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Phil Spector is best known for writing several No. 1 hit songs, and for being convicted of the murder of Lana Clarkson.
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In 2009, Phil Spector was convicted of the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, and received a 19-year prison sentence.
Phil Spector's many personal issues had taken a large toll on his then wife, Ronnie Spector, and their three children.
After his career had taken a downturn, Phil Spector got the chance to produce the Beatles final album, "Let It Be" and turned his career around.
Sonny Bono got his start in the music industry as Phil Spector's right hand man in the studio.
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In 1969, Spector returned to work after he was asked to produce George Harrison and John Lennon's solo albums. After successful results, he was asked to turn a series of the Beatles' recording sessions into a marketable album. The resulting work, Let It Be, topped both the U.S. and U.K. charts, and yielded the No. 1 single,
"The Long and Winding Road." For the next several years, Spector continued to produce successful solo albums for Lennon and Harrison. But as the 70s progressed, Spector's behavior vacillated between bizarre and reclusive. After several months of tension between Spector and several members of The Beatles, the two parted company.
In spite of his bizarre behavior, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. He went on to write and produce music until 2003, when he was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. After a panicked 911 call from Spector's driver, police discovered Clarkson's body at the producer's mansion in Alhambra, California. She had been shot dead, with a gunshot wound through the roof of her mouth. On November 20, 2003, Spector was indicted for Clarkson's murder.
A year later, Spector was ordered to stand trial in Los Angeles. During the proceedings, Spector would arrive at court wearing various wigs which became a hot topic on internet blogs. The case itself came to a head on September 26, 2007, but jurors could not reach a definite verdict. The murder case was declared a mistrial.
Proceedings for a murder retrial began in October of 2008, and Spector was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2009. He was sentenced to 19 years in North Kern State Prison in California. He was also ordered to pay $17,000 to Donna Clarkson, Lana Clarkson's mother, for funeral expenses. Throughout his incarceration, Spector has not be allowed to wear any type of wig.
In March 2013, Al Pacino played Spector in an HBO movie, Phil Spector, about the famous record producer's murder trial and conviction.
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