One of the most influential people in pop music in the 1950s and early 1960s, who became a TV icon as well, has died at the age of 99, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He was Mitch Miller, familiar to baby boomers and those older for "Sing Along With Mitch," which ran on NBC from 1961-66.
Miller, who had recently been ill and passed away at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City was quite powerful in the music business as a top executive at Columbia Records in the 1950s and early 1960s, helping to guide the careers of Patti Page, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Rosemary Clooney, among others.
Reportedly he d
iestained rock ‘n’ roll, though he was willing to sign Elvis Presley to the label, but he refused to meet the price of Elvis’ business manager, Colonel Parker. Presley then signed with RCA.