One of the greatest big band drummers of our era, Butch Miles will be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame this Saturday. Raised around HInton and Charleston, West Virginia, he studied at West Virginia State College, and went on to play with such legendary artists as Mel Torme, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra.
Joining Miles on Saturday, other 2011 inductees include Kathy Mattea, legendary country singer Connie Smith, longtime Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, Jack Rollins (writer of “Frosty the Snowman,” “Peter Cottontail,” and “Smokey The Bear”), blues singer Diamond Teeth Mary, and Red Clay Ramblers’ co-founder Tommy Thompson. Steel drum innovator Ellie Mannette, who has taught at WVU for two decades, will receive the Hall Of Fame’s second spirit Award.
“I'm surprised,” Miles told the The Charleston Gazette, “but I think it’s just wonderful.”