PHIL RAMONE R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!
April 2, 2013
STILL UNABLE TO USE MY HANDS I WANTED TO PAY TRIBUTE TO PHIL RAMONE, AN ALL AROUND GOOD GUY WHO I ONCE CONVINCED THE RAMONES DIDN’T NAME THEMSELVES AFTER HIM!
HERE IS WHAT MIKE BARNES AT THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER WROTE
A former violin prodigy and expert engineer, he worked with Dylan, Sinatra, McCartney, Bennett, Charles, Streisand, Simon, Joel and Bacharach and spent more than 50 years in the business.
Phil Ramone, the instinctive music producer whose mixing mastery for Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon and Billy Joel helped fashion some of the most sumptuous and top-selling albums of his era, has died. He was 79.
The 14-time Grammy winner and 33-time nominee once dubbed “The Pope of Pop” was hospitalized in late February with an aortic aneurysm in New York and died Saturday morning at New York Presbyterian Hospital, according to Ramone’s son Matt.
A native of South Africa who at age 10 performed as a violinist forQueen Elizabeth II, Ramone spent years working as a songwriter, engineer and acoustics expert in New York before charting a path that would make him a trusted studio partner in the eyes (and ears) of the industry’s biggest stars.
Among the albums on which he worked were Streisand’s 1967 liveA Happening in Central Park; Paul & Linda McCartney’s Ram(1971), sandwiched between the Beatles and Wings eras; Dylan’s aching Blood on the Tracks (1975); Simon’s pop classic Still Crazy After All These Years (1975); Joel’s critical and commercial breakthrough The Stranger (1977); Sinatra’s last-gaspDuets (1993), a model of technical wizardry; and Charles’ final album, the mega-selling Genius Loves Company (2004).
Ramone served as a songwriter in New York’s famed Brill Building music factory and worked early on with Quincy Jones, Tom Dowd, Creed Taylor, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller and Burt Bacharach & Hal David, among others. In 1959, he launched the A&R Recording studios on Seventh Avenue in New York, where Blood on the Tracks and so many other classics were recorded.
TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE IN THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER CLICK ONTO http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/music-producer-phil-ramone-ray-charles-frank-sinatra-425444
PHIL, I’LL MISS YOUR BRILLIANT WORK IN THE STUDIO AS WELL AS OUR LIVELY CONVERSATIONS WHENEVER WE’D RUN INTO EACH OTHER AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
MAY YOUR LEGEND CONTINUE TO GROW, AND MAY YOU ROCK IN PERPETUITY!
Respectfully, your friend Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/celebrating-two-million-views-today-on-artie-wayne-on-the-web..
HERE ARE SOME MUSICIANS REACTING TO THE PASSING OF PHIL RAMONE ON TWITTER http://ultimateclassicrock.com/musicians-react-to-the-death-of-phil-ramone-on-twitter/
I cannot imagine losing two of my closest pals in the same week. It’s a
shock to my nervous system and they leave a hole in my heart the size of:
“all the years we’ve been colleagues and friends” …
These are not words I’m writing, these are my tears which mystically create
the text in this e-mail to you.