Phil Spector's SoCal 'Castle' Full of Memories Both Tragic and Triumphant

Mrs. Phil Spector

Located a good half hour's drive east of the Sunset Strip, Phil Spector's home really was his castle: a 35-room mansion known as the Pyrenees Castle atop an Alhambra, Calif., hill.

But it is also a mausoleum, reflecting a career in which he produced hits like "Be My Baby," "Then He Kissed Me" and more wall-of-sound classics in the '60s, only to spend much of the next four decades in search of a second act.

VIDEO: Mrs. Spector reenacts scenario of Clarksons death for Chris Connelly.
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Phil Spector's home is full of rock memorabilia, such as that from his early '70s work with George Harrison, with whom he made the huge hit "My Sweet Lord."

In her first national-media interview since the trial, Spector's 29-year-old wife Rachelle spoke to ABC News' Chris Connelly about her husband's legacy.

VIDEO: Meet Mrs. Spector
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"[Spector] said George was very shy and very insecure about himself," said Rachelle. "And once he built up George's confidence to finish the album, I mean obviously, it's a masterpiece."

Old-school speakers line the walls of their home, throwbacks to an earlier era and Spector's hedyay. "That's what he likes. That's what he loves," said Rachelle.

Even the jukebox in Phil Spector's game room is filled with old-school vinyl no less historic than the images on the glory wall in the bar.

When Rachelle is asked about her husband's 40 years of rock and roll history -- which included pioneering the "wall of sound" production technique -- she says she feels "just amazement at what he was able to achieve. And at such a young age when he started. I mean he was a millionaire by 21, a multimillionaire by 25."

CLICK HERE to see photos of Rachelle and Phil Spector through the years.

Spector's 'Castle' Full of Memorabilia from Beatles John, George and More

Spector was also enough of a cultural icon to make his own appearances on the pop landscape. He played a hit maker on the 60's TV sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie" and a drug dealer in the stoner epic "Easy Rider."

Now, his signature "S"-shaped ring are on the hand of his wife, who has his Rolls Royce too.

"I also have been wearing his wedding band because they confiscated all of his clothing and articles and possessions. So he's not allowed to accessorize much in jail these days," said Rachelle.

In its own room is one of Spector's most prized possessions -- a white piano. It's a perfect replica of the one used by John Lennon on "Imagine," which was also produced by Phil Spector.

"They were like brothers," Rachelle said of her husband's relationship with John Lennon.

Yet this brotherly collaboration would mark Phil Spector's last big hit as a producer.

There are no guarantees that Phil Spector will ever see his house again. And for one 40-year-old actress, its foyer was the last thing she ever saw.

Lana Clarkson was a still-striking blonde with a SAG card and sagging hopes of making it big in Hollywood. She was working as a hostess at the House of Blues on Feb. 3, 2003, the night she met Phil Spector and went home with him.

Hours later, her lifeless body was found sitting in a chair -- dead from a single gunshot to the mouth. Phil Spector was convicted of firing the gun that killed her. Prosecutors said the shooting fit Spector's long pattern of intimidating gun play with women.

Click here to watch video of the investigation into Clarkson's final hours.

The April 2009 verdict came at the end of a legal ordeal that continues to enrage Rachelle Spector.

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