Hitmaking Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 72
Streisand, Sinatra, Billy Joel among artists who worked with him
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2013 1:53 PM CDT
In this Oct. 6, 2008 photo, Arts Advocacy Award honoree Phil Ramone attends the 2008 National Arts Awards presented by Americans For The Arts at Cipriani's 42nd St. in New York.    (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

(Newser) – You may not know his name, but Phil Ramone—one of the most successful music producers of his era—died in a New York hospital this morning at age 72, Billboard reports. He had been admitted late last month with an aortic aneurysm. His incredible career included 14 Grammy awards, the nickname "Pope of pop," and bestselling records with Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, and Ray Charles. He also won an Emmy for a Duke Ellington TV special, the AP reports.

Born in South Africa, he performed the violin for Queen Elizabeth II at age 10, studied at Juilliard as a teenager, and opened a Manhattan recording studio before age 20. Among his biggest successes: Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, a seven-album relationship with Joel (they were "both lunatics," said Ramone), and Sinatra's comeback album, Duets. His advocated a "relaxed" style in the studio and gave artists "encouragement when needed," he once said. "Players are like prodigies, thoroughbreds. You have to handle them with care."

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Apr 1, 2013 8:40 AM CDT
May you rest in peace. I enjoyed his music when I was younger, and appreciate it more today. The world has lost a great presence in music.
Mar 30, 2013 9:15 PM CDT
This story has been posted for hours now, and not one other person here remembers him? RIP, Phil Ramone. Your contributions will live on for a long time. Even though maybe no one will remember you for your achievements.