Personalities | Irving Mills | Thirties | Jazz & Blues
(Music publisher, producer, manager, 1884–1985)
Publisher Irving Mills was early to recognize the potential in black music. He formed Mills Music, Inc. with his brother in 1919 and enjoyed a business relationship with Duke Ellington from 1926–39 that brought a procession of Ellington songs into the Mills catalogue. He also formed the Mills Blue Rhythm Band in 1931 and developed it into a fine orchestra before it evolved into the Lucky Millinder Band in 1938. Mills Music, Inc. was sold in 1965.
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