Record Producer Phil Ramone Dies, Former Westchester Resident

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Phil Ramone, a record producer who won 14 competitive Grammy Awards and one for lifetime achievement, died Saturday. He lived in Wilton.
Phil Ramone, a record producer who won 14 competitive Grammy Awards and one for lifetime achievement, died Saturday. He lived in Wilton. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

WILTON, Conn. -- Phil Ramone, a Grammy-winning producer, arranger and musical innovator who lived in Wilton, died Saturday at the age of 79, The Associated Press reported.

Ramone previously lived in Bedford, N.Y., and had an office there. 

He won 14 competitive Grammy Awards and one for lifetime achievement. Some of the musicians who worked with Ramone, according to The AP, were: 

  • Tony Bennett: albums in 2005 “The Art of Romance,” in 2006 “Duets: An American Classic,” in 2011 “Duets II.”
  • Ray Charles: his final album, 2004’s “Genius Loves Company.”
  • Chicago: the 1978 album “Hot Streets.”
  • Bob Dylan: the 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.”
  • Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: the 1964 album “Getz/Gilberto.”
  • Billy Joel: his 1977 breakthrough album “The Stranger” and six later albums, including “Just the Way You Are.”
  • Quincy Jones: on the 1969 album “Smackwater Jack.”
  • New Canaan's Paul Simon: the 1975 album “Still Crazy After All These Years.”
  • Frank Sinatra: the 1993 album “Duets,” in which singers performed simultaneously from separate studios in a Ramone innovation.
  • Barbra Streisand: the 1967 live album “A Happening in Central Park,” and the 1976 song “Evergreen” (Love Theme from “A Star Is Born”).

Ramone, a native of South Africa, had elective surgery on Feb. 27 to prevent an aortic aneurysm, his son said. He later developed pneumonia and died Saturday morning at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Read more about Phil Ramone at the Newsday website

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