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:

Jane Rogers ( says:
Petula Clark doesn't have anything on Mrs. Miller!That was hysterical!! (04-30-2002)

Howie Clements ( says:
I cannot aggree with the statement "I have to conclude that her recording career is one of the cruelest practical jokes ever devised by the record industry." The Shaggs are an even bigger joke. (04-23-2002)

Dave ( says:
This music killed my pet newt. I am very bitter about this. (04-18-2002)

Alan says:
I Love Mrs. Miller! A friend introduced her music to me recently, and I was crushed to learn that the music is more than 35 years old... I was hoping to catch her in concert. I wanted the tour T-Shirt! (04-15-2002)

Martin Konradsen [Denmark] ( says:
It is a great cd, but the way she sing, is not good !!!!!!!!!!! (04-10-2002)

jovanni ( says:
j'ai envie d'une rencontre tres harde avec une brune (04-04-2002)

Mister Paul D ( says:
DOnt be too hard on Mrs M. She is incredible. If it was a true joke on the unsuspecting public by the corporate record industry, the irony is thick... For at least Mrs. Miller is FUNNY. The jokes that are being played on us this day in age just suck. (04-01-2002)

Danny Brien says:
Not just a pretty face!!! (03-14-2002)

Dosifei ( says:
Perhaps the greatest most awful thing I've ever heard. There are no words to describe the sheer and utter horrific glory of this woman's singing. Frank Larosa, you can relax. Mrs. Miller was well aware of her status as a joke, and took it very amicably. In fact, she loved it and had a ball the whole time. Bless this sweet, tone-deaf woman. I'd take her caterwauling any day over today's pop music slop (Britney, Boy Bands, etc.). Mrs. Miller at least had class! (03-04-2002) ( says:
God In Heaven Above!!! Talk about butchering melodic rythym. I cannot believe that Capitol actually put this out. LOL!! It's like going to a Karaoke from Hell... (03-03-2002)

Zyankarla ( says:
please also listen to FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, the worst opera singer in this world! You will enjoy it! (03-01-2002)

Sir Droopy Drawers says:
OH MY GAWD! I AM IN LOVE! I thought the greatest album cover was the one with Mae West on it, but Frank, you really outdone yourself this time, buddy. I just thrown out all of my viagra. WHAT? What a fox!!!And she sings too. Music to my rear, er, I mean ears. Now if you all excuse me, My "love nest" otherwise known as my asylum awaits for me. Oh GAWD, I am in Love....Thank you Mrs. Miller. (02-26-2002)

Susanna Mazar ( says:
I LOVE Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits, I bought the
record, at the goodwill. One of the best finds ever! When I first played it I thought we would die laughing. I love the part on the back,where her family requested she stop performing in public. I wonder why? I will never give this record away! (02-24-2002)

Natahsa Ruth ( says:
I'm overwhelmed by the fact that she sings so WELL! Just like my sister (02-24-2002)

Dan ( says:
Oh my Gosh my friends and I laughed so hard we practically cried! Thanks for the laughter. (02-19-2002)

Brittney ( says:
OMG, this is possibly the best yet..where do you find these? (02-16-2002)

Joe ( says:
Now here's a blast from the past! I remember this album well. She sounds just like that Saturday Night Live sketch with the singer/pianist couple that do bad covers. (02-14-2002)

Linn ( says:
This is so incredibly horrible, when listening to this version of Hard Day's Night, I barfed all over my keyboard and monitor. Thanks a lot. (02-02-2002)

Jimbo says:
I have the dubious honor of having purchased the Mrs. Miller album when it first came out. I still have it and listen to it twice a year. She is the best of the worst and has earned a special place in the hearts of my children---and someday she will be inflicted on my grandchildren. (01-27-2002)

Mikael says:
Actually, she has two websites.
Behold the Mrs. Miller central and despair: (01-19-2002)

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