Monday, April 13, 2009

Legendary Producer Phil Spector Convicted Of Murder

Legendary music producer Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra mansion six years ago.

The verdict means Spector, famed for his work with Tina Turner, The Beatles, The Righteous Brothers,The Ramones and others, faces 15 years for murder and at least three for gun enhancement when he is sentenced May 29th.

Spector, 69, who created the famed "Wall of Sound" recording technique during the 1960s when he worked with some of the biggest names in music, stared glumly as the verdict was read out.

The diminutive producer, who had arrived at court to hear the verdict in a trademark long jacket bearing a lapel badge reading "Barack Obama Rocks!" could face up to 18 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 29.

Despite protests from defense attorneys, Judge Larry Paul Fidler remanded Spector in custody until his sentencing hearing, stating that "public safety and public protection are paramount."

Spector is regarded as one of the most influential figures in pop music history. In the early 1960s, he scored hits including "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Be My Baby, Baby" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin.'" For his contributions to the music industry, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989.

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