March 30, 2013 3:23pm PT by THR Staff
Music Industry Reacts to Death of Producer Phil Ramone
Phil Ramone, the music producer and engineer who worked with numerous industry luminaries over several decades, died at age 79 on Saturday in a New York hospital.
Tony Bennett, John Legend, Josh Groban, Julian Lennon and many other industry figures paid tribute on social media to the producer behind some of the most well-known albums of his time.
"Phil Ramone was a lovely person and a very gifted musician and producer. It was a joy to have him work with me in the recording studio on so many projects as he had a wonderful sense of humor and a deep love of music," wrote Bennett in a statement posted on Facebook. "Phil had the admiration and respect from everyone in the entertainment industry and his passing is a great loss."
Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy wrote in a statement: "Our deepest condolences go out to his family, his friends, the musicians who had the benefit and privilege of working with him, and all who were inspired by his brilliant vision and work."
Other musicians weighed in on Twitter:
RIP Phil Ramone. Legendary producer. I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work with him.— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 30, 2013
Sending prayers &good thoughts 2the loved ones of our dear friend & colleague, the unequaled,Phil Ramone.RIP,friend,we will miss u always!— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) March 30, 2013
R.I.P. #PHILRAMONE we have lost one of music's greatest producers. a true pioneer and a great man.— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) March 30, 2013
Today the music business and the world lost a music icon in Phil Ramone. I am honored that I had the (cont) tl.gd/n_1rjgi8p— Matthew Morrison (@Matt_Morrison) March 30, 2013
I'm filled with sadness at the news of Phil Ramone's passing. He was a great friend and made music the right way.— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 30, 2013
RIP Phil Ramone.Brilliant generous talented man. Shaped and changed recorded music-left trail of inspired people.— benjamin folds (@BenFolds) March 30, 2013
This is really tough news today, I lost a really wonderful and sweet friend today, the legendary record producer Phil Ramone.— Mark O'Connor (@markoconnor35) March 30, 2013
Listening to Big Shot by Billy Joel in honor of Phil Ramone and also my behavior last night.— John Gallagher, Jr. (@JohnGallagherJr) March 30, 2013
Music has lost one of it's greatest stewards. RIP Phil Ramone m.hollywoodreporter.com/news/music-pro…— HANSON (@hansonmusic) March 30, 2013
Just found out legendary producer Phil Ramone passed away - cant believe it - we lost a great talent -thankfully the music will live on— Earl Klugh (@earlklugh) March 30, 2013
Oh wow....Phil Ramone. Rest In Peace— JamesPoyser (@jamespoyser) March 30, 2013
I had the honor of working with Phil Ramone on August Rush. Wonderful man. Oh, and in my stack of 10 fave albums, he did most of them. #54F— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) March 30, 2013
I'm deeply saddened to hear the news of my dear friend & First Ever Producer, Phil Ramone's Passing... My Heart,... fb.me/2a4798P6A— Julian Lennon (@JulianLennon) March 30, 2013
'my friend ,mentor and one of music Greats has passed- PHIL RAMONE a GENTLE LOVING SOUL flowing with Great Wit and Wisdom -RIP WITH LOVE— Robert Davi (@RobertJohnDavi) March 30, 2013
Phil Ramone, a giant in the recording world; kind beyond words.Goodbye..— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 30, 2013
Phil Ramone made my holiday album process a wonderful experience.Heaven's angels r singing 2nite w/incredible production! RIP my friend!— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) March 31, 2013