Jody Miller, ‘Queen of the House’ singer, lifeless at 80

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Jody Miller, a Grammy profitable crossover artist together with her 1965 hit “Queen of the House,” died Thursday in Blanchard, Oklahoma from problems associated to Parkinson’s illness, her report label introduced.

She was 80 years outdated.

“Jody Miller’s expertise can’t be overstated. She had this innate, God-given skill to interpret and to speak with essentially the most stunning tones and inflection,” her longtime consultant Jennifer McMullen mentioned in an announcement. “She made it look and sound really easy that it generally takes a second to comprehend the greatness of what you’re listening to. But she was simply as genuine and distinctive in her personal life as she was on stage and on report.”

She was first signed to Capitol Records in 1962 as a folks artist. Her debut album, “Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe,” launched the next yr. Miller’s first hit single, “He Walks Like a Man,” landed on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964.

She is greatest recognized for the one “Queen of the House,” which crossed over from the pop to nation charts and gained her the very best feminine nation efficiency in 1966. The hit was hailed as paving the best way for different feminine artists, like Linda Ronstadt, Anne Murray and Olivia Newton-John, to have crossover success.

Miller’s controversial teen protest anthem “Home of the Brave” grew to become her greatest promoting US single in 1965, regardless of having been banned from radio.

Miller later started recording for Epic Records in Nashville, the place she had a run of hits, together with the Top 5 singles “Baby I’m Yours,” There’s a Party Goin’ On,” “Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home,” and the Grammy nominated crossover hit “He’s So Fine.”

She was additionally a frequent visitor on tv reveals corresponding to “Hee Haw” and “Pop! Goes the Country.”

Retiring within the early Nineteen Eighties to spend extra time together with her husband, Monty Brooks, and daughter, Robin, Miller helped handle her husband’s thriving quarter horse breeding and coaching enterprise at their farm in Oklahoma.

After rededicating her life to Christ within the Nineties, Miller recorded half a dozen gospel albums, culminating in her induction into the International Country Music Hall of Fame.

Following the demise of her husband of 52 years, Miller started performing together with her daughter and grandchildren, Montana and Layla Sullivan, as Jody Miller and Three Generations. They launched a single in 2018 titled, “Where My Picture Hangs On the Wall.”

In 2021, Miller attended the groundbreaking for a Blanchard Public School Building named for her, The Jody Miller Performing Arts Center, an honor which she referred to as “higher than a Grammy!” on the time.

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