Mitch Miller
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, said Monday that Miller died Saturday in Lenox Hill Hospital 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.

"Sing Along With Mitch" started as a series of records, then became a popular NBC show starting in early 1961. Miller's stiff-armed conducting style and signature goatee became famous.

As a producer and arranger, Miller had misses along with his hits, famously striking out on projects with Frank Sinatra and a young Aretha Franklin.

The TV show ranked in the top 20 for the 1961-62 season, and soon children everywhere were parodying Miller's stiff-armed conducting. An all-male chorus sang old standards, joined by a few female singers, most prominently Leslie Uggams. Viewers were invited to join in with lyrics superimposed on the screen and followed with a bouncing ball.

"He is an odd-looking man," New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson wrote in 1962. "His sharp beard, twinkling eyes, wrinkled forehead and mechanical beat make him look like a little puppet as he peers hopefully into the camera. By now most of us are more familiar with his tonsils than with those of our families."

Atkinson went on to say that as a musician, Miller was "first rate," praising "the clean tone of the singing, the clarity of the lyrics, the aptness of the tempos, the variety and the occasional delicacy of the instrumental accompaniment."

An accomplished oboist, Miller played in a number of orchestras early in his career, including one put together in 1934 by George Gershwin. "Gershwin was an unassuming guy," Miller told The New York Times in 1989. "I never heard him raise his voice."

Miller began in the recording business with Mercury Records in the late '40s, first on the classical side, later with popular music. He then went over to Columbia Records as head of its popular records division.

Among the stars whose hits he worked on were Clooney, Page, Bennett, Frankie Laine and Jo Stafford. His decision to have Mathis switch from jazz to lushly romantic ballads launched the singer as a superstar.

He had a less rewarding collaboration with Sinatra, whose recording of the novelty song "Mama Will Bark," featuring a barking dog, was considered the nadir of the singer's career. Still, Miller became known for his distinctive arrangements, such as the use of a harpsichord on Clooney's megahit version of "Come On-a My House." He used dubbing of vocal tracks back when that was considered exotic.

"To me, the art of singing a pop song has always been to sing it very quietly," Miller said in the book "Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music."

"The microphone and the amplifier made the popular song what it is - an intimate one-on-one experience through electronics. It's not like opera or classical singing. The whole idea is to take a very small thing and make it big."

Miller and a chorus had a No. 1 hit in 1955 with "The Yellow Rose of Texas," and that led to his sing-along records a few years later.

The years of Miller's biggest successes were also the early years of rock 'n' roll, and many fans saw his old-fashioned arrangements of standards and folk favorites as an antidote to the noisy stuff the teens adored. As an executive at Columbia, Miller would be widely ridiculed for trying to turn a young Aretha Franklin into a showbiz diva in the tradition of Sophie Tucker.

But Miller was not entirely unsympathetic to rock 'n' roll. In a 1955 essay in The New York Times magazine, he said the popularity of rhythm and blues, as he called it, with white teens was part of young people's "natural desire not to conform, a need to be rebellious."

He added: "There is a steady - and healthy - breaking down of color barriers in the United States; perhaps the rhythm-and-blues rage - I am only theorizing - is another expression of it."

"Miller has often been maligned as a maestro of 1950s schlock ... Yet Miller injected elements of rhythm and blues and country music, however diluted, into mainstream pop," Ken Emerson wrote in his book "Always Magic in the Air."

In the Martin Scorsese documentary on Bob Dylan, "No Direction Home," Miller acknowledged that he was dubious when famed producer John Hammond brought the nearly unknown Dylan to the staid Columbia label in the early '60s. "He was singing in, you know, this rough-edged voice," Miller said. "I will admit I didn't see the greatness of it." But he said he respected Hammond's track record in finding talent.

In recent years, Miller returned to his classical roots, appearing frequently as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras.

In 2000, he won a special Grammy Award for lifetime achievement.

Reuther said her father died of "just old age."

"He was absolutely himself up until the minute he got sick," she said. "He was truly blessed with a long and wonderful life."

Miller was born in 1911, in Rochester, N.Y., son of a Russian Jewish immigrant wrought-iron worker and a seamstress. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester.

