Several years ago, I had the
pleasure of hearing one of the most interesting voices
extant.. one that brings to mind the tonal qualities of a Florence Foster
Jenkins or a
Mrs. B. J. Fangman.
The voice belongs to Mrs. Elva Miller, a charming lady who lives in the
Hollywood suburb of Claremont, California, with her husband, Mr. Miller.
As a young girl, Elva was very interested in music and took vocal lessons
years. The impeccable diction found in her singing style is probably due, in
part, to the
fact that she has listened to opera recordings very closely. As you recall,
was one of the founders of the Foothill Drama and Choral Society...in which
served as executive secretary.
At the request of her family she stopped singing in public because of the
becoming too involved in public life...so in place of her many civic
took up recording...and for the last seven years, Mrs. Miller has been
Hollywood from Claremont to make recordings for her own pleasure.
As in many show business stories, a gentleman connected with the industry
immediately impressed by the singer's ability...and the wheels of progress
grind! The gentleman was Fred Bock, ingenuous young organist and arranger.
apparently was so whelmed by Mrs. Miller's recordings that he brought
one of them to
the attention of Lex de Azevedo (pro-nounced Lex) who came up with the
this album you're hearing.
Gonna Be Like That was written especially for Elva by her producer
her "flexibility" in singing everything from religious music to
hard core rock and roll...
running the musical gamut, so to speak.
Her recent success has certainly not gone to her head...as a matter of
her scintillating "Downtown" session of singing and
whistling...Mrs. Miller did a turn
about... she modestly asked for the autographs of Harland, the engineer,
maintenance fellow, and Louise, the stenographer who works for Belvin, at
Mrs. Miller explained her theory of using ice in the mouth prior to
whistling, to achieve
utmost pitch. "The skin expands and contracts depending on heat and
continued... "therefore the pitch can be better controlled in this
manner!" This method
is now being experimented with, and undergoing tests at several midwestern
So, much success to Mrs. Miller...when you hear the Miller Sound
I'm sure you'll
agree...that here is a most interesting new voice for your record