Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits

Oh, the humanity!

I've spent a lot of time contemplating the mystery of Mrs. Elva Miller from Claremont, California. I have to conclude that her recording career is one of the cruelest practical jokes ever devised by the record industry.

For the most part, the flubs on Frank's Vinyl Museum are the result of serious artists and serious record producers badly missing the mark. Mrs. Miller's album is definitely over the top, but I get the very sinister feeling from the liner notes that while Miller herself may have been completely serious about what she was doing, whoever coaxed her to make this album was laughing on the inside, and probably egging her on to be even more extreme. The sarcasm is very subtle, just enough to give the wink to record collectors like us while keeping poor Mrs. Miller in the dark. References to her "impeccible diction" and "scintillating delivery" abound, as well as the accolade "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". Jane Morgan's Fresh Flavor LP, featured elsewhere on this site, contains similar sentiments, but at least she can lay claim to some prior recording history.

I almost feel bad for exploiting Mrs. Miller this way, but once you listen to her songs, you'll know why her fans can't resist her. Enjoy!

Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits
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Downtown (MP3) Brace yourself for the best rendition of 'Downtown' ever!
A Hard Day's Night (MP3) Beatle butchering at its very best.

See Also: Fresh Flavor

Your Comments:

Richard ( says:

so aweful, it's hillerious... she's the William Hung of the 60' (04-09-2004)

Fran Rondenell ( says:
Friends of mine and I were listening to Mrs Miller 20 years ago and laughing our fool heads off then. I'm glad to see she still has the same effect on a new generation of "fans" (04-07-2004)

Marty says:
This woman is amazing!!!!!!! (04-04-2004)

Jopi says:
Don't forget, that during all this "humor" Mrs Miller received a Grammy nomination for her Greatest Hits album, was constantly on TV, and toured the troops in Viet Nam. Who's laughing at whom?

I loved her then and I miss her now (04-01-2004)

Bob B says:
My older brothers brought home the "Downtown" single and "Greatest Hits" album when I was six. Our mom did her best to drown out the hysterical laughter by telling us that we wouldn't like being the butt of a joke like this, but it didn't do much good. Elva Miller showed pure class by winking at herself and making the most of her 15 minutes. I can only hope that this guy ___ Hung from American Idol doesn't end up at the top of a water tower with a rifle and a scope when he realizes that all of America is snickering at him, too. Mrs. Miller, way cool!! (03-31-2004)

mess with texas says:
To me she just sounds like some housewife singing along to the radio while she hunts down dust bunnies. I think they used to call this genre "Menopausal Melodies." (03-25-2004)

Peanut Head ( says:
Dis woman is da bomb, man!!!....My bud says he seen her comin' into his Shower shop lookin' for some shower shit. She crawls into one and is pretending dat the water be on and den she starts a wailin away and warblin' a song right in da fukkin' store!!...
My bud says he pulls the stiffest chubb he ever had and asks Elva for some good times right dere in da shower...
He says she turns round and hoofs him right in da nuts widdout even losing a beat....DA BOMB!!!!

Reminds of of another....ooops..gotta mommy's calling me..... (03-17-2004)

Adam says:
Mrs Miller just melted my computer's speakers and all that wil cure them now is a quick blast of Bill Shatner's version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Who should I sue for mental torture? (03-13-2004)

Rudy ( says:
I can't believe that you have a post of Mrs. Miller. Can you post her version of "These Boots are Made for Walking" That is truly priceless. (03-11-2004)

Coltrane's Pain says:
Mrs. Miller, one of the most unpretentious record artists ever produced. She's right up there with the Shaggs, Capt. Beefheart, Zappa, Byrds, the Smothers Brothers, Tiny Tim and Stan Freberg. Is there one artist out there today who's as unpretentious as these? I know of none. Fit the corporate mold or die. Long live Mrs. Miller. (03-11-2004)

jonh miller ( says:
please stop to laugh about my MOTHERRRRRRRRR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (03-10-2004)

Kajyn says:
Hey... I've got five bucks that says she's related to the Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz. That Hard Days Night rendition was priceless!! Poor darlin! I feel bad for thinking this was so funny. (03-09-2004)

zetar says:
you'd better be careful...these renditions might stay in your head for longer than you would like... (03-06-2004)

K. Rass says:
She shoulda toured with the Shaggs! (03-06-2004)

Alicat says:
If American Idol existed in the 60's. . .Mrs. Miller would have had her own web site! Perhaps she's reincarnated herself as William Hung. :-) (03-05-2004)

Jim Maust says:
Being a teen of the 60's, humor was what kept me sane. Anything by the sweet voiced Mrs. Miller topped off with a little of Zappa's Absolutely Free capped my day. What memories! (03-01-2004)

Jim Jones says:
Her singing warms my Kool-Aid to the proper temperature. (03-01-2004)

Brian C says:
Mrs Miller is so sexy I would let her give me a massage any day... (02-28-2004)

Kevin says:
Yoko Ono has some competition for best singer ever (02-28-2004)

ralphrwheezo ( says:
she helped me make it thru 1966 without drugs! (02-27-2004)

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