phil Spector ranks 5 out of 89Before him are Walt Disney, Harvey Weinstein, Carlo Ponti, and Dino De Laurentiis. After him are René Angélil, Rick Rubin, Jerry Bruckheimer, David O. Selznick, Simon Cowell, Louis B. Mayer, and Albert R. Broccoli.

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Among people born in 1939, Phil Spector ranks 45Before him are Kenzō Takada, Peter Bogdanovich, Michael Cimino, Henry Mintzberg, Claude François, and Michèle Mercier. After him are Jean-Marie Lehn, Junko Tabei, Marie Laforêt, Ali MacGraw, Scott Glenn, and Joel Schumacher. Among people deceased in 2021, Phil Spector ranks 49Before him are Lina Wertmüller, Jean-Pierre Adams, Dušan Ivković, Richard R. Ernst, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Vicente Fernández. After him are Hissène Habré, Abdelkader Bensalah, Isamu Akasaki, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Edita Gruberová, and Larry Flynt.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Phil Spector ranks 880 out of 18,182Before him are Jack Palance (1919), Lex Barker (1919), Mae West (1893), Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), Jean Harlow (1911), and Thelonious Monk (1917). After him are Ferid Murad (1936), John L. Hall (1934), Sinclair Lewis (1885), Halle Berry (1966), Little Richard (1932), and Edward Norton Lorenz (1917).

Among PRODUCERS In United States

Among producers born in United States, Phil Spector ranks 3Before him are Walt Disney (1901) and Harvey Weinstein (1952). After him are Rick Rubin (1963), Jerry Bruckheimer (1943), David O. Selznick (1902), Albert R. Broccoli (1909), Joel Silver (1952), Gene Roddenberry (1921), Aaron Spelling (1923), Irving Thalberg (1899), and Darryl F. Zanuck (1902).