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The Hitmaker

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Lesley Gore, ”It’s My Party” (1963)

Ramone transitioned from jazz to pop with this classic teen anthem.

Dusty Springfield, ”The Look of Love” (1967)
A low-key lounge vibe penned by frequent collaborator Burt Bacharach.

Harry Nilsson, ”Everybody’s Talkin”’ (1969)
The country-kissed gem (featured in the seminal drama Midnight Cowboy) showed off Ramone’s skill at weaving music into films.

Paul Simon, ”Kodachrome” (1973)
Simon became a regular client after Ramone engineered this bright, bouncy construction for There Goes Rhymin’ Simon.

Barbra Streisand, ”Evergreen” (1977)
Yet another of his great soundtrack tunes, this one for A Star Is Born.

Billy Joel, ”Only the Good Die Young” (1977)
A breakthrough for Ramone, who became Joel’s go-to producer.

Michael Sembello, ”Maniac” (1983)
Ramone supervised the music for Flashdance, including this No. 1 hit.

Madonna, ”Crazy for You” (1985)
His team-up with the Material Girl gave him another chart-topper.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, ”The Lady Is a Tramp” (2011)
Bennett and Ramone worked together for decades, and this duet connected past and future.