Ned Miller

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Ned Miller
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Ned Miller, 1964
Background information
Birth nameHenry Ned Miller
Born(1925-04-12) April 12, 1925 (age 88)[1]
OriginRains, Utah, United States
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1956–1970
LabelsFabor
Capitol
Republic
Associated actsBonnie Guitar
Ricky Van Shelton
Warren Smith
 
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Ned Miller
Ned Miller.png
Ned Miller, 1964
Background information
Birth nameHenry Ned Miller
Born(1925-04-12) April 12, 1925 (age 88)[1]
OriginRains, Utah, United States
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1956–1970
LabelsFabor
Capitol
Republic
Associated actsBonnie Guitar
Ricky Van Shelton
Warren Smith

Henry Ned Miller (born April 12, 1925, Rains, Carbon County, Utah)[2] is an American country music artist. Active as a recording artist from 1956 to 1970, he is known primarily for his hit single, "From a Jack to a King", a crossover hit in 1962 which reached Top 10 on the country music, adult contemporary, and Billboard Hot 100 charts. He had several more chart singles in his career, though none matched the peak of "From a Jack to a King". He composed and recorded "Invisible Tears," which was later recorded by Charles Manson,[3] Connie Smith, Bobby Bare, and the Ray Conniff Singers.

Biography[edit]

Miller's start as a songwriter came when he was sixteen years old.[2] He later joined the United States Marine Corps, from which he was later discharged. In 1956, both Gale Storm and Bonnie Guitar had Top Five hits with different versions of the song "Dark Moon", which Miller co-wrote.[2] Another song he wrote "A Falling Star", was a country hit for Jimmy C. Newman. Very notable is also his uptempo song "Cave In", which in 1960 was the flip side of Warren Smiths, No. 5 country hit "I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today" recorded for the Liberty records label. He also wrote and recorded a song called "From a Jack to a King", which was released on Fabor Records but saw little success on the charts.[3] After being briefly signed to Capitol Records, Miller returned to Fabor and persuaded them to re-release "From a Jack to a King". The song proved successful the second time around, and became a crossover hit for Miller.[2] It sold over two million copies by July 1963, and was awarded a gold disc.[4]

Miller was not particularly interested in his singing career, and rarely toured owing to stage fright.[3] He gave up recording in the 1970s and soon moved to Prescott, Arizona, and later to Las Vegas, Nevada.[3]

Country music artist Ricky Van Shelton covered "From a Jack to a King" in the 1980s; his version reached Number One on the country music chart.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsLabel
U.S. CountryU.S.
1963From a Jack to a King50Fabor
1965Ned Miller Sings the Songs of Ned MillerCapitol
The Best of Ned Miller28
1967Teardrop Lane22
1968In the Name of Love
1970Ned Miller's BackRepublic
1981From a Jack to a KingPlantation

Singles[edit]

YearSingleU.S. CountryU.S.U.S. ACUK[5]IREAlbum
1957"Roll O' Rollin' Stone"singles only
"From a Jack to a King"
"Lights in the Street"
1958"Gypsy"
1959"Ring the Bell for Johnny"
1961"Cold Gray Bars"
"Dark Moon"
1962"From a Jack to a King" (re-release)26321From a Jack to a King
1963"One Among the Many"27
"Another Fool Like Me"28singles only
"Big Love"
1964"Invisible Tears"13131The Best
1965"Do What You Do Do Well"75248
"Two Voices, Two Shadows, Two Faces"Songs of Ned Miller
"Whistle Walkin'"28
"Down the Street"
1966"Lovin' Pains"The Best
"Summer Roses"39Teardrop Lane
"Teardrop Lane"44
1967"Echo of the Pines"singles only
"Hobo"53
1968"Only a Fool"61In the Name of Love
1969"Autumn Winds"singles only
1970"Breakin'"
"Lover's Song"39Ned Miller's Back
"Back to Oklahoma"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 277. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d e allmusic ((( Ned Miller > Biography )))
  3. ^ a b c d Charles Manson: Invisible Tears
  4. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 148. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 367. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.