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Passage: Phil Ramone

Arts Advocacy Award honoree Phil Ramone attends the 2008 National Arts Awards presented by Americans For The Arts at Cipriani's 42nd St. in New York Oct. 6, 2008.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini

(CBS News) Phil Ramone, the award-winning record producer and engineer behind some of music's legendary performers died Saturday in New York.

Born in South Africa, he worked with a "Who's Who" of musicians, from Ray Charles . . . to Billy Joel . . . to Paul Simon.

Ramone was a master of "duets" recordings. He paired Frank Sinatra with Bono, and Tony Bennett with Paul McCartney.

He even advised the White House on how to properly record a news conference, and was the man behind that fabled 1962 party that brought Marilyn Monroe to Madison Square Garden to sing "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy.

In all, he won 14 Grammy Awards.

Phil Ramone was 79 years old.

To watch an interview with Phil Ramone from click on the video player below.