Mitch Miller
American musician, conductor and record producer
Mitch Miller
Mitchell William "Mitch" Miller was a prominent figure in the American music industry. Miller was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, working as a musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R man and record company executive.
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Japanese sister city samples Abbotsford - Abbotsford Times
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Mitch Miller, president of the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association, admitted he has been practising Japanese phrases and the protocol of bowing for a couple days. When the guests arrived, Miller greeted them with a bow and "Konnichiwa," which
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Can the symphony be saved? - Salon
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For him, the game changer was the man who symbolized the pop establishment rock 'n' roll displaced: Columbia Records production chief Mitch Miller, auteur of Frankie Laine's "Mule Train," Johnnie Ray's "Cry," and Rosemary Clooney's "Come On-A My House"
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Ex-'Raiders' singer still going strong - Daily Republic
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“Mitch Miller (a noted music producer and TV show host) said it would last 10 years and people would go back to 'good music.' However, rock 'n' roll has legs that me or Mitch could have never predicted and it still is rolling, still alive
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Field hockey a ticket to NCAA for high school girls - Dayton Daily News
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Oakwood coach Mitch Miller estimated the number of colleges playing the sport nationally to be more than 200, with several in Ohio at all levels, including four Division I schools (Ohio State, Miami, Ohio University and Kent State)
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Northwestern Ontario breaks 50-year forest fire record - CTV.ca
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(HO - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources - Mitch Miller / THE CANADIAN PRESS) THUNDER BAY, Ont. — It's a record year for forest fires in northwestern Ontario. A 50-year-old record for hectares burned in a fire season has fallen
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Village Weighs Debt Alternatives for Downtown Property - Patch.com
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Previous property owner Mitch Miller had been given the go-ahead in 2007 to build a mixed-use building at the location, but plans fell through when the desired number of units weren't sold. Miller then came to Village trustees in 2009 with a plan to
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Grandpa's iPod - Marinscope Community Newspapers
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And we had some swinging vocal groups: the Mills Brothers, the Ink Spots, the Andrews Sisters, Mitch Miller (Mitch Miller? Aw, come on!). And the crooners: Crosby, Sinatra, Bennett, Damone, Dick Haymes, Perry Como, Nat Cole. And the “songbirds”: Martha
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Mitch Miller, Record Executive and Conductor, Dead at 99 - ThirdAge
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Mitch Miller died on Saturday at the age of 99. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Margaret Miller Reuther, on Monday. He had died at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City after a short illness.Miller was the orchestra leader on the hit album
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Nova Scotia firefighters headed to Ontario - CBC.ca
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(Mitch Miller/Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources/Canadian Press) Nova Scotia is sending a crew to northern Ontario to help battle forest fires. The Department of Natural Resources says 21 firefighters will leave Thursday for a two-week deployment
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Northeast gets a break in busy forest fire season - Toronto Sun
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MITCH MILLER/QMI AGENCY A forest fire burns near South Bay, Ont., Friday July 15 2011. The heat wave roasting Ontario is also proving a hazard to forests in the province's northwest -- there are 92 fires burning in the region, and the number of fires
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Ocean City Pops bring culture and musical entertainment to the city, but at a ... - Press of Atlantic City
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“My mother used to put on Mitch Miller records when she'd clean the house. I still remember the show 'Sing Along with Mitch.'” Marie Tartaglio, 51, and her sister Charlotte Bigley, 61, said they got choked up during a performance of the song “Mary's a
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No relief in northern Ontario firefight - Toronto Sun
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MITCH MILLER/QMI AGENCY A forest fire burns near South Bay, Ont., Friday July 15 2011. The heat wave roasting Ontario is also proving a hazard to forests in the province's northwest -- there are 92 fires burning in the region, and the number of fires
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Displaced residents come to Ottawa to flee forest fires - CTV.ca
