Frankie Miller

True Blue Papa

miller-columbiapicPossessing an achingly pure set of honky-tonk country pipes, Frankie Miller made his name on the Lone Star circuit during the early '50s. Deeply influenced by Hank Williams, the Victoria, Texas native made his debut in 1951 with the self-penned "I Don't Know" on Bill McCall's Gilt Edge label. Recording at Bill Holford's ACA Studios in Houston until his promising career was interrupted by a stint in the Army during the Korean War; Miller returned in 1954 and signed with Columbia, cutting another batch of gems at Jim Beck's studio in Dallas (the same facility used by Lefty Frizzell). A staunch country traditionalist in the face of rock and roll, Miller finally hit nationally in 1959 with "Black Land Farmer" on the Starday label. He soon encored with the hits "Family Man" and "Baby Rocked Her Dolly."

Bio by Bill Dahl

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