Monday, August 2, 2010

Mitch Miller (1911-2010)

Mitch Miller, the recording producer and host of the popular "Sing Along with Mitch" television show in the early 1960s, has died at the age of 99.

Long before his sing-along stardom, he was Mitchell Miller, an orchestral and solo oboist with a penchant for performing contemporary scores. He played in the orchestra for Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" and the pit orchestra that played in the first Broadway run of The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess."

An obituary by Richard Severo in The New York Times: