The Spectors Three
Phil Spector, Rickie Page & Russ Titelman
The Spectors Three (Los Angeles, CA)
Phil Spector (guitar, vocals)
Rickie Page (vocals)
Russ Titelman (guitar)
1959 - I Really Do / I Know Why (Trey 3001)
1960 - Mr. Robin / My Heart Stood Still (Trey 3005)
After the split of the Teddy Bears in 1959, Spector's career quickly moved from performing and songwriting to production. While recording the Teddy Bears's album, he had met Lester Sill, a former promotion man who was a mentor to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. His next project, the Spectors Three, was undertaken under the aegis of Sill and his partner, Lee Hazlewood. The singers were a young musician friend called Russ Titelman, a female session singer named Ricky Page, and Spector himself; the backing track was minimal. Unable to use the Teddy Bears’name, he put out under the name of the Spectors Three.
When they lip-synched on a Los Angeles television show, there was no sign of Spector: Titelman was joined by his girlfriend, Annette Merar, and another friend, Warren Entner. The public, however, failed to be impressed, and it made no impression. The B- side, 'I Know Why', featured Phil's double-tracked vocal set against Page's ' heavenly' soprano wail. The record was released on Trey, a Hazlewood-Sill label distributed by Atlantic. The Spectors Three subsequently cut one more record, 'My Heart Stood Still', but that was a flop, too. It marked the end of Spector's career as a singer, although in 1959 he cut a pleasant instrumental called 'Bumbershoot', playing guitar with LA sessionmen, including an unimpressed Howard Roberts, for Imperial, under the name Phil Harvey.
I Really Do I Know Why
Mr. Robin My Heart Stood Still
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