Tuesday, April 2, 2013

ROCK PRODUCER PHIL RAMONE DIES AT 79

Phil Ramone
Phil Ramone, an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s, died on Saturday in New York. He was 79.
 
A prolific producer who spent 50 years in the industry, Ramone died Saturday morning at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Ramone's son Matt told the media. Ramone had been hospitalized in late February with an aortic aneurysm.

His 14 Grammy Awards reflect the breadth of his work and the landmark nature of the recordings he was associated with: His first Grammy win came in 1964 for engineering the breakthrough bossa nova album “Getz/Gilberto”; Billy Joel's “52nd Street” won album of the year for 1979 and in 1982 became the first pop CD ever released; and in the year for which he won producer of the year, 1980, his productions included Chicago, Paul Simon and Joel.

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