Category: gold star studios

19-year-old Cher at Gold Star Studio in Los Angeles, California, April 1966

Cher at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, California, April 1966.

Ike and Tina Turner with Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, March 1966

Phil Spector produced the Ike and Tina Turner song “River Deep, Mountain High.” However,

Phil offered Ike $20,000 upfront in exchange for total control over the production so Ike was not a part of the making of that song. The single was successful in Europe but didn’t do as well in America. This disappointment caused Phil to go into semi-retirement. Phil later inducted Ike and Tina into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

In 2007, Phil gave a eulogy at Ike’s funeral. He said, “Ike made Tina the jewel she was.” Phil then criticized Tina’s autobiography I, Tina, he said: “I have an ambivalence towards Oprah Winfrey. She made Tina Turner’s book into a bestseller which demonized and vilified Ike. The book wouldn’t have sold 10 books. It was badly written. It was a piece of trash and because Oprah idolized Tina she didn’t feel it wrong to vilify a brother.” He also said the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It was a “piece of trash movie.”

Phil is currently a serving a prison sentence for the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

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Record producer Phil Spector with his then-future wife Veronica Bennett (Ronnie

Spector), lead singer of the Ronettes at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, California, 1966.

After they married in 1968, Phil Spector pulled her from the limelight and imprisoned her in his California mansion. The only time Spector allowed her to leave was once a month, “to go get my feminine stuff, if you catch my drift” she told The Telegraph. If she was gone longer than 20 minutes he’d send a bodyguard. According to her, she would be summoned to Phil’s side while he was recording with other artists – just to sit on the stool next to him, not moving. “He would say, ‘You’re my inspiration,‘” she recalls. She would be punished like a little girl, often sent to bed hungry.

He’d scream at her so violently, she says, that she eventually became mute: “The last year of my marriage I didn’t talk at all. Because if I said anything he’d yell at me, so why say anything. I was a scared little girl from Spanish Harlem living in this mansion with five servants, not knowing what to do with any of it. I cried every night I was married.”

Finally in 1972 she escaped after a visit from her worried mother.

Spector had a glass coffin

installed in the basement of his home. He showed Ronnie’s mother, telling her it’s where Ronnie will lie if she ever tries to leave him. Ronnie and her mother plotted her escape.

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had two dogs at the front gates and a dog by the car. They asked his permission to go on a walk and left. He often hid her shoes so she left barefoot.

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Ike and Tina Turner with record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios

in Los Angeles, California, 1966.  

Phil Spector produced the Ike & Tina Turner track ’River Deep, Mountain High’ and inducted them into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. During his eulogy at Turner’s funeral in 2007
Phil said, “Ike made Tina the jewel she was… I have an ambivalence towards Oprah Winfrey. She made Tina Turner’s book into a bestseller which demonized and vilified Ike. The book wouldn’t have sold 10 books. It was badly written. It was a piece of trash and because Oprah idolized Tina she didn’t feel it wrong to vilify a brother.” He also said the “What’s Love Got to Do With It” biopic was a “piece of trash movie”. Spector is currently 

serving a prison sentence for the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

Photos by Ray Avery

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Ike and Tina Turner with record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios

in Los Angeles, California, 1966.  

Phil Spector produced the Ike and Tina Turner track ’River Deep, Mountain High’ and inducted them into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. During his eulogy at Turner’s funeral in 2007
Phil said, “Ike made Tina the jewel she was… I have an ambivalence towards Oprah Winfrey. She made Tina Turner’s book into a bestseller which demonized and vilified Ike. The book wouldn’t have sold 10 books. It was badly written. It was a piece of trash and because Oprah idolized Tina she didn’t feel it wrong to vilify a brother.” He also said the “What’s Love Got to Do With It” biopic was a “piece of trash movie”. Spector is currently 

serving a prison sentence for the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

Photos by Ray Avery

Tina Turner recording “River deep, Mountain High” with Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, 1966. 

Phil Spector offered $20,000 upfront to Ike Turner in exchange for total control over the production. Spector

made Tina Turner sing the song for hours on end until she got it just right. “I must have sung that 500,000 times,” she said. “I was drenched with sweat. I had to take my shirt off and stand there in my bra to sing.” Using Spector’s “Wall of Sound” production technique, it required 21 session musicians and 21 background vocalists

for the recording, including Hal Blaine, Leon Russell and Glen Campbell.

George Harrison praised the record, declaring it “a perfect record from start to finish. You couldn’t improve on it.” Though it peaked at 3 on the Billboard 100 in the United Kingdom, it was a relative disappointment reaching 88 in the United States. That drove Spector mad and he went into semi-retirement. “I think when it came out, it was just like my farewell,” Spector told Rolling Stone in 1969. “I was just saying goodbye, and I wanted to go crazy for four minutes on wax.”

Photos by Ray Avery