Their Original & Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The Mills Brothers learned the tradition of barbershop quartet harmony in their hometown of Piqua, OH, perfected it in vaudeville during the 1920s, and used it as the foundation for fascinating innovations in jazz singing in New York during the 1930s. They were enormously popular during the 1940s and early '50s as wholesome interpreters of easygoing pop tunes. The Mills Brothers laid the foundation for dozens of fine vocal groups, including the Ink Spots, the Ravens, the Cats & the Fiddle, the King Cole Trio, the Robins, the Midnighters, the Moonglows, and the Persuasions. Jasmine's 1999 anthology of the Mills Brothers, Their Original & Greatest Hits, brought ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The Mills Brothers learned the tradition of barbershop quartet harmony in their hometown of Piqua, OH, perfected it in vaudeville during the 1920s, and used it as the foundation for fascinating innovations in jazz singing in New York during the 1930s. They were enormously popular during the 1940s and early '50s as wholesome interpreters of easygoing pop tunes. The Mills Brothers laid the foundation for dozens of fine vocal groups, including the Ink Spots, the Ravens, the Cats & the Fiddle, the King Cole Trio, the Robins, the Midnighters, the Moonglows, and the Persuasions. Jasmine's 1999 anthology of the Mills Brothers, Their Original & Greatest Hits, brought together 23 examples of their best work recorded between October 12, 1931, and February 20, 1952. Mostly accompanied by one acoustic guitar, they blend with Bing Crosby on "Dinah" and are backed by a beefy big band on "Be My Life's Companion." Although the Mills Brothers' slow and relaxing approach is dependably comforting, it is the jazz-based and rapidly scat-sung material that really knocks people out. This collection's most exciting and at times dazzling performances are "Tiger Rag," "St. Louis Blues," "Bugle Call Rag," "I Heard," "Nobody's Sweetheart," and their marvelous rendition of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Jasmine Music
  • UPC: 604988255126
  • Catalog Number: 2551
  • Sales rank: 153,416

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Mills Brothers Primary Artist
Bing Crosby Announcer
Technical Credits
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Victor Young Orchestra Director
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Arnold Johnson Composer
Geoff Milne Liner Notes
Joe Young Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Eddie Seiler Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Harry Da Costa Composer
Allan Roberts Composer
Kafi Rooke Artwork
Antonio Sbarbaro Composer
Edwin Edwards Composer
Johnny S. Black Composer
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