Phil Spector

Phil Spector

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An original Phil Spector Productions personal cheque (dated 5/7/98) to Airtouch Cellular-LA for $150.64, boldly signed in black marker by Phil Spector


Original cheque with banks stamps on the reverse. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA


21x8.5cm Cheque


Good. 9/10 condition


About Phil Spector

Phil Spector

PHIL SPECTOR d2021. American record producer and songwriter who is 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. He developed the Wall of Sound, a production style that he described as a Wagnerian approach to rock and roll. He is 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, he 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 US No1hit. In 1960 after working as an apprentice to Leiber and Stoller, he co-founded Philles Records and at the age of 21 became the youngest ever US label owner to that point. Dubbed the "First Tycoon of Teen" he became considered the first auteur of the music industry for the unprecedented control he had over every phase of the recording process. He produced acts including ; the Ronettes / the Crystals and Ike & Tina Turner and typically collaborated with arranger Jack Nitzsche and engineer Larry Levine. The musicians from his de facto house band, later known as "the Wrecking Crew", rose to industry fame through his hit records.In the early 1970s, he produced the Beatles' Let It Be and several solo records by John Lennon and George Harrison. By the mid-1970s, he had produced eighteen US Top 10 singles for various artists. His chart-toppers included ; the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" / the Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road" and Harrison's "My Sweet Lord". Following one-off productions for Leonard Cohen (Death of a Ladies' Man) / Dion DiMucci (Born to Be with You) and the Ramones (End of the Century), he remained largely inactive amid a lifestyle of seclusion, drug use and increasingly erratic behavior. He was ranked No 63 on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest artists in history. In 2009, after spending three decades in semi-retirement, he was convicted for the 2003 murder of the actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. He died in prison in California aged 81 on January 16th 2021


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