A statement released today by Columbia confirmed the news that DeVito has passed away after suffering with prostate cancer for 16 years.
DeVito started his working life with CBS before moving on to Columbia Records where he spent the rest of his career, rising to become one of the label’s chief producers and executives.
In 1975, DeVito produced Bob Dylan’s landmark album ‘Blood On The Tracks‘, and also collaborated with the songwriter on subsequent LPs such as ‘Desire‘ and ‘Street-Legal‘, as well as the live album ‘Hard Rain‘.
In addition to Dylan, he also worked with a number of other well respected artists including Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel and Aerosmith before his retirement in 2007.
The Recording Academy has described DeVito as ‘a multifaceted talent’ who ‘made a lasting impact on our industry’.