Fourteen time Grammy winning record producer Phil Ramone passed away in New York today, March 30th, 2013. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed. Ramone was 72 years old (though I have seen two sources cite his age as 79, not sure where that is coming from as his year of birth is given as 1941). A brief list of artists Ramone worked with includes Burt Bacharach, Bono, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. CNN has more information and celebrity remembrances in a nice obit at This Link. RIP, Phil!
Black Oak Arkansas vocalist and charismatic frontman, James “Jim Dandy” Mangrum was born on this day, March 30th, in 1948! Surely it is no secret to anyone who saw BOA in their prime back in the ’70s that David Lee Roth used Mangrum as the boilerplate for his own crotch-grabbing, libidinous fronting of Van Halen. Go Jim Dandy, Go!