Cleveland Recording Legend Dead at 80

CLEVELAND, OH - Five time Grammy-winning record producer Tommy LiPuma has died. He was 80. 

The Cleveland native sold more than 75 million albums working with stars like Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, George Benson, Natalie Cole and  Diana Krall to name a few. 

LiPuma grew up playing piano and saxophone at 17th and Euclid in downtown Cleveland, and worked in his father's barbershop. 

In addition to his record production work, LiPuma served as a music executive for several corporations including A&M Records, Blue Thumb Records and Warner Brothers.  

On April 26th, 2012, LiPuma was honored by Cuyahoga Community College, as the Tri-C Center for the Creative Arts was named in his honor.

(Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images) 

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12:  Music ProducerÊTommy LiPuma attends The GRAMMY Museum's Soundbreaking Education Event on November 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage)© 2017 iHeartMedia, Inc.

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