All Quiet Now: Phil Ramone

Music stars have paid tribute to US producer and compact disc pioneer Phil Ramone, who has died at the age of 79. Singer Tony Bennett said on Facebook: “Phil Ramone was a lovely person and a very gifted musician and producer… it was a joy to have him work with me.” He won 14 Grammy awards and worked with stars such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Paul McCartney. Ramone had been in hospital for several weeks, where he was being treated for an aortic aneurysm. Confirming his death, his son Matt Ramone said he was “very loving and will be missed”. Phil Ramone’s last Grammy came in 2012, when he won best traditional pop vocal album for producing Bennett’s album Duets II. “He had a wonderful sense of humour and a deep love of music. Phil had the admiration and respect from everyone in the entertainment industry and his passing is a great loss,” Bennett added in his statement. Gloria Estefan tweeted: “Sending prayers & good thoughts 2 the loved ones of our dear friend & colleague, the unequalled Phil Ramone. RIP friend, we will miss u always!” Singer-songwriter Josh Groban tweeted: “I’m filled with sadness at the news of Phil Ramone’s passing. He was a great friend and made music the right way.” Julian Lennon also took to Twitter, saying he was “deeply saddened to...

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