How Phil Spector Nearly Ended Scorsese’s Career Before it Started [VIDEO]

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 at 9:23 am by
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[Photo: Rolling Stone]Sunday night is the premiere of the HBO biopic of Phil Spector, starring Al Pacino in the lead role. Being consumate fans of the “Wall of Sound,” this should prove an interesting viewing.

On a similar note, here’s how Phil Spector almost ended the career of Martin Scorsese before it even got off the ground. Boogie reader and contributor Shawn Chittle points us to this excellent video clip excised from the film The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2009).

The eight-minute bite sheds light on the inclusion of “Be My Baby” in the opening credits of Mean Streets without having licensed the track from record label or publisher. It was an oversight that nearly sunk the movie, and would give the producer points on Scorsese’s later output. As he notes in the interview, “with no disrespect to Scorsese, he doesn’t have Mean Streets without ‘Be My Baby.’

And the preview for the HBO treatment:

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