Phil Ramone was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2008-2009 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of the recording industry’s most respected, creative, and prolific music producers. With 33 Grammy nominations, 14 Grammy Awards (including a Technical Grammy for his lifetime of innovative contributions to the recording industry), an Emmy, and numerous honors and accolades, Ramone’s musical acumen and his use of audio technology are unmatched among his peers. Ramone pioneered many technological developments in the music industry. The first CD ever pressed, Billy Joel’s 52nd Street, was a Phil Ramone production as was the first pop DVD release, Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story. His use of a fiber optics system (EDNet) to record tracks in “real time” from different locations for Frank Sinatra’s Duets I & II was a groundbreaking achievement.
In 2005, Ramone was a recipient of the first Grammy given for Best Surround Sound Album, Ray Charles Genius Loves Company. Long recognized for the diversity of his work, Ramone has collaborated and/or recorded with dozens of top artists, including Burt Bacharach, Bono, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, BB King, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Phoebe Snow, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, Ruben Studdard, kd Lang, Keith Urban, Wynonna, and the Dixie Chicks, to name just a few.
Ramone’s talents extend far beyond the recording studio. From feature films to Broadway shows to television specials to mega concert events, Phil Ramone is a unique force in the world of entertainment. A sampling of his many productions include A Star is Born, Flashdance, Ghostbusters, Midnight Cowboy, Passion, Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards, VH1/BBC Queens Jubilee Party at the Palace, and The Muppets at Walt
The recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Berklee College of Music, Skidmore College, and Five Towns College, Ramone is the chairman emeritus of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)’s board of trustees and a former trustee of the MusiCares Foundation. He is a trustee of the National Academy of Popular Music, and a founding member of META (The Music & Engineering Technology Alliance).