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Donald F. Mills

  • Birth 29 Apr 1915 Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 13 Nov 1999 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Court of Remembrance, Columbarium of Radiant Dawn
  • Memorial ID 8187

Singer. Born in Piqua, Ohio, he was the last surviving member of the legendary vocal group, The Mills Brothers. He first stepped onto the stage at the age of 7 with his three older brothers and they recorded their first hit ''Tiger Rag'' (1928) which became the first million-selling disc by a vocal group. The group had it's own national radio show at CBS Radio New York, in the 1930s and was the first African American group to give a command performance before British royalty in 1934. The group is estimated to have sold more than 50 million records with hits to include "Glow Worm", "Lazy River", "Paper Doll", "Cab Driver", "Basin Street Blues" and "Paper Doll" alone selling six million copies in its first release. They also recorded with Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and the bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. He with his brothers John, Herbert and Harry, retired in the early 1980s. For their contributions to the music industry, Donald Mills was presented a Grammy Award for Life Achievement in 1998 and was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame that same year. Donald died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 17 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8187
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Donald F. Mills (29 Apr 1915–13 Nov 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8187, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.