Tributes: Phil Ramone

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Even though you may not know Phil Ramone’s name, you probably know the music stars whose work he produced – including Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, and Barbra Streisand among them.  Phil Ramone admitted in his memoir, Making Records, “Unlike a director (who is visible, and often a celebrity in his own right), the record producer toils in anonymity.”  Billy Joel acknowledged that “I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band.  He was the guy that no one ever, ever saw onstage…  So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him.”  Phil Ramone died at the age of 79 (though it was until recently reported he was only 72.)  And you can hear Leonard’s interviews with him from November 20, 2006 and October 16, 2007.

Phil Ramone on the Leonard Lopate in 2006


Phil Ramone on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2007