Ahmet Ertegun Award
A Phil Spector song is its own little world—it has narrative, emotion and its own sonic landscape.
Phil Spector changed recording forever when he created the Wall of Sound. Layer upon layer of instruments and echoes come to a roaring climax in his compositions, often backing up his own brilliant lyrics.
Hall of Fame Essay
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.
I wish that all of the people that I sing for could have seen him in action, working there and getting that sound
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