Mitch Miller, record exec, musician and show host, dead at 99
The musician and record-company executive who became one of the 20th century's most influential forces in popular music died July 31 of complications from surgery.
As the host of a popular television show in the early 1960s, "Sing Along With Mitch," Mitch Miller has been credited by some with being the inventor of karaoke.
May 8, 1961
Singer Gloria Lambert is shown with Miller during a recording session at Columbia Studios in New York. Miller is also credited with launching the recording careers of singers Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis and Patti Page.
May 14, 1965
Surrounded by a bevy of kimono-clad Japanese women, American maestro Mitch Miller receives a tumultuous welcome at Tokyo's international airport. On his first overseas tour, Miller appeared in Japan with his male chorus, a group of girl dancers and some key musicians from the U.S backed by the Tokyo Union orchestra.
March 30, 1967
Miller leads members of "Sing Along With Mitch" in picketing outside CBS headquarters in New York. The members of the American Federation of Television Radio Artists (AFTRA) struck at three major radio and television networks.
Jan. 5, 1968
Miller tries Broadway theater production for the first time at the Billy Rose Theater in New York City, where the show "Here's Where I Belong" opened in February 1968. Miller, right, stands with his working crew, Terence McNally, left, writer; Alfred Uhry, center, lyrics; and Robert Waldman, right, music; and, standing behind is the show's director, Michael Kahn.
May 5, 1979
Miller smiles amid music from 76 members of the International Trombone Association after their rehearsal for a Boston Pops concert.
Jan. 6, 1981
Miller performs for photographers with singers Rosemary Clooney, left, and Irene Cara during a rehearsal in New York for his NBC special "The Mitch Miller Show: A Sing Along Sampler." Cara is known for her performance in the film "Fame."
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