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Conductor Mitch ("Sing Along With Mitch") Miller dies at age 99
AP on SFGate.com ^ | 8/2/10 | AP

Posted on 08/02/2010 10:44:42 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

NEW YORK, (AP) -- Mitch Miller, the goateed orchestra leader who asked Americans to "Sing Along With Mitch" on television and records, has died at age 99.

His daughter, Margaret Miller Reuther, says her father died in New York City after a short illness.

Miller was a key record executive at Columbia Records in the pre-rock 'n' roll era, making hits with singers Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: conductor; mitchmiller; music; obituary

1 posted on 08/02/2010 10:44:45 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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RIP Mitch


2 posted on 08/02/2010 10:46:39 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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another Born on the Fourth of July baby,, 1911


3 posted on 08/02/2010 10:47:14 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

May he R.I.P. I always enjoyed his show.


4 posted on 08/02/2010 10:47:24 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Southeast Wisconsin)
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To: NormsRevenge
What would Tony Benett be without Mitch backing him up?

Goodbye Mitch, we're all going to miss you..


5 posted on 08/02/2010 10:48:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

bttt


6 posted on 08/02/2010 10:48:28 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow - I didn’t know he was still alive. I remember him from when I was a wee little kid and Dad played his LP’s on the hi-fi.

May God rest his soul.


7 posted on 08/02/2010 10:48:31 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: NormsRevenge

RIP Mitch. “Colonel Bogey March” going currently going through my head.


8 posted on 08/02/2010 10:48:46 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFWOr3FDJI8


9 posted on 08/02/2010 10:48:59 AM PDT by walford (http://natural-law-natural-religion.blogspot.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

I loved his show when I was a kid. RIP, Mitch...


10 posted on 08/02/2010 10:49:36 AM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Follow the bouncing ball....

RIP


11 posted on 08/02/2010 10:50:00 AM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Now 100% flag free.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Mitch Miller was one of the most important producers of the Fifties. He defined the country and rockabilly sound at Columbia Records, where he was the director of A&R (artists and repetoire). Marty Robbins and other country singers got a huge leg up with Miller's male chorus backing them on recordings.

He was a genuine giant.

12 posted on 08/02/2010 10:50:41 AM PDT by Publius (Unless the Constitution is followed, it is simply a piece of paper.)
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NYT thread here
Mitch Miller, Music Executive and TV Host, Dies
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2563257/posts


13 posted on 08/02/2010 10:51:53 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

14 posted on 08/02/2010 10:52:14 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (drain the swamp! ( then napalm it and pave it over ))
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To: NormsRevenge

Listening to his Christmas album was a tradition in our house during the holidays. Now..I have the cd and play it for my kids at Christmas!


15 posted on 08/02/2010 10:52:14 AM PDT by Commander X (TOTUS...destroying the USA one lie at a time.)
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To: NormsRevenge

RIP Mitch.


16 posted on 08/02/2010 10:52:29 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (A woman is like an artichoke; you have to do a bit of work to get to her heart ~Insp. Clouseau)
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To: NormsRevenge

Original Karaoke.... Follow the Bouncing Ball!

(Mom used to use his show as an unpaid Baby sitter)

RIP Mitch

TT


17 posted on 08/02/2010 10:53:56 AM PDT by TexasTransplant (I don't mind liberals... I hate liars...there just tends to be a high degree of overlap)
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To: reagan_fanatic

I had the same reaction, I thought he was dead. His show was fun when I was a kid and I am as old as dirt, or so I thought. I still have cassette tape of his Christmas songs. If other bloggers do not know what a cassette tape is, google it, I had enough trouble explaining it to my 14 year old.


18 posted on 08/02/2010 10:57:26 AM PDT by OldGoatCPO
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To: NormsRevenge

No disrespect, but I thought he died many years ago. Class act and a class show.


19 posted on 08/02/2010 10:58:17 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: NormsRevenge
Stupid internet! No bouncing ball generator. Rest in peace, MItch.

20 posted on 08/02/2010 10:59:17 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: NormsRevenge
Be kind to our web footed friends,
for duck may be some body's mother.

Be kind to our friends in the swamp,
where the weather is very, very, daump.

Now you might think that this is the end
well, it is.
21 posted on 08/02/2010 10:59:21 AM PDT by ol' hoghead (He is not here; for he is risen.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

I vividly remember the bouncing balls on “Sing Along with Mitch” when I was a kid.


