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Thread #131180   Message #2956879
Posted By: Genie
02-Aug-10 - 03:05 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Mitch Miller-bandleader/music exec 1911-2010
Subject: Obit: Mitch Miller, bandleader, music exec
I think in a way Mitch's sing-alongs helped fuel the 'revival' of interest in folk music in the '50s and '60s too.   Several of the songs on his records were either older Americana or American folk music or, in some cases, songs trying to mimic that sound, and as a teenager I was drawn to many of these, and that led me to delving deeper into folk music.

The transition for me was from some Weavers' recordings (which were pretty much pop-ified too in some ways) through Frankie Laine and Tennessee Ernie to Harry Belafonte and then thru the Kingston Trio & Limeliters & PP&M to Dylan, Baez, Collins, Bob Gibson, etc., and then into a much wider range of less "commercial" folk music. Mitch's singalongs and some of the recordings at Columbia under his aegis were definitely a part of that.

I just wish he hadn't taken a dislike to rock 'n' roll, whether because of the payola scandals or the British invasion, or whatever.