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Phil Spector

How To Have Fun With a Serious Song

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In the wake of "Ebb Tide," Carl's 1953 oceanic collaboration with composer Robert Maxwell, hundreds of orchestras and singers recorded it. Millions purchased those recordings. Critics fawned over it. Teens made out to it. Couples chose it as their wedding song.

At the Intersection of Abbey Road and Tin Pan Alley

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

The mission impossible: write a brilliant lyric, and write it yesterday. Carl chose to accept it.

First Nighter: 'Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story' Works Piecemeal

David Finkle | Posted 09.20.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps an argument could be made that the songs are so strong they represent emotions at moments of great joy or stress, delight or disappointment. But it's not a very persuasive argument. The more convincing contention is that Berns was a songwriter who wanted to produce as many commercial songs as he could and knew that powerful love songs were the most obvious way to go.

A Christmas Gift For You: A Conversation with Phil Spector & The Crystals' La La Brooks, Chatting with The Piano Guys, Plus Pink Martini and Sidney York Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.11.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Of Phil Spector, Marshmallows and Ebb Tides

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

During the early 1960s, my father, songwriter Carl Sigman, and many of his "Great American Songbook" contemporaries watched in horror as airwaves and ...

Writer-to-Writer: A Conversation With David Mamet

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"Writing a stage play and a screenplay have very little to do with each other. A stage play is just dialogue. One has to be able to communicate the play through disputation. A stage play is basically a form of uber-schizophrenia."

Doc Doc Rocks

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

If you love music, you may be vaguely familiar with the name Doc Pomus. But chances are at least one or two of the 1,000-plus songs he wrote -- includ...

'Behind The Candelabra' Wins Best Miniseries

Posted 09.22.2013 | TV

"Behind the Candelabra" has won the 2013 Emmy for Best Miniseries or Movie. HBO's Liberace biopic has earned itself a little more luster with its ...

Christopher Rosen

The Greatest Singer You Don't Know

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment

Darlene Love is one of the greatest singers of all time, but many of the hit songs she performed on weren't actually released under Love's name. A...

Bette Midler Hosts a Lunch for Twenty Feet from Stardom

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.30.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Now prominent among music legends, Bette Midler reminisces about her stint as a Harlette back in the day in the much celebrated documentary Twenty Fee...

This Music Legend Is Finally Getting Her Due

Steven Rosen | Posted 09.21.2013 | Fifty
Steven Rosen

"We made these artists sound incredible. They wanted that church sound. I always thought there was a spiritual thing we brought to the table. They were not going to get that anywhere else. We came smack dab out of the church and that's basically what we brought to a lot of artists we worked with. And they loved it."

Popcorn Preview: 20 Feet from Stardom

Leslie Sisman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: 20 Feet from Stardom (2013) Cast includes: Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Táta Vega, Mabel John, Gloria Jones, Claudia...

Movie Review: 20 Feet From Stardom

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to imagine another documentary this year that will be as uplifting, entertaining and moving as Morgan Neville's 20 Feet From Stardom.

Judge, Jury and Record Producer: A Critic Looks at Phil Spector

Zach Hindin | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Zach Hindin

We owe the special nuance of the word "innocent" to a striking case of mistaken identity. The point Mamet appears to be making in the HBO movie is that innocence is not a pure state of being to be detected by a jury of one's peers.

Out of the Ashes: The Other Spector

Cilla McCain | Posted 04.05.2013 | Books
Cilla McCain

To musicians like Bob Dylan or John Lennon, legendary music producer Phil Spector was the go-to genius who could help make their recordings phenomenal. To the public-at-large he is a deranged individual who should have never been allowed out of his castle. But to Nicole Audrey Spector, he is simply Dad.

TV Review: Al Pacino, Phil Spector, and Media Justice

Caryn James | Posted 05.29.2013 | Entertainment
Caryn James

The first question the film raises isn't about the murder. It's an issue that comes up with both Pacino and with Mamet today: are you getting the good or the evil twin?

Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector in HBO Film

Jay Weston | Posted 05.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have very mixed feelings about the Mamet film. I thought it was truncated, disturbing, prejudiced... and featured two stunning performances by Pacino and Helen Mirren.

Women React to HBO's Film Phil Spector

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

It is a mark of Western culture that we are obsessed with watching the tale of one's "fall from grace." But why?

WATCH: Al Pacino Going Batsh*t Crazy Supercut

Posted 05.25.2013 | Comedy

If you watched the HBO movie "Phil Spector" last night, you saw Al Pacino at his Al Pacinoiest, spewing out David Mamet's dialogue with the abandon of...

Phil Spector's Wife Gives HuffPost Live Exclusive Interview

Posted 03.21.2013 | Crime

Rachelle Spector has had a change of heart. After criticizing a new HBO film about her husband as "inaccurate," the wife of iconic music producer a...

His Most Controversial Role Yet?

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 05.21.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Much to his surprise, Al Pacino learned that once upon a time he met the legendary music producer Phil Spector, whom he now plays in ...

Is Former Stones' Manager The Ultimate Hustler?

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Stein is a colorful record biz icon who has played an integral role in the careers of such superstars as the Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Pretenders and Madonna.

Solomon King's Train & New School Blues in L.A.

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

I was with my musician pal Solomon King at Arcadia Blues Club recently chatting about Train his excellent upcoming record of "new school blues," which includes some modern riffs on traditional Blues...and beyond.

WATCH: Bizarre First Look At 'Phil Spector'

Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment

In the later stages of his career, Al Pacino has found a home playing elderly tabloid fixtures. He appeared as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film "You...

How Al Pacino Became Convicted Killer Phil Spector

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 01.05.2013 | Entertainment

PASADENA, Calif. -- Al Pacino said Friday that he decided not to meet famed record producer and convicted killer Phil Spector before portraying him in...