Record producer and recording engineer Phil Ramone has died of an aortic aneurysm he sustained last month. He was 72.
Born in South Africa, he was a child prodigy who came to America to study violin at Julliard in the late 1940s. But in the early 1960s Ramone found success behind the controls in the recording studio.
Take a look at a sample of songs he helped to bring into the world:
Leslie Gore - "It's My Party"
Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto - "The Girl From Ipanema"
Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Peter, Paul & Mary - "Leaving on a Jet Plane"
Dionne Warwick - "Do You Know The Way to San Jose?"
Nilsson - "Everybody's Talkin'"
B.J. Thomas - "Raindrops Keeping Fallin' On My Head"
Albert Hammond - "It Never Rains in Southern California"
Phoebe Snow - "Poetry Man"
Michael Sembello - "Maniac"
Julian Lennon - "Valotte"
That's an album worth of gold right there.
Then also consider some of the albums Ramone produced or engineered:
Gordon Lightfoot Sit Down Young Stranger (retitled If You Could Read My Mind)
The Band The Band, Rock of Ages
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years
Billy Joel The Stranger, 52nd Street (the latter album was the first release on CD in 1982)
Frank Sinatra Duets & Duets II
Tony Bennett Duets & Duets II
Ray Charles Genius & Friends
Ramone won 14 Grammys as well as a Grammy for lifetime achievement. As Ronald Reagan would say, "Not bad, not bad at all."