Irving Mills

Real Name:
Irving Mills
American jazz music publisher, agent, orchestra leader, and lyricist (born January 16, 1894 in New York City, died April 21, 1985 in Palm Springs, California).
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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1019 Classic Big Band Swing — Irving Mills Irving Mills / Don Redman Irving Mills / Don Redman - Classic Big Band Swing(LP, Comp) Swingfan 1019 Germany Unknown Sell This Version


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June 10, 2019
edited over 4 years ago
I Notest that the very first recording of St. James Infirmary is missing in this list:
It was recorded from 12-12-1928 by Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five, and released the next year.