Gary Miller

  • Real Name: Neville Williams
  • Birth Date: 1924
  • Birth Place: Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Gary Miller was a talented individual who could doubtless have made a career in any of several spheres. After completing his service in the Royal Navy after the war, he made the move south from his native Blackpool. It was his ambition to enter the teaching profession and in pursuit of this he enrolled as a student at a London college. However extracarricular activity soon found him singing- a hitherto undiscovered talent that led him away from his studies and towards making it as a professional entertainer.

    Gary is a difficult singer to categorise, because he sang such a wide variety of different material. His chart successes indicate that he was most suited to light 'pop', but he also sang a great many romantic ballads. He was the consummate professional, but despite his polished performances he never quite managed to break through into the top flight of British balladeers. The writer of this piece remembers seeing a live performance that Gary gave in March, 1958. Buddy Holly and the Crickets were top of the bill at the same show. Unfortunately, the Crickets were due to appear on the TV show "Sunday Night At The London Palladium" that same evening and had to go on stage first because of the timing of this appointment. Consequently, it was left to Gary to close the show. Despite having to deal with an audience still heady after a legendary performance by one of rock and roll's greatest stars (several people held up lighted matches during the rendition of Gary's latest release, "Put A Light In The Window") he came through the ordeal undaunted and to great applause.

    The EP on the left (NEP24047 issued in 1957) is one of no less than seven that Gary had released during his recording career. However he only had two albums issued and all his releases with picture sleeves are now quite hard to find. EPs are often a good way of getting hold of original tracks that were otherwise only available on 78rpm. For example, this record contains Wonderful, Wonderful, and The Garden Of Eden which were originally issued as 78s.
    Gary probably relied too heavily on recording covers of the songs of others and few of his best releases were without strong competition from well known singers. However, he managed to put something of his own into every one of them. Sadly, Gary Miller died from a heart attack in 1968.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Upper List includes UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • Some Important 78s are shown in Green
    • See Lower list for EP releases

    Pye B15004 1955 Yellow Rose Of Texas #13
    Pye N15020 1956 Robin Hood #10
    Pye N15070 1957 Garden Of Eden #14
    Pye N15094 1957 Wonderful Wonderful #29
    Pye 7N15120 1958 The Story Of My Life/ Put A Light In The Window #14
    Pye 7N15136 1958 Lollipop/ Dancing With My Shadow  
    Pye 7N15140 1958 On The Street Where You Live/ That's For Me  
    Pye 7N15151 1958 A Couple Of Crazy Kids/ Ivanhoe Of England  
    Pye 7N15164 1958 The First Christmas Day/ Nearest And Dearest  
    Pye 7N15188 1959 Jezebel/ The Railroad Song  
    Pye 7N15207 1959 Sing Along/ Someone To Come Home To  
    Pye 7N15239 1959 Marina/ Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me  
    Pye 7N15277 1960 Mission Bells/ Nearest And Dearest  
    Pye 7N15338 1961 Dream Harbour/ Goodnight Sweetheart  
    Pye 7N15368 1961 The Story Behind My Tears/ Some Enchanted Evening  
    Pye 7N15404 1961 There Goes That Song Again/ The Night Is Young #29
    Pye 7N15425 1962 If You Were The Only Girl In The World/ Dancing In The Dark  
    Pye 7N15452 1962 If I Had My Way/ Moonlight Becomes You  
    Pye 7N15474 1962 Mister Lonely/ Sunday  
    Pye 7N15497 1963 I've Heard That Song Before/ You Are Beautiful  
    Pye 7N15592 1963 Maria Elena/Amor  
    Pye 7N15651 1964 The Way You Look Tonight/ Dear Friend  
    Pye 7N15698 1964 Aqua Marina/ Stingray  
    Pye SN17388 1967 My World Is Blue/ Grain Of Golden Sand  

    Note that Gary also had 78s issued on Columbia and Philips labels.

    7N15151 was produced in the company of Marion Ryan and on 7N15140 he was accompnied by the Kenny Ball Jazz Band.

    EP Discography

    • Stereophonic Versions have Cat. No. in parentheses
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Upper List For Singles releases

    Pye NEP24013 1956 "Four Big Hits"  
    Ballad Of Davy Crockett/Robin Hood/The Man From Laramie/The Yellow Rose Of Texas
    Pye NEP24047 1957 "Hit Parade Vol.1" w.Tony Osborne Orch.  
    Wonderful Wonderful/Moby Dick/Garden Of Eden/Love Letters In The Sand
    Pye NEP24057 1957 "Meet Mister Miller Pt.1 -Onstage"  
    You're Nearer/Fella With An Umbrella/That's What A Rainy Day Is For/April Showers/Tott Toot Tootsie/That's For Me/There's No Business Like Show Business/"Footlights Rhapsody"
    Pye NEP24058 1957 "Meet Mister Miller Pt. 2 -For The Young In Love"  
    Fools Rush In/It Might As Well Be Spring/Too Young/The London I Love/Manhattan
    Pye NEP24059 1957 "For The Young In Love" w.Tony Osborne Orch.  
    Stella By Starlight/Nature Boy/Theme And Incidental Music/Year After Year/Love Letters In The Sand
    Pye NEP24072 1958 "Hit Parade Vol. 2"  
    The Story Of My Life/The Moonraker's Song/Put A Light In The Window/Since I Met You, Baby
    Pye NEP24123 1960 "Flower Drum Song"  
    Sunday Love/Look Away/You Are Beautiful/Grant Avenue

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