Phil Spector –
Songwriter, record producer, freakshow.
December 26, 1939 – January 16, 2021.
Aged 81 years.
Most recognized for: A legendary hitmaker, his influence on music is as difficult to summarize as it is impossible to quantify. Commonly referred to as the “Wall of Sound” approach, his use of the studio as an additional instrument added a trademarked depth to his recordings. But quirky genius in the studio translated to outright insanity outside the studio. While serving a 19yrs to life sentence for shooting an actress in the mouth, he caught the C-bug and went from sharp to flat.