Reuther said there will be a memorial service for her father in the fall.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press
Published by New York Times on Aug. 2, 2010.
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His sister was my first grade teacher at Carthage School #8 in Rochester in the 50's.
June 30, 2021
One of my Dad’s very favorite music legend. Mitch Miller sing along became a kind of soundtrack of my youth. I lost my Dad this week and was looking for songs to remind me of him, and there was Mitch to comfort me and bring back moments with my Dad in passing. Thank you Mitch RIP
Cynthia Sutherland
May 25, 2021
Mitch Miller and his family lived up the street from me in Stony Point. His son and I were in Miss Kitty Steven's kindergarten together. We went on a trip to Bear Mountain and he fell off the jungle gym and broke his arm. When I was 13, I worked in a general store by my house and Mr. Miller would stop in to buy things. He was always nice and spoke very kindly. He had a good long life. Now, he can sing with the angels.
Kathleen Dunn
June 18, 2020
Nazarene Mckinney
May 8, 2017
I remember sitting in front of my grandparents television when we would visit for Christmas and they would have on Mitch Miller. Such good music and such good memories. In fact I am listening to him now singing "real" Christmas music on you tube.
Ilona Fire
December 15, 2016
I was 5years old when daddy and I would sing along with mitch the closed captions were good because my father was hard of hearing
Rosemary Jackson
April 2, 2015
Sing Along With The Angels, Mr. Miller. Rest In Peace, Kind Sir. See You On The Other Side Some Beautiful Day.
Richard Owen
March 3, 2013
I was 5 when I spotted him at Bonaparte Restaurant! He came around to everyone. I am glad he had a long, fruitful life.
Dorrie (Brooklyn)
Dorrie Sardis
January 31, 2012
The music of Mitch Miller has enriched my life and those of my family and friends. We all love hearing his holiday songs on both CDs and the radio. We are very grateful to have the honor of being touched by his music, and therefore, his life.
Kathryn Aldrich
December 5, 2011
I was too young to follow the bouncing ball and sing along with Mitch Miller, and yet I sang. My sister and I discovered a Mitch Miller album in our dad's collection. We had a record player and the record liner had the words to the songs on it. We listened over and over and learned many popular songs of the 50s. This was way later in the late seventies and early 80s. We suddenly had a common musical interest in our family! So now I can sing "Sweat Violets" to my toddler nieces and nephews and they love it! My musical life was enriched by Mitch! We look forward to hearing many happy songs fill the air when this scripture is fulfilled, "But the meek one themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace."
Melissa S.
February 27, 2011
To the Miller Family,

I loved "Sing Along With Mitch" and follow the bouncing ball. I know he will be missed by so many, he was such a talented and gracious man.
In this difficult time please find comfort from the many wonderful memories he must have made over the years.

The following scriptures brought me much comfort when my brother died: Isaiah 26:19-"Your loved ones will live again...they will be raised up."
This is in harmony with Psalms 37:29-"The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it."

The Grant Family
December 7, 2010
he made me so happy over the years especially when I would think of my west indian neighbors from guyana.
October 9, 2010
Since when was 16 that have some LP from Mitch Miller (1962). I live in Brazil and I miss Mitch too.
Enos Moura
September 7, 2010
How I regret that Mitch and I couldn't connect on his 99th birthday. But many years of happy memories together preceded that. My deepest condolences to his wonderful family. You shared a legend with the rest of the world and for that we'll be forever grateful
Dick Cisek
August 19, 2010
We will all miss you Mitch. Your music has been inspiring.
vincent waldron
August 11, 2010
Will always remember "Sing Along With Mitch" and being kind to our web-footed friends! He brought many smiles to our faces - he will be missed but remembered fondly.
August 11, 2010
was very sorry to see this man who when i was a very little girl sang along with mitch every week die. we lost a great one. many condolences
August 11, 2010
Our entire family tradition is to gather around the Magnavox every year to "Sing Along with Mitch" after lunch on Christmas Eve. We put on the record and carefully pass out the songsheets that came with the album. Three generations loving those songs!

Sending this with much sympathy for his family.

