Music Producer and Innovator Phil Ramone Dead at Age 72
Much of recording is “automagic” now, but to get to this world of digital ease and flexibility an army of incredibly talented and creative engineers had to first pave the way, set the modes, and build the standards so they could be broken and recreated time and again. At the head of that brawling pack of sound genius’ was Phil Ramone at A&R recording.
Music producer and engineer Phil Ramone, a technical innovator and winner of 14 Grammys, died Saturday morning in a New York hospital, his son, Matt, told CNN.
The family did not immediately provide a cause of death.
Ramone’s collaboration credits are a Who’s Who of the music industry: Burt Bacharach, Bono, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.
“Our industry has lost an immense talent and a true visionary and genius,” said Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy, which had given Ramone a Technical Grammy for his lifetime of innovative contributions to music.
Phil’s last book: