Ramone, one of the most important producers, technologists, and talents in modern music, succumbed to an aortic aneurism early Saturday morning. He was 79.
Ramone’s list of accomplishments are almost supernatural. A child prodigy born in South Africa, Ramone picked up the violin at 3, and was performing for Queen Elizabeth II by 10. He’s also credited with recording Marilyn Monroe’s sultry, semi-debaucherous rendition of “Happy Birthday” for JFK, and even produced the first CD officially released (Billy Joel’s 52nd Street in 1982).
Ramone founded A&R Recording Studios, where so many seminal albums and songs emerged. Ultimately, Ramone, sometimes crowned the “Pope of Pop,” was awarded 14 Grammy Awards and 33 Nominations.
And the list of collaborations and production credits is a who’s who of pop artistry, spanning Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, Bono, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Elton John, B. B. King, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Paul and Mary, Andre Previn, and Chicago, among many others.
Phil Ramone: January 5th, 1934 – March 30th, 2013.
*Initially, we reported an incorrect birth year of 1941. The family has now confirmed an earlier birth year of 1934.