September 28, 2004 |
After months of investigation, legendary music producer Phil Spector was formally indicted yesterday on a murder charge, with the special allegation of using a firearm, in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting death of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson at Spector's home in Alhambra, Calif., near Pasadena. Spector, free on $1 million bail, pleaded innocent to the charge during a court appearance in Los Angeles. The judge has set Dec. 16 as the earliest possible trial date. While he was reserved in the courtroom, outside court, Spector, 64, railed at prosecutors, comparing District Attorney Steve Cooley to Adolf Hitler.
March 23, 1994 |
Legendary rock-star-maker Phil Spector will receive the Philadelphia Music Alliance's Philadelphia Award at the group's seventh annual Hall of Fame gala on April 28 at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza. Spector's connection to the city: In the early '60s he started Phillies Records at 1619 N. Broad St., where he recorded the likes of the Ronettes, the Crystals, Ike and Tina Turner and the Righteous Brothers. Others being honored at the gala include Sol Schoenbach, Mannie Sacks, Russell Faith and Mayor Rendell, who will get a humanitarian award.
March 24, 2013 |
Was Phil Spector actually guilty of the Feb. 3, 2003, murder of Lana Clarkson? That question was posed repeatedly by the media in increasing tones of hysteria over the six years it took for Spector to be tried, retried, found guilty, and sentenced to serve 19 years to life in prison. It's raised yet again in Phil Spector , a fascinating, maddening, and ultimately unsatisfying 90-minute biopic starring Al Pacino as the music producer and Helen Mirren as one of his attorneys, Linda Kenney Baden.
February 5, 2003 |
Police think legendary rock producer Phil Spector shot a B-movie actress to death in the foyer of his hilltop home just hours after meeting her at the Sunset Strip blues club where she worked as a hostess, sources said yesterday. Spector, 62, a reclusive eccentric with a fondness for guns, allegedly killed Lana Clarkson, 40, after they returned to his 33-room mock castle in the Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra from the House of Blues early Monday, sources close to the case said. Clarkson's lawyer, Roderick Lindblom, confirmed yesterday that Clarkson was an actress and had starred in the 1985 movie Barbarian Queen and had minor roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Scarface and Blind Date.
April 25, 1989 |
When Phil Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January, he left an indelible impression. His acceptance speech was rambling, to be kind, and bodyguards seemed to guide him offstage. It looked like the behavior of a person who was out of it. Yet I later heard from several people who sat near Spector that he didn't have a drink - that this bizarre-looking behavior was a severe case of stage fright. After feeling like an outsider all his life, he was overwhelmed at this moment of homage.
January 22, 1994 |
Darlene Love and Bill Medley, who have recorded a new version of the old Righteous Brothers hit "Soul and Inspiration" for a soundtrack album to the soap "One Life to Live," were in New York this week, but not for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as they should have been. "We didn't get invited," said Love. Neither, in fact, has ever been nominated, a rather curious oversight. "If you know why," said Medley, "we'd like to know, too. " The Hall inducted Phil Spector several years ago, as it should have, but has not inducted any of the artists he recorded, except for Ike and Tina Turner, who were on his fringe.
January 18, 1989 |
The fourth annual induction dinner for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame takes place tonight at New York's Waldorf-Astoria, with induction for the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Dion, Otis Redding and the Temptations as artists; Phil Spector as a non-performing producer, and Bessie Smith, the Ink Spots and the Soul Stirrers for their early influence. The big speculation is over who will make the induction speeches, which in the past have been given by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and John Fogerty.
January 18, 1989 |
If there's a rock-and-roll heaven . . . it might look a lot like the dais at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York tonight, when the latest constellation of stars is installed in the firmament of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Dion, Otis Redding and the Temptations join performing greats such as the Beatles, Elvis and Dylan, honored in years past. Recording impresario Phil Spector will be honored in the nonperforming category for his famous "wall of sound" production genius and the way he shepherded the careers of early standouts.
December 18, 2009 |
When Ronnie Spector was 13 or so - she was Veronica Bennett then - she and her cousin Nedra Talley came to Philadelphia from New York to compete in a sock hop talent show. As winners, they got to meet Frankie Lymon, the doo-wop star of the hit "Why Do Fools Fall in Love. " That was around 1956, and it wouldn't be until 1963 that Nedra, Ronnie, and her sister Estelle became famous as the Ronettes. But Lymon remained a touchstone for her, and on her recent album, The Last of the Rock Stars, she covers two songs he did, the ballads "Out in the Cold Again" and "It's Christmas Once Again.
September 24, 1993 |
The best revenge, says Meat Loaf, is waiting until the critics have to admit they were wrong. When Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" album swooped into stores in 1977, with Jim Steinman's swelling production and Meat's towering vocals, critics dismissed it as a cross between bad Springsteen and bad Phil Spector. Sixteen years later, with "Bat Out of Hell II" here, Meat Loaf, 46, reflects with a satisfied smile. "Bat I" has sold more than 15 million records around the world, spawning a gold single in "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and a cult hit in "Paradise by the Dashboard Light.