Label: Parlophone - PCS 7143,Parlophone - 1E 062 ◦ 93013 • Format: Vinyl LP, Stereo • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Easy Listening
Her repertoire included many sing-along and party tunes made popular in the music hallusing a stride piano technique. Mills was born in BecktonEast LondonEngland. She married Bert Mills, with whom she moved to LoughtonEssexwhere she lived most of her life.
While working as the superintendent of a typing pool in the office of the Paymaster General in London, Mills performed as a honky-tonk pianist in the evenings and weekends. By the end of Januaryshe would be a household name, rising to fame during the same period as her stable-mates The Beatleswith whom she had shared space at Abbey Road Studios as mentioned in the Beatles Anthology DVD bonus materials.
Her career as an entertainer was to last well into the s. Mills was also a successful recording artist overseas in territories where there were large numbers of expatriates from the UK, Getting To Know You - Yul Brynner, Gertrude Lawrence, Doretta Morrow And Larry Douglas, The King And Australia, Canada and Hong Kong.
Her oeuvre consisted of British and international standardsplus cover versions of contemporary hits. Mills appeared on two Im Shy Mary Ellen of The Morecambe and Wise Show in andwhere she performed a medley of favourites with the studio orchestra. In December she appeared as the subject of This Is Your Lifehosted by Eamonn Andrewswhen it was revealed that the Im Shy - Mrs. Mills - Music Hall Party record she had recorded was "The Girl in Calico", cut in a make-your-own-record booth on Southend Pierfor a half-crownwith her girlhood pal Lily Dormer.
Barker and Corbett performed a medley of Mills-style classics revolving around John Mills's character in the film Oh! What a Lovely War. Little was seen of Mills on television in her final years and she died of a heart attack on 24 February in London. The name "Mrs Mills" was given to a vintage Steinway Vertegrand piano, frequently used by her at Abbey Road Studios in London, where she recorded.
Although Mills's musical legacy had been largely forgotten in recent times, June saw the emergence of London-based tribute band The Mrs Mills Experience  with a Andy Fairweather-Low - Champagne Melody at The Vintage Festival at Boughton House in Northamptonshire. Loughton Town Council commissioned a blue plaque to her memory on the house at 43, Barncroft Close, her home for many years.
A list of her UK output according to a vast, now lost Parlophone listing from the web is as follows:. The cover art on these albums, rather than the content, has been of interest to collectors. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the piano known as "Mrs Mills", see Steinway Vertegrand. Retrieved 16 April London: Guinness World Records Limited. The Guardian. Capitol Archived from the original on 19 October Harmony Central.
Also released in Scotland, with album art showing Mrs Mills with various Gérard Berliner - LAmour De LAmour - De Toi A Moi puppies. What a Wonderful Party double album. The cover shows a chimpanzees' tea party. One After 909 - The Beatles - File Under: Beatles double album — elephant cover.
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