The former Ronettes frontwoman and the famed music producer were married 从 1968 直到 1974. The 77-year-old has previously said the union was an abusive one.
“It’s a sad day for music and a sad day for me,” the singer 在Facebook上写. “When I was working with Phil Spector, watching him create in the recording studio, I knew I was working with the very best. He was in complete control, directing everyone. So much to love about those days.”
“Meeting him and falling in love was like a fairytale,” 她继续. “The magical music we were able to make together, was inspired by our love. I loved him madly, and gave my heart and soul to him.”
“As I sad many times while he was alive, he was a brilliant producer, but a lousy husband,” 的 “宝宝, I Love You” star shared. “不幸, Phil was not able to live and function outside of the recording studio. Darkness set in, many lives were damaged.”
“I still smile whenever I hear the music we made together, and always will,” she concluded her post. “The music will be forever.”
Back in 2018, Ronnie told 人物杂志 that the producer kept her sequestered in their California mansion where she endured years of psychological torment before she was able to escape.
“I thought, I wasn’t going to sing again and that I was going to die there,” she recalled to the outlet.
After their 离婚, Ronnie headed back to New York to focus on her music career.
在 2009, Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life for his second-degree murder conviction in the 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson.
The 40-year-old was found in the foyer of Spector’s castle-like mansion with a gunshot wound to the mouth. The defense claimed the “Barbarian Queen” star was depressed over a breakup and used a 38-caliber pistol to take her life.
The first trial, which ended in September 2007, failed to reach a verdict after deliberating for 15 天. Spector’s retrial began in October 2008.
California state prison officials said Spector died of natural causes at a hospital.
“His official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner in the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office,” a statement from the facility read.
Until Clarkson’s death, which Spector maintained was an “accidental suicide,” few residents even knew the mansion belonged to the reclusive producer, who spent his remaining years in a prison hospital east of Stockton.
Decades before his conviction, Spector had been hailed as a visionary for channeling Wagnerian ambition into the three-minute song, creating the “Wall of Sound” that merged spirited vocal harmonies with lavish orchestral arrangements to produce such pop monuments as “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby” 和 “He’s a Rebel.”
By his mid-20s his “little symphonies” had resulted in nearly two dozen hit singles and made him a millionaire. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” the operatic Righteous Brothers ballad which topped the charts in 1965, has been tabulated as the song most played on radio and television — counting the many cover versions — in the 20th century.
在一个 2005 court deposition, he testified that he had been on medication for manic depression for eight years.
“No sleep, 萧条, mood changes, mood swings, hard to live with, hard to concentrate, just hard — a hard time getting through life,” 他说. “I’ve been called a genius and I think a genius is not there all the time and has borderline insanity.”
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.