Legendary Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies At 72

Phil Ramone-whose visionary work with the music industry stretches back over 50 years-died on Saturday morning at the age of 72.

Ramone's career as a 14-time Grammy Award-winning music producer and engineer started when he emigrated from South Africa to study music at The Julliard School and opened his own recording studio at 20.

He went on to a prolific sound engineer career from the mid-1960's on, working on classic albums with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, The Band, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Kenny Loggins, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, and Tony Bennett.

Ramone also broke ground in using fiber optics to record from different studios.

Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy, said of Ramone: "Everyone who encountered Phil came away a better person for it, professionally or personally."

He is survived by his wife Karen and three sons.

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