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Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music

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Ramone won his second Album of the Year Grammy for producing Billy Joel’s follow-up to his breakthrough ‘The Stranger’ (see No. 2 on our list of the Top 10 Phil Ramone Rock Albums). And both men took some chances here, moving out of their comfort zones for a luscious-sounding record that zigzags between pop, jazz, soul and rock.

That Phil Ramone was a musical force in the recording studio is undeniable, and the evidence lies in the range of his accomplishments. For example, within one three-year period in the early 1960s, Ramone mixed Lesley Gore's smash hit "It's My Party," recorded Marilyn Monroe seducing President John F. Kennedy in song on his birthday and engineered essential double-quartet recordings by jazz innovators Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy.

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NEW YORK — Phil Ramone, the Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger, and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel, and Paul ­Simon, has died at 79, his family said Saturday.