22 posted on 08/02/2010 10:59:28 AM PDT by 1951Boomer
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To: Commander X
I just love his Christmas music....a truly warm and wonderful memory of the 50s and 60s. We play Mitch's music every Christmas season, also.

Sad. May he rest in peace.

23 posted on 08/02/2010 11:03:01 AM PDT by itssme
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To: NormsRevenge
RIP.
Below is the only stanza that I remember.

Be kind to your web-footed friends
For a duck may be somebody’s mother
Be kind to your friends in the swamp
Where the weather is very, very damp [pronounced to rhyme with “swamp”]
Now, you may think that this is the end...
WELL, IT IS! [abrupt cut to closing credits]

24 posted on 08/02/2010 11:03:56 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
"Wow - I didn’t know he was still alive."

Me either. We had all his albums and enjoyed singing along to all the great tunes. RIP Mitch!! You gave us some great times in our youth.

25 posted on 08/02/2010 11:04:28 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: NormsRevenge

OMG, I thought he had been dead for decades!.............RIP, Mitch. You can Sing Along with the angelic choir, now..............


26 posted on 08/02/2010 11:15:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow.. I didn’t know he was still around either. What great memories of Friday nights as a child. As I recall, Rawhide with a very young Clint Eastwood, came on right after, or right before his show.


27 posted on 08/02/2010 11:23:24 AM PDT by lupie
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To: reagan_fanatic

Wow...I had no idea he was still alive either. RIP, Mitch.


28 posted on 08/02/2010 11:25:56 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: itssme

He had two female singers on the show..Diana Trask and Leslie Uggams...always liked them both


29 posted on 08/02/2010 11:28:47 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: reagan_fanatic

“Wow - I didn’t know he was still alive”

I agree. RIP Mitch.


30 posted on 08/02/2010 11:29:08 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: OldGoatCPO
If other bloggers do not know what a cassette tape is, google it, I had enough trouble explaining it to my 14 year old.

I recently had a similar conversation with a 17 yr old about 8-Tracks, 78's, and punch-cards.

31 posted on 08/02/2010 11:29:47 AM PDT by DarthFuzball ("Life is full of little surprises." - Pandora)
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To: walford

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGGyar8Qgew


32 posted on 08/02/2010 11:32:31 AM PDT by Hazzardgate
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To: NormsRevenge

Still the most fun Christmas album ever.

33 posted on 08/02/2010 11:42:21 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: NormsRevenge

My all-time favorite Christmas Album as a kid. I had to search all over to find it on CD a couple years ago.

Thanks for some great Christmas Sing-a-longs!! RIP


34 posted on 08/02/2010 11:46:09 AM PDT by KEmom (Proud to be a Mama Grizzly!!!)
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To: OldGoatCPO
Heck, I think I have some cassette cylinders packed away somewhere. They are Dolby stereo, though.

≤}B^)

35 posted on 08/02/2010 12:03:23 PM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Brings back memories. My Dad owned a little neighborhood bar, we lived upstairs. When “Sing Along With Mitch” would come on, the entire contingent of regulars (Norm and Cliff types) would sing lustily through the whole show. Those were good days.


36 posted on 08/02/2010 12:03:28 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: NormsRevenge
RIP, Mitch.

To be honest, I didn't know he was still alive. Hadn't heard his name mentioned (in the present tense) is quite a while.

And the last time was probably a Robin Hood joke about "mitch" the miller's son.

37 posted on 08/02/2010 12:39:43 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (There is neither honesty, manhood nor good fellowship in thee.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Watched him all the time...

Good, clean fun...

RIP, Mitch..


38 posted on 08/02/2010 12:47:17 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: OldGoatCPO
If other bloggers do not know what a cassette tape is, google it, I had enough trouble explaining it to my 14 year old.

LOL. I was enthralled with cassette tapes and recording music on them. I remember my Dad bought me a portable cassette player/recorder, and I snuck it into a Foreigner concert back in the 70's.

The music was so loud that it completely overwhelmed the built-in microphone, and I ended up with a cassette tape of nothing but distortion.

I have 3 children now, one who is 21. I'm not even gonna attempt to explain what a cassette tape is to them.


39 posted on 08/02/2010 12:47:42 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ah, the Yellow Rose of Texas...with that snare drum.


40 posted on 08/02/2010 1:12:53 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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