Label: Columbia - CS 8527 • Format: Vinyl LP, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Folk, World, & Country •
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in the early s, Miller began his musical career as a player of the oboe and English hornmaking numerous highly regarded classical and popular recordings. He was a choral conductor on television and a recordings executive. 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.
Strauss had originally assigned rights to the premiere to John de Lanciewho gave him the idea for the concerto while stationed near Strauss's villa in Garmisch. However, since meeting the composer, de Lancie had won a section oboist position with the Philadelphia Orchestraand as a junior player to the orchestra's principal The Chicken Dance - Various - Goobers A Collection Of Kids Songs Marcel Tabuteau was unable to fulfill Strauss's wishes.
De Lancie then gave the rights for the premiere to Miller. Miller also contributed oboe and English horn solos on the Norman Granz-produced "Charlie Parker With Strings" sessions originally released in on the Mercury label and later reissued on CD by Verve.
Miller was the only other soloist on the sessions other than Parker. He defined the Columbia style through the early s, signing and producing many important pop standards artists for Columbia, including Johnnie RayPercy FaithRay ConniffJimmy BoydJohnny Mathis Barney Google - Mitch Miller And The Gang - Rhythm / Sing Along With Mitch BennettGuy Mitchell whose pseudonym was based on Miller's first nameand 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 DayDinah Shore and Jo Stafford. 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. Miller disapproved of rock 'n' roll  —one of his contemporaries described his denunciation of it as "The Gettysburg Address of Music"—and passed not only on Elvis Presley and Buddy Hollywho became stars on RCA and Coral respectively, but on The Beatlestoo, creating a fortune in revenue for rival Capitol.
Previously, Miller had offered Presley a contract, but balked at the amount Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parkerwas asking.
According to former Newsweek music critic Karen Schoemer, Miller's refusal to record in the genre was also owed to his fear that the label, and its corporate parent CBSwould be implicated in the scandal surrounding payola if he did so, remarking:.
I knew what was going on—everybody in the business knew what was going on. You had to pay to play. In defense of his anti-rock stance, he Barney Google - Mitch Miller And The Gang - Rhythm / Sing Along With Mitch told NME in January "Rock 'n' roll is musical baby food: it is the worship of mediocrity, brought about by a passion for conformity.
Producer Bob Stanley had found the group during a series of early "Mexican civil rights concerts" in East Los Angeles. Although Mitch had once referred to the group as just "four arrogant little bastards," Miller softened his position regarding them when Paley's estimate of their record sales in Mexico proved to be highly accurate. It was because of his recommendation and a letter of reference to William Schuman that Aken's parents sent the young musician and future Hall of Fame Pizza Hut - Stock, Hausen & Walkman - Organ Transplants Vol.
2 to the Juilliard School of Music. Despite his distaste for rock 'n' roll, Miller emphasized emotional expression over vocal perfection  and often produced records for Columbia artists that were rockish in nature. As a record producer, Miller gained a reputation for both innovation and gimmickry. Miller exemplified the worst in American pop. At the same time, Barney Google - Mitch Miller And The Gang - Rhythm / Sing Along With Mitch acknowledges Miller's great influence on later popular music production:.
Miller established the primacy of the producer, proving that even more than the artist, the accompanimentor the material, it was the responsibility of the man in the recording booth whether a record flew or flopped. Miller also conceived the idea of the pop record "sound" per se: not so much an arrangement or a tune, but an aural texture usually replete with extramusical gimmicks that could be created in the studio and Nazz - Nazz Nazz replicated in live performance, instead of the other way around.
Miller was Lie And Say You Love Me - Wagoneers - Stout & High a rock 'n' roller, yet without these ideas there could never have been rock 'n' roll.
The similarities between it and, say, " Leader of the Pack ", need hardly be outlined here. While some of Columbia's performers, including Harry James Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney resented Miller's methods, the label maintained a high hit-to-release ratio during the s. Sinatra particularly blamed his temporary fall from popularity while at Columbia on Miller; the crooner felt that he was forced by Miller to record material like "Mama Will Bark" and "The Hucklebuck". He also recorded a string of successful albums and singles, featuring a male chorale and his own arrangements, under the name "Mitch Miller and the Gang" beginning in InMiller's orchestra and chorus recorded " U.
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.
InMiller also provided two choral tracks set to Dimitri Tiomkin 's title music on the soundtrack to The Guns of Navarone. Though the film was a box-office bomb, paradoxically the song remained popular for years.
What made this recording special was that it was produced using the original sheet music that was handed out by Gershwin to his band for an early US tour; along with Gershwin's performance directions as noted by then band member Mitch Miller.
Initially airing as a one-shot episode of the NBC television show Startime season 1, episode 32 on 24 MaySing Along with Mitch went on to become a weekly series in as a community sing-along program hosted by Mitch Miller and featuring a male chorus: which was, basically, an extension of his series of Columbia record albums of the same name.
Barney Google - Mitch Miller And The Gang - Rhythm / Sing Along With Mitch keeping with the show's title, viewers were presented with lyrics at the bottom Endless Love - Various - Filip & Mathilde - De Mooiste Liedjes Voor Een Prinselijk Huwelijk 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 Screen Songs and Song Cartunes sing-along cartoons.
One of the singers in Miller's chorale, Bob McGrathlater went on to a long and successful career on the PBS children's show Sesame Street he was a founding member of the "human" cast in and became its longest-serving cast member until his enforced retirement in [ citation needed ].
One of the show's trademarks was the final number, a group sing-along with the regular house chorale, among whom would be an uncredited celebrity not necessarily known for their singing ability, who was dressed like the others. As the popularity of the TV show rose, Miller produced and recorded several "Sing Along with Mitch" record albums, complete with tear-out lyric sheets.
Sing Along with Mitch ran on television from until the network canceled it ina victim of changing musical tastes. Selected repeats aired briefly on NBC during the spring of The show's primary audience was over the age of 40 and it did not gain the favor of advertisers targeting the youth market.
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 BedfordMassachusettsleading large crowds singing carols. He also appeared conducting regional orchestras and filled-in many times as guest conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.
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 Eels - Peach Blossom 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 Frebergwho had previously recorded "Wunnerful! 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. Miller was married for sixty-five years to the former Frances Alexander, who died in Miller lived in New York City for many years and died there on July 31,after a short illness, four weeks after his 99th birthday. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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