Cher - 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."