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Streisand, Elton, Groban, Morrison, Wonder, Thomas, Estefan & More Mourn Producer Phil Ramone



Legendary music producer Phil Ramone died Saturday following hospitalization for an aortic aneurysm.  Even if you've never heard of him, chances are he produced some of your favorite songs, and some of music's biggest names have taken to Twitter, Facebook and the Net to mourn him.

Barbra Streisand, who worked with Ramone many times, posted a note on her official website saying, "I’m so saddened to learn of Phil’s passing. We first worked together in 1967 when I did a free concert in Central Park. His brilliance at capturing sound was immediately evident. Later we worked together on the film A Star Is Born where Phil was able to record me singing live, including Evergreen. In the next decade we worked on the soundtrack to Yentl and many other recordings."  

She added, "Phil had impeccable musical taste, great ears and the most gentle way of bringing out the best in all the artists he worked with. The monumental recordings he produced will endure for all time."

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."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elton John, who worked with Ramone on his Vegas show The Red Piano, called Ramone "a friend, a musical genius and the most lovable person. It was a thrill for me to have worked with Phil, and I have so many wonderful memories."

According to USA Today, Stevie Wonder said in a statement, "What a heart break to all of us who knew him and loved him. What a great man, what a kind spirit, such an incredible producer. The star of stars behind the stars. Phil will be missed always. Truly a tragic loss for us on earth but what a wonderful blessing for heaven. As I've always said, Love you Phil, God Bless."

Glee star Matthew Morrison, whose upcoming album was produced by Ramone, tweeted, "Today the music business and the world lost a music icon in Phil Ramone. I am honored that I had the opportunity to work with him on my forthcoming album, which I dedicate to him."

John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting tweeted, "I had the honor of working with Phil Ramone on [the soundtrack of the movie] August Rush. Wonderful man. Oh, and in my stack of 10 fave albums, he did most of them."

Bette Midler tweeted, "Phil Ramone, a giant in the recording world; kind beyond words. Goodbye.."

Rob Thomas wrote, "R.I.P. #PHILRAMONE we have lost one of music's greatest producers. a true pioneer and a great man." He also announced that his "Song of the Day" was Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years," one of the many hits that Ramone produced.

Gloria Estefan, who most recently worked with Ramone on Tony Bennett's 2012 album Viva Duets, wrote, "Sending prayers & good thoughts 2the loved ones of our dear friend & colleague, the unequaled,Phil Ramone. RIP, friend,we will miss u always!"

Bennett himself posted 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 in the recording studio on so many projects as he had a wonderful sense of humor 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."

Among the many, many artists Ramone worked with: Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Kenny Loggins, Phoebe Snow, Chicago, Julian Lennon,Madonna, Carly Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Bolton, George Michael, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and Ray Charles.

Photo courtesy of nypost.com

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