Phil Spector hasn't let a murder trial slow him down. In early April, he produced "Crying for John Lennon," a song by local singer/song-writer Hargo. The song will likely be included on a documentary film for which Spector was interviewed. Hargo met the producer at the same castlelike home in Alhambra where murder victim Lana Clarkson was found in February 2003.
Hargo performed the song and was interviewed on Court TV August 16, during the network's daytime coverage of Spector's murder trial.
"[Spector] is actually really shy," said Hargo. "He doesn't always look people in the eye.... In fact, he had his back turned to me when I first played him the CD demo. When he turned around, he told me it reminded him of John [Lennon], especially the slap echo I used on my voice."
The following week, Spector agreed to produce the track at no charge. The documentary, Strawberry Fields, is in post-production.
Spector produced the Beatles near the end of their career. He recorded John Lennon in a session where Spector allegedly fired a pistol into the ceiling during an argument. A Court TV reporter asked Hargo about this.
"[Spector] didn't tell that story," said Hargo, "although I've heard it before."