'Phil Spector' Film Brings Black Music History to Forefront
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Last night, HBO debuted ‘Phil Spector,’ a riveting film starring Al Pacino, which centers on the last trial days of the legendary “Wall of Sound” producer convicted of murder in 2009. The film highlights the eccentric music powerhouse’s career downfall and legal defense, a fictional account based on elements of reality. Though the film brings back to the forefront Spector’s alleged sordid past and details of a horrific murder, it also brings back music history, as The Beatles producer was involved in launching the success of many music heavyweights.

As the public relives the events of the trial via the film, check out black music heavyweights his Wall of Sound helped launch into superstardom:

Ike & Tina Turner

Tina Turner recorded “River Deep, Mountain High,” with then-husband, Ike Turner, in 1966, a song produced by Spector. Though it did not successfully chart in the U.S. at the the time, it peaked at No. 3 on the U.K. charts and marked a landmark transition in sound and career for the duet. The song has since become one of Turner’s signature hits among audiences and in 1999, was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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