Phil Ramone To Be Presented Lifetime Achievement Award

Feb 25, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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Legendary producer Phil Ramone will be honored for his contributions to the music industry on February 28, 2002 (the night after the 44th Annual Grammy Awards), at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Known for his work with dozens of top artists, including Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Gloria Estefan, Phil Ramone will be the first recipient of the Lexicon Lifetime Achievement Award -- created to recognize and honor true innovators for their outstanding achievements in the recording industry.

By the early 1960s, Ramone had his own independent studio, A&R Recording, where he began his work with legendary jazz musicians John Coltrane and Stan Getz. Ramone engineered the popular Getz/Gilberto album, which earned him his first Grammy for Best Engineered Recording in 1964. He then went on to work with more "pop-oriented" artists such as Quincy Jones and Burt Bacharach. In 1975, he won a Grammy for Album of the Year as producer of Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years. The Billy Joel album The Stranger earned Ramone the 1977 Record of the Year Grammy for the hit single "Just the Way You Are." Today, Ramone's discography reads like a "Who's Who" of the music industry.

On the technical side, Ramone is responsible for many innovations that have changed the way music is recorded and delivered, including: first use of solid-state console for recording and mastering Solid State Records; first Dolby 4-track discrete sound with the 1976 picture A Star is Born; first use of satellite link between a Burbank, Calif., studio and Todd-AO for A Star is Born; first Dolby optical system (EDNet) to record tracks in real time from different locations for Frank Sinatra's Duets I & II; and the first use of digital live recording for Songs in the Attic, which paved the way for the widespread use of the CD in the pop music world.

Today, Ramone remains a cornerstone of the music industry and holds the position of chairman of the Producer & Engineer Wing Advisory Council with the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

The event is co-sponsored by Lexicon and the Harman Professional Group, with the reception being hosted by the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy.

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