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.