Alan Mills (music)
September 7, 1913
Lachine, Quebec, Canada
|Died||June 14, 1977 (aged 63)|
|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 ) was a Canadian folksinger, writer, and actor. He was best known for popularizing Canadian folk music, and for his original song, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. He appeared on several radio and television programs and in movies.
As a young man, Mills worked as a newspaperman. He left this work in about 1940 and took a job in radio. He hosted a show for CBC radio on which he played Canadian folk music.
Mills began singing and recording traditional music from Canada, accompanying himself on guitar. His first album, Let's Sing a Little, was released by RCA Victor. He composed the classic folk song I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (with lyrics by Rose Bonne) which was later recorded by Burl Ives, Peter Paul and Mary and many others. He published a book, The Alan Mills Book of Folk Songs and Ballads, in 1949. His recordings of authentic traditional music were reviewed by Oscar Brand in the Saturday Review of Music, and included in a number of folk music compilation albums.
|Release Date||Album Title||Label|
|1975||Soirée Québecoise du temps des fêtes||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 and the Four Shipmates||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]
- http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/alan-mills/ The Canadian Encyclopedia: Mills, Alan
- Glenn David Colton (March 2014). Newfoundland Rhapsody: Frederick R. Emerson and the Musical Culture of the Island. MQUP. pp. 10, 387. ISBN 978-0-7735-8937-7.
- Pauline Greenhill; Diane Tye (1997). Undisciplined Women: Tradition and Culture in Canada. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 41–. ISBN 978-0-7735-1615-1.
- Ruth M. McVeigh (19 July 2006). Shifting Ground. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 135–. ISBN 978-1-4628-2859-3.
- Ray McKinley Lawless (1960). Folksingers and folksongs in America: a handbook of biography, bibliography, and discography. Illustrated from paintings by Thomas Hart Benton and others, and from designs in Steuben glass. 1st ed. Sloan and Pearce. pp. 161–162.
- Justin Williams; Katherine Williams (23 February 2017). The Singer-Songwriter Handbook. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 157–. ISBN 978-1-62892-031-4.
- Bertha E. Mahony Miller (1958). The Horn Book Magazine. Volume 34. Horn Book, Incorporated. p. 406.
- Anna Kearney Guigné; Memorial University of Newfoundland. Institute of Social and Economic Research (2008). Folksongs and folk revival: the cultural politics of Kenneth Peacock's Songs of the Newfoundland outports. ISER, Institute of Social and Economic Research. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-894725-06-4.
- "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.)
- Michael Hill (6 May 2017). The Mariposa Folk Festival: A History. Dundurn. pp. 28–. ISBN 978-1-4597-3774-7.
- Edith Fowke; Carole Henderson-Carpenter (15 December 1982). A Bibliography of Canadian Folklore in English. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. pp. 78–. ISBN 978-1-4875-9717-7.
- Ronald D. Cohen (2002). Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970. Univ of Massachusetts Press. pp. 89–. ISBN 1-55849-348-4.
- Larry Sandberg; Dick Weissman (1976). The Folk Music Sourcebook. Knopf. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-394-49684-9.
- Izzy Young (2013). The Conscience of the Folk Revival: The Writings of Israel "Izzy" Young. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 22–. ISBN 978-0-8108-8308-6.
- Ronald D. Cohen (2008). A History of Folk Music Festivals in the United States: Feasts of Musical Celebration. Scarecrow Press. pp. 51–. ISBN 978-0-8108-6202-9.
- "Alan Mills, CM". Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Retrieved 2008-07-07.[permanent dead link]
- Anna Kearney Guigné (12 December 2016). The Forgotten Songs of the Newfoundland Outports: As Taken from Kenneth Peacock’s Newfoundland Field Collection, 1951–1961. University of Ottawa Press. pp. 180–. ISBN 978-0-7766-2385-6.