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The greatest copycat of all,
This review is from: Phil Spector: The Early Productions (Audio CD)
While it would have been better in chronological order-to show how Spector copied other peoples' ideas-this is how it started from a song by the Aquatones called YOU.
The first white doowoppers to use a soprano voiced girl as lead singer.Spector listened and came up with the Teddy Bears.Once they'd run their course he next created his own version of the Fleetwoods as the Spectors 3.
During the next couple of years he stole most of Leiber & Stollers' ideas and the Wall of Sound concept from Frank Guida who'd done the Gary U S Bonds singles.
The Chantels also got a look in with the first ever Crystals single.
This was his main talent-copying.And being in a position to dictate to others his demands. Such as insisting on a third credit on songs written by Brill Building writers.
But it doesn't bother me-I love copycats and would say it takes as much talent to copy as it does to be original.
As for the "worlds' greatest producer" anyone could do what Spector did and many like the aforementioned Frank Guida and in England Joe Meek did it before him