Jody Miller

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Jody Miller
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Jody Miller in 1965
Background information
Birth name Myrna Joy Miller
Born (1941-11-29) November 29, 1941 (age 72)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Origin Blanchard, Oklahoma, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960–present
Labels Capitol, Epic
Associated acts Roger Miller
Website The Official Jody Miller site

Jody Miller (born November 29, 1941) is an American country music singer. Born Myrna Joy Miller,[1] in Phoenix, Arizona, she was raised in Blanchard, Oklahoma, the youngest of five sisters.

Career[edit]

Discovered by actor Dale Robertson, [clarification needed] she began her career in the early 1960s as a folk/pop singer, singing in the Los Angeles area and appearing on Tom Paxton's television series. She released her first album on Capitol Records in 1964 and had a modest pop hit that year with "He Walks Like a Man".[citation needed]

In 1965, she participated in the San Remo Festival as a team companion of Pino Donaggio. Since the Festival was created as a composers' competition, Miller and Donaggio presented differently arranged versions of the entry "Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te)". The song came in on # 7 and was only a moderate hit until Dusty Springfield recorded an English version in 1966 which was eventually released as "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me". Also in 1965, Jody Miller released an answer record to Roger Miller's blockbuster hit "King of the Road", titled "Queen of the House" (which became her signature hit, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 5 on the country singles chart). Miller won the Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song in 1966.[citation needed]

Miller scored a second top 40 pop hit that year with "Home of the Brave", a No. 25 Hot 100 hit that was historically significant for tackling the issue of noncomformity and tolerance. The theme prevented it from making headway in the more socially conservative country charts of 1965. By the mid-1960s, Miller became a pioneer crossover female vocalist, opening the doors for Linda Ronstadt, Anne Murray, and Olivia Newton-John, and others as a pop singer recording a strong country influence and finding success in both genres. Miller's pop success petered out by the late 1960s. Tammy Wynette's record producer, Billy Sherrill, was a fan of Miller. He signed her to Epic Records in 1970 to record specifically for the country market. She had two country hits right off the bat in 1970 with "Look At Mine" nearly making the Top 20 and a Top 20 hit with "If You Think I Love You Now (I Just Started)" in early 1971. She recorded a remake of the Chiffons 1963 hit "He's So Fine", which hit the top 5 on the country chart and No. 55 on the pop chart that summer, garnering another Grammy award nomination.[citation needed]

Several major country hits followed, many of them remakes of pop/rock classics such as "Baby I'm Yours," "Be My Baby," and "To Know Him is to Love Him". Among the new country songs she had hits with were the top tens "There's a Party Goin' On," "Good News," and "Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home." She also continued to have hits with cover versions of pop hits like "House of the Rising Sun", a hit for The Animals, "Reflections" (different from the Diana Ross and the Supremes hit), and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", an Aretha Franklin hit. Miller's last top 30 country hit was 1977's "When the New Wears Off Our Love" and two years later she made her final chart appearance.

She went into semi-retirement in the 1980s, at which time she and her husband, Marty Brooks, owned a ranch in Oklahoma but later emerged as a Christian music artist, releasing several albums. In 1999, the Country Gospel Music Association inducted Miller into its Hall of Fame, along with Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Andy Griffith, David L. Cook and Lulu Roman. Jody and her daughter Robin recorded and toured together for a period of time. Miller continues to perform live and sings her secular hits as well as her gospel material.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions Album
US Country US
1963 Wednesday's Child is Full of Woe Capitol
1965 Queen of the House 17 124 Capitol
Home of the Brave
1966 Jody Miller Sings the Great Hits of Buck Owens
1968 The Nashville Sound of Jody Miller 42
1970 Look at Mine 20 Epic
1971 He's So Fine 12 117
1972 There's a Party Goin' on 29
1973 The Best of Jody Miller 41 Capitol
Good News 18 Epic
1974 House of the Rising Sun 30
1975 Country Girl 49
1976 Will You Love Me Tomorrow
1977 Here's Jody
2012 Complete Epic Hits

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US US AC CAN Country CAN CAN AC AUS
1964 "He Walks Like a Man" 66 8 Queen of the House
"They Call My Guy a Tiger" 53 N/A
1965 "Queen of the House" 5 12 4 68 Queen of the House
"Silver Threads and Golden Needles" 54
"Home of the Brave" 25 5 29 Home of the Brave
"Magic Town" 125 N/A
1968 "Long Black Limousine" 73 The Nashville Sound of Jody Miller
1970 "Look at Mine" 21 26 Look at Mine
"If You Think I Love You" 19 29
1971 "He's So Fine" 5 53 2 3 46 1 He's So Fine
"Baby I'm Yours" 5 91 21 8 25
1972 "Be My Baby" 15 35 11 There's a Party Goin' on
"Let's All Go Down to the River" (with Johnny Paycheck) 13 18
"There's a Party Goin' On" 4 115 23 1 20
"To Know Him Is to Love Him" 18 12
1973 "Good News" 9 9 Good News
"Darlin', You Can Always Come Back Home" 5 3
"House of the Rising Sun" 29 41 23 81 House of the Rising Sun
1974 "Reflections" 55
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" 46
"Country Girl" 41 Country Girl
1975 "The Best in Me" 78
"Don't Take it Away" 67 Will You Love Me Tomorrow
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" 69
1976 "Ashes of Love" 48
"When the New Wears Off Our Love" 25 Here's Jody
1977 "Spread a Little Love Around" 71
"Another Lonely Night" 76 N/A
1978 "Soft Lights and Slow, Sexy Music" 97
"(I Wanna) Love My Life Away" 67
"Kiss Away" 65
1979 "Lay a Little Lovin' on Me" 97
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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