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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Jody Miller born 29 November 1941

Jody Miller (born November 29, 1941) is an American country music singer. Born as Myrna Joy Miller, she was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Oklahoma.
Discovered by actor Dale Robertson, she began her career in the early 1960s as a folk/pop singer, singing in the Los Angeles area and appearing on Tom Paxton's television series. She released her first album on Capitol Records in 1964 and had a modest pop hit that year with "He Walks Like a Man". 

In 1965, she participated in the San Remo Festival as a team companion of Pino Donaggio. Since the Festival was created as a composers' competition, Miller and Donaggio presented differently arranged versions of the entry "Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te)". The song came in on # 7 and was only a moderate hit until Dusty Springfield recorded an English version in 1966 which was eventually released as "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me".

Also in 1965, Jody Miller released an answer record to Roger Miller's blockbuster hit "King of the Road", titled "Queen of the House" (which became her signature hit, peaking at number 12 on t
he Billboard Hot 100 and at number 5 on the country singles chart). Miller won the Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song in 1966.

Miller also scored a second top 40 pop hit that year with "Home of the Brave", a #25 Hot 100 hit that was historically significant for tackling the issue of nonconformity and tolerance. Ahead of its time, its theme prevented it from making any headway on the more conservative country charts of 1965. By the mid 1960s, Miller became a pioneer crossover female vocalist, opening the doors for Linda Ronstadt, Anne Murray, and Olivia Newton-John, and others as a pop singer recording a strong country influence, finding success in both genres.  

Miller's pop success petered out by the late 1960s. Tammy Wynette's record producer, Billy Sherrill, was a fan of Miller's and signed her to Epic Records in 1970 to record specifically for the country market. She had two country hits right off the bat in 1970 with "Look At Mine" nearly making the Top 20 and a Top 20 hit with "If You Think I Love You Now (I Just Started)" in early 1971. She recorded a remake of the '60's pop hit (by the Chiffons), "He's So Fine," and it hit the top 5 on the country chart and #55 on the pop chart that summer. She was nominated for another Grammy award.

Several major country hits followed, many of them remakes of pop/rock classics such as "Baby I'm Yours," "Be My Baby," and "To Know Him is to Love Him". Among the new country songs she had hits with were the top tens "There's a Party Goin' On," "Good News," and "Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home." She also continued to have hits with cover versions of pop hits like "House of the Rising Sun", a hit for The Animals, "Reflections," this is not the hit for Diana Ross and the Supremes, and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", an Aretha Franklin hit. 

Miller's last top 30 country hit was 1977's "When the New Wears Off Our Love" and two years later she made her final chart appearance. She went into semi-retirement in the 1980s, at which time she and her husband owned a ranch in Oklahoma. 

Miller returned in 1987 with the independently released My Country, which consisted entirely of patriotic songs; it caught the attention of President-elect George H.W. Bush, who invited her to perform at his 1988 inaugural ball. Afterward, Miller's now-grown daughter Robin encouraged her to return to country music and the two formed a duo. In 1990, they tried to secure a record contract in Nashville, but were unsuccessful. Miller re-emerged as a gospel singer in the late '90s, with such independently released albums as I'll Praise the Lamb (1997) and Higher (1999).
In 1999, the Country Gospel Music Association inducted Miller into its Hall of Fame, along with Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Andy Griffith, David L. Cook and Lulu Roman.

For a short while Jody and her daughter Robin recorded and toured together.

She continues to perform live and sings her secular hits as well as her gospel material. (Info mainly Wikipedia with a tad of AMG)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

Coops, no doubt most of you eagle-eyed blogsters would of noticed a November birthday in October. By the time I realised the error I had put too much effort in editing the post to delete it. So it stays!

For “ Jody Miller – Anthology” go here:

Miller's Capitol and Epic years are covered in this generously-programmed collection, which naturally starts off with "Queen Of The House" and moves into her subsequent hits. Tons of cover tunes, ranging from country oldies such as "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" and "Ashes Of Love" to a spate of girl-group cover tunes -- "Baby I'm Yours," "He's So Fine," "Baby It's You," etc., given a slightly downtempo country-folk twist. This is certainly one of the best, most comprehensive overviews of her work.

Track List:
01 - Queen Of The House
02 - Home Of The Brave
03 - Look At Mine
04 - If You Think I Love You Now (I've Just Started)
05 - He's So Fine
06 - Baby I'm Yours
07 - Be My Baby
08 - Let's All Go Down To The River (Feat. Johnny Paycheck)
09 - There's A Party Goin' On
10 - To Know Him Is To Love Him
11 - Good News
12 - Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home
13 - The House Of The Rising Sun
14 - Reflections
15 - Natural Woman
16 - Country Girl
17 - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
18 - Ashes Of Love
19 - When The New Wears Off Of Our Love
20 - Roll Me On The Water
21 - Kiss Away
22 - Long Black Limousine
23 - He Walks Like A Man
24 - Spread A Little Love Around