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Music Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 72

Phil Ramone
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The music industry is currently mourning the loss of Phil Ramone. The producer, 72, died at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Saturday, March 30. He had suffered an aortic aneurysm in February. He is survived by his sons Matt, BJ and Simon, and his wife Karen.

Ramone, who amassed 14 Grammys during his career, worked with some of the biggest names in pop music over the years. He worked with everyone from Madonna to Barbra Streisand to Aretha Franklin to Frank Sinatra.

He is known for his efforts to help popularize the compact disc. We know, most millennials are like, “What’s that?” But before MP3s, iPods and digital music, there were CDs, which were considered revolutionary after so many years of dealing with cassette tapes!

Ramone produced soundtracks for huge ’80s blockbuster films like ‘Flashdance’ and ‘Ghostbusters,’ as well.

“Our industry has lost an immense talent and a true visionary and genius,” said Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, in a statement.

The Queen of Soul issued a statement, as well, espousing Ramone’s virtues as a music man.

“This is so shocking. I just performed for his tribute in December,” Franklin said. “Truly one of the great names in music has gone on, but the melodies will remain.”

“[He was] he star of stars behind the stars,” said Stevie Wonder. “What a great man, what a kind spirit, such an incredible producer…truly a tragic loss for us on earth but what a wonderful blessing for heaven.”

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