Silent film organist Bob Mitchell dies at 96
LOS ANGELES, CA — World-renowned organist Bob Mitchell passed away last week in Los Angeles.
Bob Mitchell, an organist who was the first such house musician at Dodger Stadium and the last surviving working accompanist from the silent-film era, has died. He was 96.
Mitchell died Saturday from congestive heart failure at Hancock Park Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles, said his caregiver, Vincent Morton.
When the Dodgers debuted in 1962 at their stadium in Chavez Ravine, so did Mitchell — on a Wurlitzer double-keyboard organ with a 25-note pedal board. At the time, he was best known as founder and director of a group often called the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir, which would appear in more than 100 movies.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
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