“Sing Along With Mitch”: The More Things Change…

Nov 17th, 2008 // 5 Comments

I’m reading Nixonland right now, and I’m particularly loving the reminders of how weird mainstream American popular culture was back in the sixties. One of my earliest exposures to music was through my parents’ Sing Along With Mitch LPs, which were full of whimsical ditties and perfectly nice. The TV show from which they sprung, however, looks very strange today. The titular Mitch Miller directs a chorus of men singing “Has Anybody Seen My Gal?” while the lyrics scroll beneath them, encouraging folks at home to sing along; presumably they did. The next time you’re tempted to bitch about American pop culture, just remember: we could all be Singing Along With Seacrest. [YouTube]

  1. Maura Johnston

    Some of us already are, Mike.

  2. Anonymous

    HOLY FUCK!! According to Wiki, Mitch Miller is still alive!?!?!?!

    Always hated rock. Nearly ran Columbia into the ground cuz he wouldn’t sign rock artists.

  3. Anonymous

    Anybody notice one particular name in the opening credits? Bob McGrath, later of “Sesame Street.” Apparently, he was the featured tenor on Miller’s show.

  4. almostred

    Mark McGrath is visible at 1:10 singing “Every morning there’s a halo hangin from the corner of my girlfriend’s four post bed.”

    I think the next song is “Danzig Needs a Hug”, but I can’t quite tell on this monitor.

    Oh, wait a minute…

  5. cheesebubble

    I never knew he had a TV show. As terrible as it can be, Mitch Miller’s music will always be near and dear to my heart. I’ll never forget my grandmother playing his records on her old stereo for me when I was a child. Those medleys are burned into my memory. I’ve started collecting Mitch Miller albums, for sentimental reasons (even though I haven’t played most of them). Let me tell you – he put out a lot of LPs!

    I’m just as shocked as mediajunk is… “Miller, now 97, currently resides in New York City and continues to be a guest-conductor for many renowned orchestras.” Rock on!

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