I Like Ike, Says Spector, But I Hate His Enemies

Eulogy takes aim at Tina, Oprah, others
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2007 5:25 PM CST
I Like Ike, Says Spector, But I Hate His Enemies
Music producer Phil Spector addresses a memorial service for music legend Ike Turner at the City of Refuge church in Gardena, Calif. Friday, Dec. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)   (Associated Press)

Phil Spector gave an impromptu and rambling—but highly entertaining—eulogy at pal Ike Turner's funeral in which he took potshots at Tina, Oprah, Whoopi, and even Eric Clapton, Fox News reports. Spector glorified Turner—“Ike could play circles around Eric Clapton and Eric knew it”—and vilified his enemies, along with “that piece-of-trash movie they made about him.”

Spector said Ike “made Tina the jewel she was” and was sent to prison “for no reason other than being a black man in America.” He called Oprah a sell-out for turning Tina's anti-Ike book (another "piece of trash")  into a best-seller, and carped about Whoopi having the gall to question Ike about the abuse allegations. "This is a sad day for me," Spector said. “I treasured him.” (More Phil Spector stories.)

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