Phil Spector, pop producer convicted of murder, dead at 81

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Phil Spector, who revolutionized 1960s pop music with his “Wall of Sound” production technique but who was imprisoned in 2009 for murder, has died at age 81, authorities said Sunday. In his heyday, Spector was the undisputed king of rock ‘n’ roll producers, the “Tycoon of Teen” whose music helped define the soaring optimism of a generation. But the sharp suits and dark sunglasses favored by the diminutive genius gave way to prison clothes after he was convicted of the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector was pronounced dead Saturday and his “official cause …

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