Bonnie (Orlando, FL)
August 11, 2010
August 11, 2010
Mitch is the main reason I recognize and enjoy so many tunes from the 40s and 50s. Thank you for the many hours of family time, listening to your records and watching your TV show. I especially remember the holiday shows, they were the best!
Steve Basham
August 11, 2010
i have many sweet memories of sitting in our living room with my mother and singing together with mitch and the bouncing ball....mitch, thanks for those lasting happy memories
e j
August 10, 2010
"Sing Along With Mitch ". was my very first record and I remember watching the Columbia record label going around. I have fond memories of Mitch. I also was lucky enough to see him with the Boston Pops many years ago. He will be sadly missed. B Hine ,Milford,CT
August 10, 2010
I was sorry to hear about Mitch Miller's death. I honestly thought he had passed away some time ago. I'm glad I was wrong but still sad that he did pass away recently.
Peggy Doyle
August 10, 2010
may you rest in peace in Gods Hands! a fan. watch you on TV at age 7 too the time you went off the air. May God Bless you. A Big Fan
Andy Szurley
August 10, 2010
May Mr. Miller's family always remember the joy he brought into the lives of all who heard and sang along with his music. He filled our homes with delight and kept us together to enjoy being a family. MEMORY ETERNAL. Nina Kaye, Stratford, CT.
August 10, 2010
We love your music and rest in Peace
Sally Palmer
Sally Palmer
August 10, 2010
I remember watching Mitch Miller when I was a kid. He helped me to decide what I wanted to be, a music teacher.He will be greatly missed as a rollmodel and a great musician. Mark, Columbus,Ohio
August 10, 2010
My husband and I each remember vividly your show and the enjoyment we had each week to sing along with you. Our best to your family and may God bless you all. Al and Claudia Inman, SC.
August 10, 2010
Thanks for all th e good memories...I so enjoy watching your programs as a kid...I just loved singing along with u and the crew...May u rest in peace and sing along with all the angels from above >>RIP<<......
Norma I Maldonado
August 10, 2010
Thanks for the many wonderful memories your name shall live on(Don Scott City,MO)
don trapp
August 9, 2010
I remember watching Mitch leading his Band with both his little fingers up in the air... He was very enjoyable to watch and to Listen too.. Rest in peace. Soon we will all be with you.
Joy C.
August 9, 2010
I remember watching your show and loving the music and people you had on. I still have your Christmas album and cd I play every year. Thanks for the many happy times and singing to the bouncing ball will always be a special memory for me... May You rest in eternal peace Mitch.
C Amrhein
August 9, 2010
I will always remember as a child my parents watching the Mitch Miller Show.
I have been a fan since I was 8 years old. God Bless.
August 9, 2010
I will always remember when we at Greenberg Smoked Turkeys were honored with a visit by Mitch Miller.
Louise Portier
August 9, 2010
I will always remember being at my grandparents house and watching the bouncing ball! Thanks for the memories.

Marie Brackett Lough, Sarasota Fl
August 9, 2010
Thanks for many great musical memories from my childhood. I loved watching "Sing Along with Mitch" and believe it sparked my life long love of choral music. I was fortunate enough to see Mr. Miller conduct live at the first Festival Williamsburg in the 1980s and saw first hand how fine a musician he was. Deepest sympathy to the family in your loss. It is wonderful that he had such a good long life.
Jayne Sneed
August 9, 2010
Thanks Mitch. I still remember the lyrics and melodies to so many songs from the many albums we had. You brought music into our home, and so many songs that were entwined with the history of this country -- when everyone could sing around a campfire or while riding in a covered wagon, and then the great memorable songs from broadway musicals. The current trend of high tech individual game entertainment has left a void in knowledge of what should be our common culture of familiar songs. My condolences to your family and fans.
Valerie Morgan
August 9, 2010
Growing up "Sing Along With Mitch" filled our home w/happy sounds and taught me the lyrics to all the old standards. I'm now teaching my grandchildren. The fun continues...Thank you Mr. Miller. Jane Sullivan, Boston, MA
August 9, 2010
my mom listened to you mr still have your albums!!!!!!!!
michael miller
August 9, 2010
May God be with your family. Thank you for the memories that I will always carry with me, your music, spending quality family time, and thinking our world would never change. You brought smiles, love and light into a lot of lives...Thank you Mitch Miller, and I'll bet the band continues to play on in Heaven.
Claudia Guest-Noyes
August 9, 2010
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of Mitch Miller I remember as a little girl watching him on tv may the God of all comfort and tender mercies be with you in your time of grief.
S Griffin
August 9, 2010
What a wonderful and talented man! We listened to him growing up and my dad had so.... many of his albums. My dad has passed and reading about your dad's life and accomplishments brought back some warm, wonderful memories. May the wonderful memories you have of your father stay in your heart forever!
Heidi W
August 9, 2010
I would like to extend my condolences to the Miller family.may the Father of tender mercies strength you in your time of need.....1 cor.2:3,4 Ann~ Alanta,Ga.
August 9, 2010
I have fond memories of Sing along with Mitch. He left such good lasting memories for all of us who remember the good, wholesome, family oriented music he brought to the world, so very talented. My heart and prayers go out to all of his family.
Mary R.
August 9, 2010
The only thing that was more fun than watching,Sing Along with Mitch, was when my Dad would stand up to dance to the music and dance with my Mom OR better yet, have me stand on his feet so I could dance with him. Music is a wonderful gift! Mitch brought it into our homes. Thanks Mitch!!
Barb Straley Hansen
August 9, 2010
How lucky or bleseed this generation would have been had they been exposed to good wholesome family was the trademark of MR. Miller. Pat Martin Danville, Va.
August 8, 2010
One of my happiest memories is "Singing along with Mitch!" He brought such joy to our lives. I am grateful that he lived a full life and that I was able to enjoy the music that was a part of his time. Heavenly music will now be sweeter.
Nancy Howard
August 8, 2010
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mitch Miller. He had a wonderful career and he launched the career of many with his talent and ideas. May God, the Father of tender mercies and of all comfort strengthen you during this difficult time.
August 8, 2010
What a great loss... The world will miss you! Thank you for all of the wonderful memories Mitch.
Bonnie Anderson
August 8, 2010
My deepest sympathy are for the miller family and friends at this bereaved time. The Bible makes this comforting promise: "Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves."
Wanda Henry
August 8, 2010
My condolences to the Miller Family. It was a tradition in our home to watch his program each week growing up. Our parents encouraged us to sing right along, and we did. Wonderful memories, wonderful man. May his soul rest in peace. Sheila Sneyd
Sheila Sneyd
August 8, 2010
I grew up singing along with mitch at holidays with the whole family ,great memories. recently found a cd of sing along with i downloaded to my I pod so when I feel depressed or lonely I play it and it brings back great memories. thank you Mitch!!!
laureen flynn
August 8, 2010
I used to love to watch his show.

Mr. Miller will surely be resurrected to life on the earth in the new system. Please read about this in John 5:28-29.
S Lee
August 8, 2010
I send love and prayers to the Miller family. I got married in 1960 and got my first TV for Christmas that year. I do not remember when Mitch's show first came on but do remember that my hubby & I watched it every week.. He was a great musician and recording executive.
Thank you Mr Miller for all the fond memories.
Anne Archer
August 8, 2010
I loved singing along with Mitch, this was so much fun because music makes the heart glad. I memorized all the songs from the lyric sheet that was enclosed in the LP album we bought. There should be many many more people like him. So sorry to hear of his passing, may God give you strength to endure this.
Margaret Miller
August 8, 2010
So very sad to read about Mr MITCH MILLER passing.The hold family would gather in front of theblack and white tv to watch sing along with MITCH and the bouncing ball. Thank you for those great years. RIP.
m. Terry
August 8, 2010
I had a baby brother who loved Mr. Miller, he would watch every program and move his little hands like Mitch did, singing along to every song. He was blind due to a brain tumor and he went to the Lord at 5 years of age. But that little baby loved this show. Never missed it. We would all gather around the television enjoying every minute with our little Freddie and we would sing a long with Mitch. Now they can sing together again. Thank you Mr. Miller and family. He was well loved. Our deepest condolences for your loss. J.E.Brown
Janet Brown
August 8, 2010
Mr. Miller brought entertainment and a gathering of the family to sit in front of the television each week to share a quality family show for all ages. His show brought happiness and he delighted our hearts with music that you could understand. His memory will live on. He was a great imspriation to all Americans with his music. We loved the Sing-along-with-Mitch Show. My deepest sympathy to Mr. Miller's family. God rest his soul, may he be leading the choir in heaven.
Clara Oliveri
August 7, 2010
Sallie Martin
August 7, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bettie Welch
August 7, 2010
A great music man has passed away. I'm 60 now and still remember his "Sing-along-with-Mitch" and the bouncing ball.
That he was on Charlie Parker recordings was astounding to me.
God rest his soul. He did much for America.
Joe Casados-Pt. Hope, Alaska
August 7, 2010
My first memories of singing are the songs from Mitch Miller's albums. As a child I would pretend to read the words inside the album songbook. But I had memorized all the songs by listening to them repeatedly as my father played them all day on the stereo. What a musician, composer, and wonderful man. He was blessed with a long life. He's now the angels' choir director, I'm sure. Thank you, Mr. Miller.
Sally Farmer Malaney
August 7, 2010
I fondly remember Mitch Miller and his great sing-a-longs. I think maybe thats why I got into Chorus, I just loved singing. I am truly sorry for your loss. Please know that he made LOTS of people happy.
Willene Denney
August 7, 2010
I first like to send my condolence to mitch miller family and his music,my dad made me listen to it as a child, which Dad collected all of his I will have to collecting them again, think of Mitch Miller and how he brought beautiful music always in our home. My 4 brothers listened to them which I am the youngest. I am now 56 and he will be missed, a place of him will always be in my heart. Sincerely, Diane Campana
August 7, 2010
Maestro Mitch Miller.....
Your music will live on forever!
Linda Tremonti
August 7, 2010
Mr.Miller, U made our home a happy place with your music you will be missed.
Bill McCarty
August 7, 2010
My all time favorite christmas music is by the Mitch Miller Band. You will always be a part of my holidays. God Bless you!!
August 7, 2010
Sorry for your loss;
We will never forget him leading everyone in song's on t.v.. He lived a long and productive life. Almost 100 years old. Wont it be wonderful when he learns he can live forever in God's new world on earth. Jesus taught us to pray " Let thy kingdom come thy will be done in heaven and on earth". On earth under Christ's kingship we will all have opportunity to live life the way it was meant to be. He will have chance to lead people in song's of praise to Jehovah the soveriegn of the universe.
August 7, 2010
Thank you Mr. Miller I was in my late teans and lived in Stony Point N.Y. circa 1962. I believe he did as well. I remember him coming in to the bowling alley in West Haverstraw. His music was great. We never missed the show. Bob W. Watkins Glen, Ny
August 7, 2010
He brought music into our home when I was a child.... my mother never missed his show....
August 7, 2010
Thank you Mr. Miller for being a part of my child hood and still the best Christmas music ever!
August 7, 2010
We have such fond memories of "Singing Along with Mitch." May this beloved man rest in peace. Thanks for the memories!

The Boyds
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Ann Boyd
August 7, 2010
I remember singing along with Mitch and the bouncing ball. What a wonderful show and a wonderful man. I am sorry for your loss and ours. We will miss him.
August 7, 2010
My parents had several Mitch Miller record albums with detachable lyric sheets in the center. . My favorite memories are of the parties they would have, and how we would all sing-along . I can remember sitting with my sister and laughing as we watched our parents sing and dance all around the living room . What a happy time in our lives! Thank you Mitch Miller... Liz Anthony Rich. VA
August 7, 2010
I remember my parents watching "Sing Along With Mitch" on t.v. when
I was a child. To this day, you can still find his music on itunes.
Rest In Peace Mr. Miller, and know that my parents truly enjoyed your show. It was music you could understand.
August 6, 2010
Loved him. He will be missed.
Dee Camp
August 6, 2010
Another sad loss in 2010--the passing of Mitch Miller.I highly enjoyed listening to his songs on the radio(most notably on New York's Oldies Station WCBS-FM 101.1)& on CD at home.One of my very favorites was his interpretation of 'The Children's Marching Song' back in the mid-1950s.Mitch,even though you are now gone,we will always 'Sing Along' with you for many years & even generations to come.Rest in peace.
Anthony Ogozalek
August 6, 2010
Mitch was a wonderful man with a big heart. He is one of a dying breed of men. God Bless you, matter how depressed we felt at times, your exuberance and music lifted us out of our fears. Thank you!
Babs/Nicole Dionne
August 6, 2010
I am also 53 and my Grandmother used to play Mitch Miller records when she would make us kids breakfast. We had great memories listening to him. It was a wonderful time being a kid.
Diedra Lewellyn
August 6, 2010
Some of my fondest memories of Christmas growing up were of decorating the tree to Mitch Miller's Christmas album.
Susan Hancock
August 6, 2010
Seth Rogalsky
August 6, 2010
At the age of 53, I can say that you are a good memory of my childhood. May God bless you and your family.
Sabrina Salisbury
August 6, 2010
May God put him in charge of his sing along. He was a pleasure to all who grew up with his music.
T Notartomaso
August 6, 2010
SO sorry to hear about Mr. Miller's passing I remember my pae=rents watching his show when I was a kid. He did have a long and blesses life rest in peace Mr.Miller
Fred Thurau
August 6, 2010
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
August 6, 2010
When I was young, I used to stay at my grandparents' house and sing along with Mitch in their bedroom. It was a simpler time and place, despite being born in the summer of 1989. I don't know much about Mitch, but he really contributed a lot to leisure singing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Tiffany J. L. Alfonso
August 6, 2010
Oh my how sad, but what wonderful memories I will have the rest of my life. I watched you on tv every week! I love your music and arrangements. Heaven is lucky, Mitch is there!!!! God bless ---- The Montgomerys
August 6, 2010
I am one of those who sang along with Mitch Miller. I had almost forgotten until I read this. So sorry for your loss. We never want to lose a loved one, but it happens. One day someone will lose me, but I know that I can see my loved ones again in the resurrection that Jesus Christ promised would take place. Then I will sing along with Mitch in person.
Karolyn Nichols
August 6, 2010
I remember him so well.We watched him every week and enjoyed the time together as a family.My prayers go out to the family and close friends of mitch's.He was a household name.
Diane Bennett
August 6, 2010
My husband and I were out to dinner just a few days ago. And , for whatever reason, I thought of your father's TV show. My husband and I got a big smile on our faces and said.....follow the bouncing ball.
