March 30, 2013


Famed Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies at 79

Timothy Hiatt
Timothy Hiatt

Grammy-winning music producer Phil Ramone, a technical studio genius who worked with Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Paul Simon and Billy Joel, died Saturday morning in Manhattan, CNN reports. He was 72.

The death was confirmed by his son, though no specific cause has been released yet. The producer was hospitalized after suffering an aortic aneurysm in late February. 

Ramone, once hailed as "The Pope of Pop," won 14 Grammys and 33 nominations throughout his famed career. His work includes Paul & Linda McCartney’s Ram (1971), Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks (1975), Billy Joel’s The Stranger (1977) and one of Sinatra’s last albums, Duets (1993).

"I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band," Joel said. "The music world lost a giant today."

Ramone was "the star of stars behind the stars," Wonder said. "What a great man, what a kind spirit, such an incredible producer. Truly a tragic loss for us on earth but what a wonderful blessing for heaven."