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(Mitch Miller - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Nearly 300 residents who were evacuated from their northern Ontario community because of out of control wildfires will arrive in Ottawa Wednesday night
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Region rejects fire refugees over C. diff fears - Niagara Falls Review
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Mitch Miller QMI Agency A forest fire burns north of Kenora on Tuesday. The Niagara Region is refusing to accept refugees from the area because of concerns natives might catch C. difficile and take it back to their northern homes Region rejects fire
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Her life is some story - Albany Times Union
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At 15, Uggams was a guest on the game show "Name That Tune," winning $12500 to put towards college -- and producer Mitch Miller saw the show and signed her to a recording contract. Miller also put her on his TV show "Sing Along with Mitch," making
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Palo Alto Attorneys at Miller Law Group Win High Stakes Verdict in Appeal ... - San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
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"We are thrilled with the results and feel justice has finally been served," said Mitch Miller, principal of the Miller Law Group. The partnership had six income properties when the father died in 1993 leaving his half to his wife, according to Miller
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A Songwriter's Legacy: Baseball Ditties, From Mickey to the Mets
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Ruth Roberts's songs were recorded by Arthur Godfrey, Dean Martin, Patti Page, Debbie Reynolds, Jimmy Dean and the Beatles. But even if Mets fans do not remember her as they do Marv Throneberry, they know the song she wrote (with Bill Katz): ''Meet the Mets,'' the team's bouncy theme ditty since 1963. Roberts, who died June 30, wrote a trilogy of
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Cards prospect's father attends funeral of late Rangers fan - MLB.com
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Sadly, Mitch Miller had another responsibility to attend to. The elder Miller spent Sunday afternoon at a visitation for the late Shannon Stone, a Rangers fan who fell to his death at Texas' game Thursday. Mitch Miller worked with Stone as firefighters
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mitch Miller
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 98
    Mitch Miller lived in New York City for many years and died there on July 31, 2010, after a short illness.
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  • 1981
    Age 69
    Miller hosted a 1981 TV reunion of the Sing Along Gang for NBC (featuring veterans from the original gang, including Bob McGrath, Andy Love, Paul Friesen, Victor Griffin, and Dominic Cortese).
    More Details Hide Details Miller also appeared as host of two PBS television specials, "Keep America Singing" (1994) and "Voices In Harmony" (1996), featuring champion quartets and choruses of SPEBSQSA and Sweet Adelines International. He also appeared conducting regional orchestras and filled in many times as guest conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Steve Allen once performed a pointed satire of Sing Along with Mitch, with the comedian made up as Miller and robotically bending his arms à la Miller while conducting. The sketch spoofed the show's production values, including cameras panning among the vocalists, going out of control and knocking them over, then chasing Allen out of the studio and onto the roof. Ross Bagdasarian produced an animated spoof in a segment of "The Alvin Show," with the David Seville character conducting Alvin and the Chipmunks in Miller's herky-jerky style, singing "Down in the Valley" while scrambled lyrics appeared on-screen. Stan Freberg, who had previously recorded "Wunnerful! Wunnerful!", a scathing satire of The Lawrence Welk Show, presented an equally brutal satire of the show, "Sing Along with Freeb", on his February 1962 ABC special, The Chun King Chow Mein Hour. Jonathan and Darlene Edwards (Paul Weston and Jo Stafford) produced an entire album of off-key sing-along in the Miller style, which supposedly greatly angered him. On the cartoon series The Flintstones, Fred and Barney appeared on the "Hum Along with Herman" show (for people who do not know the words), another satire of Miller's show.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1966
    Age 54
    Selected repeats aired briefly on NBC during the spring of 1966.
    More Details Hide Details However, the show's primary audience was over the age of 40 and it did not gain the favor of advertisers targeting the youth market. The show's format remained popular in England, where comedian Max Bygraves hosted his own version, Sing Along with Max.
  • 1965
    Age 53
    Miller left Columbia Records in 1965 and joined MCA Inc. as a consultant signing the same year with MCA's Decca Records subsidiary.
    More Details Hide Details In later years, Miller would carry on the sing-along tradition, leading crowds in song in personal appearances. For several years, Miller was featured in a popular series of Christmas festivities in New Bedford, Massachusetts, leading large crowds singing carols.
  • FORTIES
  • 1961
    Age 49
    In 1961, Miller also provided two choral tracks set to Dimitri Tiomkin's title music on the soundtrack to The Guns of Navarone.
