Bill Miller Biography

Overview

Date of Birth
5 June 1927
Birth Name
William M. Miller

Biography

Bill Miller is a composer for film, TV, and video games. He's best known for his work on the Emmy-nominated show Con (2015)

and "Antidote 15" (2014) , and the anime series, "Chronexia and the Eight Seals". Born in the Chicago suburbs, Miller moved to Arizona in 2010 and has been increasingly active in his compositional efforts. In addition to film work, Miller has had orchestral pieces commissioned by state bands and orchestras, such as ProMusicaAZ.

Spouse

'Aimee Miller' (1947 - 1964) (her death); 1 child

Trivia

August 14, 1970 - AWA Comiskey Park: Bobo Brazil wrestled him to a 20-minute time limit draw.

He played on the Ohio State University Buckeyes football 1950 Rose Bowl team.

Father of 'Meredith Miller' .

He was largely a self-taught pianist.

He began playing professionally at 16 and within two years had gotten an orchestra job.

He went on to play with 'Tommy Dorsey' , 'Benny Goodman ' , and 'Charlie Barnet' .

In 1951, Miller was playing the lounge at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas when 'Frank Sinatra' came to hear him. The crooner liked Miller's understated style and asked him to join his TV show.

He was 'Frank Sinatra' 's longtime pianist and closest musical advisor, who accompanied the legendary singer, from 1951 until his last performance in 1995. Miller was at his side for four decades as accompanist and sometimes as conductor and musical director. Among the scores of hits he played for Sinatra were "I've Got You Under My Skin", "All the Way", "In the Wee Small Hours", "Young at Heart" and "Strangers in the Night". He was the conductor on the original recording of "My Way". It has been said he was the greatest accompanist that any popular singer ever had, no one had his touch, no one had his taste. In several movies, Young at Heart (1954) , Pal Joey (1957) , when Sinatra is supposed to be playing the piano, that was Bill Miller you were hearing. In the early 1950s, Miller introduced Sinatra to "One for My Baby" (and One More for the Road). The archetypal Sinatra piece, became the classic saloon song, which tells the story of a man who stumbles into a bar, alone, late one night. The bar is empty except for the saloonkeeper and a piano player, who is persuaded to play one more song before the man hits the road. Miller was the one who created the musical dramatic picture in the song's simple introduction. Playing the opening notes solo, with Sinatra leaning on the piano. It is such an incredibly atmospheric piano introduction. Anyone who has done that song since has imitated that piano solo.

Author of the 'Johnny Cash ' biography "Cash: An American Man".

Brother of 'George Miller ' .

Interview

"The Advocate" (USA), 9 Ocotber 2001, pg. 18, by: Dan Allen, "Citizen Bunky"