RIP Mitch Miller
Tue Aug 3 08:59:22 EDT 2010
"He despised rock..."
Very far from the truth. What he despised was cheap production values, bubble-gum lyrics and the, shall we say, questionable practices in vogue at the time to get rock records on the air. He was in charge of A&R at Columbia Records when they signed Bob Dylan (although a subordinate, John Hammond, had more to do with signing Dylan than Miller did), Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen. Being classically trained as an oboist, he cared much more about quality music and recordings, whatever the genre.
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