Iconic music producer Phil Ramone dies at 72
NEW YORK (AFP) - Phil Ramone, the legendary United States music producer behind hits by Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, died Saturday, a trade publication said. He was 72.
Ramone - a 14-time Grammy winner once dubbed the "Pope of Pop" - died in New York after being hospitalised for weeks with an aortic aneurysm, Billboard magazine reported.
The South African native spent most of his career in New York City, first as a songwriter and engineer and then co-launching A&R Recording studios in 1958.
Throughout his career, he worked with artists running the gamut of musical genres, from country star Keith Urban to hip hop's Queen Latifah, rock icon Bono and R&B legend Aretha Franklin.