I just discovered Rick Partlow was very close with the actress, Lana Clarkson, who was murdered by Phil Spector. Rick was married to my late sister, Christine Rosamond Benton, in 1977-80. Rick is an actor who won an Emmy for his Foley work. Rick and Christine were at my wedding reception, after I married Mary Ann Tharaldsen, the ex-wife of the writer, Thomas Pynchon.
Lana Jean Clarkson (April 5, 1962 – February 3, 2003) was an American actress and fashion model. During the 1980s she rose to prominence in several sword-and-sorcery films. In February 2003, Clarkson was fatally shot by songwriter and producer Phil Spector in the lobby of his mansion. Spector was charged and convicted of second degree murder on April 13, 2009.
Set during the days of the Roman Empire, a simple village is preparing for the wedding of their king and queen. Suddenly, it is raided by Roman troops, and most of the people are whisked off to be slaves or killed. The queen, Amathea, (Lana Clarkson), and two of her best female warriors survive the attack and set off to liberate Amathea’s sister (Dawn Dunlap) (who had been raped in the raid and is set to become the Roman centurion’s concubine) and king Argan (who is sent to the gladiator arena).
Phil Spector (born Harvey Phillip Spector, later Phillip Harvey Spector, December 26, 1939) is an American record producer, songwriter, and the originator of the Wall of Sound production method. At the height of his career, Spector was a pioneer of the 1960s girl-group sound, and produced more than twenty-five Top 40 hits from 1960 to 1965, writing or co-writing many of them for artists such as the Ronettes and the Crystals. Following collaborations with John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, Dion DiMucci, and the Ramones in the 1970s, Spector remained largely inactive. In later years, he became infamous as the subject of two trials for murder and a second-degree conviction.
Spector is often called the first auteur among musical artists for acting not only as a producer, but also the creative director, writing or choosing the material, supervising the arrangements, conducting the vocalists and session musicians, and masterminding all phases of the recording process. He helped pave the way for various music genres, with numerous artists later citing his work as a major influence. His Grammy Award-winning co-productions number the Ronettes’ “Walking in the Rain” (1964), the Beatles‘ Let It Be (1970), and George Harrison‘s Concert for Bangladesh (1971).
For his contributions to the music industry, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as a nonperformer. In 1997, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 1965 song You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, produced and co-written by Spector for the Righteous Brothers, is listed by BMI as the song with the most U.S. airplay in the 20th century. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #63 on their list of the “Greatest Artists of All Time”. Spector-produced albums that have ranked within Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” include Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica (1964), A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (1963), and Back to Mono (1991).