Personalities | Bob Miller | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country
(Piano, vocals, songwriter, publisher, 1895–1955)
A Memphis riverboat pianist and bandleader, Miller got into the publishing and songwriting business in his twenties. Moving to New York, he worked for several labels as a record producer, supplying acts like Gene Autry and Cliff Carlisle with material of his own, such as ‘Twenty-One Years’, ‘Seven Years With The Wrong Woman’ and ‘Rockin’ Alone (In An Old Rockin’ Chair)’ and often playing keyboards on their records. One of his biggest successes was Elton Britt’s Second World War hit ‘There’s A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere’ (1942). He is reputed to have written 4,000 songs; the true number may be about 10 per cent of that, but it included many interesting topical pieces like ‘Eleven Cent Cotton, Forty Cent Meat’ (1928), ‘Dry Voters And Wet Drinkers’ (1929) and a sheaf of true-crime compositions, all of which he recorded himself under several pseudonyms.
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