Ned Miller

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Ned Miller
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Ned Miller, 1964
Background information
Birth name Henry Ned Miller
Born (1925-04-12) April 12, 1925 (age 89)[1]
Origin Rains, Utah, United States
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1956–1970
Labels Fabor
Capitol
Republic
Associated acts Bonnie Guitar
Ricky Van Shelton
Warren Smith

Henry Ned Miller (born April 12, 1925, Rains, Carbon County, Utah)[2] is a former American country music artist. Active as a recording artist from 1956 to 1970, he is known primarily for his hit single, "From a Jack to a King", a crossover hit in 1962 which reached Top 10 on the country music, adult contemporary, and Billboard Hot 100 charts. He had several more chart singles in his career, though none matched the peak of "From a Jack to a King". He composed and recorded "Invisible Tears," which was later recorded by Charles Manson,[3] Connie Smith, Bobby Bare, and the Ray Conniff Singers.

Biography[edit]

Miller's start as a songwriter came when he was sixteen years old.[2] He later joined the United States Marine Corps, from which he was later discharged. In 1956, both Gale Storm and Bonnie Guitar had Top Five hits with different versions of the song "Dark Moon", which Miller co-wrote.[2] Another song he wrote "A Falling Star", was a country hit for Jimmy C. Newman. Very notable is also his uptempo song "Cave In", which in 1960 was the flip side of Warren Smiths, No. 5 country hit "I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today" recorded for the Liberty records label. He also wrote and recorded a song called "From a Jack to a King", which was released on Fabor Records but saw little success on the charts.[3] After being briefly signed to Capitol Records, Miller returned to Fabor and persuaded them to re-release "From a Jack to a King". The song proved successful the second time around, and became a crossover hit for Miller.[2] It sold over two million copies by July 1963, and was awarded a gold disc.[4]

Miller was not particularly interested in his singing career, and rarely toured owing to stage fright.[3] He gave up recording in the 1970s and soon moved to Prescott, Arizona, and later to Las Vegas, Nevada.[3]

Country music artist Ricky Van Shelton covered "From a Jack to a King" in the 1980s; his version reached Number One on the country music chart.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions Label
U.S. Country U.S.
1963 From a Jack to a King 50 Fabor
1965 Ned Miller Sings the Songs of Ned Miller Capitol
The Best of Ned Miller 28
1967 Teardrop Lane 22
1968 In the Name of Love
1970 Ned Miller's Back Republic
1981 From a Jack to a King Plantation

Singles[edit]

Year Single U.S. Country U.S. U.S. AC UK[5] IRE Album
1957 "Roll O' Rollin' Stone" singles only
"From a Jack to a King"
"Lights in the Street"
1958 "Gypsy"
1959 "Ring the Bell for Johnny"
1961 "Cold Gray Bars"
"Dark Moon"
1962 "From a Jack to a King" (re-release) 2 6 3 2 1 From a Jack to a King
1963 "One Among the Many" 27
"Another Fool Like Me" 28 singles only
"Big Love"
1964 "Invisible Tears" 13 131 The Best
1965 "Do What You Do Do Well" 7 52 48
"Two Voices, Two Shadows, Two Faces" Songs of Ned Miller
"Whistle Walkin'" 28
"Down the Street"
1966 "Lovin' Pains" The Best
"Summer Roses" 39 Teardrop Lane
"Teardrop Lane" 44
1967 "Echo of the Pines" singles only
"Hobo" 53
1968 "Only a Fool" 61 In the Name of Love
1969 "Autumn Winds" singles only
1970 "Breakin'"
"Lover's Song" 39 Ned Miller's Back
"Back to Oklahoma"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 277. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d e allmusic ((( Ned Miller > Biography )))
  3. ^ a b c d Charles Manson: Invisible Tears on YouTube
  4. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 148. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 367. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.