Producer Phil Ramone has passed away at the age of 79. Ramone had been hospitalized in New York since late February with an aortic aneurysm, according to Billboard . With 50 years in the business, Ramone worked with Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles, to mention just a few. Nicknamed “Pope of Pop, “ Ramone won a total of 14 Grammy Awards.
One of Phil Ramone's pioneering achievements was using a fiber optics system which allowed artists to record a song from different studios. Ramone employed this technique when recording Frank Sinatra's Duets and Duets II albums.
Many artists have shared their condolences upon hearing of Phil Ramone's passing. Rolling Stone quote Elton John describing Ramone as: “a friend, a musical genius and the most lovable person. It was a thrill for me to have worked with Phil, and I have so many wonderful memories.”