Phil Spector

Adam Sandler may have once rued the dearth of great Hanukkah songs, but the same can’t be said of great Christmas songs — especially Christmas songs penned by Jewish songwriters.  Here’s a list of twelve of the best, not to mention favorites of mine. I’ll Be Home for Christmas A song with something of an uncertain genealogy.  But […]

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Over the course of the past few years, many pop music insiders, fans and geeks have done their best to label them as the Wrecking Crew; the stable of ferociously talented studio musicians and sidemen that producers Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, Lou Adler, Lee Hazelwood, Brian Wilson and their ilk used to regularly use on […]

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M.C. Antil’s Song of the Day — December 2, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. Growing up on Upper West Side of Manhattan, Cynthia Weil dreamed of one day becoming a triple-threat actor, singer and dancer.  But while still in her teens, she discovered her real talent was writing lyrics […]

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Song of the Day — October 27, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. Most anyone with any semblance of musical history knows about Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” — that signature production technique that employed dozens of musicians to produce dense layers of sound and melody that could instill in […]

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