Phil Ramone is one of the most respected and prolific music producers in the recording industry. With 34 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 to his credit, Ramone is often described as one of the world's top creative producers. He has played an integral role in pioneering many of the technological developments in the music industry over the years, some of which are documented in his book Making Records. Ramone ardently supported the use of the compact disc, digital video disc, hi-definition recording, and surround sound. Appropriately, 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 2004, Ramone was a recipient of the first Grammy given for Best Surround Sound Album, Ray Charles's Genius Loves Company.
Ramone's unique skills make him invaluable to the artists with whom he works. His impeccable list of credits includes collaborations with artists such as: Burt Bacharach; Bono; Ray Charles; Chicago; Natalie Cole; Bob Dylan; Gloria Estefan; Renee Fleming; Aretha Franklin; Etta James; Quincy Jones; B.B. King; John Legend; Madonna; Paul McCartney; Liza Minnelli; Sinead O'Connor; Luciano Pavarotti; Peter, Paul & Mary; Andre Previn; Carly Simon; Paul Simon; Frank Sinatra; Rod Stewart; Sting; and Stevie Wonder. Ramone has long been recognized for the diversity of his work, as evidenced by his recordings with artists ranging from Michael Bublé, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Gladys Knight, Juanes, Chaka Khan, Dave Koz, k.d. lang, Queen Latifah, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Keith Urban, Wynonna, and Nancy Wilson.
A passionate fan of all forms of entertainment, Ramone has numerous concert, film, Broadway, and television productions to his credit, including A Star Is Born, August Rush, Beyond the Sea, Flashdance, Ghostbusters, The Good Thief, Midnight Cowboy, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Passion, The Score, Seussical, Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park, Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards, and VH1/BBC Queen's Jubilee Party at the Palace.
Ramone is also extremely active in music- and service-related organizations. He is the chairman emeritus of the board of Trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and a cochairman of the Producers and Engineers Wing, and is a former trustee of the MusiCares Foundation, having produced their annual pre-Grammy tribute (honorees include Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Sting, Bono, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Elton John, and Luciano Pavarotti). Ramone is a champion of music educational programs and serves on the board of the National Mentoring Partnership. He is a trustee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a member of the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. He is a also a founding member of META (Music and Engineering Technology Alliance), an elite group of producers and engineers facilitating the establishment of high-quality music recording and delivery by uniting audio professionals, consumer electronics manufacturers, music enthusiasts, and technology providers.