Sidney Miller, Black Music Champion, Dies at 89

He warned in an interview with The Los Angeles Daily News in 1988. “They’re trying to reverse the crossover, and that’s just not smart. It won’t stop until we say, ‘Wait a minute; we are trendsetters and stop being led by the tail and be a leader like us. “

“We’re encouraging mainstream black artists to stop cutting soft, waterless black records,” he added.

That article called Mr. Miller “Moses to a nation of radio programmers and executives.”

Sidney August Anthony Miller II was born on December 13, 1932 in Pensacola, Fla., to Sidney and Evelyn (Maddox) Miller. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, he enrolled at Florida A&M as a pre-college student. But he was also a musician, played trumpet in the college band, and he worked for a side business that put on musical performances, including jazz musicians Cannonball and Nat Adderley, his students.

After graduating from college, where he was at ROTC, he joined the military, served in Texas, and continued to do sideline activities. During the 1960s, he joined Capitol Records – first in Atlanta, where he headed the Fame subsidiary, and then in Los Angeles. One day in 1970 while walking from the Capitol Records tower toward Hollywood Boulevard, he was intrigued by the Florida license plate on a parked car. Inside are two young women, Susan Marie Enzor and her sister, Dottie, on a cross-country adventure.

He and Susan soon married, and she became his business partner when he founded Black Radio Exclusive in 1976. The magazine continued to publish for about 40 years.

During that time, its conventions were both a showcase for new talent and a forum for serious discussion. For example, the 1988 conference brought up a discussion about whether rap music was reinforcing negative stereotypes about Black people. Ice-T was one of those who spoke on the matter. Sidney Miller, Black Music Champion, Dies at 89

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