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Thread #131180   Message #2956962
Posted By: pdq
02-Aug-10 - 05:37 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Mitch Miller-bandleader/music exec 1911-2010
Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Miller, bandleader, music exec
Mitch Miller's charm did not work on everybody.

In fact. Frank Sinatra left Columbia because of Miller's taste in material...

"Novelty songs, they used to call them. But, in the early '50s, novelties weren't so much a novelty as terrifyingly ubiquitous. If you want the entire history of pop music on one single--the tug between its highest aspirations and its basest instincts--Sinatra wrapped it up in 1951: on the B side, 'I'm a Fool to Want You,' an almost painfully exposed ballad that today ranks as one of his greatest recordings; but, on the A side ... yes, 'Mama Will Bark.' Mitch Miller, top dog at Columbia Records, insisted Sinatra do it. Frank wound up leaving Columbia, but he never forgave Miller. Years later, they happened to be crossing a Vegas lobby from opposite ends. Miller extended his hand in friendship; Sinatra snarled, 'Fuck you! Keep walking!'"