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Phil Ramone

Phil Ramone's Biography

Phil Ramone is one of the most respected and prolific music producers in the recording industry. With nine Grammy Awards and an Emmy to his credit, Ramone's musical acumen and his use of audio technology are unmatched among his peers. Acknowledged as one of the top creative producers, Ramone has also played an integral role in pioneering many of the technological developments in the music industry over the years.

Technical innovation is a hallmark of the Ramone approach to music. He ardently supported the use of the compact disc. Appropriately, the first CD ever pressed, Billy Joel's 52nd Street, was a Phil Ramone production as was the first crossover DVD release, Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story. His use of a fiber optics system (EDNet) to record tracks in "real time" from different locations for Frank Sinatra's Duets I & II was a groundbreaking achievement.

Ramone's unique skills make him invaluable to the artists with whom he works. His impeccable list of credits includes collaborations with such diverse artists as: Tony Bennett, Bono, Ray Charles, Chicago, Natalie Cole, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, BB King, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Liza Minnelli, Sinead O'Connor, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Paul and Mary, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Phoebe Snow, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, and Barbara Streisand.

Recent Ramone produced releases include Rod Stewart's As Time Goes By - The Great American Songbook Volume II, a surround remix of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, Peter Cincotti's self-titled debut album and the cast recording of The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman.

In addition to music recording, Ramone is an accomplished television and special events producer. He is the creator and executive producer of the innovative television series, The Score, which brings together composers and the film directors with whom they have collaborated. Ramone was also one of the producers of The Queen's Jubilee Party at the Palace in the United Kingdom. Ramone produced the Recording Academy's MusiCares Person of the Year tributes to Bono, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti and will produce MusiCares 2004 tribute to Sting. In addition, he continues to produce The Songwriter's Hall-of-Fame Awards.

Current projects also include his work as music producer for Beyond The Sea, the Bobby Darin biopic produced, directed and starring Kevin Spacey, a second album with Peter Cincotti, duets albums for both Ray Charles and Charles Aznavour, and the surround remix of Paul Simon's Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints.

Ramone is extremely active in music and service related organizations. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), currently serves as Chairman of the Producers and Engineers Wing and is a trustee of the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation. He is also a member of the Grammy television committee's advisory group. Ramone is a champion of music programs in public schools to ensure that children have the opportunity to foster their musical talents, and serves on the boards of the National Mentoring Partnership, The National Academy of Popular Music, and The Berklee College of Music. He is also a Trustee at Large of the National Music Preservation Board of the Library of Congress and serves on the governing board of the National Music Center and Museum Foundation in Washington, DC.