Spector found guilty of murder


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PETER CAVE: The legendary US music producer Phil Spector is likely to spend the rest of his life
behind bars after being found guilty of murder by a Los Angeles court.

The 69-year-old was convicted of shooting dead the actress Lana Clarkson at his home six years ago.

Spector became famous in the 1960s with what was known as the 'Wall of Sound' recording technique,
but in recent years had become better known for his eccentric behaviour and his love of guns.

Barbara Miller compiled this report.

(Music- Tina Turner, River Deep Mountain High)

BARBARA MILLER: He produced Ike and Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers, the Beatles -

changing the way music sounded with what was known as the 'Wall of Sound' technique.

Music commentator, Glenn A. Baker.

GLENN A. BAKER: This bombastic cacophonous sound that really was not just the kitchen sink but
about three or four kitchen sinks hurled into the mix and the idea was to get not one piano but
three or four. Not one guitar but four or five.

Get them all in the studio and as Tina Turner once described it to me, run around like a little
Napoleon in a high pitched squeaky voice saying, 'play this, play that, do this, do that'.

(Music- Tina Turner, River Deep Mountain High)

BARBARA MILLER: In recent years though, Phil Spector had become known as an eccentric recluse who
loved guns.

GLENN A. BAKER: He had his moment. He had his time. It lasted from the early 60s to the early 70s
and after that he did very, very, very little beyond live behind the gates of his mansion in Los
Angeles and I suppose just give out the aura of being Phil Spector.

BARBARA MILLER: And that aura was?

GLENN A. BAKER: Menacing. A little bit whacky and crazy which I think he cultivated. I have a
friend in London, quite a famous rock journalist who, after trying for years, was given permission
to go to LA and interview him and he went there and he was quite excited and as he said to me, he
said I was certainly careful about the questions I asked him because he conducted the entire
interview training a loaded revolver on me. That was not uncommon.

BARBARA MILLER: For some then it almost seemed to make sense when Phil Spector was accused of the
murder in 2003 of the actress Lana Clarkson.

Her career had dried up and she was working as a hostess in a club, when Phil Spector invited her
home for a drink.

A few hours later she was dead - shot in mouth at Spector's LA home.

After hours of deliberation, the jury finally came to the unanimous decision that Spector was
guilty of second degree murder.

The jury forewoman says it was a tough call.

JURY FOREWOMAN: Because you are talking about another human being and we all have hearts. We all
have people we love and you try to really, really evaluate another human being and it's really

(Sound of The Righteous Brothers, You've Lost that Loving Feeling)

BARBARA MILLER: Phil Spector's lawyer Doron Weinberg says there will be an appeal.

DORON WEINBERG: Not only because I don't believe Phillip Spector murdered Lana Clarkson but also
because I am very, very certain that under the proper legal standard that his guilt was not proven,
not nearly proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

BARBARA MILLER: If the conviction stands, Phil Spector, who's 69, is likely to spend the rest of
his life in jail.

Mick Brown is a biographer of the producer.

MICK BROWN: His legacy should have been as one of the great geniuses, one of the great architects
of rock and roll and that is now obscured forever and he will be remembers as the man who murdered
Lana Clarkson, which is very sad.

(Sound of The Ronettes, Be My Baby)

BARBARA MILLER: But Glenn A. Baker says Spector's legacy stands regardless.

GLENN A. BAKER: Some of the greatest records ever made, ever made, ever made. I mean it redefined
record production. He was the first producer people knew of apart from George Martin.

BARBARA MILLER: Phil Spector, who sat quietly as the verdict was read out, faces sentencing next

PETER CAVE: Barbara Miller reporting.