R.I.P. Phil Ramone
Legendary music producer Phil Ramone has died at age 72, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In addition to being violin prodigy from a young age, Ramone worked in the music industry for over 50 years producing records for Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, and many others. Ramone won 14 Grammys in his lifetime. He was hospitalized in late February due to an aortic aneurysm and passed away early this morning. In a 2005 interview with Sound on Sound magazine, Ramone said the following about his personal philosophy as a producer: “I served a long time as an engineer and watched many famous producers work, and I decided on the personality that came most easily to me, which is the more relaxed; to give artists encouragement when needed … Players are like prodigies, thoroughbreds. You have to handle them with care.” Ramone also released his own autobiography Making Records in 2007. Watch an interview with Ramone below.