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2003-Feb-05: The Arrest of Phil Spector

The murder charges filed earlier this week against Phil Spector have prompted a number of stories to be published recalling Sir Paul's distaste for the record producer and his "wall of sound".  In today's Independent, reporter David Lister recalls an incident that occurred during an awards luncheon.  He writes:
"A few years ago I watched Sir Paul turn puce at a Q magazine awards luncheon, when Spector, in his absence, was given a lifetime achievement prize. McCartney stood up and walked out. No guns involved there; more musical differences. Unknown to McCartney, Lennon had given The Beatles's last LP, Let It Be, to Spector to work his magic on. When McCartney heard it, particularly the lush, melancholic strings Spector had added to "The Long and Winding Road", he instantly added himself to Spector's list of enemies. Nearly 30 years later he could not bear to be in the same room when Spector was praised."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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