Legendary “Sing Along” Artist Mitch Miller Dies At 99

August 3rd, 2010 - 7:28 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
millerAug 3, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The legendary musician and record executive Mitch Miller, under whose guidance some of the most well known singers flourished in 1950s and 60s died on Saturday. The news of the death of the legendary record executive and singer was announced in front of the media sources by his daughter Margaret Miller Reuther who said that Mitch Miller expired after suffering from a brief period of illness. 99-year-old Mitch Miller breathed his last at New York City’s Lenox Hill hospital.

Although Mitch Miller was out of the limelight for around a decade, his singles and albums along with the records produced under his guidance have always remained in the list of ardent pop music lovers. Mitch Miller, who began his career as a classical oboist, gradually went on to become the head of the Columbia Records’ pop music department in 1950. He brought into prominence singers like Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Patti Page and Rosemary Clooney. As the head of the Columbia and Mercury Records studios, Mitch Miller had produced some of the leading pop music albums that still continue to delight the listeners.

Apart from being a record executive, Mitch Miller had himself remained one of the bestselling artists in 1950s and 1960s with his series of “sing along” albums. His “The Yellow Rose of Texas” became No.1 single in the year of its release. He became a household name with his famous television show “Sing Along with Mitch”. However, towards the end of 1960s with the emergence of rock ‘n’ roll music Mitch Miller’s influence gradually wilted out. In 2000 he was awarded the Grammy Life Time Achievement Award.

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