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:

Critical Bill ( says:
Oh my god! Oh my god! She has a webpage, Haha! They have links to some cool video clips and stuff. Awesome! (01-15-2002)

Adya Gram ( says:
Does anyone know of a recording of DOWNTOWN by Mrs. Miller in which Fred Bock makes a running commentary? (01-12-2002)

sexe boy ( says:
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coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool (01-09-2002)

gavicus ( says:
i beg you to put some new mrs miller files up for those of us not fortunate enough to own a mrs miller record. (01-01-2002)

Alice Ramirez ( says:
I especially love the whistling sequence in "Downtown." Oh, please, MORE MRS MILLER!!! Didn't she cut an opera album? If so, I BEG of you to put up a few cuts! In any case, please PLEASE....!!!\MORE Mrs. MILLER! She is so awful that she's brilliant. Utterly brilliant. I could listen to her for hours! (11-27-2001)

jen ( says:
It's got to be a joke. Nice website. I am ejoying the selections. (11-15-2001)

Bach Lab says:
My spirits are uplifted knowing someone so bad, so old, so ugly could be so seemingly innocent and fun. (11-11-2001)

René Lazo ( says:
Wooooow!. What a hell is this stuff. My sister go crazy with this. Can we hear more? (11-03-2001)

Doc Neuman ( says:
WOW! THis is the best BATHROOM music I have ever heard. Works better than prunes. (10-31-2001)

suz ( says:
This is how I sing! lol (10-25-2001)

Stephen Cobert ( says:
I remember watching the TV show "Malibu U" as a young teen. The show featured musical guests every week, usually some new-but-hot artist like The Doors or Harpers Bizarre. (Hey, we're talking 1967 here!) The songs were usually set to the artist doing some other action for the camera -- kind of like a VERY primitive MTV.

On one episode, Mrs. Miller was the musical guest. She performed her, uh, hit "Let's Hang On" on the show as the video showed her riding on a ski lift. What I remember most (besides her singing, of course) was the remarkable amount of respect the show's host had for her. You'd think he was introducing his old Cub Scout den mother for all the respect he was showing her. (10-18-2001)

Brandi ( says:
Good God! Mrs. Miller was in a MOVIE!

Read about the film (which mentions her only peripherally, but even so!) at (10-05-2001)

Jim from Chicago (long ago) says:
Many years ago, back in the Chicago area, a very rich man and equally rich woman (who will both remain nameless here, for obvious reasons) assembled semi-pro musicians into a group and put on Operas for their, and any others who were fortunate enough, entertainment. (or un-fortunate, depending on your viewpoint) They had WAY TOO MUCH money to play with! Anyway, a good friend of mine performed in the pit orchestra, and was able to make some clandestine recordings of the performances! They were absolute classics in their utmost ATROCIOUSNESS! I wish to this day that he had been able to convert those recordings into vinyl! They would be priceless, today! Mrs. Miller at her worst (best??) couldn't touch these recordings for their entertainment value! (10-04-2001)

STE says:
Thanks! (09-27-2001)

Reverend Henry ( says:
I was pleased to read recently that Mrs. Miller's four existing albums were being DIGITALLY REMASTERED. Think about that. This is a great country. (09-20-2001)

ernest ( says:
I have this album. I still don't know what to make of it. I just know that whenever I bring it out and play it people respond (most people love it). And we can't stop laughing. She is beyond comparison. It is one of my most treasured albums. Maybe she was in on the joke, maybe she wasn't. Who cares! It's great stuff to listen to. If you want to get a party going play Mrs. Miller. I love this stuff!!!!! (09-19-2001)

J dogg says:
Oh my god. I dont think I can fall asleep tonight knowing stuff like this exists.... (09-02-2001)

Brandi ( says:
Positively EdWoodian. (09-01-2001)

Marthy Coumans ( says:
Good music played and sung by good musicians is ultra boring... Mrs Miller was, is and will always be genius... Thank God she existed (as the Shaggs and all these fantastic other people who dared!!!!!) (08-27-2001)

Jonas ( says:
If you like this I strongly recommend Eilert Pilarm, a Swedish guy who sing Elvis songs. Quite famous in Sweden. He used to think that actually was Elvis, it's just that he don't know any english (and yes, he sing the songs in "english"). (08-26-2001)

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