RONNIE SPECTOR REFLECTS ON PHIL SPECTOR’S DEATH
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes calls Phil Spector “a brilliant producer but a lousy husband.” They were married for six years before divorcing in 1974. Phil Spector died Saturday of natural causes while serving prison time for the 2003 murder of actor Lana Clarkson. He was 81. Ronnie Spector writes on Instagram her love for him was like a fairytale, but “darkness set in.” She says she still smiles whenever she hears the music they made together, and always will. Ronnie Spector wrote in her memoir Phil kept a gold coffin in their house and said he’d put her dead body in it if she tried to leave him.
DARLENE LOVE RECALLS HER TIME WITH PHIL SPECTOR
WASHINGTON (AP) - Darlene Love says there would be no Darlene Love without music producer Phil Spector, and she means that literally. Love said in a 2004 AP interview that Spector asked her to change her name from Wright to Love. She said yes because she did not think her music career would last. Love said she remembers Spector barking out orders to people in the studio, but she never saw him be violent. However, Love says he once greeted her at the door with a gun and a holster, like a cowboy. He gave them to a butler when Love threatened to leave. Spector died Saturday at the age of 81.
PHIL SPECTOR’S PRODUCTION MADE HIS CAREER
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While much has been made of music producer Phil Spector’s dark and eccentric side, his reputation as a music producer is hard to surpass. Spector’s hits started with “To Know Him, Is To Love Him” by The Teddy Bears in 1958. His other hits include “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” by The Righteous Brothers, “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes, “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” by Curtis Lee, George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Spector’s work with The Beatles on the “Let It Be” album was controversial, even within the band. Lennon loved it, but Paul McCartney hated it, especially the strings and choir on “The Long and Winding Road.” McCartney released a “Let It Be...Naked” version without Spector’s production in 2003.
DR. DRE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dr. Dre is recovering at home after his stay in a Los Angeles hospital. Dre’s attorney, Peter Paterno, says Dre left on Saturday but gave no other details. TMZ reported Dre had suffered a brain aneurysm. Dre had written on Jan. 5 he was “doing great and getting excellent care” from his medical team. Ice T posted on Friday that Dre is “safe and looking good.”
SPRINGSTEEN, LEGEND, FOO FIGHTERS ADDED TO INAUGURATION PERFORMERS
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bruce Springsteen, John Legend and Foo Fighters will join the lineup of entertainment for Joe Biden’s inauguration as U.S. President on Wednesday. They will perform as part of a 90-minute primetime special that will air on multiple networks. Other performers include Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons and Jon Bon Jovi. Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the inauguration at the U.S. Capitol.
SELENA GOMEZ BLAMES BIG TECH FOR CAPITOL RIOT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hours after an angry mob of Trump supporters took control of the U.S. Capitol in a violent insurrection, Selena Gomez laid much of the blame at the feet of Big Tech. In a Twitter post, the singer said what happened on Jan. 6 was caused by “allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and allow people to build community.” In her comment, Gomez called out — by name — the heads of Facebook, Google, Instagram and Twitter, saying they ”have all failed the American people.”
DETAILS EMERGE ON YFN LUCCI’S ARREST
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say YFN Lucci was the driver during a drive-by shooting involving two gangs that left one man dead and another wounded. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cites an arrest warrant that says YFN Lucci and other gang members drove through a rival gang’s territory on Dec. 10. The report says two people inside the car fired shots, and the rivals returned fire. Police say 28-year-old James Adams was “manually ejected” from the car and found dead by the road. Another man, 32-year-old Kevin Wright, survived a gunshot wound to the abdomen. YFN Lucci turned himself into police on Wednesday and faces murder charges.
PITBULL JOINS NASCAR OWNERSHIP TEAM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Pitbull is now a NASCAR owner. He has become a partner in the new NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing, which will make its debut at the Daytona 500 next month. Daniel Suarez will drive the No. 99 Chevrolet. Pitbull says he’s been a NASCAR fan since the movie “Days of Thunder.” He says Trackhouse will show the world that “NASCAR is not only a sport but a culture.”
GRACELAND OFFERS VIRTUAL TOURS
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - For $100 a ticket, you can go through Elvis Presley’s Graceland virtually. Graceland management is offering two-hour guided tours online that will go through the mansion, the Meditation Garden where Presley is buried, his jet and the entertainment complex where artifacts are displayed. Viewers can ask questions during the tours. Virtual tours are scheduled for Jan. 27, Feb. 25 and March 25, with more expected. Graceland is open for limited in-person tours because of the coronavirus outbreak.