Another Side of Mitch Miller
Mitch Miller became known to the broader public for his aggressively mainstream commercial records of the 1950s and 1960s. As a record company executive, he took talented singers (Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney) and put them on gimmicky, deliriously overproduced records like "Mama Will Bark" (Sinatra) and "Come on-a My House" (Clooney).
Even Miller told Time magazine much of the music he crafted for pop sensibilities was dreck. "I wouldn't buy that stuff for myself," he said. "There's no real artistic satisfaction in this job. I satisfy my musical ego elsewhere."
Miller was an extremely talented musician and spent his early career making distinguished classical and jazz records. For a broader sense of his musical accomplishment, listen to his oboe playing on this piece by Sibelius and this recording by Charlie Parker.
August 2, 2010; 1:51 PM ET
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