According to Harriet Ryan of the Los Angles Times, Phil Spector has been moved to permanent digs in Corcoran. He's in a medium security, special needs unit. There's no question this is a prisoner who has "special needs."
His wife Rachelle appears happy about the move. According to Linda Deutsch of the Associated Press, Rachelle claims her husband was mistreated at the North Kern County facility. Now that Spector is all settled in, I'm wondering if Rachelle will move to Corcoran (or a cozy little house in Fresno) to be close to her husband like she recently indicated in prior news reports.
I was quite bemused to learn this from Harriet's article:
"Spector will be permitted to have musical instruments in his cell, and inmates in his unit often sing and play music together, [prison spokesperson Stephen] Smith said."I can envision it now, Spector creating a new prison-wall of sound with his fellow inmates. T&T readers, are you wondering as we are if Rachelle will have the chauffeur drive her up to sing on a few selections? Maybe the CD will be in stores for the many Phil Spector fans out there, just in time for the holidays. But I wouldn't get your hopes up too quickly. Phil may decide to wait a bit until he releases his next big production. There still is that pesky wrongful death suit looming on the horizon.
Update: June 24, 2009
Linda Deutsch from the Associated Press has written a newer article with more quotes from Rachelle Short (Spector) about her husband's requests. From the article:
Good luck with that email request Phil As far as Spector creating any new music in prison, Rachelle had this to say:
"He wants a TV and an iPod or something like that for listening to music," Rachelle Spector said Tuesday. "And he would like to be able to receive e-mail."
"He has not requested an instrument, and I doubt if he will," she said.One never knows what the future may bring. It's still all very new and it will take a while for Spector to get acclimated to his private cell and surroundings. Spector could change his mind in the future about wanting an instrument. In time, he could show an interest in guiding his fellow inmates in their musical careers or orchestrating a live performance.