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Paul Mickelson‘sfirst childhood dream came
true when he served as organist for the Billy Graham Crusades
His second wish was granted when he was
asked to arrange and conduct his first strings album for RCA
Victor in 1955, The Music of Paul
Mickelson: Sacred Songs with Singing Strings.
In 1957, he made a hard decision to leave
the Billy Graham Crusade team to devote his energies to
producing Christian music.
at Europafilms Studio, Stockholm.
In 1958, he became vice-president and music
director at Word Records, where he orchestrated albums in
London for such artists as Bill Pearce & Dick Anthony and
Ethel Waters, and produced several instrumental albums.
In 1961, he felt led to leave Word and
founded Supreme Recordings, Inc. in Glendale, California.
There he produced and orchestrated albums for many
artists including Helene Landrum, Joseph Belessi, Lee Robbins,
the Lang Sisters, Pat Boone, Ben & Beth Allen, Tony
Fontane, and Jim Bohi.
receives music awards for best albums from Harry Bristow, president of NEFF.
He also produced a series of beautiful
orchestral albums under the name of the Supreme Strings.
In addition, he recorded several organ albums on the Console label.
In 1973, Supreme was sold to Christian book
publisher and record company, Zondervan. Additional volumes of the Supreme Strings recordings
were released on Zondervan's New Dawn label.
Paul Mickelson passed away suddenly on
October 21, 2001. He was 73. His talents will be greatly
missed. He is survived by his wife Barbara.
Information for this biography is based in
part on a news article from Assist
Arranger /Conductor, Organist, Producer
The Supreme Strings, The Paul Mickelson Orchestra
Founded Supreme Productions, Glendale, CA 1961
VP, Word Records 1958- 1961
RCA Victor 1953 - 1958
Organist for the Billy Graham Crusades 1950 - 1957
Paul Mickelson recording at Barking Town Hall in London.