Little symphonies | Phil Spector

Phil Spector, 1958


"Little symphonies for the kids."

"I'm dealing in rock'n'roll. I'm, like, I'm not a bona fide human being."

"I am dysfunctional by choice, and I love my attitude problem."

"I felt obligated to change music to art, the same way that Galileo proved 
the Earth was round to the world and that the Sun did not stand still."

"When I went into the studio I created a sound that I wanted to hear."

"The best part of breaking up... is when you're making up."

"God won't let me into heaven because I'm too evil."

"Lenny Bruce died from an overdose of police."

"I am constantly trapped in my own freedom, environment, and heredity."

"I've always had a problem within myself of feeling that people didn't 
really see me as a musician and I'm out to get a bit of musical credibility."

"People tell me they idolise me, want to be like me, but I tell them, 
'trust me, you don't want my life.' I've been a very tortured soul."

"The gun went off accidentally."



Phil Spector


With three friends from high school, Marshall Leib, Sandy Nelson, and Annette Kleinbard, Phil  Spector formed a group, the Teddy Bears



In 1958 Phil Spector, as the producer and co-founder of the Teddy Bears, performed on guitar and vocals,and penned their 1958 million seller hit, “To Know Him Is To Love Him” which is actually about his father who committed suicide, on April 20, 1949, when Spector was only nine.

While recording the Teddy Bears' album, Spector had met Lester Sill, a former promotion man. In 1960, Sill arranged for Spector to work as an apprentice to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in New York.

Spector quickly learned how to use a studio and found his true calling as a record producer.


The Ronettes with Phil Spector, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1963, ph. Ray Avery

The Ronettes with Phil Spector, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1963, ph. Ray Avery

 Phil Spector, Cynthia, John Lennon, 1964 

Phil Spector, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Gene Pitney - posed, group shot, holding drinks, 1964

Phil Spector in the studio with Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Bobby Hatfield, 1965,  ph. Ray Avery


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