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Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits

Oh, the humanity!

I've spent a lot of time contemplating the mystery of Mrs. Elva Miller from Claremont, California. I have to conclude that her recording career is one of the cruelest practical jokes ever devised by the record industry.

For the most part, the flubs on Frank's Vinyl Museum are the result of serious artists and serious record producers badly missing the mark. Mrs. Miller's album is definitely over the top, but I get the very sinister feeling from the liner notes that while Miller herself may have been completely serious about what she was doing, whoever coaxed her to make this album was laughing on the inside, and probably egging her on to be even more extreme. The sarcasm is very subtle, just enough to give the wink to record collectors like us while keeping poor Mrs. Miller in the dark. References to her "impeccible diction" and "scintillating delivery" abound, as well as the accolade "one of the most interesting voices extant... one that brings to mind the tonal qualities of a Florence Foster Jenkins or a Mrs. B. J. Fangman". Jane Morgan's Fresh Flavor LP, featured elsewhere on this site, contains similar sentiments, but at least she can lay claim to some prior recording history.

I almost feel bad for exploiting Mrs. Miller this way, but once you listen to her songs, you'll know why her fans can't resist her. Enjoy!

Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits
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Songs:

Downtown (MP3) Brace yourself for the best rendition of 'Downtown' ever!
A Hard Day's Night (MP3) Beatle butchering at its very best.

See Also: Fresh Flavor

Your Comments:

TheMusicDude (nhregardless1@yahoo.com) says:
Mrs. Miller was one of the hippest chick retirees going way back in the late 60's. Remember her as a LITTLE kid, stumbled upon her Greatest Hits Album in a used shop during college and found a CD release of 22 of her best just last year. I have spent time introducing her music to friends. It takes small doses but they usually come to appreciate her. Say what you will...that chick had lungs and a vibrato that would shake Texas. Peace to all. (09-27-2002)

musicman says:
hey, i discovered this album about 10 years ago. my friends dad had it there in his collection. he bought it in Germany while stationed there in the military. at first we laughed while we listened but you know its catchy and the tunes get stuck in your head. i havent heard this album in years but i can still remember mrs. Miller's voice vividly. someone told me once that they remember seeing her on the Mike Douglas show or something. this album could yake the paint off a barn but you'll never forget it, thats for sure! (09-18-2002)

Satan says:
It blows my fucking mind! God would not allow an abomination such as this and if one is allowed to exist then there is no God and therefore I cease to exist! What the Hell... poof! (09-10-2002)

