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 Herbert Mills

Herbert Mills

Original Name Herbert Bowles
Birth
Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, USA
Death 12 Apr 1989 (aged 77)
Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 8188 · View Source
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Member of the Mills Brothers singing group. He was a baritone who imitated the trumpet. 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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 17 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8188
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herbert Mills (2 Apr 1912–12 Apr 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8188, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.