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The Mills Brothers, sometimes billed The Four Mills Brothers, and originally known as The Four Kings of Harmony, were an African-American jazz and pop vocal quartet who made more than 2,000 recordings that sold more than 50 million copies and garnered at least three dozen gold records.

 The Mills Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Mills Brothers - Paper Doll



"Paper Doll" was a hit song for The Mills Brothers.

 In the United States it held the number-one position on the Billboard singles chart for twelve weeks,  from November 6, 1943, to January 22, 1944. The success of the song represented something of a revival for the group, after a few years of declining sales. It is one of the fewer than forty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) physical copies worldwide.

Harry Mills recalled that he and his brother Herbert did not initially like the song, although his brother Donald did. However, he said, "as we went along rehearsing it, we got to feeling it".

The song has been named one of the Songs of the Century  and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  Many artists have recorded it, including Bing Crosby for his album Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around (1956), Frank Sinatra for the album Come Swing with Me! (1961) and Pat Boone for his album I'll See You in My Dreams (1962).

It appeared in various films and in the British television miniseries The Singing Detective.  Four lines of it are sung by Rodolfo in the first act of Arthur Miller's play A View from the Bridge. It is also referenced in stage directions of the third scene of Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire.
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Mills Brothers - Till Then


"Till Then" is a popular song written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, and Guy Wood and published in 1944.

The song was a plea (presumably by a soldier off to fight the war) to his sweetheart to wait for him until he could get back home. Like many war-themed songs, it enjoyed great popularity when it came out in 1944, and versions by The Mills Brothers and the Les Brown orchestra dominated the charts.

The recording by The Mills Brothers was released by Decca Records as catalog number 18599. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on September 21, 1944, and lasted three weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 8  (a two-sided hit, backed by "You Always Hurt the One You Love"). It also topped the R&B charts.
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Mills Brothers - Lazy River


"(Up A) Lazy River" is a popular tune and song by Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin, published in 1930. The melody is by Arodin, arranged and with words modified by Carmichael.

It is considered a jazz standard and pop standard, and has been recorded by many artists as listed below. A bit of the song is played by Carmichael in the 1946 Oscar-winning film The Best Years of Our Lives.  It can also be heard in the 1959 film Hey Boy! Hey Girl!.

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Mills Brothers - Glow Worm


"Das Glühwürmchen", known in English as "The Glow-Worm", is a song from Paul Lincke's 1902 operetta Lysistrata, with German lyrics by Heinz Bolten-Backers. In the operetta, it is performed as a trio with three female solo voices singing alternately and the women's chorus joining in the refrain. Rhythmically, it is in the form of a gavotte. The song, with its familiar chorus, was translated into English and became an American popular song.

It was originally translated into English by Lilla Cayley Robinson, in the early 20th century, and was used in the 1907 Broadway musical The Girl Behind The Counter.

American lyricist Johnny Mercer later expanded and greatly revised Robinson's lyrics, for the 1952 recording by the Mills Brothers.[3] His version was a hit for the Mills Brothers, and it has been performed by several others.

The tune is also quite popular as an orchestral instrumental.
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