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Phil Ramone, Grammy-winning producer, dead at 79

Phil Ramone, the masterful Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, died Saturday of complications stemming from heart surgery, his family said. He was 79.Ramone, who lived in Wilton, Connecticut, had elective surgery on Feb. 27 to prevent an aortic aneurysm, son Matt Ramone said. He later developed pneumonia and died Saturday morning at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the son said.Few in the recording industry enjoyed a more spectacular and diverse career.

Iconic music producer Phil Ramone dies at 79

Phil Ramone, the legendary US music producer behind hits by Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, died Saturday at the age of 79, a trade publication said. Ramone -- a 14-time Grammy winner once dubbed the "Pope of Pop" -- died in New York after being hospitalized for weeks with an aortic aneurysm, Billboard magazine reported. Billboard and other media outlets had initially reported Ramone's age as 72, but later confirmed he was 79.

Versatile music producer Phil Ramone dies at 79 - report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Phil Ramone, a versatile music producer who won 14 Grammy Awards and worked with a glittering roster of stars like Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and Paul Simon, died in Manhattan on Saturday, the New York Times reported. He was 79. Ramone's son, Matthew, confirmed the death to the newspaper but did not release a cause. Born in South Africa, Ramone was raised in Brooklyn, New York. In the late 1950s he co-founded an independent studio called A&R Recording in New York.

Iconic music producer Phil Ramone dies at 72

Phil Ramone, the legendary US music producer behind hits by Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, died Saturday, a trade publication said. He was 72. Ramone -- a 14-time Grammy winner once dubbed the "Pope of Pop" -- died in New York after being hospitalized for weeks with an aortic aneurysm, Billboard magazine reported. The South African native spent most of his career in New York City, first as a songwriter and engineer and then co-launching A&R Recording studios in 1958.
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