Miller selected and produced songs recorded by Patti Page, Vic Damone and Frankie Laine at Mercury Records, then moved to CBS in 1950. There, he steered Bennett, Clooney and Johnny Mathis to their first hits. Within two years, Miller took CBS from fourth to first place in pop-music sales. In addition to his fulltime job at CBS, he simultaneously worked part-time as director of popular recordings for Simon & Schuster’s Little Golden Records.
Miller resisted the rise of rock ‘n’ roll in a fierce and outspoken way. He accused disc jockeys in 1958 of “abandoning adults” in their rush to embrace the new genre.
That same year, he released his first “Sing Along With Mitch” album, on the shrewd bet that many Americans still hankered for enduring melodies such as “Down by the Old Mill Stream” and “You Are My Sunshine.”