The Mills Brothers, sometimes billed the Four Mills Brothers, and originally known as the Four Kings of Harmony, were an African-American jazz and 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, and the first to have a #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 1928, Died 1982
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1957
Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 310 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
|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|
|Decca||61576||10-in.||2/3/1937||Dedicated to you||Ella Fitzgerald ; Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||62106||10-in.||4/5/1937||The love bug will bite you||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||62115||10-in.||4/7/1937||Rockin' chair swing||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||62116||10-in.||4/7/1937||Carry me back to Old Virginny||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||62117||10-in.||4/7/1937||Darling Nellie Gray||Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
|Decca||62322||10-in.||6/29/1937||In the shade of the old apple tree||Louis Armstrong ; Mills Brothers||Vocal group|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mills Brothers," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103495.
Mills Brothers. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103495.
"Mills Brothers." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.
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