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1989 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Phil Spector Accepts his Award Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

Phil Spector

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  • Year:
    1989
  • Inducted by:
    Tina Turner
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award
Phil Spector

Hall of Fame Essay

1989

Lenny Kaye

The wall-to keep in, to keep out; to set a further edge, a border; a component of rooms, of houses; upon which to hang overhead microphones, tympanis, orchestral bells, reverberations, decorations and decla­rations, limitation  without limitations - of Sound. A Back-to-Monolith. 

Phil Spector created that Wall, making a music of both grandeur and intimacy. Like a poperatic conductor, he gathered the dedbelic forces of the universe in service of its most simplistic emotion: the moment when love  reveals. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 1989
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Phil Spector and the Wrecking Crew

I wish that all of the people that I sing for could have seen him in action, working there and getting that sound

Tina Turner

Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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