Mitch Miller is probably best known for his "Sing Along with Mitch Miller" record albums and his television show, "Sing Along with Mitch". What many people do not know is that Miller had a weekly radio show, The Mitch Miller Show. The 45-minute show did not feature music, it was an interview show featuring a diverse group of people from actors to authors to comedians.
The show began with Miller--also called "The Beard"-- asking questions of the guests and, as the show continued, the interview eventually turned into more of a conversation. Broadcast from Sardi's Restaurant in the New York City theater district, it was almost like the listening audience was eavesdropping on a private conversation.
Miller started his musical career as an oboist with the Syracuse (NY) Symphony Orchestra at 15 years old. After high school, he studied music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, graduating in 1932 with honors. After a stint with the Rochester Philharmonic, he moved to New York City where he played with people like Percy Faith and George Gershwin before joining the CBS Symphony.
Miller worked for several record labels in various positions including head of Artists and Repertoire. He shepherded the recording careers of many famous people including Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennet, and Doris Day.