Mitch Miller has died at the age of 99
. In the years before rock'n' roll took over, Miller, as an A&R man first at Mercury, and then at Columbia Records, signed and produced hits for a large stable of stars, including Patti Page, Frankie Laine, Johnny Mathis, and Tony Bennett. While he did have a disdain for rock music later, he did offer Elvis Presley a contract and brought Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin into the fold. Artists like Frank Sinatra would later criticize Miller for forcing novelty tunes like Mama Will Bark
In 1955 he had a number one hit with the old Civil War-era standard, The Yellow Rose of Texas.
Beginning in 1961 he turned a series of records into a hit NBC series, Sing Along with Mitch
and his goateed face became a television staple as he encouraged viewers at home to follow the bouncing ball and join in. The show helped launch the career of future Sesame Street star Bob McGrath
and inspired the Flintstones parody Hum Along with Herman
posted by evilcolonel
on Aug 2, 2010 -
For many, this time of year brings to mind George Frideric Handel's
- a three part oratorio for orchestra, chorus and soloists. For many
, the holiday
season has not begun until the local Messiah Sing-Along. (Need a score to sing along?
It's always a good idea to check the Choral Public Domain Library! And before you go, make sure you're ready with a handy - and hilarious - quiz!
) But the Messiah narrative has much less to do with that omnipresent, tacit, eponymous character and much more to do with the shared and often painful condition of the human family and our attempts to understand and commune with the universe. Director Claus Guth has staged the oratorio using a setting that mirrors that experience: a funeral. [Clips of that performance within.] [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy
on Dec 22, 2009 -
In Saint's Row 2 (a GTA-ish game for the PC and current-gen consoles), your character sings along whenever a-ha's song "Take on Me" plays on the radio. Here's all six player voices
edited together to sing along at the same time. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by CrunchyFrog
on Nov 5, 2009 -
There's a story...
About a man name Haughey...
Who attended a party...
(sing this to the brady bunch theme song)
posted by efader
on Jun 5, 2000 -