The Songs of John Mitchum: Next on TVC

Cindy Mitchum Azbill, daughter of longtime film and TV character actor John Mitchum, will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision

The younger brother of screen legend Robert Mitchum, John Mitchum was an accomplished character actor in his own right who appeared in sixty films and more than 800 television episodes in the course of his 60-year career, including such classic shows as The Twilight Zone, F Troop, Bewitched, Perry Mason, Batman, Maverick and The Rockford Files. He was a frequent co-star of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood (among others), while Robert Fuller once said that he shot John Mitchum [on film] “more than anyone else in Hollywood.”

What you may not know is that John Mitchum was also an accomplished singer, songwriter and poet who not only wrote the lyrics for America: Why I Love Her (a spoken-word album that was also the only album ever recorded by John Wayne), but collaborated with Dan Blocker on the album Our Land, Our Heritage, as well as wrote such songs as “Ode to a Mule,” a tribute to Ruth (Festus’ mule on Gunsmoke) that was eventually recorded by Ken Curtis (Festus on Gunsmoke).

John Mitchum died in 2001, but his accomplishments as a poet and songwriter will be honored as part of two events coming up in September―one of which is the release of The John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD, a two-disc CD set featuring fifty recordings of Mitchum’s poetry. John’s daughter, Cindy Mitchum Azbill, is the producer of The John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD; she will share some memories of her dad when she joins us in our second hour.

The John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD features fifty recordings of such stars as Robert Duvall, James Drury, Ernest Borgnine, Andrew Prine, Wilford Brimley, Randy Boone, Morgan Woodward, James Hampton, Robert Fuller, Ann Rutherford, Dick Van Patten, Denny Miller, and The Sons of the Pioneers, all recording John’s poems or singing a song. Nearly all of the contributors knew and/or worked with John Mitchum one way or another. The John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD is available as a two-disc CD set through Mitchum Media Productions for $35 (including shipping). To pre-order, email

If you listen to us in Southern California (or plan on being in Southern California during Labor Day Weekend), there will be an official CD release party on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Paramount State Park in Los Angeles. The event will feature many of the celebrities who appear on the John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD. Tickets for the Sunday, Sept. 4 event are $150 (which includes a signed CD) or $100 (without CD). Space is limited. For more information on the Sept. 4 CD party, email

The first hour of this week’s show will include This Week in TV History, our DVD report, plus a surprise feature.

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