The Mills Brothers, sometimes billed the Four Mills Brothers, and originally known as the Four Kings of Harmony, were an American jazz and traditional pop vocal quartet who made more than 2,000 recordings that sold more than 50 million copies and garnered at least three dozen gold records.
The Mills Brothers were the first African-American artists to have their own show on national network radio (on CBS in 1930); they made appearances in film; and were the first to have a No. 1 hit on the Billboard singles chart, with "Paper Doll" in 1943. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.
Birth and Death Data: Born Founded 1928, Died Ceased 1982
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1957
Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 316 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||TE37230||10-in.||9/25/1931||Tiger rag||Mills Brothers||Male vocal quartet, with guitar||Vocal group|
|Brunswick||TE37231||10-in.||9/25/1931||Nobody’s sweetheart||Mills Brothers||Male vocal quartet, with guitar||Vocal group|
|Brunswick||E37288||10-in.||10/9/1931||Nobody’s sweetheart||Mills Brothers||Male vocal quartet, with guitar||Vocal group|
|Brunswick||E37289||10-in.||10/9/1931||Tiger rag||Mills Brothers||Male vocal quartet, with guitar||Vocal group|
|Brunswick||XE37321||12-in.||10/25/1931||Gems from George White’s Scandals||The Brunswick Orchestra [Victor Young Orchestra]||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal trio, male vocal solo, and mixed vocal ensemble||Vocal group|
|Brunswick||E37391||10-in.||11/19/1931||You rascal, you||Mills Brothers||Male vocal quartet, with guitar||Vocal group|
|Brunswick||E37392||10-in.||11/19/1931||Baby, won’t you please come home||Mills Brothers||Male vocal quartet, with guitar||Vocal group|
|Brunswick||E37467||10-in.||12/16/1931||Dinah||Bing Crosby ; Mills Brothers||Male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble, with orchestra||Vocal group|
|Decca||38606||10-in.||9/12/1934||Sweet Georgia Brown||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38607||10-in.||9/12/1934||Old fashioned love||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38612||10-in.||9/12/1934||Miss Otis regrets||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38613||10-in.||9/12/1934||Sweeter than sugar||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38615||10-in.||9/13/1934||Ida, sweet as apple cider||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38616||10-in.||9/13/1934||My gal Sal||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38637||10-in.||9/14/1934||Some of these days||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38638||10-in.||9/14/1934||I've found a new baby||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38639||10-in.||9/14/1934||Limehouse blues||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38640||10-in.||9/14/1934||Rockin' chair||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38641||10-in.||9/14/1934||Tiger rag||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||38642||10-in.||9/14/1934||There goes my heartache||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||61492||10-in.||12/17/1936||Pennies from heaven||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||61493||10-in.||12/17/1936||Swing for sale||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||61529||10-in.||1/14/1937||Big boy blue||Ella Fitzgerald ; Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||61574||10-in.||2/3/1937||Swing for sale||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||61575||10-in.||2/3/1937||Pennies from heaven||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mills Brothers," accessed December 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103495.
Mills Brothers. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103495.
"Mills Brothers." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 December 2023.
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