Phil Ramone Bio, Music, Wife, Death, And Net Worth

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Photo of Phil Ramone

Phil Ramone was a native of South Africa. American recording engineer, record producer, violinist, Berklee Board of Trustees, and composer. He was born Philip Rabinowitz, on January 5, 1934, and died on March 30, 2013. Phil and Jack Arnold were co-founders of the recording studio, A&R Recording Inc. in New York in 1958.


Photo of Phil Ramone
Photo of Phil Ramone

A&R Recording became popular and it expanded into several studios. Eventually to a record production company.

Phil Ramone Biography

Ramone was born on 5 January 1934, Union of South Africa but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Ramone was a musical sensation. He started playing the violin at the of age three. Performing for Princess Elizabeth at the age of ten. In the late 1940s, he enrolled as a classical violinist at the Juilliard School. Phil Woods was one of his classmates. Ramone opened his first recording studio before he turned 20 years old. On December 14, 1953, he became a citizen of the United States.

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Phil Ramone Career

Ramone grew up in Brooklyn and enrolled in violin classes at the age of three. Although studying the violin, he became fascinated with jazz and popular music. Ramone began his career in New York City as a songwriter at the Brill Building.
He was employed as an engineer at JAC Recording studio. In 1958 he founded A&R Recording. Where he has produced the albums of many great artists in the music industry. Favorites Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand.
Ramone was a strong advocate for new technologies, producing the first commercial album to be released on CD. Joel’s Grammy Award-wine 52nd Street (1982). He introduced the use of a fiber-optic cable to connect artists remotely. (Phil has linked Los Angeles’ Sinatra studio with other artists around the world to produce a 1993 album Duets).
He also produced film, television, and theater music. Ramone won an Emmy Award for the specialist TV show Duke Ellington, We Love You Madly (1973). In addition, he was a White House adviser on music events and loans. He was instrumental in recording the 1962 edition of Marilyn Monroe’s famous rendition of “Happy Birthday” by Pres. John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, New York City. Ramone’s Memory, Making Records: Background Music Scenes (by Charles L. Granata), was published in 2007.

Phil Ramone wife

Ramone had one son and Karen Ichiuji-Ramone married him. Ramone had two sons in a previous marriage.

Phil Ramone Cause of Death

Phil Ramone was admitted in late February 2013. With an aortic aneurysm and died of complications from surgery related to the aortic aneurysm. On March 30, 2013, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan at the age of 79.

Phil Ramone Awards and Nominations

Ramone was nominated for 32 Grammy Awards. He has won 14 including the Technical Grammy Award in 2005 for a lifetime of new contributions to the recording industry.

  • 1965 – Best Engineered Recording (non-classical), for Getz/Gilberto
  • 1970 – Best Musical Show Album for producing Promises, Promises
  • 1976 – Album of the Year for producing Still Crazy After All These Years
  • 1979 – Record of the Year for producing “Just the Way You Are”
  • 1980 – Album of the Year for producing 52nd Street
  • 1981 – Producer of the Year (non-classical)
  • 1984 – Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special, for Flashdance
  • 1995 – Best Musical Show Album for producing Passion
  • 2003 – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, for producing “Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues”
  • 2005 – Album of the Year and Best Surround Sound Album for producing Genius Loves Company
  • 2006 – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for producing The Art of Romance
  • 2007 – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for producing Duets: An American Classic
  • 2012 – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for producing Duets II
Other awards
  • Ramone also won an Emmy Award in 1973 as a sound mixer for “Duke Ellington…We Love You Madly”, a tribute to Duke Ellington broadcast on 
  • 1997 – American Eagle Award, National Music Council
  • Ramone was awarded a Fellowship by the Audio Engineering Society in 2007.

Phil Ramone Net worth ; $ 14 Million

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