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Irving Mills

voc, 1894-1985 US, Odessa
Jazz and Pop
A.k.a. Goody Goodwin Joe Primrose

American Jazz music publisher, Agent, Orchestra leader, and Lyricist (January 16, 1894 – April 21, 1985). Mills was born to Jewish parents in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. He founded Mills Music with his brother Jack in 1919. Between 1919 and 1965, when they sold Mills Music, Inc., they built and became the largest independent music publisher in the world. As a music scout, Mills signed Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Mills is highly important in the history of jazz music because of his willingness to work with black musicians and publish their music. While Mills is mostly remembered for his business abilities, he more than dabbled in songwriting -- included among his works is the hit It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing. He died in 1985 in Palm Springs, California and is buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Jazz
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Caravan on Sayonara concert by Paul Mauriat
That's You, Baby on The Naughty 1920s: Red Hot & Risque Songs of the Jazz Age, Vol. 2 by Various Artists
Moonglow on A Soundtrack Inspired by The Holiday Season by Various Artists
Three Little Words (with Frank Brown & His Tooters & Irving Mills) on Ellington In Order, Volume 3 by Duke Ellington
That Certain Feeling on The Sweetheart Waltz by Bert Firman Orchestra & Cavan O'Connor
St. James Infirmary Blues on Hot Lips Page: Feelin' High & Happy - His 48 Finest 1929-1953 by Hot Lips Page

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Band Members
Title Artist Year Type
Classic Big Band SwingIrving Mills / Don RedmanCompil.
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