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4 items from 2013


Phil Ramone obituary

1 April 2013 9:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

American music producer who worked with many pop greats including Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra

Once nicknamed "The Pope of Pop", Phil Ramone, who has died aged 79, worked as a sound engineer and producer with an unparalleled list of popular musicians including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Ray Charles and Barbra Streisand. In 1993, he produced Frank Sinatra's comeback album Duets, which paired the crooner with a host of stars such as Aretha Franklin, Bono and Tony Bennett. Its success prompted a follow-up, Duets II, which was Sinatra's final studio album. Ramone used the celebrity guests concept again for Charles's album Genius Loves Company (2004) and duets albums for Bennett.

Ramone won 14 Grammys during his career and was in demand for television, film and stage projects. He collaborated with Streisand on soundtracks for A Star Is Born and Yentl, worked on stage productions of Chicago, The Wiz and »

- Adam Sweeting

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Phil Ramone obituary

1 April 2013 9:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

American music producer who worked with many pop greats including Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra

Once nicknamed "The Pope of Pop", Phil Ramone, who has died aged 79, worked as a sound engineer and producer with an unparalleled list of popular musicians including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Ray Charles and Barbra Streisand. In 1993, he produced Frank Sinatra's comeback album Duets, which paired the crooner with a host of stars such as Aretha Franklin, Bono and Tony Bennett. Its success prompted a follow-up, Duets II, which was Sinatra's final studio album. Ramone used the celebrity guests concept again for Charles's album Genius Loves Company (2004) and duets albums for Bennett.

Ramone won 14 Grammys during his career and was in demand for television, film and stage projects. He collaborated with Streisand on soundtracks for A Star Is Born and Yentl, worked on stage productions of Chicago, The Wiz and »

- Adam Sweeting

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Pasadena Playhouse’s Mystery Donors Revealed

24 January 2013 11:24 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Two years ago, the future of the Pasadena Playhouse was very much in doubt. Weighed down by $2.3 million in debt, the 686-seat Los Angeles-area theater was forced to close briefly in February 2010 due to financial hardships and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a few months later.Soon after, though, the Playhouse, which was created in 1917, received an anonymous $1 million donation that saved the organization from ruin. The identity of this generous donor was kept secret, though, until now.Mike Stoller, half of the songwriting team Leiber & Stoller, and his wife, Corky Hale Stoller, made the donation that allowed the Playhouse to escape bankruptcy, the theater announced Jan. 23. The couple joined the Playhouse’s board in 2010 after their donation was made.“Although I had met with [Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director] Sheldon Epps on professional matters several years ago, it was only through reading that this wonderful theater was to close after 93 years that we decided »

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Pasadena Playhouse Unveils Mystery $1M Donors: Mike Stoller and Wife

24 January 2013 7:09 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Pasadena Playhouse announced Wednesday that Mike Stoller, half of the songwriting team Leiber & Stoller, and his wife, Corky Hale Stoller, were the anonymous donors whose $1 million gift in 2010 helped the theater emerge from bankruptcy that summer. Stoller and his writing partner Jerry Leiber penned such hit songs as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Stand By Me" and "Yakety Yak." Leiber & Stoller's 1995 musical revue "Smokey Joe's Cafe" picked up seven Tony nominations and ran on Broadway for more than 2,000 performances before closing in 2000. The Grammy »

- Lisa Fung

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