MIDIJIM (midijim@hotmail.com) says:
UPDATE.I PROMISED TO SPREAD THE MRS.MILLER GOSPEL HERE IN LOGAN UTAH,AND TRUE TO MY WORD I DID,MADE CD,AND PLAYED IT LOUD,RECIVED EXCELLENT RESPONSE,HOWEVER I GOT THE BEST RESPONSE WHILE I WAS WAS WAITING FOR MY SWEETIE IN THE CAR..I FIRST PLAYED THE BEATLE BARKERS AT A PLACE CALLED THE ECCLES CENTER,THIS PLACE DOES PLAYS AND THEATRE,GOT SOME EXCELLENT FEED BACK IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN,NEVER THE LESS I WAS ASK TO LEAVE,WHICH I DID PROMPLY...AND THEN THE MOST GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME STRUCK,WHEN I LEFT TO RE-PARK THE VAN ANDWAIT FOR MY SWEETIE WHOM HAS ADJUSTED TO MY MUSICAL TASTE,THERE RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME WAS THE "UTAH OPERA OFFICE"!!!! I JUST COULD'NT RESIST(HEHEHE)SO I PARKED RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE OFFICE,AND WAITED.....AND SURE ENOUGH AN EMPLOYEE CAME OUT OF THE OFFICE.I SAID ..EXCUSE ME ARE YOU AN EMPLOYEE? YES WAS THE RESPONSE,WOULD YOU MIND LISTENING TO A RECORDING OF MY GRANDMOTHER,IT HAS BEEN HER LIFETIME AMBITION TO SING FOR THE UTAH OPERA,AND I HAPPEN TO HAVE A CD WITH ME,WOULD YOU MIND JUST STANDING BY THE VAN AND LISTEN TO HER AND GIVE ME SOME FEED BACK? I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT,YES WAS THE REPLY,I TOLD THE LADY THAT "GRANDMA" WAS 98 YEARS OLD AND I WAS A SOUND ENGINEER(WHICH I REALLY AM)AND THAT I RECORDED HER AND THAT GRANDMA HAD WORKED VERY HARD,SHE SAID THAT I MUST REALLY LUV GRANDMA TO DO THIS(HEHEHEH)OH I REALLY DO WAS MY RESPONSE,THUS THE MUSIC ROLLED,I PLAYED HARDS DAYS NIGHT,THIS LADY TURNED 4,000000000000 DIFFERENT COLOURS AS SHE WAS SONICLY ASSULTED BY MRS.MILLERS"UNIQUE TONAL QUALITIES"SHE STOOD RENDERED HELPLESS AS SHE HEARD THE WHOLE SONG.AS THE QUAVERING ENDED..SHE SWOONED AND SWAYED IN THE WIND,FINALLY GRABBING ONTO THE VAN FOR SUPPORT,SHE STOOD IN AGASHT SILENCE AS SHE STRUGGLED TO SAY ANY THING..I SAID SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? COULD SHE AUDITION?THE LADY STRUGGLED TO BE NICE,WHO WANTS TO INSULT A 98 YEAR OLD GRANDMA WHO'S ALLWAYS WANTED TO SING OPERA(RIGHT?)SHE SEZ...I DONT MEAN TO BE RUDE BUT THAT WAS THE MOST AWFULL THING I'VE EVER HEARD IN ALL MY YEARS IN OPERA!!I HAVE OTHER SONGS IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THEM I SAID.OH!NO!I THINK IVE HEARD ENOUGH,YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING SHE SAYS.SO WHAT SHOULD I TELL "GRANDMA",TELL YOUR GRANDMA THAT OPERA IS VERY STRENIOUS WORK AND WE APPRECIATE HER UM.........TALENT,BUT WE'VE NO OPENINGS AT THIS TIME,BUT WE WILL GIVE HER FREE SEASON TICKETS,IF YOU CAN GET HER NOT TO AUDITION!!! JUST HAVE HER CALL THE OFFICE AND TELL THEM IT'S MRS.MILLER THE OFFICE WILL KNOW WHO SHE IS JUST HAVE HER CALL.AT THIS POINT I JUST LOST IT AND STARTED TO LAUGH,AND SAID THAT IT WAS A JOKE.AM I ON MTV OR SOMETHING? NO,I SAID I JUST WANTED TO PLAY A GOOD JOKE,SHE STORMED BACK INTO THE OFFICE,WHERE UPON SHE MOST LIKELY TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT TO CO-WORKERS,WHOM WERE CHEATED OUT OF THE MRS.MILLER EXPERIENCE.I FLED THE SCENE AND RE-PARKED THE VAN MY SWEETIE APPEARED,AND I LET HER DRIVE SAYING STEP ON IT THERE MAY BE COPS LOOKING FOR ME!!!! WHY SHE QUESTIONED,I RECOUNTED THE TALE AND SHE NEARLY WRECKED THE VAN!!!! IF YOU EVER GET THE CHANCE.. PLAY THE JOKE JUST AS I DID IT GIVE YOU THE BIGGEST LAUGH,THANX MRS.MILLER FOR MAKING LOGAN UTHAT LESS OF A ANAL-RETENTIVE PLACE..PS MRS MILLER MAKES A WONDERFULL CHILD DISIPLINE TOOL,IF YOU DONT DO THE DISHES IM GOING TO MAKE YOU LISTEN TO MRS.MILLER!!OUR DISHES HAVE NEVER BEEN SO CLEAN AND DONE SO FAST..VISIT THIS WEB SITE OFTEN FOR FURTHER MIDIJIM UPDATES.PEACE AND THANK-YOU TO FRANK FOR THIS SITE&FORUM PEACE MIDIJIM:)) (09-06-2002)

Hyperbol says:
Hit that spot alright, right between the ass cheeks! But seriously, what an accompanyment to a nice can of whipped cream. (09-04-2002)

ObSiDiaN says:
It makes me think of that joke... If you had Saddam, Osama and Mrs Miller locked in a room, and you have a gun with 2 bullets, what would you do?
Shoot Mrs Miller twice and make SURE she is dead! (09-03-2002)

Dutch Holland (dutch_Holland@bigfoot.com) says:
Mrs. Miller took me back to my childhood, listening to my aunts and uncles singing in my grandmothers house after the pub shut! Groovy (09-01-2002)

The Iceman (iceman66@knology.net) says:
I haven't heard a catfight this bad since I heard the massacring of "Twist And Shout" by Mae West!

