Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dr. George Butler 10/1/1936 - 4/9/2008

How sad to read earlier today of George's passing after a long bout of Alzheimer's. I met him when I transferred to Columbia Records from CBS (UK). He was an exceedingly well-spoken, dapper and charming man with great musical taste. One day, I was walking along the corridors and I saw him strolling towards me, talking to someone, who was staring at the floor deep in thought. "Howard", he said as they got near, "I'd like you to meet Miles Davis". "It's a pleasure, Mr. Davis", I said. He lifted his head, took one look at me, and muttered "Nice shirt". George smiled, they carried on walking. I stood there for a moment. Miles Davis liked my shirt, I felt good.

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