A good portion of my favorite Retro 60's songs were produced by Phil Spector. A very unstable musical genius with a vision. His methods in recording have never been matched though Motown's Funk Brothers and Berry Gordy gave him a run for his money.
Phil's impact on American Pop Music is undeniable... I did not even know until tonight that Phil produced so many songs with the Beatles. Though it is said that Paul McCartney didn't approve of Phil's orchestration on Beatle songs like "Long and Winding Road"
Considered by many to be the greatest rock and roll producer of all time. In the early Sixties, Phil created the famous "Wall of Sound" technique that inspired countless musicians and producers..
He put girl groups on the map with hits by The Ronettes and The Crystals. Brought a dramatic, orchestral flair to teen pop that was unheard of at the time.
Phil Spector's Number 1 Hits
The Teddy Bears, "To Know Him Is To Love Him" (1959)
The Crystals, "He's A Rebel" (1962)
The Righteous Brothers, "You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’" (1965)
The Beatles, "The Long And Winding Road" (1970)
George Harrison, "My Sweet Lord" (1970)
Spector's Complete Discography
To attain his "Wall of Sound" signature sound, Phil Spector gathered large groups of musicians (playing some instruments not generally used for ensemble playing, such as electric and acoustic guitars) playing orchestrated parts—often doubling and tripling many instruments playing in unison for a fuller sound.
Spector also arranged the songs for large groups of musicians playing instruments traditionally associated with orchestras (such as strings, woodwinds, and brass). Spector himself called his technique "a Wagnerian approach to rock & roll: little symphonies for the kids". Read More
Just look at some of the songs/films Phil Spector produced.... it's staggering!
"Uptown," The Crystals; "He's Sure The Boy I Love," The Crystals; "Baby, I Love You," The Ronettes; "Walking In the Rain," The Ronettes; "River Deep - Mountain High," Ike and Tina Turner; "Black Pearl," Sonny Charles and the Checkmates, Ltd.; "Mother," John Lennon; "Power to the People," John Lennon; "Bangla-Desh,"John Lennon; "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," John Lennon and Yoko Ono; "Rock And Roll High School," The Ramones; "Do You Remember Rock N' Roll Radio," The Ramones wrote or co-wrote (not produced by Spector): "Spanish Harlem," Ben E. King \. Appears in the movies: "The T.A.M.I. Show" (1964), "The Big T.N.T. Show" (1966), "Easy Rider" (1969), "The Concert for Bangladesh" (1972), "Imagine" (1972), "Mayor of the Sunset Strip" (2003)