EARS Chicago features Phil Ramone at May meeting at Shure Headquarters

EARS May Meeting Audience

Part of the crowd at the EARS May meeting at the Shure Theater

EARS Chicago recently honored iconic engineer, producer, and music legend Phil Ramone during the recording group’s April meeting. The event was held at the Shure Theater in Niles, Illinois on May 3, 2012 in collaboration with Columbia College. The many attendees enjoyed an evening of music, revelry, studio lore, and the presentation of the EARS Black Diamond Honorary Member Award to Ramone for his more than 50 years of contributions to the recording industry. The Award reads:

Presented to Phil Ramone
To commemorate his contribution advancing excellence
in the art of audio / media production
EARS – the Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago
Lifetime Achievement Award
“EARS Black Diamond Honorary Member”
May 3rd, 2012

Phil Ramone Award Presentation

(L/R) Blaise Barton, Phil Ramone, Eric Roth

Ramone has produced some of the biggest hit records of all time for artists such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Barbara Streisand, Dionne Warwick, and Ray Charles, to name a few. He also recently won three Grammy Awards in 2012 for producing Tony Bennett’s “Duets II”.

One of the little known facts is that Ramone was on hand to record Marilyn Monroe singing the infamous “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy. Few can lay claim to something so audacious. www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3IzpazVl-I

EARS May Meeting Group

(L/R) Panteleimon Vassilakis, Michael Freeman, Blaise Barton, Romone, David Moss and Reid Hyams

The members of EARS wish to thank Shure for hosting this event. Special thanks to Shure’s Dean Giavaras, Mike Lohman, Dave Mendez, Mark Brunner & Gino Sigismondi.

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(All photos by Rob Benetti of Rob Benetti Photography.)


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One Response to EARS Chicago features Phil Ramone at May meeting at Shure Headquarters

  1. Reid Hyams says:

    Thank you Paul Christensen and SPARS for writing this article about our recent event with Phil Ramone! It was an excellent evening and doing it in collaboration with Columbia, and being hosted by Shure was brilliant. The S.N. Shure Theater is truly a world class facility. There was no one that came to this event that is still not talking about it ~ it was really that superb! Phil Ramone with our own Blaise Barton moderating, kept us sitting on the edge of our seats begging for more. This was the very 1st “EARS BLACK DIAMOND HONORARY MEMBER” Award and it was presented to an industry icon! We’re going to do some back tracking and honor others that are so deserving and contributed to EARS in the past, with many more to come in the future. Cheers! Reid Hyams VP / EARS

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