Very sad news yesterday that the legendary and one and only Phil Ramone passed away. Phil had an aortic aneurysm last month and I know many of you had joined me in hoping and praying that he'd recover.
14 time Grammy winner!! 3 of those were for album of the year!! Impressive stuff to say the least! The look at the titans he'd worked with all of whom were the better for having worked with him! It's like a Who's Who! Amd pretty diverse too! Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Dylan, Paul McCartney.
Phil had great success with Billy Joel who commented "I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band". "The music world lost a giant today.So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him. I have lost a dear friend and my greatest mentor".
Phil's classic touch is all over Billy's The Stranger and 52nd Street. Glass Houses too. And though he was born in South Africa he was raised in Brooklyn so he was one of us!!!
I am going to go back and re read his autobiography from 2007 "Making Records: The Scenes Behind The Music"
So next time you've got a cold one in hand, raise your eyes to the sky and toast one of the greats who'll be sorely missed!