Milton T. “Milt” Okun was born on December 23, 1923, and died on November 15, 2016.
He was an American arranger, record producer, conductor, singer and founder of Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc.
He transformed the careers of a dozen or more major U.S. artists who under Okun’s tutelage became some of the most successful musical acts of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
He did a special on PBS alludes to Okun as one of the most influential music producers in history.
Okun’s career has lasted over 50 years, from the folk revival to the twenty-first century.
Okun has created arrangements or produced for a large number of popular groups and artists such as Peter Paul and Mary, The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Brothers Four, John Denver, and Miriam Makeba.
During 1968 Okun interviewed many American folksingers and published the songs they chose in Something to Sing About!.
During the peak of his career, a critic wrote, “Of all producers, Milton Okun’s range is the widest, from Plácido Domingo to the Muppets-” Conductor for Harry Belafonte, arranger and producer of Peter, Paul and Mary, the man who brought John Denver to stardom and produced his most loved hits, Okun also founded Cherry Lane Music, the music publishing company for Elvis and DreamWorks among many other household names.
Milt Okun passed away at 92 years old.