Phil Ramone Dies; Music Producer Was 79

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Phil Ramone, the famed record producer who worked with a who's who of music industry legends, has died from complications of pneumonia. He was 79.

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Ramone, who shepherded some of the greats - Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand - throughout their careers, began as a sound engineer.

Soon, he made the move to producing, and the music world was never the same.

Over a 50-year career, Ramone won 14 Grammy Awards and one lifetime achievement Grammy while supervising production on a slew of legendary albums.

In his later years, Ramone continued to churn out great work, pairing Frank Sinatra with U2's Bono for their classic 1993 duet of "I've Got You Under My Skin."

He also produced Ray Charles' posthumous Grammy-winning album, as well as collaborating with the likes of Tony Bennett, George Michael and Lady Gaga.

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R.I.P.

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