Musicians React to the Death of Phil Ramone on Twitter
The death of producer Phil Ramone today (March 30) has shaken the music industry. As the news of his loss broke, many musicians rushed to Twitter to express their thoughts on him.
As befits someone who was in the business for more than 50 years — and worked with nearly every big name imaginable — tributes came from all across the musical spectrum. They range from rock to country to indie to R&B, as well as from his fellow producers. Below is just a sample of those who were touched by his work and life.
Tony Bennett, who had four of his albums in the last decade produced by Ramone, needed more than 140 characters to talk about Ramone. He posted the following message on his Facebook page:
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.
His legacy will live on with us and the world always -R.I.P. Phil Ramoneusatoday.com/story/life/mus…
— Chicago, the band (@chicagotheband) March 30, 2013
RIP to old friend and legend Phil Ramone. One of a kind. It was an honor to have worked with him..
— Steve Lukather (@stevelukather) March 30, 2013
RIP to the spirit & memory of the GREAT producer & music innovator Phil Ramone-bit.ly/XsYBD5 He was a TRUE BELIEVER in MUSIC POWER.
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) March 30, 2013
RIP Phil Ramone.
— BJ Thomas (@TheBJThomas) March 30, 2013
RIP Mr Ramone. You have left us much to remember you by.
— Ken Scott (@KScottProducer) March 30, 2013
Please visit facebook.com/tonybennett for the official statement on the passing of Phil Ramone.
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) March 30, 2013
Rest in peace, Phil Ramone. A sweet, sweet man, with an amazing music history. All of us who had the honor of… fb.me/wUr7nK0q
— Trisha Yearwood (@TYcom) March 30, 2013
RIP Phil Ramone. Legendary producer. I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work with him.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 30, 2013
Sad to hear Phil Ramone has died p4k.in/13GzUqwHe produced our version of Only Living Boy in New York
— Tracey Thorn (@tracey_thorn) March 30, 2013
I learnt more from Phil Ramone in 4 hrs than many producers have taught me in a lifetime. A king of sonic dimension & simplicity. Big loss.
— Ben Watt (@ben_watt) March 30, 2013
Phil Ramone represents an idea and an ideal to me: the guy you want around simply because he’s profoundly musical and has high standards.
— Beauty Pill (@beautypill) March 30, 2013
So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of my producer and constant ally, Phil Ramone. He believed in me from the… fb.me/Hz9Wqo1A
— Anna Rose (@AnnaRoseMusic) March 30, 2013
I’m filled with sadness at the news of Phil Ramone’s passing. He was a great friend and made music the right way.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 30, 2013