"There never was a bouncing ball. Everyone says there was a bouncing ball, but we just had the lyrics."
About This Interview
In his two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Mitch Miller (1911 - 2010) talks about his early musical interests in high school, where he played the oboe. He talks about his first professional jobs in Rochester, New York, and his move to New York City. He mentions working with George Gershwin and describes the orchestration of "Rhapsody in Blue." He talks about joining the CBS symphony orchestra in the mid-30s, where he appeared on radio through the 1940s. He discusses working at Mercury Records and then Columbia Records and his nurturing of musical talent (such as Johnny Mathis,) as well as his developing of hit songs (including "I Believe"). He talks about providing the song "Let Me Go Lover" to the CBS drama anthology series Studio One, which became an instant hit record for unknown Joan Weber. He briefly mentions his own hit record in "The Yellow Rose of Texas." He speaks about getting his first exposure with sing-along songs on television with the special Startime: Sing Along with Mitch. Miller then speaks in great detail about his famed 1960s television series resulting from this special, Sing Along with Mitch. B-roll consists of a shot of a "Look" magazine cover, along with shots of this issue's article and internal photos. Karen Herman conducted the interview in New York, NY on July 24, 2004.