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 ] His stylistically diverse music ranged from [5 ] ragtime to cakewalk to marches. He was most prolific between 1895 and 1918. [6 ] [7 ] [8 ] [9 ] [10 ]
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"
See also [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Biography Index, H.W. Wilson Co.; ISSN 0006-3053
Vol. 1: Jan. 1946–Jul. 1949 (1949)
Vol. 6: Jan. 1961–Jul. 1974 (1965)
^ (Mills is in Vol. 4 of 6), Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians 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
^ Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians, Nicolas Slonimsky (ed), Schirmer (1997); OCLC 36111932
^ 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
^ The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music: Composers and Their Music — Supplement, William H. Rehrig (ed.), Westerville, OH: Integrity Press (1996); OCLC 45209483
^ American Popular Songs, From the Revolutionary War to the present, edited by David Ewen, New York: Random House (1966); OCLC 598027
^ 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
^ Notable Names in the American Theatre, Walter Rigdon (born 1930) (ed.), e.g.: Clifton, NJ: James T. White & Co. (1976); OCLC 2372945
Alphabetized by titles of address, Dr., Mrs., and Sir
^ The Oxford Companion to Popular Music, by Peter Gammond, Oxford, England: Oxford University Press (1991); OCLC 22382241
^ Sweet and Lowdown: America's Popular Song Writers, by Warren Craig, Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press (1978); OCLC 3380132
^ 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