Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Charlie Parker and Mitch Miller

Mitch Miller recently passed away. He's best known for a show that ran in the early sixties called, "Sing Along With Mitch" a precursor to karaoke. He was also a classical trained musician who played oboe. In fact, he played oboe on Charlie Parker's album with strings. For those of you who don't know, Charlie Parker was the greatest musician of the twentieth century. Charlie's instrument was the alto saxophone and he played jazz. Clint Eastwood made a movie about him called "Bird." (1988) Anyway, here's a YouTube video of Parker's "Just Friends" with Mitch playing oboe, you can hear him at about 1:15. Enjoy.

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