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Legendary Music Producer Phil Ramone Passes

The music world lost one of the best producers in the business Saturday as Phil Ramone passed away in a New York hospital at the age of 72.

Producer Phil Ramone
Producer Phil Ramone (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

You have heard his works on so many albums ranging from Paul McCartney to Billy Joel to Frank Sinatra to Madonna to Bono to Madonna.

Aretha Franklin said in a statement. “Truly one of the great names in music has gone on, but the melodies will remain.”


Some of the awards and honors given to music producer, arranger and engineer Phil Ramone:

Grammy Awards:

— 2011 Producer, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Tony Bennett’s “Duets II”

— 2006 Producer, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Tony Bennett’s “Duets: An American Classic”

— 2005 Producer, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Tony Bennett’s “The Art of Romance”

— 2004 Producer, Album of the Year for Ray Charles’ “Genius Loves Company”

— 2004 Producer, Best Surround Sound Album for Ray Charles’ “Genius Loves Company”

— 2004 Technical Grammy, for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field

— 2002 Producer, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Tony Bennett’s “Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues”

— 1994 Producer, Best Musical Show Album for “Passion”

— 1983 Composer, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television for “Flashdance”

— 1980 Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

— 1979 Producer, Album of the Year for Billy Joel’s “52nd Street”

— 1978 Producer, Record of the Year for Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are”

— 1975 Producer, Album of the Year for Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years”

— 1969 Producer, Best Musical Show Album for “Promises, Promises”

—1964 Engineer, Best Engineered Recording (non-classical) for Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto’s “Getz/Gilberto”

Emmy Award:

— 1973, Sound Mixer, Outstanding Achievement In Live Or Tape Sound Mixing for “Duke Ellington … We Love You Madly”

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS):

— 2001 National Trustees Award

— 2000 New York Heroes Award

— 1984 Governors Award for Honor Roll for A&R/Producers

— 1965 National Trustee Award, Engineering

Honorary Degrees:

— Doctor of Musicology, Berklee College of Music, Boston, and Five Towns College, Dix Hills, N.Y.

— Doctor of Humane Letters, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

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