Irving Mills

Irving Mills

Real Name:
Irving Mills
American Jazz music publisher, Agent, Orchestra leader, and Lyricist (January 16, 1894 – April 21, 1985).

Mills was born to Jewish parents in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. He founded Mills Music with his brother Jack in 1919. Between 1919 and 1965, when they sold Mills Music, Inc., they built and became the largest independent music publisher in the world.

As a music scout, Mills signed Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Mills is highly important in the history of jazz music because of his willingness to work with black musicians and publish their music. While Mills is mostly remembered for his business abilities, he more than dabbled in songwriting -- included among his works is the hit It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing.

He died in 1985 in Palm Springs, California and is buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA.
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Irving Mills Discography


UALA810-H Various There's A New Star In Heaven Tonight Various - Valentino - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack(LP, Comp, Gat) United Artists Records UALA810-H USA & Canada 1977 Sell This Version
RT 1001 Bill Berry And His Ellington Allstars I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart and 1 more… Bill Berry And His Ellington Allstars - For Duke(CD) Miller & Kreisel Sound Corporation, Realtime Records RT 1001 1984 Sell This Version


NW 271 Various You're Not The Kind Various - Bebop (Comp) New World Records NW 271 US 1976 Sell This Version
A 252/3 Various Ain't Misbehavin Various - Cotton Club Stars(2xLP, Comp, Mono, Gat) Stash Records A 252/3 France 1984 Sell This Version
WT 9658 Various Introduction and 1 more… Various - The Cotton Club(LP, Comp) World Record Club WT 9658 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
BSW 472982-4 Various The Moochie (From Cotton Club) Various - Οι Μεγάλες Στιγμές Του Σινεμά (Comp) BMG Greece, Sony Music Entertainment (Greece) Α.Ε., Warner Music Greece BSW 472982-4 Greece 1992 Sell This Version
BCD 16340 BL Various A Nite At The Cotton Club [Part 2c] Various - Live From The Cotton Club Plus(2xCD, Comp + Box) Bear Family Records BCD 16340 BL Germany 2003 Sell This Version
RRCD116/117/118/VA Various Diga Diga Doo Various - The Art Deco Music Collection(3xCD, Comp + Box) River Records (3) RRCD116/117/118/VA UK 2003 Sell This Version
574 1301.10 Various Diga Diga Doo Various - L'Histoire Du Jazz Vocal - The Story Of Vocal Jazz: Part 1 (1911 - 1940)(10xCD, Comp) Le Chant Du Monde 574 1301.10 France 2004 Sell This Version
none Various St. James Infirmary Various - Hot Summer Cool Jazz(CD, Comp) MNH International none Ireland 2004 Sell This Version