Emmett Miller

Emmett Miller (February 2, 1900 – March 29, 1962) was an American minstrel show performer and recording artist known for his falsetto, yodel-like voice. Little remembered today, Miller was a major influence on many country music singers, including Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Tommy Duncan, and Merle Haggard. His music provides a link among old-time Southern music, minstrelsy, jazz, and Western swing.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 2, 1900 (Macon), Died February 28, 1962 (Macon)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, speaker, leader, author, composer

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-0277 10-in. 9/1/1936 I ain't got nobody Gene Cobb ; Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and dialogue speaker, leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-0278 10-in. 9/1/1936 The gypsy Gene Cobb ; Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Dialogue, with jazz/dance band speaker, leader, composer  
Victor BS-0279 10-in. 9/1/1936 Anytime Gene Cobb ; Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and dialogue speaker, leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-0280 10-in. 9/1/1936 Right or wrong Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
OKeh 9324 10-in. Sept. 1925 You're just the girl for me Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
OKeh 9325 10-in. Sept. 1925 Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William now) Emmett Miller ; Walter Rothrock Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh 9326 10-in. Sept. 1925 Lovesick blues Emmett Miller ; Walter Rothrock Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh 9327 10-in. Sept. 1925 I never had the blues (Until I left old Dixie Land) Emmett Miller ; Walter Rothrock Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh S-72936 10-in. 10/25/1924 Anytime Emmett Miller ; Walter Rothrock Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh S-72960 10-in. 11/7/1924 The pickaninnies' paradise Emmett Miller ; Walter Rothrock Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W400015 10-in. 1/15/1928 Thousand frogs on a log Roy Cowan ; Emmett Miller Comic dialogue, with piano speaker, author  
OKeh W400016 10-in. 1/15/1928 Brother Bill Roy Cowan ; Emmett Miller Comic dialogue, with piano author, speaker  
OKeh W400017 10-in. 1/15/1928 On the rock pile Emmett Miller Comic monologue, with piano speaker  
OKeh W400037 10-in. 1/21/1928 Sam and his family Roy Cowan ; Emmett Miller Comic dialogue, with jazz/dance quartet author, speaker  
OKeh W400038 10-in. 1/21/1928 Hungry Sam Roy Cowan ; Emmett Miller Comic dialogue, with jazz/dance quartet author, speaker  
OKeh W400781 10-in. 6/12/1928 God's river blues Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble leader, vocalist  
OKeh W400782 10-in. 6/12/1928 I ain't got nobody (And nobody cares for me) Dan Fitch ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo and comic dialogue, with jazz/dance ensemble speaker, vocalist  
OKeh W400783 10-in. 6/12/1928 Lovesick blues Emmett Miller Male vocal solo and comic dialogue, with jazz/dance ensemble speaker, vocalist  
OKeh W400784 10-in. 6/12/1928 The lion tamers Dan Fitch ; Emmett Miller Comic dialogue, with jazz/dance ensemble composer, speaker  
OKeh W401060 10-in. 8/9/1928 Anytime Emmett Miller Male vocal solo and dialogue, with jazz/dance band speaker, vocalist  
OKeh W401061 10-in. 8/9/1928 St. Louis blues Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
OKeh W401116 10-in. 9/14/1928 Take your tomorrow (And give me to-day) Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W401117 10-in. 9/14/1928 Dusky stevedore Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W401509 10-in. 1/8/1929 I ain't gonna give nobody none o' this jelly roll Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W401510 10-in. 1/8/1929 (I got a woman crazy for me) She's funny that way Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W401511 10-in. 1/8/1929 You lose Charles Chiles ; Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Comic dialogue, with jazz/dance band speaker  
OKeh W401546 10-in. 1/19/1929 Right or wrong Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W401547 10-in. 1/19/1929 That's the good old sunny South Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W401548 10-in. 1/19/1929 You're the cream in my coffee Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W402932 10-in. 9/5/1929 Lovin' Sam (The sheik of Alabam') Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
OKeh W402933 10-in. 9/5/1929 Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William now) Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
OKeh W402934 10-in. 9/5/1929 The ghost of the St. Louis blues Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller ; Phil Pavey Male vocal duet, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W402948 10-in. 9/12/1929 Sweet mamma (Papa's getting mad) Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
OKeh W402949 10-in. 9/12/1929 The pickaninnies' paradise Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
OKeh W402950 10-in. 9/12/1929 The blues singer (From Alabama) Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
OKeh W402988 10-in. 9/24/1929 The medicine show Fiddlin' John Carson ; Emmett Miller Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble speaker, vocalist  
OKeh W402989 10-in. 9/24/1929 The medicine show Fiddlin' John Carson ; Emmett Miller Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble speaker, vocalist  
OKeh W402992 10-in. 9/25/1929 The medicine show Fiddlin' John Carson ; Emmett Miller Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble speaker, vocalist  
OKeh W402997 10-in. 9/25/1929 The medicine show Fiddlin' John Carson ; Emmett Miller Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble speaker, vocalist  
OKeh W402998 10-in. 9/25/1929 The medicine show Fiddlin' John Carson ; Emmett Miller Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble speaker, vocalist  
OKeh W402999 10-in. 9/25/1929 The medicine show Fiddlin' John Carson ; Emmett Miller Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble speaker, vocalist  
OKeh W404487 10-in. 10/17/1930 Sam and Bill at the graveyard Pick Maloney ; Emmett Miller Comic dialogue, with piano speaker  
OKeh W404488 10-in. 10/17/1930 The licker taster Pick Maloney ; Emmett Miller Comic dialogue, with piano speaker  
OKeh W404489 10-in. 10/17/1930 Sam's new job Pick Maloney ; Emmett Miller Comic dialogue, with piano speaker  
OKeh W404490 10-in. 10/17/1930 Sam's new job Pick Maloney ; Emmett Miller Comic dialogue, with piano speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Miller, Emmett," accessed May 31, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111341.

Miller, Emmett. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 31, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111341.

"Miller, Emmett." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 May 2023.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111341

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