I agree with Tom
Le 3 août 10 à 19:58, Tom Fine a écrit :
> In the (few) obits I've read for Mitch Miller, I didn't see any
> mention of his early role in Mercury Records, which was important
> for the young independent company. Miller was an oboe player,
> Eastman School trained. He was hired at Mercury by John Hammond and
> he, Hammond and David Hall comprised the company's earliest
> classical-music staff. Miller recorded an album of oboe/chamber
> orchestra music for Mercury, as well as worked on the "Charlie
> Parker with Strings" sessions for Norman Granz. At that time, Granz
> was affiliated with Mercury.
> After Miller went to Columbia and, among many other things, founded
> the famous 30th Street studio, he continued to moonlight with other
> projects. One on-going thing for him in the 50's and 60's was
> conducting, arranging and producing sessions for Little Golden Book
> kiddie records. He did some of these sessions at Fine Sound and
> then Fine Recording.
> Some of the obits and tributes struck me as very ironic. Miller was
> portrayed as this old fuddy-duddy of suburbia in the age of rock
> and roll with his sing-along show. The goatee should have slain
> that myth. Both Miller and Hammond were cutting-edge dudes in their
> time, very much on the forefront of music and intellectual thought,
> and far left of the mainstream in their social and political views.
> They were progressives before there was such a term.
> Mitch Miller did much for the music business, and for Mercury and
> then Columbia Records. May he rest in peace.
> -- Tom Fine