Mitch Miller passes away at 99

August 2, 2010 4:10:26 PM PDT
Mitch Miller, the bearded orchestra leader who asked Americans to "Sing along with Mitch" on television and records, has died. Miller, 99, died Saturday after a short illness.

He was a key record executive at Columbia Records in the pre-Rock 'n' Roll era, making hits with singers Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett.

"Sing Along with Mitch" started as a series of records, then became a popular television show starting in early 1961.