Silence fell upon Los Angeles Superior Court today as one of Phil Spector's closest allies took the stand. The majestic Wall of Sound stunned the courtroom with the revelation: "Yes, Phil pulled a gun on me too."
Star of such legendary hits as "You've lost that lovin' feeling" and "River deep-mountain high", the famous Wall confessed, with a slight vibrato, that, at times, it had been terrified at the dramatic mood swings of the musical genius and temperamental weirdo.
"One piano was never enough for Phil," the Wall revealed. "It was always 'let's try it with two', then 'let's try it with three', it just went on and on.
"I remember once during the recording of 'Da Doo Ron Ron', he couldn't get enough cellos. He went crazy. We had nearly 2,000 cellos in the studio and it still wasn't enough.
"That's when he pulled out a gun and winged one of my bassoons."
Through a nervous tremolo, the Wall of Sound recalled how during The Ronettes' classic recording of "Be my baby", Spector, incensed at what he described as the "insipid sound" of the 1,500-strong percussion section, actually blew up part of the recording studio with a bazooka.
"He was a genius," the Wall continued before breaking down, "but difficult to work with. He'd turn up at the studio with maybe 20 guns on him and a few grenades. He worked us hard. We never dared challenge him or question his hairstyles."
The trial continues.