Knowledge Identifier: +Mitch_Miller
Born in 1911.
Countries: United States (62%), South Carolina (18%), (15%)
Linked to: Eastman School of Music, Columbia Records, Decca Records, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in the early 1930s, Miller began his musical career as an accomplished player of the oboe and English horn, and recorded several highly regarded classical albums featuring his instrumental work, but he is best remembered as a conductor, choral director, television performer and recording executive
Alec Wilder - The Alec Wilder Octet, including Eastman classmate Mitch Miller on oboe, recorded several of his originals for Brunswick Records in 1938-40
Art Carney - He narrated a version of "The Wizard of Oz" for Golden Records, with Mitch Miller and his chorus performing four of the songs from the classic 1939 film version
Recording studio - According to sound historian David Simons, after Columbia took over the 30th Street Studios in the late 1940s and A&R manager Mitch Miller had tweaked it to perfection, Miller issued a standing order that the drapes and other fittings were not to be touched, and the cleaners had specific orders never to mop the bare wooden floor for fear it might alter the acoustic properties of the hall
Frankie Laine - Laine enjoyed his greatest success after impresario Mitch Miller, who became the A&R man at Mercury in 1948, recognized a universal quality in Laine's voice which he began to exploit via a succession of chart-topping popular songs, often with a folk or western flavor
Frankie Laine - But the biggest label of all was Columbia Records, and in 1950 Mitch Miller left Mercury to embark upon his phenomenally successful career as the A&R man there
Rosemary Clooney - In 1951, her record of "Come On-a My House", produced by Mitch Miller, became a hit
Bob McGrath - He worked with Mitch Miller and was the featured tenor on Miller's television singalong series "Sing Along with Mitch" for five seasons from 1959 to 1964
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 , 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
In 1961, Miller provided two choral tracks set to Dimitri Tiomkin's title music on the soundtrack to "The Guns of Navarone"
In 1965 they sang the "Major Dundee March", the theme song to Sam Peckinpah's "Major Dundee"
Joan Weber - Mitch Miller, in a 2004 interview for the Archive of American Television, recalled that Weber's husband assumed total control of the singer's activities, thus depriving Weber of experienced career guidance