Conductor Mitch Miller dies at age 99

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday, August 2, 2010

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, says her father died in New York City 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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    I remember "sing along with Mitch" from my childhood, worse than Lawrence Welk, music for Alzheimer's patients and *******, yuck.
  • by FAHS74 on Aug 2, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    I can remember my Dad watching "Sing Along With Mitch" when we were stationed in Tucson, AZ in the early '60s. A simpler time. Beats the garbage on TV today.
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