NEW YORK - Phil Ramone, 79, the masterful Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger, and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel, and Paul Simon, has died, his family said Saturday.
Mr. Ramone's son, Matt Ramone, confirmed the death. The family did not immediately release details of the death, but Matt Ramone said his father was "very loving and will be missed."
Few in the recording industry enjoyed a more spectacular and diverse career. Mr. Ramone won 14 competitive Grammy Awards and one for lifetime achievement. Worldwide sales for his projects topped 100 million. He was at ease with rock, jazz, swing, and pop, working with Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, Elton John and Tony Bennett, Madonna and Lou Reed.