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 John C. Mills, Jr

John C. Mills, Jr

Birth
Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, USA
Death 23 Jan 1936 (aged 25)
Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA
Burial Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 8189 · View Source
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Member of the Mills Brothers singing group. He was the guitar (originally ukulele) player of the group. As the bass singer, he would imitate the tuba. 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: 17 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8189
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John C. Mills, Jr (19 Oct 1910–23 Jan 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8189, citing Bellefontaine City Cemetery, Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .