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Music of our Lives going back to the "Swanee River" (Suwanee)

Posted Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at 7:27 AM

Now this may be a bit BEFORE my time, but this heat must have brought out songs from the deep South. My mother used to teach piano, and I can remember playing and singing from a Stephen Foster book, but I also remember some performances of it by Al Jolson and even the world renowned Chipmunks!

I woke up with Al's rendition in my head but maybe it was brought into my subconscious by me seeing it on a Chipmunk record I processed yesterday.

Speaking of processing music, I can not believe the harmony achieved by the Manhattan Transfer! Now that was musical talent. They may not have always been sing along songs but if you listen to them they have excellent control of their voices and mix it soooo well in harmony. Somehow I did not seem to appreciate that years ago.

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I know what you mean. I would have guessed he was gone a while ago. I hope his life was full up to the end.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 12:08 PM

He was 99. Frankly, I wouldn't have known that he was still alive until I heard that he had passed away.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 11:35 AM

I did not know of his passing. Thanks for the info John.

Mitch Miller was certainly a prolific, multi-talented artist. It is hard to call him just one thing since he did so much.

Bob from Sesame Street? I enjoy finding upcoming artists in the old movies, shows, etc. Now when I see a show for the third time, I end up looking in the background as much as the foreground.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 11:14 AM

The death of Mitch Miller over the weekend had me looking for YouTube clips of "Sing Along With Mitch." I'm too young to remember the TV show, but my father had several of the record albums and I remember them well.

Anyway, I found a clip of the show on YouTube that I posted to my personal blog, and while I was watching it I had a shock of recognition -- one of the chorus members was Bob (McGrath), from Sesame Street!

The Wikipedia entry on Miller says that because of the TV show, he's considered the father of karaoke. He wasn't the first to put sing-along lyrics on a TV or movie screen, but he popularized it in a way no one else had.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 8:09 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.