Phil Spector to Stand Trial for Murder

Published: 2004-09-29
When people are asked to name a music producer, the name that usually comes to a person's lips is Phil Spector. When Spector was accused of killing actress Lana Clarkson last February his name cropped up a lot more often. The legendary producer was charged with the murder of Clarkson in an indictment earlier this week.

Back in February 2003, Clarkson was found in Spector's Los Angeles home, dead of a gunshot to the face. The producer claims he did not kill the actress, and in actuality she shot herself. The trial for the Clarkson murder case is set to take place in a Los Angeles courtroom in December at the earliest. It's been reported that Spector will not face the death penalty if convicted, but could serve a life term in prison with the possibility of parole.

Most famous for his 'wall of sound' technique, Spector has produced some of the biggest names in music. From The Rolling Stones to The Righteous Brothers to the Ramones, Spector has had his hand in many genres of music. One of his most famous projects came in the form of The Beatles' final album 'Let It Be'. Given permission by John Lennon to produce the material, Spector added his 'wall of sound' to the recording, resulting in an album that Paul McCartney has never been too happy about. But that's another story.

One of the last projects Spector worked on was British band Starsailor's second album. Called 'Silence is Easy' the 11 track album was released in the beginning of 2004, with Starsailor being asked questions about their producer in nearly every interview following.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

    Photo:CBS News


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