In the past week, two important music people passed away: Paul Williams and Phil Ramone. Brian was connected with both, befriending Paul Williams as a teenager and later as a subject of one of Paul's books – and working with Phil Ramone on a handful of projects over his career.


Paul Williams, 64, founder of Crawdaddy and the writer of many books, including "How Deep Is The Ocean: The Story of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys." This book included many articles, reviews and essays from 1967 to the 1990s. Paul was not only a talented writer and critic, but a huge fan of Brian's. Following is Brian's statement about Paul Williams:

"Paul Williams was just a kid when he came to my house when I was making SMiLE. We talked a lot and I played him acetates of my new music. He really dug it and I'll always remember that. He started Crawdaddy and wrote a lot of great books. Paul died this week and I want to say I'm sorry to his family for their loss." 

– Love and Mercy, Brian

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Phil Ramone, 79. prolific record producer and engineer, worked with some of the biggest music stars of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Brian and so many other great artists. Following is Brian's statement about Phil Ramone:


"Over the course of my career, Phil Ramone and I crossed paths many times. A few years ago, Phil produced the GRAMMY MusicCares "Person of the Year" tribute to me and I was blown away by all the work he did and the great artists he put together to sing my songs that night.

Phil was a great guy with a big heart and he produced some of my very favorite records. One of the highlights of my career was when I asked Phil to produce two tracks for the "What Love Can Do" album a few years back. It was a thrill watching him in the studio do his thing and he did such a great job.

I am thankful that I worked with Phil and got to know him - he was a special guy. I wish the best for his family during this sad time."

– Love and Mercy, Brian

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