Billy Joel And Paul Simon Perform At Phil Ramone Memorial In NYC
Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, and Quincy Jones were among the musical heavyweights attending Saturday's (May 11th) memorial for legendary producer Phil Ramone in New York City. Billboard reported that intermingled with their eulogies, Simon sang "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" and "Slip Slidin' Away," with Tony Bennett tackling "Fly Me To The Moon."
Billy Joel told the crowd, "Working with Ramone completely changed my life. I am not just talking about fame and fortune, but also about joy and enrichment." Prior to performing "Where's The Orchestra?," Billy went on to talk about his work with Ramone on the experimental 1982 set, The Nylon Curtain: "Phil turned the studio into an instrument" and added that Ramone told him towards the end of the sessions: "This album needs an epilogue . . .which has been running through my head ever since Phil passed away."
Among the others paying their respect to Ramone at Salvation Army's Centennial Memorial Temple were Paul Williams, producer Jack Douglas, Paul Shaffer, Seymour Stein, actor Kevin Spacey -- along with Shelby Lynne, Glee star Matthew Morrison, and Josh Groban, who also sang at the tribute.
The memorial opened with the Salvation Army's Phil Ramone Orchestra For Children performing "When The Saints Come Marching In."
Phil Ramone died of a brain aneurysm on March 30th at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan at age 79. The producer was first hospitalized in late February for an aortic aneurysm, in which the aorta swells to 1.5 times its normal size, and runs the risk of fatally rupturing.
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