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Cleveland native and Grammy winning producer Tommy LiPuma, dies at 80

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 14:04:58-04

Tommy LiPuma died on Monday, March 13. He was 80 years old.

For more than 40 years in the music industry, LiPuma helped nurture the careers of legendary artists like Miles Davis, Diana Krall, Leon Russell, and Barbara Streisand.

In 2012, the Cleveland native donated a $3 million legacy gift to Cuyahoga Community College.

LiPuma first entertained a career as a barber but ended up taking a job with a local music distributor.

LiPuma earned Grammys for his work on Krall's album Live in Paris, Benson's song "The Masquerade" and Paul McCartney albums Kisses on the Bottom and Live Kisses.

His work has resulted in 75 million albums sold and 33 Grammy nominations in all.

LiPuma's last project was for Diana Krall's Turn Up the Quiet, to be released in May.