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Phil Spector, Music Producer Known for the ‘Wall of Sound,’ Dies at 81 – The New York Times

One of the most influential figures in popular music, he was serving a prison sentence for the murder of a woman who was fatally shot in his home in 2003.

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After Theres No Other (Like My Baby) and Uptown reached the Top 20, Mr. Spector was keen to have the Crystals record the Gene Pitney composition Hes a Rebel immediately. To speed things along, he enlisted the Blossoms, a well-known Los Angeles back-up group, and recorded them under the Crystals name, with Darlene Wright (whose last name he changed to Love) on lead. The record became Philless first No. 1 hit.
Mr. Spector shuffled his singers at will. He drafted Ms. Love and another Blossom, Fanita…

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