Remembering Mitch Miller - A Rare WXXI Interview
Music legend and Rochester native Mitch Miller is dead at the age of 99. Miller's daughter says he died after a short illness.
Click Here to listen to Miller's 1999 interview here at WXXI. We've divided it into four parts.
He 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. Miller was an alumnus of the Eastman School of Music and a campus building is named in honor of his parents.
"Sing Along With Mitch" started as a series of records, then became a popular NBC television show starting in early 1961. Miller's stiff-armed conducting style and signature goatee became famous.
Click Here for NPR's mention of his passing. Click Here for the story on the NY Times website. Click Here for the University of Rochester tribute page detailing his relationship with the Eastman School of Music.
Click on the video box below to see a clip of one of Miller's television programs.