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After his prodigious hit-making streak in the early 1960s, Phil Spector found admirers eager to work with him during the 1970s: the Beatles, the Ramones, even Leonard Cohen. Then he withdrew from music, and decades later, was convicted of murder.

Phil Spector was convicted of murder and died an inmate in California, but the producer’s work in the early 1960s is an inextricable part of pop music history. @JonPareles  listens to 15 songs from a violent legacy.

Several decades before his murder conviction, Phil Spector made the hits that he famously described as “little symphonies for the kids,” packing brash innovation into 3-minute melodramas, treating adolescent romance as a universe of rapture and tragedy.

It’s right that Phil Spector’s hits will still be listened to, but why are racists and sex abusers bigger pariahs than killers, asks Lionel Shriver

Several decades before his murder conviction, Phil Spector made the hits that he famously described as “little symphonies for the kids,” packing brash innovation into 3-minute melodramas, treating adolescent romance as a universe of rapture and tragedy.

After his prodigious hit-making streak in the early 1960s, Phil Spector found admirers eager to work with him during the 1970s: the Beatles, the Ramones, even Leonard Cohen. Then he withdrew from music, and decades later, was convicted of murder.

Phil Spector died from complications of Covid-19. The music producer had been serving a prison sentence since 2009 for the murder of Lana Clarkson.

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Phil Spector - the music producer who transformed pop music with his "wall of sound" - dies aged 81 while serving a sentence for murder

Phil Spector has died. The lionized producer of 1960s pop and convicted murderer was 81.

Music producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector, who worked with such groups as The Beatles, has died in prison

Phil Spector, the famed ‘Wall of Sound’ producer and architect of some of pop music’s most enduring songs whose legacy was marred by a murder conviction, has died at the age of 80

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BREAKING: Phil Spector, the revolutionary music producer who was convicted in a 2003 murder, has died at age 81, California prison officials say. Spector's used lavish orchestral arrangements on 1960s hits like "Be My Baby" to create his "Wall of Sound."

Music producer Phil Spector, convicted of murder, dead at 81: media

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JUST IN: Phil Spector, the American music producer who was convicted of murdering an actress, has died in prison at the age of 81.

Breaking News: Phil Spector, the influential rock ’n’ roll producer known for the “wall of sound,” has died. He had been serving a prison sentence for murder.

Phil Spector, Wall of Sound Music Producer and Murderer, Dies at 81

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