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Cher Was Not Shocked By Phil Spector’s Demise

Pop superstar Cher admits she was not shocked when Phil Spector ended up in prison because his early life was so troubled. Spector was jailed for 19 years-to-life in 2009 after being found guilty of fatally shooting the actress Lana Clarkson at his home in 2003. Now Cher, who worked as a back-up singer for Spector’s acts The Righteous Brothers and The Crystals in his 1960s heyday, has broken her silence about the producer’s incarceration, hinting he was on a path to destruction because of his bizarre family history. She tells Britain’s The Sun newspaper, “I was surprised but I wasn’t shocked (after the murder conviction). It’s so sad but his parents were first cousins and his sister was in an asylum, so he had a troubled life, but he was a genius. Watching him make records was amazing – the talent he had.”

   However, the singer won’t allow Spector’s demise to tarnish her memories of her early days in the studio: “Singing back-up on The Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ was fun to do. It was a brilliant song and Phillip (Spector) kept saying, ‘Cher, back up, back up’, because my voice cut through. I remember (Beach Boys star) Brian Wilson came to hear it and I was the only girl on the session.”

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Phil Spector’s Ex-Wife Ronnie Writes To Him in Jail

Ronnie Spector has reached out to her incarcerated ex-husband, Phil Spector, while he serves his time behind bars, revealing she has written to the music mogul but has not had a response.

The embattled star is currently serving 19 years to life in prison following his May, 2009 conviction for the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra, California home in 2003.
The former Ronettes star, who was married to the famed producer between 1968 and 1974, admits she was upset by his conviction and wishes him the best as he serves his time.
She tells the New York Post, “I don’t know what I could do at this point to help him. He’s doing 19 to life. He’ll be there forever. We divorced in ’74, and I’m married to my new husband 20 years, but I don’t want to be mean. I wrote to him. I’ve not heard back.”

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