Starting from 1948 and till the early 1960s, Mitch Miller remains a major celebrity and force in the recording industry for almost fifteen years.
Mitch Miller was one of the highest selling and powerful name in the music business of that time.
Not only was this but he also the head of A&R (artists and repertory) for the pop division at Columbia Records.
Mitch Miller was also most popular recording artists and was responsible for number of chart singles and high-selling LPs.
Mitch Miller had also hosted some very popular primetime network television music shows.
Early Life of Mitch Miller
Mitch miller was born on July 4 in Rochester, New York.
Mitch Miller father was a tool maker.
Miller was graduated from the institution of Eastman School of Music in the year 1930.
Mitch father was a Russian immigrant who worked as a wrought-iron worker.
Mitch Miller bought a piano for the family when Miller was six years old.
Miller had two older sisters.
All of them were given weekly lessons on piano music.
When he was 11 years old Mitch Miller participated in a program and applied for an instrument.
When he was 14, Mitch Miller started lessons at the Eastman School of Music.
By the age of a 15, he was able to work with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
Mitch Miller attended the Eastman School on a full-time scholarship when he was 18 years old.
Career Life of Mitch Miller
Miller played for some time in the Rochester symphony orchestras and Syracuse.
Later in 1932, he decided to shift to the city of New York .
Soon in the city he got married and was able to make a decent living.
Mitch Miller worked with Andre Kostelanetz and Percy Faith orchestras.
Miller also served many jobs pertaining to music all around the city.
He joined on Orchestra group with name of CBS Symphony in the year 1936 in New York
Mitch Miller accepted a work being an Artists & Repertoire which is the job of representative at Mercury Records.
Here Mitch Miller profile included guiding and hunting new talent.
Miller had to match musicians and singers with proper material.
Mitch was responsible for timely and proper record production.
Miller shifted to Columbia Records in the year1950.
Mitch Miller was accredited for promoting it from 4th to 1st position in the music industry.
Mitch Miller worked with singers like Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, and Johnny Mathis.
He became popular for brilliant combinations of songs and singers.
Mitch Miller worked and achieved great success with great jazz experts like Charlie Parker and Erroll Garner.
Some of his hits included "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena", "The Yellow Rose of Texas", "The River Kwai March and Colonel Bogey March".
In 1961 Miller also recorded tracks music for the film “The Guns of Navarone”. In 1965 he sang the "Major Dundee March", the theme song the film “Major Dundeee”.
In 1987, Miller conducted the London Symphony Orchestra recording of Gershwin's "An American in Paris," "Rhapsody in Blue," and "Concerto in F."
Television Show Popularity of Mitch Miller
In the 1960s Miller became a very famous and popular with his television show “Sing Along with Mitch”.
It was a community singing program that featured him and a male chorale.
In the second season of “Sing Along with Mitch”, Miller himself adopted a phrase "all smiles." Singer Leslie Uggams, pianist Dick Hyman, and the Quinto Sisters were some of the other popular personalities featured on the program. “Sing Along with Mitch” became extremely popular but ran on television only for four years (1961–1964).
It was cancelled in 1964 but it was at the height of its popularity in the last telecasting days.
The show attracted audiences from mature viewers to advertisers.
Besides America the show remained popular in England also.
Achievements of Mitch Miller
Miller was rewarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
Miller and his male chorus had performed the song "Help Neighbor" on a public-service show on television.
Later it was announced for the American Red Cross.
Miller is now 96 years old.
Mitch Miller presently resides in New York City and still performs as a guest-conductor for many famous orchestras.
Miller is sometimes called as an “enemy” of early rock and roll by the rock music historians.