People we love: Mitch Miller

Mitchell William “Mitch” Miller, July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010 (photograph by Ken Spencer)

Born on this day in 1911

Am I the only one who remembers singing along with Mitch growing up in the 60s?

Mitch Miller was an American musician, singer, conductor and record producer and was one of the most influential figures in American popular music in the 1950s and 1960s.

I remember watching Sing Along with Mitch on our old black and white television. The show featured a male chorale and a community sing along program where the words were presented at the bottom of the screen so you could sing along.

Leslie Uggams was a regular on the show. Bob McGrath was in the chorale and later had a successful career as Bob on Sesame Street. Miller was also influential in the recording careers of Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra.

Miller was married to the former Frances Alexander who died in 2000. He lived in New York City, where he died on July 31, 2010.

Photograph credit: Ken Spencer

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