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Along the Cherry Lane: Tales from the Life of Music Industry Legend Milton Okun Hardcover – May 1, 2011
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This book is remarkable not only for the life of a very great man but also in the manner in which that life is shared. Written with the commentary and question/answer technique of Richard Sparks (not only an astute writer but a man of many musical talents, himself), this memoir brings in the pages of the book comments from many of the important people whose lives he helped shape. Okun not only became close friends with opera giant Placido Domingo after providing him with the opportunity to record a crossover song with John Denver ('Perhaps Love' - a song that continues to make the rounds of best selling creations) that guided Domingo closer to the people of the world who might otherwise have avoided opera and opera singers, he also joined the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Opera Company and helped guide that company to success.
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There are wonderful stories here of the years with John Denver and Odetta, as well as some insights into the inner-workings of the Albert Grossman organization. One has to wonder why the only kindnesses shown Peter Paul and Mary come from Mr Okun congratulating himself for how he 'made' Peter Paul and Mary what they became. His complete dismissal of their post-Okun Gold Castle recordings-and the return, in the 90's, to Warner's, again without Okun-tells a reader a good deal more about Okun than it does the trio.
Overall, this is a good read; many funny moments come to life and the birds-eye view of things from Mr Okun's vantage point are priceless. I just wish he had more respect for the group that made his name a household one to many boomer's.
Milton Okun is a musician, teacher, conductor, music arranger, producer and publisher. He has worked with some of the biggest stars in the world of folk and popular music.
A critic once wrote, "Of all producers, Milton Okun's range is the widest, from Placido Domingo to the Muppets."
Mr. Okun is a real rock star in the world of professional music...but most of his work was done behind-the-scenes.
Milt Okun's career went from school teacher to working with some of the biggest names in music. He transformed three unknown singers who had never worked together into one of the most famous musical acts of their generation; Peter, Paul and Mary. He was a music producer for John Denver, Placido Domingo and dozens of other musicians. He is the founder of Cherry Lane, a music publishing company. Music is his life and this book highlights his many accomplishments.
After reading this book, I feel like I have been sitting by the fire chatting with Milt, his family and his associates. The interview format is casual and friendly. Mr. Okun appears to be a very humble man and is generous with praise for his talented family and the musicians that he worked with. I learned a great deal about the work that goes into producing a big hit in the music world. Milt had his share of challenges through-out his long career, but he does not dwell on the negative. This memoir is up-beat, entertaining and informative. Milt does a very good job in sharing a picture of his life. Kudos to Richard Sparks for a job well done!Read more ›
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Here's the inside scoop from a great music producer: Milt Okun. Produced records for Odetta, Peter Paul and Mary, John Denver, etc. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Shorty McCoy
After reading this book, I have come to have an even deeper respect and admiration for the genius of Milt Okun. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Melinda Dunham
I had the pleasure of interviewing Milton Okun and Richard Sparks on my BlogTalkRadio show. They were great. This book is utterly fascinating. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Coral Russell
I had never heard of Milt Okun before agreeing to review Along the Cherry Lane. I had of course, heard of John Denver and Placido Domingo, but had never thought of... Read more
The book is in the form of a series of conversations - lively, humorous, it's like being in the room as Milt recalls his extraordinary career.
Typical: - R.S. Read more
Milt Okun is a legend as a record producer, yet to many he is unknown because he was never into self-aggrandizement. He's an enormously successful music publisher. Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by Charles Hardin Holley