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Mrs. Miller - Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits
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Capitol Records T-2494

Downtown
The Shadow of Your Smile
A Hard Day's Night
Dear Heart
Chim Chim Cher-ee
These Boots are Made For Walkin'

A Lover's Concerto
Let's Hang On
Catch a Falling Star
Gonna Be Like That
My Love

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing one of the most interesting voices
extant.. one that brings to mind the tonal qualities of a Florence Foster Jenkins or a
Mrs. B. J. Fangman.

The voice belongs to Mrs. Elva Miller, a charming lady who lives in the pretty little
Hollywood suburb of Claremont, California, with her husband, Mr. Miller.

As a young girl, Elva was very interested in music and took vocal lessons for seven
years. The impeccable diction found in her singing style is probably due, in part, to the
fact that she has listened to opera recordings very closely. As you recall, Mrs. Miller
was one of the founders of the Foothill Drama and Choral Society...in which she
served as executive secretary.

At the request of her family she stopped singing in public because of the strain of
becoming too involved in public life...so in place of her many civic appearances, she
took up recording...and for the last seven years, Mrs. Miller has been driving to
Hollywood from Claremont to make recordings for her own pleasure.

As in many show business stories, a gentleman connected with the industry was
immediately impressed by the singer's ability...and the wheels of progress began to
grind! The gentleman was Fred Bock, ingenuous young organist and arranger. Fred
apparently was so whelmed by Mrs. Miller's recordings that he brought one of them to
the attention of Lex de Azevedo (pro-nounced Lex) who came up with the concept of
this album you're hearing.

Gonna Be Like That was written especially for Elva by her producer to demonstrate
her "flexibility" in singing everything from religious music to hard core rock and roll...
running the musical gamut, so to speak.

Her recent success has certainly not gone to her head...as a matter of fact, following
her scintillating "Downtown" session of singing and whistling...Mrs. Miller did a turn
about... she modestly asked for the autographs of Harland, the engineer, Merv, the
maintenance fellow, and Louise, the stenographer who works for Belvin, at Du-Par's
Restaurant.

Mrs. Miller explained her theory of using ice in the mouth prior to whistling, to achieve
utmost pitch. "The skin expands and contracts depending on heat and cold..." she
continued... "therefore the pitch can be better controlled in this manner!" This method
is now being experimented with, and undergoing tests at several midwestern schools.

So, much success to Mrs. Miller...when you hear the Miller Sound I'm sure you'll
agree...that here is a most interesting new voice for your record collection.

Gary Owens
KMPC
Hollywood










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