Larry Levine, 80, the recording engineer who helped Phil Spector change rock and roll with his Wall of Sound technique and who won a Grammy for his work with Herb Alpert, has died.

His wife, Lyn, said Mr. Levine died May 8, his birthday, at his home in Encino, Calif. He had severe emphysema.

He was the engineer on such Spector-produced classics as "Da Doo Ron Ron" and the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," the song cited by BMI as the most played in U.S. radio history.

In a recent interview with the AP, Mr. Levine recalled meeting Spector in the 1960s and beginning a collaboration that lasted many years.

Mr. Levine set out to build the lush sound Spector created in his head, a process that involved dozens of musicians and instruments, as well as echo chambers.

Mr. Levine won a Grammy for best engineered recording for Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' 1965 hit "A Taste of Honey." - AP