The dogs haven't stopped howling yet! (08-23-2002)

MMHS (elva@mrsmillersworld.com) says:
come visit Mrs. Miller's World!
@ www.mrsmillersworld.com (08-18-2002)

GBate (GBate@blitz-it.net) says:
While thoe who have commented before me have pretty well said it all, let me just point out that there are those who have gotten farther along in the music business with less talent than our beloved Mrs. Miller! (08-17-2002)

Graham says:
f***ing awful (08-16-2002)

Kelly B says:
You just have to wonder if she really thought she was "good," or whether, having gotten some fame from this kind of vocal collision, she didn't care, and figured she'd milk it for all she could get. From what little I've read of her, it was the latter, and she came to enjoy making people happy. (08-13-2002)

Joseph Gallant (notquite@hotmail.com) says:
After listening to the two songs from Mrs. Miller's album that are on this website, I've come to the conclusion that she and the
producer(s) of the album decided to intentionally give it a humorous slant.

In other words, this may have been intended to be a comedy album! (08-13-2002)

Daredevil6 (daredevil6@excite.com) says:
My God! It has taken me ten minutes to stopping laughing long enough to write this comment! This is the funniest set of songs I have ever heard! I had to keep looking away from Mrs. Miller's album cover on the screen in order to catch my breath from laughter!! This is more awful, more horrible, more jolting than even Shatner's "Transformed Man." Only with more humor. My votes for Best and Worst Albums of All Time! (08-09-2002)

MIDIJIM (midijim@hotmail.com) says:
I just spent hours on this site,and shared this one with my 2 year old son (thomas the loud),I have never listened to this album,although i do own it,I actually laughed until i cried!!!My son did the same too,this Miss Miller album could be used in a theraputic environment,to envoke response,Tom and I were both moved,although it was the bowles,that were moved instead,even the wife,was impressed at her superior vocal inepitude!I will be spreading the healing powers contained by Miss Millers recording to the state of Utah,and to Roomate Big AL,And perhaps try to get the local radio stations to give her some air time,With her ability to raise the dead by her sonic vocal skills,this should create quite a stir in Cache Valley..Or maybe create a new religion such as the "Millerites"....MIDIJIM:)) (08-04-2002)

Rob Robinson says:
I love Mrs Miller.
She is without doubt the most talented artist on the planet - and she is kind sexy... (08-01-2002)

Blackcountry Lads says:
Mrs Miller Rocks! Thanks to Ed Doulan on Blackcountry FM for bringing her to the UK in the new millennium! (07-31-2002)

Shaun Aisbitt (aisbitt@hotmail.com) says:
Never heard anything better! I remember hearing her music in the 70's and thought it was someone doing a skit. But I found out she was serious!. The reason she sounds so weird is because she believed in elocution and if the pronounciation of the words of the song didn't go with the instruments, well the song would suffer! This is best spotted on Hard Days Night. You really have to her her version of Yellow Submarine to appreciate her unique tallent!. Anyone know where I can get mp3's of her music?
PS: if you enjoy her, do a search for Florence foster jenkins to hear someone with less tallent doing opera! (07-25-2002)

Crinoline Queen says:
Imagine Mrs. Miller doing a duet with Shane MacGowan - ahhhh, perfection!! (07-24-2002)

CritterBob (CritterBob.com) says:
Mrs. Miller brings back some really fun memories. In the sixties, I remember seeing her on one of the musical shows. It was either Hullabaloo or Where The Action Is. She sang the song "Sweet Pea." I don't think I ever laughed so much in my life. And that was topped by "A Groovy Kind Of Love." I never knew what to think of her singing, but she always seemed to take it seriously and you could see she really enjoyed it. Her notes were off-key and her words to the songs weren't always right, but Mrs. Miller's music had a lot of heart and so did she. Whether taken as a joke or taken seriously, you can never mistake her unique vocals. Her music will always bring back that glimmer of the past in the fun and entertaining spirit that could only be Mrs. Miller. (07-20-2002)






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