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12:27 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies At 72

Phil Ramone in New York in 1997.
Ken Weingart Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 4:17 pm

Music producer Phil Ramone, who worked with top artists to create some of the most unforgettable music of our era, has died. He was 79.

Once dubbed "The Pope of Pop," Ramone was hospitalized in late February with an aortic aneurysm, Billboard reports. His son, Matt, confirmed the music producer's death Saturday morning.

Ramone was one of the most prolific music producers of his time, as NPR's Sami Yenigun says:

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The Record
10:55 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Remembering Paul Williams, Founder Of Rock Magazine 'Crawdaddy!'

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 11:16 am

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Favorite Sessions
5:52 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Pharis And Jason Romero: Appalachia From British Columbia

Pharis (left) and Jason Romero perform "Long Gone Out West Blues" for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:05 am

Pharis and Jason Romero live in a tiny town called Horsefly. This might sound like some relic of the old west, preserved through Hollywood movies and antiquated lore, but it's a real live town in British Columbia. And the music they make – though it, too, sounds like it's been pulled from long ago and far away – is a product of their authentic creative spirit.

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Music News
5:11 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Jace Clayton Revives A Forgotten Voice From New York's Vanguard

Musician Jace Clayton, who also performs under the name DJ /rupture, says he fell in love with the work of little-known composer Julius Eastman.
Rocio Rodriguez Salceda Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 5:37 pm

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Music Interviews
5:11 am
Sat March 30, 2013

In South Africa, A Reggae Legacy Lives On

Nkulee Dube's debut album is titled My Way.
Robert Tlapu Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 11:33 am

It's Thursday night in downtown Johannesburg and some 500 people are packed into Bassline, a warehouse-like club in a hipster-friendly neighborhood. They're here for South Africa's longest-running sound system, or crew of reggae DJs. But tonight they get something extra: a young woman sporting dreadlocks and an army cap gets on the mic to freestyle.

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