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Published: 2013/03/30

Phil Ramone, 1941-2013

Photo by Evan Agostini

Legendary producer and engineer Phil Ramone passed away this morning at a hospital in New York. The 14-time Grammy Award-winner—and 33-time nominee—was 72.

Ramone worked with a number of iconic musicians like Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, B.B. King, Burt Bacharach and Quincy Jones, among others. He produced three albums that won Album of the Year Grammys—Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years, Joel’s 52nd Street and Charles’ Genius Loves Company. In addition, Ramone produced music for a number of films, including Midnight Cowboy, Flashdance and Ghostbusters. He is also credited with pioneering the use of compact discs and surround sound.

Born in South Africa in 1941, Ramone was a child prodigy who studied classical violin at Juilliard before opening his own studio in 1959, when he was just 18 years old. More recently, he co-produced Paul Simon’s twelfth studio album So Beautiful or So What with the singer.

He is survived by his wife and three sons.


There are 4 comments associated with this post

it is sad March 30, 2013, 17:39:03

Who is But Bacharach?

mark landers March 31, 2013, 02:50:50

well done sir ! good night.

Shaun March 31, 2013, 11:27:47

Very said to have learned about Phil Ramone’s passing… He worked with so many greats in so many types of music. His decade-long run with Billy Joel was hugely successful, and resulted in most of Joel’s best works. The Stranger, An Innocent Man, and (especially) the Beatlesque The Nylon Curtain are particular standouts. Of added note to jamband fans, Ramone was the engineer who recorded The Band’s epic Rock of Ages live album. He will be greatly missed.

Shaun March 31, 2013, 11:30:18

Sorry… That should read “Very sad..”

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