In difficult economic times, like these, how wonderful it is to reflect on childhood memories and simplier times.
Thank you for sharing your father with us and providing my family and thousands of other families wonderful music and entertainment.
Sharon Holly-Sahlin
August 6, 2010
So sorry to hear of you loss, He was a Fixture at Our house, every week we listened and joined in. Music was a big part of our Lives growing up and this was my parrents biggist Kick. get us involved in all types music.
Pat McMann
August 6, 2010
As a child of the 50's and 60's, I was living in the lower east side of Manhattan attending PS 160 (near Delancey Street). I was in the school chorus and our class received a special invitation to "sing along with Mitch". After our wonderful experience at the studio, I was totally amazed to see myself on TV in a future segment. My mom let me stay up late on a school night to watch the felt so magical. I have few photos of childhood and how I WISH I had a copy of that taped broadcast. I later got the chance to see Mitch Miller and Leslie Ugams, et al...then around 1991 (NYC) and told Mr. Miller my story. It was a very nice conversation. I am glad I had the pleasure to meet him again. My sympathy and prayers are with his family. Thank you.
August 6, 2010
My condolences to his family. I remember him fondly growing up and sitting around the kitchen table listening to his records with my parents and singing. He did live a long and wonderful life. He will be missed
August 6, 2010
Oh how I remember "Sing Along With Mitch." He was a wonderful man and his legacy will live on. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.
Sophia Wilkerson
August 6, 2010
My condolances to the Miller family. We also "sang along with Mitch" and "Followed the Bouncing Ball", every week. My father was an avid fan and felt connected gowing up in Tuxedo. I now realize how lucky we were, as kids to go with my grandfather, who worked up in the park, and feel connected also. He was special. Thank you for sharing him!
Sharon Mammato Grahn
Sharon Grahn
August 6, 2010
I remember Mitch very well.We had moved from Oregon to Alaska and our two sons aged 3 and 6,used to watch the "bouncing ball".One day in 1964 Young son Roger got stung near his eye,by a bee.Older son had a very itchy allergy of some sort,so we took a photo of them,and my wife called them"sting along with itch".We surely miss Mitch.He was(and still is)an awesome personality.Nita and Chuck
Chuck Sweet
August 6, 2010
I can remember as a child of the 50's & 60's sitting in the living room with the whole family watching the bouncing ball and singing along with Mr. Miller. My sympathy to his family - he truely was an American Icon.
Sally DeVillez Wood
August 6, 2010
To the family of Mr. Miller,
As a child in the early 60''s, his music was simple with the bouncing ball, was the first memory of trying to sing with music. My parents found it very cute to hear me in my tiny male voice.So we watch each and every show to let me rip my vocal cords. I am sure that all of the singers are being led by the best. However, they would need the bouncing ball. Paul Hill, Spartanburg, S.C.
paul hill
August 6, 2010
"Our whole family sang along with Mr. Miller and thanks to him we still know the lyrics to many wonderful songs. His pioneering in recording and eclectic tastes were also appreciated. His enthusiasm was palpable." Claire Pula (Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey)
August 6, 2010
My mother and father were on their honeymoon in Bermuda when the Miller's were vacationing there (1956). They were so nice to my parents and sent my parents a bottle of champagne to their cottage to celebrate!
As children we of course faithfully watched "Sing Along With Mitch"!
He was a wonderful and gifted musician.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family and may you celebrate in your hearts a wonderful life.
Lisa Leonard
August 6, 2010
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