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Elbert Raymond McMillin
Born: 6 Aug. 1916, North Carolina
Died: 31 Aug. 1995, Franklin TN.

Instruments: clarinet, saxophones


Dutch 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 - 2005


From 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

From Bjorn Witlox (Posted october 2003): 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

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