    More Details Hide Details In 1962 they sang the theme of The Longest Day over the end credits. In 1965 they sang the "Major Dundee March", the theme song to Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee. Though the film was a box-office bomb, paradoxically the song remained popular for years. In 1987, Miller conducted the London Symphony Orchestra with pianist David Golub in a well-received recording of Gershwin's "An American in Paris," "Rhapsody in Blue," and "Concerto in F." In the early 1960s, Miller became a household name with his NBC television show Sing Along with Mitch, a community-sing program featuring him and a male chorus: an extension of his highly successful series of Columbia record albums of the same name. In keeping with the show's title, viewers were presented with lyrics at the bottom of the television screen, and while many insist there was a bouncing ball to keep time, Miller correctly said this was something they remember from movie theater sing-alongs and cartoons.
  • 1957
    Age 45
    In 1957 Miller's orchestra and chorus recorded U.S. Air Force Blue, a United States Air Force recruiting song, in a format that today would be called music video.
    More Details Hide Details He and his orchestra also recorded children's music for the Golden Records label. A choral group called The Sandpiper Singers provided the vocals for these recordings, including an album of Mother Goose nursery rhymes.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1950
    Age 38
    He also recorded a string of successful albums and singles, featuring a male chorale and his own distinctive arrangements, under the name "Mitch Miller and the Gang" starting in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details The ensemble's hits included "The Children's Marching Song" (more commonly known as "This Old Man"), "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena", and "The Yellow Rose of Texas", which topped the U.S. Billboard chart, sold over one million copies in the United States alone, and reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart. Miller's medley of the two marches from The Bridge on the River Kwai, "The River Kwai March" and "Colonel Bogey March", lasted 29 weeks on the Billboard pop charts in 1958, longer than any other record completely within that year.
    Miller joined Mercury Records as a classical music producer and served as the head of Artists and Repertoire (A&R) at Mercury in the late 1940s, and then joined Columbia Records in the same capacity in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details This was a pivotal position in a recording company, because the A&R executive decided which musicians and songs would be recorded and promoted by that particular record label. He defined the Columbia style through the early 1960s, signing and producing many important pop standards artists for Columbia, including Johnnie Ray, Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Jimmy Boyd, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Guy Mitchell (whose pseudonym was based on Miller's first name), and in a fortuitous business move for all, enticed both Patti Page and Frankie Laine to join him at Columbia after their early successes at Mercury. After arriving at Columbia, he helped direct the careers of artists who were already signed to the label, such as Doris Day, Dinah Shore and Jo Stafford, just to name a few. Miller also discovered Aretha Franklin and signed her to the first major recording contract of her career. When Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records promised her artistic freedom to create records outside the pop mainstream in a more rhythm-and-blues-driven direction, she left Columbia after five years.
  • 1947
    Age 35
    Miller played the prominent English horn part in the Largo movement of Dvořák's New World Symphony in a famous 1947 recording conducted by Leopold Stokowski.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the CBS Symphony, Miller participated in the musical accompaniment to the infamous radio broadcast of Orson Welles's The War of the Worlds.
  • 1946
    Age 34
    After graduating from Eastman, Miller played with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and then moved to New York City where he was a member of the Alec Wilder Octet (1938–1941 and occasionally later), as well as performing with David Mannes, Andre Kostelanetz, Percy Faith, George Gershwin, Charlie Parker, and under Frank Sinatra's baton for the 1946 recording of "The Music of Alec Wilder."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1932
    Age 20
    He graduated in 1932 with honors.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1911
    Born
    Mitch Miller was born in Rochester, New York, on July 4, 1911, to a Jewish family.
    More Details Hide Details His mother was Hinda Rosenblum Miller, a former seamstress, and his father, Abram Calmen Miller, a Russian-Jewish immigrant wrought-iron worker. He had four siblings, two of whom, Leon and Joseph, survived him. Miller took up the oboe at first as a teenager, because it was the only instrument available when he went to audition for his junior high school orchestra. A talented oboist, at age fifteen he played with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and after graduating from East High School he attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.
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