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:

gregory battaglia ( says:
Thanks so much for that "Downtown". Recall that
Elva had released at least two albums, before
Capitol felt that novelty had worn off. Please
call Gordon Anderson, President of Collectors Choice Music and let him know that the world needs
Elva Miller's "Downtown" and all her other songs
released on CD-including that number she sang when
she appeared in the movie "The Cool Ones" (1966) (02-15-2004)

Byron says:
Mrs. Miller passed in 1996 in Vista, CA. Unfortunately, we may never see another like her (and thank God for that!) (02-15-2004)

jason roberts ( says:
I am so glad to have read that someone else feels it was a bad joke to produce her. The liner notes gave me the same wink. I recognized the name Mrs. Miller from anecdotal stories my uncle used to tell me of his boyhood and the bizzare music of the day. I found a mint condition album at the salvage shed at the dump. My wife wishes I had not but when I played it I knew right away it was in fact the same woman and she is well worth the dollar I payed. Is she still alive I wonder. (02-12-2004)

Conner ( says:
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (02-11-2004)

Hugo the Fishhead ( says:
She's a Pop Music Goddess! I've been a fan of Mrs. Miller for at least 15 years and my appreciation of her talents keeps growing! Her whistling is especially amazing. (02-09-2004)

Michael Berlin ( says:
She's not just whistling dixie. Great stuff! (02-03-2004)

Joe Postove ( says:
She puts the Shaggs to shame! (01-31-2004)

Billy Bob Pootz ( says:
Oh my gawd!! Its Ethel Merman meets Gladys Kravitz!
I dig the wobbly whistling.
Whomever produced this ought get the "Chrome Turd Award!" (01-30-2004)

drlondon says:
Overheard at the Miller family reunion:

"Hey Mammaw! Do Innagadda da Vida!" (01-30-2004)

Homer ( says:
MOM!!?? (01-27-2004)

Bill Smith ( says:
Frightening...........but strangely addictive. (01-18-2004)

T D Coleman ( says:

I just love her rousing rendition of "Downtown"! I'm gonna have to buy her CD!!! My coworkers are gonna get a kick out of this (01-07-2004)

ratso ( says:
Her version of "A lover's concerto" is essential listening, but only to show exactly how bad a pop song can be. It has stood the test of time, and is as nauseating now as it was then! A must for any jukebox in hell. (01-03-2004)

Paul (BarkingHare@Excite.Com) says:
Imagine the horror of some kid who bought this just because it was a Beatles song. I think I appreciate Beatle Barking more now. (01-02-2004)

Sir Droopy Drawers says:
It is just like a wet dream gone bad! (01-02-2004)

Jopi says:
To Ducky - There are actually 4 albums (5 if you count the compilation re-release in 1999). They are all great! (01-02-2004)

Ducky ( says:
I LOVE this woman!!!!! I first heard her at a friends house after a really bad day at work, and I perked right up with the first note! Who wouldn't smile, if not laugh out loud, during Mrs. Millers rendition of 'These Boots Are Made For Walking'? It's a pity there were only two albums made! (12-27-2003)

McGrew says:
Good on ya mrs socked it to em,your music will live on i'm sure. (12-23-2003)

Rüdiger McFiend ( says:
Mrs.Miller Kicks Ass! I was only introduced to her yesterday -but can't get enough of the lady!
Been searching all day about word...(limewire)-
What can I say, Elva is a true Goddess of inspiration!
-Rebel McFiend (12-19-2003)

Steve ( says:
She's got 4 albums I know of. Check out:

I was just introduced to the great Elva recently when a friend of mine found her "Greatest Hits" album at a yard sale, and he got it out of curiousity, hated it, and tried to give it away but nobody wanted it. After hearing Hard Day's Night I was hooked. (12-17-2003)

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