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Thread #131180   Message #2957131
Posted By: Janie
02-Aug-10 - 11:40 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Mitch Miller-bandleader/music exec 1911-2010
Subject: RE: Obit: Mitch Miller-bandleader, music exec-Jul 2010
Like others, I was surprised, at the announcement of his death, to learn he had still been alive. Knew nothing about his career beyond his "Sing Along" albums. Have very vague memories of the television show.

I called my son a little while ago and asked him to look through the crates of albums I left at his Dad's house when I moved (lack of space.) I had kept not only all the albums I ever bought, but my parents' collection of LP's. Yep. They probably are not playable without taping a penny to the top of the needle cartridge, but the first "Sing Along with Mitch" with Mitch and the Gang, and the first "Sing Along" Christmas album are there.

When I was young, our Christmas Eve bedtime tradition was for my Dad to read the Christmas story from one of the Gospels, and then we would sing Carols, only Dad would never sing with us. He would just kinda mutter and move his lips.    When that Christmas album came out (1959? 1960?), the words firmly in front of him, Dad finally started singing so we could hear him!