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Mitch Miller

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The Resume

    (July 4, 1911-July 31, 2010)
    Birth name is Mitchell William Miller
    Headed the male choir Mitch Miller and the Gang
    Conductor of Mitch Miller & His Orchestra
    A&R director of Columbia Records (1950-65)
    Hosted the TV series 'Sing Along with Mitch' (1961-66) where audience members could participate while the lyrics were shown on the TV screen ('just following the bouncing ball')
    Recorded 'Tzena, Tzena, Tzena,' 'Yellow Rose of Texas,' 'March from the River Kwai (Colonel Bogey March),' 'Carolina In the Morning,' 'Be Kind To Our Web-Footed Friends' and 'By the Light of the Silvery Moon'
    Guest starred as himself in a 1962 episode of 'Car 54, Where Are You?'

Why he might be annoying:

    He sports a billy goat beard.
    His catchphrase was 'All Smiles.'
    He and Frank Sinatra feuded to the point Ol' Blue Eyes quit Columbia Records.
    He hates rock & roll, stating, 'It's not a music, it's a disease.'
    He hosted a TV panel discussion in 1956 with two psychiatrists, warning of the dangers of rock music and giving parents guidelines if their kids were affected.
    As a Columbia honcho he refused to sign Buddy Holly and turned away Elvis Presley when Col. Parker asked for too much money.
    His refusal to sign rock acts caused his dismissal at Columbia.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He is a classically trained oboist and English horn player.
    'Yellow Rose of Texas' was a #1 hit for six weeks in 1955 on Billboard's Singles chart.
    He signed Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Guy Mitchell, Jerry Vale and Johnny Ray, helping to launch their careers.
    One of his choir singers was Bob McGrath, who went on to become a fixture on Sesame Street.
    His 'Sing Along with Mitch' was highly rated and featured a young Leslie Uggams in an era where black entertainers were a rarity on TV.
    The dot that was the 'bouncing ball,' guiding the pace of the songs projected on the TV screen was highly advanced for its time.
    He has guest conducted orchestras around the world.

Credit: Scar Tactics

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Year In Review:

    In 2022, Out of 111 Votes: 42.34% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 6 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 9 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 10 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 9 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 23 Votes: 43.48% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 19 Votes: 52.63% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 20 Votes: 30.0% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 112 Votes: 61.61% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 32 Votes: 65.62% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 53 Votes: 41.51% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 86 Votes: 55.81% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 101 Votes: 67.33% Annoying