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Columbia Records
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Frankie Laine
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Christmas
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Tony Bennett
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Rosemary Clooney
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Major Dundee
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Mitch Miller

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Mitch Miller

Prominent figure in the American music industry add

Category: Music

Born in 1911.

Countries: United States (62%), South Carolina (18%), (15%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Columbia Records, Frankie Laine, Christmas

Linked to: Eastman School of Music, Columbia Records, Decca Records, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

 

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Mitch Miller was born in 1911 add something


1930

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 add something


1938

Alec Wilder - The Alec Wilder Octet, including Eastman classmate Mitch Miller on oboe, recorded several of his originals for Brunswick Records in 1938-40


1939

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


1940

Miller joined Mercury Records as a classical music producer and served as the head of Artists and Repertoire at Mercury in the late 1940s, and joined Columbia Records in the same capacity in 1950 add something

 

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


1947

New World Symphony - Miller played the prominent English horn part in the "largo" movement of Dvo?ák's "New World Symphony" in a famous 1947 recording conducted by Leopold Stokowski add something


1948

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


1950

He 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 add something

 

Miller was one of the most influential figures in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s, both as the head of Artists and Repertoire at Columbia Records and as a best-selling recording artist with an NBC television series, "Sing Along with Mitch" add something

 

While Miller's methods were resented by some of Columbia's performers, including Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney, the label maintained a high hit-to-release ratio during the 1950s add something

 

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

 

Boyd Raeburn - During the 1950s Raeburn was lured to Columbia Records by producers Mitch Miller and Teo Macero to make three albums for the label, but as usual in most of his projects during this period, Miller insisted on the band playing more commercial

 

Tony Bennett - In 1950, Bennett cut a demo of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and was signed to the major Columbia Records label by Mitch Miller


1951

Betty Johnson - In 1951, Percy Faith, who had known her from her Columbia recordings, tried to convince Mitch Miller to sign her, but Miller, who included Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney among the artists he had signed, saw no need to sign her

 

Rosemary Clooney - In 1951, her record of "Come On-a My House", produced by Mitch Miller, became a hit

 

Dagmar (American actress) - In 1951, she made a TV guest appearance with Frank Sinatra, which prompted Columbia Records producer Mitch Miller to record a novelty duet with Frank and Dagmar, "Mama Will Bark"


1954

Producer Bob Stanley had found the group during a series of early 1954 'Mexican civil rights concerts" in East Los Angeles add something


1955

Cry Me a River - The song was offered to Peggy King, but Columbia Records A&R chief Mitch Miller objected to the word "plebian" in the lyric and its first release was by actress/singer Julie London on Liberty Records in 1955, backed by Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass


1959

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


1960

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 add something

 

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 chorale add something


1961

In 1961, Miller provided two choral tracks set to Dimitri Tiomkin's title music on the soundtrack to "The Guns of Navarone" add something

 

The ads carefully copied Miller's 1961 Christmas special, complete with identical choral arrangements, choreography, and set design add something

 

"Sing Along with Mitch" ran on television from 1961 until it was canceled in 1964, a victim of changing musical tastes add something


1962

In 1962 they sang the theme of "The Longest Day" over the end credits add something


1965

In 1965 they sang the "Major Dundee March", the theme song to Sam Peckinpah's "Major Dundee" add something

 

Miller left Columbia Records in 1965 and joined MCA Inc. as a consultant signing the same year with MCA's Decca Records subsidiary add something

 

Major Dundee - A bombastic musical score by Daniele Amfitheatrof was added to the film despite Peckinpah's protests, as was the title song, "The Major Dundee March 1965 ", sung by Mitch Miller and his Sing-Along Gang


1966

Selected repeats aired briefly on NBC during the spring of 1966 add something


1981

Miller hosted a 1981 TV reunion of the Sing Along Gang for NBC add something


1999

In 1999, Amazon.com referenced "Sing Along with Mitch" in Christmas commercials, featuring a male choral group nicknamed the "Sweatermen" singing subtitled songs about the company add something


2000

He was married for sixty-five years to the former Frances Alexander, who died in 2000 add something


2004

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


Mitch Miller died in 2010 add something

 

Mitch lived in New York City for many years and died there on July 31, 2010, after a short illness add something