Phil Spector's Influential Producer In Rock Music

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Phil Spector was a very famous and influential producer in rock music during the 1960s. He became acquainted with Leiber and Stoller, who were successful producers and songwriters during the 1960s. He had then been introduced around the offices of Hill & Range Publishers, who published Leiber-Stoller songs (Moorefield, p.16). Hill & Range accepted Spector as a recording producer and songwriter into the company. Spector formed a record label with Lester Sill and named it Philles. He was known for producing a “wall of sound,” where different instruments are played and blended together to create a single effect. Spector expanded the role of a producer. He owned and operated his own record company, co-wrote most of the material recorded under his…show more content…
“He frequently recorded with triple rhythm sections, that is, three drummers, three bass players, and three pianos” (13.03). One technique often used is called doubling, where two different instruments would play the same line, which would thicken the sound. Spector would also add wind instruments and guitar sounds into his recordings. Another technique used by Spector is reverb. Spector usually would record the instrumental track before having the artist record their singing. He believed that hearing a collective harmony of the ensemble was more important than hearing the individual instruments. “Spector would combine all of the recordings into what he called the wall of sound” (13.03). The wall of sound is Spector’s trademark production technique. It is simply putting a lot of instrumentalists in the recording studio and having them all play at once. Two songs produced by Phil Spector that showcases his different musical techniques are Ike & Tina Turner’s "River Deep - Mountain High" and The Ronettes’ “Baby, I Love…show more content…
The members were two sisters, Veronica and Estelle Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley. They were known as the “Darling Sisters”. They moved to Phil Spector's Philles Records in March 1963 and changed their name to "The Ronettes" (Owsinski). The lead vocalist, Veronica Bennett later married Spector and became Ronnie Spector. One of the songs The Ronettes sang was “Baby, I Love You”. The song was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector, and produced by Spector. This song is an example of Spector’s wall of sound production, reverbs, and dubbing. Everything was recorded on the same track. This was probably done on a two-track tape machine with the instruments all recorded on one track, which left the second track open for vocal overdubs (Owsinski). The lead vocals, backing vocals, and claps can be heard at the same time. The song starts with them, they come back during the instrumental breakdown and then do double time on the

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