Sunday, March 31, 2013

Music has suffered a loss

Most people don't know his name, but Phil Ramone has died. Various sources put him at 72, 79 and 82 years old -- I think 79 is correct. For those who don't know, Phil Ramone -- no relation to The Ramones -- helped shape pop music for decades. He won 14 Grammys, not including the lifetime achievement Grammy he also won. He produced albums for Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Lou Reed, Elton John and Paul McCartney, among others.

Three of the albumns he produced won Grammys for album of the year, Billy Joel's "52nd Street," Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years," and Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company." He also worked on classics like The Band's "The Band" and Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks." Despite all that, he is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which tells you everything you need to know about that organization.

So, for your listening pleasure, here's something Phil Ramone produced:

And here's something he didn't, but should have:

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