IN MEMORIAM MILLARD LAMPELL

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From: Kurt Schroeder
Subject: Millard Lampell, Almanac Singer, dies
Date: 1997/10/14
Sender: The Bob Dylan Discussion List

According to the NY Times, Millard Lampell died on Oct. 3.
Lampell was a writer and, most famously, a founder in 1940 of the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Lee Hays.

In the 50s, he refused to testify before Joseph McCarthy's witch-hunting Senate committee, and was therefore victim of blacklisting, but he later went on to have an award-winning career writing for television.

Lampell was also, I believe, a producer of the Guthrie tribute concerts in the late 60s. (Dylan, as you know, appeared at the NY concert.)


From: oconnell@pobox.upenn.edu (Kathy O'Connell)
Subject: Millard Lampell
Date: 1997/10/12
Organization: University of Pennsylvania
Newsgroups: alt.obituaries

Just read on a folk music mailing list about the death of Millard Lampell.

He was a writer who had been blacklisted. In a rather classy move, when he won an Emmy several years ago, he said something in his acceptance speech to the effect that "I don't know if this is the right place for this or not, but I was blacklisted for years."

I'm paraphrasing, but it was a great moment in awards shows. Someone out there probably knows the exact quote.

He was also one of the founders of the Almanac Singers.


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