Jody Miller

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Jody Miller
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Jody Miller in 1965
Background information
Birth nameMyrna Joy Miller
Born(1941-11-29) November 29, 1941 (age 72)
OriginPhoenix, Arizona
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1960–present
LabelsCapitol, Epic
Associated actsRoger Miller
WebsiteThe Official Jody Miller site
 
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Jody Miller
Jody Miller.png
Jody Miller in 1965
Background information
Birth nameMyrna Joy Miller
Born(1941-11-29) November 29, 1941 (age 72)
OriginPhoenix, Arizona
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1960–present
LabelsCapitol, Epic
Associated actsRoger Miller
WebsiteThe Official Jody Miller site

Jody Miller (born November 29, 1941) is an American country music singer. Born as Myrna Joy Miller,[1] she was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Oklahoma.

Career[edit]

Discovered by actor Dale Robertson, she began her career in the early 1960s as a folk/pop singer, singing in the Los Angeles area and appearing on Tom Paxton's television series.[citation needed] She released her first album on Capitol Records in 1964 and had a modest pop hit that year with "He Walks Like a Man".

In 1965, she participated in the San Remo Festival as a team companion of Pino Donaggio. Since the Festival was created as a composers' competition, Miller and Donaggio presented differently arranged versions of the entry "Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te)". The song came in on # 7 and was only a moderate hit until Dusty Springfield recorded an English version in 1966 which was eventually released as "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me". Also in 1965, Jody Miller released an answer record to Roger Miller's blockbuster hit "King of the Road", titled "Queen of the House" (which became her signature hit, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 5 on the country singles chart). Miller won the Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song in 1966.[citation needed]

Miller also scored a second top 40 pop hit that year with "Home of the Brave", a No. 25 Hot 100 hit that was historically significant for tackling the issue of noncomformity and tolerance. Ahead of its time, its theme prevented it from making any headway on the more conservative country charts of 1965. By the mid 1960s, Miller became a pioneer crossover female vocalist, opening the doors for Linda Ronstadt, Anne Murray, and Olivia Newton-John, and others as a pop singer recording a strong country influence and finding success in both genres. Miller's pop success petered out by the late 1960s. Tammy Wynette's record producer, Billy Sherrill, was a fan of Miller's and signed her to Epic Records in 1970 to record specifically for the country market. She had two country hits right off the bat in 1970 with "Look At Mine" nearly making the Top 20 and a Top 20 hit with "If You Think I Love You Now (I Just Started)" in early 1971. She recorded a remake of the Chiffons 1963 hit "He's So Fine", which hit the top 5 on the country chart and No. 55 on the pop chart that summer, garnering another Grammy award nomination.

Several major country hits followed, many of them remakes of pop/rock classics such as "Baby I'm Yours," "Be My Baby," and "To Know Him is to Love Him". Among the new country songs she had hits with were the top tens "There's a Party Goin' On," "Good News," and "Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home." She also continued to have hits with cover versions of pop hits like "House of the Rising Sun", a hit for The Animals, "Reflections" (different from the Diana Ross and the Supremes hit), and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", an Aretha Franklin hit.

Miller's last top 30 country hit was 1977's "When the New Wears Off Our Love" and two years later she made her final chart appearance. She went into semi-retirement in the 1980s, at which time she and her husband owned a ranch in Oklahoma.[citation needed]

She later emerged as a Christian music artist, releasing several albums. In 1999, the Country Gospel Music Association inducted Miller into its Hall of Fame, along with Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Andy Griffith, David L. Cook and Lulu Roman. For a short while Jody and her daughter Robin recorded and toured together. She continues to perform live and sings her secular hits as well as her gospel material.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUS
1963Wednesday's Child is Full of WoeCapitol
1965Queen of the House17124Capitol
Home of the Brave
1966Jody Miller Sings the Great Hits of Buck Owens
1968The Nashville Sound of Jody Miller42
1970Look at Mine20Epic
1971He's So Fine12117
1972There's a Party Goin' on29
1973The Best of Jody Miller41Capitol
Good News18Epic
1974House of the Rising Sun30
1975Country Girl49
1976Will You Love Me Tomorrow
1977Here's Jody

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUSUS ACCAN CountryCANCAN AC
1964"He Walks Like a Man"66Queen of the House
1965"Queen of the House"5124
"Silver Threads and Golden Needles"54
"Home of the Brave"255Home of the Brave
"Magic Town"125single only
1968"Long Black Limousine"73The Nashville Sound of Jody Miller
1970"Look at Mine"2126Look at Mine
"If You Think I Love You"1929
1971"He's So Fine"55323461He's So Fine
"Baby I'm Yours"59121825
1972"Be My Baby"153511There's a Party Goin' on
"Let's All Go Down to the River" (w/ Johnny Paycheck)1318
"There's a Party Goin' On"411523120
"To Know Him Is to Love Him"1812
1973"Good News"99Good News
"Darlin', You Can Always Come Back Home"53
"House of the Rising Sun"29412381House of the Rising Sun
1974"Reflections"55
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"46
"Country Girl"41Country Girl
1975"The Best in Me"78
"Don't Take it Away"67Will You Love Me Tomorrow
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"69
1976"Ashes of Love"48
"When the New Wears Off Our Love"25Here's Jody
1977"Spread a Little Love Around"71
"Another Lonely Night"76single only
1978"Soft Lights and Slow, Sexy Music"97
"(I Wanna) Love My Life Away"67
"Kiss Away"65
1979"Lay a Little Lovin' on Me"97

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