Mitch Miller Dies at the Age of 99

Monday, August 02, 2010

Mitch Miller, perhaps best known for his 1960's series Sing Along With Mitch, died Saturday at the age of 99.

According to The Associated Press, Miller pioneered the show as a record series, then premiered it as a television series in 1961. The show was known for its chorus, conducted by Miller, and lyrics that ran along the bottom of the screen, inviting viewers to sing along.

During his long career in the music business, Miller worked as a musician and a producer. The AP reports that he collaborated with many of the most popular artists of the era, including Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, and Tony Bennett, on some of their biggest hits when he was an executive at Columbia Records.

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Michael Meltzer

Mitch Miller's 99th birthday was on July 4th. I posted two alerts to WQXR, one of them two weeks before, one on that day, suggesting you honor him either with his recording as oboe soloist in the Vaugh Williams oboe concerto, or conducting the Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with David Golub as piano soloist.
WQXR ignored the alerts, now you hypocritically honor this great American when he's dead. How shabby of you! Shame, shame, shame!

Aug. 03 2010 08:09 AM
Allison from staten island

There was a discussion about Follow the Bouncing Ball. That was from cartoons. Mickey Mouse or Jiminy Cricket would say that. Mitch Miller had Sing Along With Mitch. There was no bouncing ball - just the words. My whole family would sing along with Mitch. I have some of his cd's. I especially love his Christmas Sing Along With Mitch.

Aug. 02 2010 06:28 PM

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