Kerry Mills

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Kerry Mills (né Frederick Allen Mills; 1 February 1869 Philadelphia – 5 December 1948 Hawthorne, California) was an American composer of popular music during the Tin Pan Alley era.[1][2][3][4][5] His stylistically diverse music ranged from ragtime to cakewalk to marches. He was most prolific between 1895 and 1918.[6][7][8][9][10]

Career[edit]

1907 sheet music

Mills trained as a violinist and was head of the Violin Department of the University of Michigan School of Music when he began composing. He moved to New York City in 1895 and started a music publishing firm, (F. A. Mills Music Publisher), publishing his own work and that of others.[11]


Selected works[edit]

  • "Any Old Port in a Storm"
  • "At A Georgia Camp-meeting" listen to:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLR2ZI0evgs
  • "Impecunious Davis"
  • "In The City Of Sighs And Tears"
  • "Just For The Sake Of Society"
  • "Kerry Mills' Barn Dance"
  • "Let's All Go Up To Maud's"
  • "Like A Star That Falls From Heaven"
  • "The Longest Way 'Round Is The Sweetest Way Home"
  • "Meet Me In St Louis, Louis" (words by Andrew B. Sterling)
  • "Red Wing" (words by Thurland Chattaway). Mills adapted the melody from Schumann's "Merry Peasant"
  • "We'll Be Together When the Clouds Roll By" (words by Alfred Bryan)
  • "While The Old Mill Wheel Is Turning"
  • "Whistling Rufus"

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography Index, H.W. Wilson Co.; ISSN 0006-3053
        Vol. 1: Jan. 1946–Jul. 1949 (1949)
        Vol. 6: Jan. 1961–Jul. 1974 (1965)
  2. ^ Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Mills is in Vol. 4 of 6), Macmillan; Schirmer
       6th ed., Slonimsky (ed.) (1978); OCLC 4426869
       8th ed., Slonimsky (ed.) (1992); OCLC 24246972
       9th ed., Laura Kuhn (ed.) (born 1953) (2001); OCLC 44972043
  3. ^ Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians, Nicolas Slonimsky (ed), Schirmer (1997); OCLC 36111932
  4. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, (Mills is in Vol. 3 of 4), H. Wiley Hitchcock & Stanley Sadie (eds.), Macmillan Publishers (1986); (see Oxford Music Online); OCLC 13184437, OCLC 230202868
  5. ^ The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music: Composers and Their Music — Supplement, William H. Rehrig (ed.), Westerville, OH: Integrity Press (1996); OCLC 45209483
  6. ^ American Popular Songs, From the Revolutionary War to the present, edited by David Ewen, New York: Random House (1966); OCLC 598027
  7. ^ Popular American Composers, From Revolutionary times to the present — A Biographical and Critical Guide, 1st ed., compiled & edited by David Ewen, New York: H.W. Wilson Co. (1962); OCLC 63081753
  8. ^ Notable Names in the American Theatre, Walter Rigdon (born 1930) (ed.), Clifton, NJ: James T. White & Co. (1976); OCLC 2372945
        Alphabetized by titles of address,
    e.g.: Dr., Mrs., and Sir
  9. ^ The Oxford Companion to Popular Music, by Peter Gammond, Oxford, England: Oxford University Press (1991); OCLC 22382241
  10. ^ Sweet and Lowdown: America's Popular Song Writers, by Warren Craig, Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press (1978); OCLC 3380132
  11. ^ The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900-1950, by Roger D. Kinkle (1916–2000) (Mills is Vol 3 of 4), Arlington House Publishers, New Rochelle, NY (1974) OCLC 897890