The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002
Psychology Press, 2002 - Musicians - 12 pages
Comprehensive biographical information covering the leading names in all aspects of popular music
This fully updated and revised biographical reference source provides the latest information on the lives and achievements of the leading people within the popular music industry. Offering invaluable information on many up-and-coming artists difficult to obtain elsewhere, this accurate and reliable reference book is invaluable for anyone interested in the popular music industry.
· Over 5,000 entries
· Profiles pop, rock, folk, jazz, dance, world and country artists
· Provides full biographical information: major career details, concerts, recordings and compositions, honours and contact address
· Includes full contact details for companies and organizations throughout the popular music industry - including record companies, management companies, agents and promoters, publishers, festivals and events
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I played competition tenor sax in high school, both regular band and Jazz band. I also completed and won a full ride scholarship for music at Southern Oregon State University.
My senior year of high school, I bought myself a Vito tenor sax with "Eddie Miller" etched across-the-bell rim of my sax. I had my sax specifically insured, as it was better than any Mark, King or Yang. So I had the serial number documented. I always thought then, my Tenor Sax was a special run and that was all I could find on it.
In 1992, I stopped playing and parted with my sax; however, I kept my mouth pieces and gear. In 2006, I started playing again. Philadelphia string band "Mummer", which is a huge honor in Philadelphia pride.
The sax I had vibrated on the lower register. So, I started looking on eBay for a older sax that had a past, but still had a lot to play. I was looking about 6 months. One day on my search, I found a "Eddie Miller", I called my husband right away and asked him to get in the safe and pull out my serial number, as I knew it by heart "001190". I kid you not! It was my sax!
The guy I was bidding against, I contacted and exchanged emails and told him that was my sax from high school and it was coming home! He said prove it... I sent him a scanned copy of my insurance policy on my sax with the serial number.
It was not as pretty as it use to be, but I had it rebuilt back up with new pad, springs and so forth. The guy who did the work made a comment about my sax say that it was rare. I said that I was never able to find another. Internet came out and still dead end.
I was bored recently with the coronavirus crude, but started a serious research on my Vito "Eddie Miller". I found a person who had interviewed Eddie Miller many times and wrote articles on him, as he loved Eddie.
I reached out to the gentleman who done articles and got to know Eddie. I told him about my sax story how I sold it, bought it back; however, if he could help me (what I thought was a special line series, as in 1940's Vito in Elkhart Indiana had him consulting with them)
Well I got a reply and fell out of my chair! My tenor sax belonged to Eddie Miller.
Here is the email:
Thank you for your email and your interest in the NAMM Oral History program. I have wonderful memories of interviewing Eddie Miller! I wish I had more time with him as I did not ask him about his instruments. I did so some digging and I spoke with a friend who worked in the factories of Elkhart during the 1940s. He told me he is unaware of a signature model sax for Eddie and this goes along with my records as I too searched for such a series. My guess then is that any sax with his name on it was made for him, which was common during that era. If I uncover anything more I will let you know.
Dan Del Fiorentino
I thought that you might enjoy what to me was special within my own personal journey, but that sax helped me get a music scholarship and has been on a journey during my competitions. Including, jamming with Rindy Ross of Quarterflash ( #1 song Harden My Heart") from the 80's, which I am still in contact with on my Facebook page and in life.
Now to find out that it belonged to Eddie Miller himself. If I die, I told my husband that I want to donate my sax to the Big Band and Jazz Band Hall of Fame for the Eddie Miller display. It's a part of music history as I know it. Now to find a music book like you found of his.
Thanks for reading and you are welcome to respond.
Error ridden and superficial. Christine McVie is a prime example. Very poorly researched.
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