Phil Ramone: As Remembered By Family and Friends

May 1, 2013 9:00 AM

As Remembered By Family and Friends


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Zoe Thrall

Zoe Thrall
Back in the early 1990s when I first started managing Power Station studios, Phil was producing a record in Studio A. Of course industry folks knew he made many records at Power Station and even young artists who studied his records were aware of it. One day I received a call from a young, local, unknown artist that knew Phil worked at the studio and he asked if Phil could produce his song. I assumed that no one of Phil’s stature would even consider listening to and ultimately producing something like this. I listened to the song and it wasn’t very good – even more reason (I thought) Phil would not give it the time of day.

For some reason one day I mentioned it to Phil. I told him that I didn’t think it was worthy of his time. He told me that any musical artistic expression has meaning to the person who created it. Ultimately he did not produce it, but he did take the time to listen to the song and give the artist some constructive criticism. That generous act stuck with me. Ever since then, any time a young artist asks for my opinion I try to give it – remembering each time that that’s what Phil would have done.

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Joe Chiccarelli

Joe Chiccarelli
I was raised on the albums Phil produced: Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Bob Dylan. He was my introduction to High Fidelity recordings. Those albums have been a benchmark for me for decades.

Phil became a friend and mentor. I was lucky to have spent many hours working with him during the Grammy Broadcasts. His dedication to excellence in audio and more importantly the way he respected and treated artists was a important lesson to me. No one could be more of a diplomat in the toughest of artistic situations. His influence on my career has been deep and long-lasting. He is deeply missed.

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Rose Mann Cherney

Rose Mann
I have known Phil for over 30 years He has shared so much. Made me laugh, always caring and kind. With all his success ..Phil always made time for old and new friends. He was eager to share his knowledge and experience. He touched many...It's hard to believe that I'm never going to see him again or hear his silky voice..

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