Harry Mills

Harry Mills

Original Name Harry Flood Mills
Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, USA
Death 28 Jun 1982 (aged 68)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Court of Remembrance, #3446
Memorial ID 2051 · View Source
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Singer. He was a member of the "Mills Brothers" singing group. As a baritone, he would imitate the second trumpet along with Herbert. Originally the brothers would perform in front of their father’s barbershop after school singing while Harry played the kazoo. First named as Four Boys and a Kazoo. At their debut at the Mays Opera house in 1924, Harry forgot his kazoo and improvised a trumpet sound with his mouth and hands. Eventually, they became the first African-American group to have a major broadcast sponsor (Columbia). Their debut record, Tiger Rag/Nobody’s Sweetheart, became the first million record sellers for a vocal group. Became the first African-American artists to give a command performance before British royalty in 1934, with their mother sitting in the royal box with King George V and Queen Mary.

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Mills (19 Aug 1913–28 Jun 1982), Find a Grave Memorial no. 2051, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .