Studio guitarist, Hugh McCracken and producer/engineer, Phil Ramone, were two legends who often worked together to create wonderful and amazing music. The only reason I even know who they are is because so many of my favorite albums were made in part because of them. Many of these albums are internationally recognized as some of the best albums of all time. On March 29th and March 30th, McCracken and Ramone both passed away. They can never be replaced.
I'm not sure I would have ever created a blog like this without guys like Hugh McCracken and Phil Ramone. Part of what I'm trying to do on www.jamiedoesmusic.com is acknowledge some of the amazing things that happen behind the scenes in music and the people who are responsible for them. Make no mistake, Hugh and Phil were some of the most prominent figures in music. On a personal level, I'm sure my familiarity with these pioneers assisted me in making my first inroads as a music business professional. Specifically, I think Phil Ramone is listed as someone I admire in one of the first cover letters I sent out.
Here are some albums in which both McCracken and Ramone appear together.
The Stranger by Billy Joel
Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon
Other albums that feature Hugh McCracken's guitar playing include:
Ram by Paul McCartney
Gaucho by Steely Dan
The Diary of Alicia Keys
Other albums that were recorded, produced or engineered by Phil Ramone include:
Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto
There Goes Rhymin' Simon by Paul Simon
Welcome To My Nightmare by Alice Cooper
Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan