Manuel A. Greenhill; Folk Singers’ Manager
Manuel A. “Manny” Greenhill, 80, manager for such folk singers as Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. A native New Yorker, Greenhill first worked as a union organizer. After Army service in World War II, however, he moved to Boston and went into business, eventually establishing his Folklore Productions in 1958. He organized concerts for Seeger, Odetta, Flatt & Scruggs, Mahalia Jackson, Dylan and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Baez became Greenhill’s first managerial client, which allowed him to use music as a political force--writing the first contracts to specify racial integration in concert seating and negotiating concert venues with organizations ranging from the Daughters of the American Revolution to the Mormon Church. When Baez became an anti-Vietnam War activist, Greenhill helped present her public performances and speeches. On Sunday in Los Angeles of heart failure during chemotherapy for leukemia.