Born: 6 Aug. 1916, North Carolina
Died: 31 Aug. 1995, Franklin TN.
McMillin played with the Les Brown Orchestra and started recording professionally
in Nashville in 1954.
On November 15, 1956, Dutch played saxophone on the second version of
“Rock around with Ollie Vee”. The session took place at the
Quonset hut in Nashville.
The Quonset Hut recording studio was owned by Owen and Harold Bradley
and in the early and mid fifties it was the most important studio in Nashville.
The great country artists of the day recorded in that studio, mostly for
the Decca and Columbia labels. It was in this studio that Dutch McMillin
got to be a part of the A Team of session musicians. In 1956 Chet Atkins
started producing for RCA in Nashville in a studio on Mc Gavock street.
In November 1957 the famous Studio B opened and the A Team, including
Dutch, started doing sessionwork for RCA in this studio aswell. Dutch
had always been the only saxophone player in Nashville with a good deal
of sessionwork. In the early fifties the need for saxophone on those hardcore
country records wasn’t that big, but when the scene in Nashville
started going into a different direction, Dutch was joined by Boots Randolph
in 1958. Amongst eachother they shared the load of sessions and sometimes
even played together on songs.
Dutch McMillin can be heard on records recorded by such artists as: Roy
Orbison, Hank Locklin, Perry Como, Al Hirt, Marty Robbins, Hank Snow and
Bobby Bare. He was the saxophone player on many tracks for Grady Martin,
in his Slew Foot Five combo.
The height of his career was between 1960 and 1965.
All through his musical career, that Dutch himself considered a hobby,
he worked as an insurance agent.
Bjorn Witlox (Posted
november 2003) : My mail correspondance with Boots
is going on: Hi Bjorn, ER "Dutch" McMillin was a fine musician
on sax, he played with Les Brown's Band a long time ago. He passed away
about 10 years ago. He was a close friend and also my insurance agent.
He did not play music as a pro only for a hobby. He had sold insurance
to a lot of the Nashville music people. I'm sure it was much more profitable
than the music business. Take care, Boots Randolph
Bjorn Witlox (Posted
I sent Boots Randolph an email last week to ask his definite answer on
the Ollie Vee problem. This is his answer...so NOW we are for sure:Hi
Bjorn, The question reguarding the Buddy Holly songs and who the sax player
was is simple, I did not start recording in Nashville until 1958, so it
could not have been me. And Owen Bradley did not have the Barn studio
that early. The sax man could have been Dutch. I don't know.Wish
I could be more help.Your
sax friend. Boots Randolph