Legendary music producer Phil Ramone has died at 72.
Recognized for working with some of music's biggest stars including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Ray Charles, Ramone was hospitalized in February for an aortic aneurysm in New York. According to his son Matt, he passed away Saturday morning (Mar. 30) at New York Presbyterian Hospital, THR reports.
Once deemed "The Pope of Pop," Ramone had a musical career spanning 50 years in the business, spent working as a songwriter, engineer and acoustics expert before crafting some of the era's biggest albums including Billy Joel’s The Stranger (1977); Sinatra’s Duets (1993) and Charles’ final album Genius Loves Company (2004).
The 14-time Grammy winner also worked early on with the likes of Quincy Jones, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller and Burt Bacharach & Hal David.
“I served a long time as an engineer and watched many famous producers work," Ramone told Sound on Sound magazine in 2005, "and I decided on the personality that came most easily to me, which is the more relaxed; to give artists encouragement when needed.
In addition to his son Matt, Ramone is survived by wife Karen and sons BJ and Simon.