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Phil Ramone
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Phil Ramone

Phil Ramone is a violinist, composer and innovative record producer.

Ramone was a musical child prodigy, beginning to play the violin at age 3 and perfoming for the Queen Elizabeth II at age 10. He was a student of the Juilliard School of Music, training as a classical violinist.

In 1961 he established an independent recording studio, A&R Recording;. There he quickly gained a reputation as a sound engineer and music producer, in particular for his use of innovative technology. Among those whose music he as produced are Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, BB King, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Sinéad O'Connor, Luciano Pavarotti, Andre Previn, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, and James Taylor. He is also credited with recording Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy.

Among the technical innovations he introduced at A&R are four-track recorders, optical surround sound for movies, and digital recording techniques. His studio was the first to release music commercially on compact disc.

Ramone is the winner of an Emmy award and has been awarded honorary degrees by the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Five Towns College, New York. He has also won nine Grammy awards:

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