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The Mitch Miller Show

the man who helped shape the careers for Tony Bennett, Guy Mitchell, and Rosemary Clooney.

3 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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3 Audio CDs


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"Jonathan Winters Interview"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Mitch MillerThe popular music scene after the Second World War but before the Rock and Roll era was largely defined by singer, musician, producer, conductor, A&R man, and record company executive, Mitch Miller. Miller was a graduate of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in the early 1930s, and found early success as a player of the oboe and English horn. Miller was part of the CBS Symphony that accompanied the famous Orson Welles broadcast of The War Of The Worlds.

Miller won both fame and a degree of notoriety as director of Artists and Repertoire (A&R) for Decca Records in the late '40s, and later for Columbia Records. A&R was an important position in the record companies; it was his job to decide which singer would be matched with a particular song. Miller was noted for shaping the careers of Tony Bennett, Guy Mitchell, Rosemary Clooney, and several others. Miller butted heads with Frank Sinatra over song selections, Sinatra feeling that many of the novelty songs that Miller was famous for were beneath him. Miller countered that Sinatra's contract gave him the right to refuse any song. Miller said that he wouldn't have bought many of the the novelty tunes he produced, but there is no denying Columbia's high hit to release ratio during the period.

Mitch Miller & Rosemary ClooneyFor six years, ending with the Jul 29, 1961 broadcast, Miller hosted a weekly discussion program over the radio network, simply titled the Mitch Miller Show. Miller invited a number of his show business and literary friends to the show, including Carl Sandburg, Carlos Romulo, Charles Laughton, Eddie Foy Jr., Gary Cooper, Harold Lloyd, Janet Gaynor, Joe E. Lewis, Lerner and Lowe, Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford,Peter Ustinov, Eddy Duchin, and many others. The show had a very simple format, not unlike current late night TV talk shows.

After closing the Mitch Miller Show on radio, Miller opened Sing Along With Mitch on NBC television. The show was an out growth of a series of Columbia record albums by the same name. The TV program featured a goated Miller leading a choral group performing old standards, and encouraging the audience to sing along. The lyrics were super-imposed on the screen, and the audience could "follow the bouncing ball" if they were unfamiliar with the lyrics. Sing Along With Mitch was intended to be a one time broadcast, but was so well received that it lasted from 1961 through 1964. In the end it became a victim of changing musical tastes.

Mitch Miller is honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7013 Hollywood Blvd.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    3 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 10 min
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      3 shows - total playtime 2 hours 10 minutes
      1. Mitch Miller Show 610715 Jonathan Winters.mp3
      2. Mitch Miller Show 610720.mp3
      3. Mitch Miller Show 610729 Last Show.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    3 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 10 min
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      3 shows - total playtime 2 hours 10 minutes
      1. Mitch Miller Show 610715 Jonathan Winters.mp3
      2. Mitch Miller Show 610720.mp3
      3. Mitch Miller Show 610729 Last Show.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    3 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 10 min

    Disc A001

    1. Mitch Miller Show 610715 Jonathan Winters

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    Disc A002

    1. Mitch Miller Show 610720

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    Disc A003

    1. Mitch Miller Show 610729 Last Show

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