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Producer Phil Ramone Hospitalized with Serious Heart Ailment

Image courtesy of PhilRamone.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of PhilRamone.com (via ABC News Radio)

Acclaimed music producer Phil Ramone currently is receiving critical care in a New York City hospital after suffering an aortic aneurysm, according to The Hollywood Reporter .

Over his long and successful career, the 72-year-old Ramone has received a total of 33 Grammy nominations and has won 14 awards, including a trophy for Producer of the Year in 1981.  Among the many well-known albums he's produced are Paul Simon 's Still Crazy After All These Years ; Billy Joel 's The Stranger , 52nd Street and Glass Houses ; Frank Sinatra 's Duets ; and Ray Charles ' Genius Loves Company .

Ramone also recorded Marilyn Monroe 's famous rendition of "Happy Birthday" that she sang to President John F. Kennedy in 1962.  In 1973, he won an Emmy Award for producing Liza Minnelli 's Liza with a Z special.

In the last few years, Phil has worked on such recordings as Simon's So Beautiful or So What , Tony Bennett 's Duets albums and Dionne Warwick 's Now .

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