Alan Mills (music)

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Alan Mills
Born Albert Miller
September 7, 1913
Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Died June 14, 1977(1977-06-14) (aged 63)
in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation folksinger, writer, and actor
Known for I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Alan Mills, CM, (born Albert Miller September 7, 1912 or 1913 – June 14, 1977 )[1] was a Canadian folksinger, writer, and actor. He was best known for popularizing Canadian folk music, and he composed the classic folk song I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (with lyrics by Rose Bonne)[2] which was later recorded by Burl Ives, Peter Paul and Mary and many others. He also appeared on several radio and television programs and in movies. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1974 for his contributions to Canadian folklore.[3] Mills has also released several albums on Folkways Records of Canadian and French folk songs.


Release Date Album Title Label
1972 14 Numbers, Letters, and Animal Songs Folkways Records
1962 Jewish Folk Songs (with Raasche) Folkways Records
1961 Alan Mills and Jean Carignan: Songs, Fiddle Tunes and a Folk-Tale from Canada Folkways Records
1961 Chantons en Francais, Vol. 2 Folkways Records
1961 Chantons en Francais, Vol. 1 Folkways Records
1960 Canada's Story in Song Folkways Records
1959 Songs of the Maritimes: Lumberman Songs and Songs of the Sea Folkways Records
1958 We'll Rant and We'll Roar: Songs of Newfoundland Folkways Records
1957 French Folk Songs for Children in English Folkways Records
1957 Christmas Songs from Many Lands Folkways Records
1957 Songs of the Sea: Sung by Alan Mills Folkways Records
1956 Animals, Vol. 1 Folkways Records
1956 Chansons d'Acadie Folkways Records
1956 More Animals, Vol. 2 Folkways Records
1956 O' Canada: A History in Song Folkways Records
1955 Songs of French Canada (with Hélène Baillargeon) Folkways Records
1954 More Songs to Grow On Folkways Records
1953 Folk Songs of Newfoundland Folkways Records
1953 French Folk Songs for Children Folkways Records
1952 Folk Songs of French Canada Folkways Records

n.d. "Chansons a Boire' [Venus VL 301]


  1. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia: Mills, Alan
  2. ^ "Songs with Pictures" by M.B.K., Chicago Daily Tribune, November 12, 1961, page E34. (Reviewing a children's picture book of the music and lyrics of the song.)
  3. ^ "Alan Mills, CM". Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Retrieved 2008-07-07. [permanent dead link]

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