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Legendary Music Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 79 YORK) -- Acclaimed music producer Phil Ramone has died, about a month after being hospitalized with an aortic aneurysm.  

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ramone died Saturday morning at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 79-years-old.

Over his long and successful career, Ramone received a total of 33 Grammy nominations and 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; Paul & Linda McCartney's Ram; Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks 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 had worked on such recordings as Simon's So Beautiful or So What, Tony Bennett's Duets albums and Dionne Warwick's Now.

In 2010, Ramone was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. At the event, Billy Joel talked about what made Ramone such a great producer. "He knows his stuff. He knows music. He's worked in so many genres," explained Joel. "He loves music himself. He's a fan of music. He's just a good human being and he keeps you interested. He keeps you in the studio when sometimes you're ready to give up."

In an interview with Music Radar in November, Ramone explained his approach to producing, saying, "You have to be able to run as fast as the artist, capture the magic early on. After a few takes, people start intellectualizing what they’re doing, and it loses something. What’s special happens right away -- so you have to be ready for it.”

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Paul Simon Announces North American Tour Dates

Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Paul Simon is hitting the road in support of his new album So Beautiful or So What, which is coming out April 12.  The disc, Simon's first new record in five years, has been called "his best since Graceland" by Rolling Stone magazine.

The tour kicks off April 15 in Seattle, Washington, and is right now scheduled to wrap up June 1 in Boston.  Simon will give fans a hint of what to expect from the tour when he performs for two consecutive evenings on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 6 and 7.

Here are Paul Simon's tour dates:

4/15 -- Seattle, WA, WAMU Theater   
4/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre   
4/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre   
4/25 -- San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall   
4/26 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre   
5/2 --  Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium   
5/6 --  Toronto, ON, Massey Hall   
5/10 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre   
5/11 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre   
5/17 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre   
5/19 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium   
5/22 -- Gulf Shores, AL, Hangout Festival   
5/25 -- Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall   
5/28 -- Atlantic City, NJ, The Borgata   
5/29 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theatre @ Foxwoods   
6/1 --  Boston, MA, Wang Theatre

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Inductors Announced for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rolling Stone reports that Elton John, Paul Simon and Neil Young are among the big names who'll be serving as inductors at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, scheduled to take place March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.  Elton will induct his hero and collaborator, Leon Russell, into the sideman category.  Young will induct his longtime friend Tom Waits, while Paul Simon will do the honors for Neil Diamond.  Before finding fame as artists in their own right, both Simon and Diamond worked as professional songwriters at New York's famous Brill Building.

In addition, Grammy-winning R&B star John Legend will induct New Orleans piano legend Dr. John, while Rob Zombie will induct his hero and tour partner Alice Cooper.  Bette Midler will do the honors for Darlene Love, one of her idols.

In the non-performers category, Doors keyboard player John Densmore will induct Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, the Doors' label, and R&B legend Lloyd Price will induct Art Rupe, who founded Specialty Records and discovered Price.  The ceremony will be telecast on Fuse.

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