Christopher Sebela

writer, wronger, rearranger

"In truth, he was devastated. When Catherine and Linda visited him at the house, he cried as he told them how sure he felt that "River Deep, Mountain High" would be a big hit. "It was the only time I ever saw him really depressed," Catherine recalls. "He said, ‘I was sure people would love it; I just don’t understand it.’ More than upset, he felt betrayed by the American public."

"In Britain, the story could hardly have been any more different. The record quickly climbed the charts, and by the middle of July it had peaked at number 2. But its success seemed only to inflame the hurt and anger Spector felt at the American industry and public. In a fit of self-righteous pique he took out ads in Billboard and Cash Box, invoking the name of the American general who during the War of Independence had plotted to surrender the fort at West Point to the British: "Benedict Arnold Was Right." And they hated him even more.

"Then Phil Spector closed the door of his mansion, and disappeared from view."

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