Remembering Phil Ramone
Today we celebrate the life of record producer, recording engineer, and occasional violinist Phil Ramone, who was born on this date in 1941.
Although Ramone was born in South Africa, he was raised in Brooklyn, which presumably is how he came to possess the New York state of mind that served him so well when he was in the studio with Billy Joel. While it’s arguably his work with Joel that made him a household name to a generation, Ramone was consistently a very busy boy throughout his career, starting with the co-founding of A&R Recording Studio in 1959. (He was the “R,” of course, and the “A” was his partner Jack Arnold.)
The list of artists Ramone worked with over the years is not a short one, but it includes such notable names as Burt Bacharach, The Band, Frank Sinatra and Bono, Laura Branigan, Chicago, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Sheena Easton, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Julian Lennon, Shelby Lynne, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Richard Marx, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion… Look, seriously, it just goes on and on, so just take our word for it: Ramone was not afraid to work.
To celebrate his life and career, we’ve compiled a 20-song playlist of tracks from the Rhino catalog which feature production by Ramone. Give it a spin, revel in the wonderful work done by this studio legend, and remember him fondly.