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I agree with Tom
Michel Ruppli
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Le 3 août 10 à 19:58, Tom Fine a écrit :

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> 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
>