Milt Okun, founder of Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company and producer of many acts including John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary, died last night in Beverly Hills, California.
Okun, once a teacher in the New York public school system, became a singer, arranger and conductor with Harry Belafonte.
In the early '60s, Okun produced for acts such as Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Brothers Four and others. Artists recording under Okun have won more than 75 Gold and Platinum records and Okun was nominated for 16 Grammys.
In addition to starting his own publishing company, Okun founded the Los Angeles Opera.