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Robert Fontenot

Producer Phil Ramone Dies at 72

By March 30, 2013

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Grammy-award winning producer Phil Ramone, best known for producing hit '70s albums by Paul Simon and Billy Joel, has died at the age of 72 in a New York hospital. The Julliard-trained producer, who began as an engineer with the likes of Tom Dowd and Quincy Jones in the 1960s, suffered an aortic aneurysm earlier this month and was listed in critical condition, but underwent emergency surgery and apparently came through it with flying colors; an associate was quoted by The Hollywood Reporter as saying that Phil "is resting comfortably and expected to be released in the next few days." As an engineer and producer Ramone won 14 Grammys and worked with an impressive list of musical legends including Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, Bono, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and Madonna. Aretha Franklin issued a statement calling Phil "one of the great names in music," while Billy Joel called him his "dear friend and greatest mentor," adding, "The music world lost a giant today." Ramone is survived by a wife and three sons.

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