In March of 1963, Phil sits in and plays guitar on The Drifters’ hit version of “On Broadway,” which The Crystals had previously recorded as an album track.
One of the earliest Phil Spector recordings for The Ronettes was a cover of The Students’ “So Young,” done at United Recorders on Sunset Boulevard in May of 1963. It was released as by Veronica in March of 1964 on Phil Spector Records (#1). Phil Spector Records #2 was “Why Don’t They Let Us Fall In Love,” recorded at Gold Star Studios and released in July of 1964.
In March of 1963, Phil Spector visited the offices of Aaron Schroeder, who owned Musicor Records. There he found a demo of a song called “It’s My Party” and began to build a Wall of Sound production for it. As it turns out, a demo was also in the hands of Quincy Jones, who recorded and rush-released a version with a 16-year-old girl from New York City named Lesley Gore. This became the big hit. Helen Shapiro had also had a version out, but the Phil Spector recording from ’63 remains unreleased.