Sing Along with Mitch


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In the 1960s, Mitch Miller became a household name with his 1961–1966 NBC television show Sing Along with Mitch, a community-sing program featuring him and a male chorale (an extension of his highly successful series of Columbia record albums of the same name). During the second season of Sing Along with Mitch, Miller himself coined the catchphrase "all smiles." These were preceded by the instructions to "sing along; just follow the bouncing ball" (a large dot that "bounced" above the words that were superimposed on the screen of the song that Mitch and the chorale were performing. However, the show was sponsored by Ballantine beer and sometimes the Ballantine logo of three circles connected as a triangle would do the bouncing). People in the karaoke profession regard Mitch Miller as the "inventor" of what would become modern day karaoke, and many KJs even tell some singers to just "follow the bouncing ball" if they're new to karaoke. Steve Allen once performed a pointed satire of the show that spoofed the show's production values, including cameras panning among the vocalists, going out of control and knocking them over, then chasing Allen, made up as Miller, out of the studio.

Singer Leslie Uggams, pianist Dick Hyman, and the singing Quinto Sisters were featured on the program. One of the singers in Miller’s chorale, Bob McGrath, went on to a long career as one of the hosts of the PBS children’s television show Sesame Street.

Sing Along with Mitch ran on television from 1961 until it was cancelled in 1964, a victim of changing musical tastes (selected repeats aired briefly on NBC during the spring of 1966). The demographics of the show's audience ran too much toward mature viewers to attract advertisers more interested in targeting the youth market. (The show's format remained popular in England, where comedian Max Bygraves emceed his own version, "Sing Along with Max.")

Highlights
Bob McGrath on Mitch Miller's conducting style
00:55
Leslie Uggams on her relationship with Mitch Miller and working with him on Sing Along with Mitch
05:25
Bob McGrath on Mitch Miller and his musical preferences
02:01
Leslie Uggams on the barriers she broke on Sing Along with Mitch and being the first African American woman appearing weekly on a variety show
01:21
Who talked about this show

Larry Auerbach

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Larry Auerbach on packaging Sing Along with Mitch
06:48

Leonard Goldberg

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Leonard Goldberg on speaking up to Bob Sarnoff and pitching Sing Along with Mitch
04:15

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on Mitch Miller's conducting style
00:55
Bob McGrath on Mitch Miller and his musical preferences
02:01

Mitch Miller

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Mitch Miller on making the transition to television, and on his series Sing Along with Mitch
04:20
Mitch Miller on Sing Along with Mitch spinning off from an episode of Ford Startime
03:23
Mitch Miller on the production and format of Sing Along with Mitch, and on the simplicity of the show
04:30
Mitch Miller on the skits and sketches that were performed on Sing Along with Mitch
01:06
Mitch Miller on getting the rights to the songs he performed on Sing Along with Mitch, and on the number of shows per year
01:05
Mitch Miller on Leslie Uggams, who was a featured vocalist on Sing Along with Mitch
02:51
Mitch Miller on Sing Along with Mitch's featured vocalists Diana Trask, Gloria Lambert, Bob McGrath, and Louise O'Brien
03:24
Mitch Miller on having the lyrics on the screen while the songs played on Sing Along with Mitch
02:12
Mitch Miller on the end of Sing Along with Mitch, and on the rise of rock and roll
04:53

Walter C. Miller

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Walter C. Miller on directing Sing Along with Mitch starring Mitch Miller, and on directing a George Balanchine ballet
03:11

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on her relationship with Mitch Miller and working with him on Sing Along with Mitch
05:25
Leslie Uggams on Sing Along with Mitch and the performers lip-syncing on the show
01:58
Leslie Uggams on the wardrobe and makeup for Sing Along with Mitch
01:23
Leslie Uggams on getting recognized on the street after appearing on Sing Along with Mitch Miller and the extra pressure she felt as an African American woman in the spotlight
01:01
Leslie Uggams on the pushback from the network to her being on Sing Along with Mitch because she was African American and how Mitch Miller stood up for her
01:32
Leslie Uggams on the barriers she broke on Sing Along with Mitch and being the first African American woman appearing weekly on a variety show
01:21

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