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Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at 79; Stars Pay Tribute

Miranda Barros

by Miranda Barros

Published April 01, 2013

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Phil Ramone, music producer to legends such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, and Ray Charles, died last Saturday, March 30th. He was 79.

Ramone was hospitalized in late February with an aortic aneurysm at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. His son Matt reported his father's death on Saturday morning.

With 14 Grammy wins and 33 nominations, Ramone was once dubbed "The Pope of Pop." Among some of the albums that he worked on were Barbra Streisand's 1967 live album A Happening in Central Park, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto's classic 1964 bossa nova album Getz/Gilberto, Paul Simon's 1975 Still Crazy After All These Years, and Frank Sinatra's 1993 final album Duets.

In response to news of his death, stars shared their remembrances this weekend.

Quincy Jones said, "There aren't enough words to express how heavy my heart is with the news of the passing of my dear friend and brother Phil Ramone...one of the true musicians, innovators and geniuses of the record industry. His immense talents were only surpassed by the gigantic size of his heart, and I will miss him terribly."

Streisand shared in a statement, "Phil had impeccable musical taste, great ears and the most gentle way of bringing out the best in all the artists he worked with. The monumental recordings he produced will endure for all time."

Watch this special 2010 interview of Ramone for the 52nd Grammy Awards below.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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