Sad news to report, I’m afraid.
Jerry Riopelle, who Wall of Sound fanatics will know due to his incredible 60s productions, has passed at 77 years of age.
Jerry Riopelle had an interesting career after his brief association with Spector and his endeavors with the Wall of Sound. But in line with the focus of Cue Castanets, let’s cherish this gem of a video, however grainy, where “Bonnie” (Charlotte Ann Matheny) lip-syncs to Riopelle’s brilliant production.
Some years ago I paid my respects to Riopelle in my ongoing feature on ‘would-be Spectors’. You can check it out here:
Rest in peace, Jerry.