Grammy-Winner Phil Ramone Dies At 79

NEW YORK (March 31, 2013)--Phil Ramone, the Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer whose lent his platinum touch to the recordings of such artists as Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, has died at 79.

Ramone's son, Matt Ramone, said his father died Saturday morning at a New York City hospital from complications stemming from heart surgery he had last month.

Phil Ramone was among the most honored and successful music producers in history.

He won 14 Grammys and worked with many of the top artists of his era.

He was also an innovator who helped the CD displace vinyl as the primary commercial format.

His many soundtrack credits included "Flashdance," ''Ghostbusters" and "Midnight Cowboy."

A native of South Africa, Ramone trained as a violinist at The Julliard School and became a U.S. citizen when he was 12.

By the time he was in his mid-20s, he and a partner opened his own recording studio.

Ramone lived in Wilton, Conn.

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