Unfortunately, that last part tends to be the only one people focus on these days. That's why I'm going to bet his recent speech at Ike Turner's funeral was more of a diversionary tactic than anything else. In case you're unaware, here's a brief rundown of Ike Turner's career:
I'm not saying those two facts have anything to do with one another, I'm just broadly implying it.
Spector did a good job spreading the shit around, insulting Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, and Eric Clapton. I guess he just really hates menopausal black women.
That, or the fact that in the later seasons of Next Generation, Whoopi totally sucked up all of Riker's screen time. No, wait, that's why I hate Whoopi Goldberg.
Spector called Tina Turner's book (and the resulting film) pieces of trash, credited Ike with making her the jewel that she was, claimed Ike could play circles around Eric Clapton, and Eric knew it, and said he had an ambivalence about Oprah Winfrey. Well, I think we all do Phil.
But when you get down to it, what did the accused murderer love so much about the drug-addled wife beater? In his own words He never, ever bothered me. He never interfered with me. He never got in my way.
And we all know what happens to people who get in Phil Spector's way.