Sunday, May 08, 2005

Pete with a "K"

When you do a Google search (see my previous post) it helps if you spell the subject's name correctly. If you Google under the name of "Pete Kameron" with a "K" and not a "C", there is no end of fascinating "hits." Kameron, who apparently is still alive, goes back to the late 1940s as a manager of the famed folk group, The Weavers. Also associated with, as a music publisher, Woody Guthrie.

Fittingly, the meager and brief catalogue of the record label in question, FM, owed by folkie Kameron and jazz personal manager Monte Kay, was almost evenly divided between jazz and folk. Other issues on the label were by Eric Dolphy, folksinger Len Chandler, jazz arranger Bill Russo and the folk group, The Big 3, one of whose members was Cass Elliott.

Of special interest is that Kameron is one of the major figures in the nearly half-century's worth of controversy and litigation involving the African pop song, "Mbube," better known in the West as "Wimoweh" and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," which can be read about at length

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Anonymous said...

I thought you might want to know that Pete Kameron passed away this last week. He was 87.

Kevin Eggers said...

Pete Kameron was a friend and I spent many magicacl times with him and Andrew Oldham and Chris Stamp.

A man of remarkable accomplishments and talent. Soft spoken and left a long trail of important musical and non-musical gifts for all of us.

Kevin Eggers