Jody Miller, a Grammy successful crossover artist along with her 1965 hit “Queen of the Home,” died Thursday in Blanchard, Oklahoma from problems associated to Parkinson’s illness, her document label introduced.
She was 80 years previous.
“Jody Miller’s expertise can’t be overstated. She had this innate, God-given capacity to interpret and to speak with probably the most lovely tones and inflection,” her longtime consultant Jennifer McMullen stated in an announcement. “She made it look and sound really easy that it typically takes a second to understand the greatness of what you might be listening to. However she was simply as genuine and distinctive in her personal life as she was on stage and on document.”
She was first signed to Capitol Data in 1962 as a people artist. Her debut album, “Wednesday’s Baby is Filled with Woe,” launched the next yr. Miller’s first hit single, “He Walks Like a Man,” landed on the Billboard Scorching 100 in 1964.
She is finest identified for the one “Queen of the Home,” which crossed over from the pop to nation charts and gained her one of the best feminine nation efficiency in 1966. The hit was hailed as paving the way in which for different feminine artists, like Linda Ronstadt, Anne Murray and Olivia Newton-John, to have crossover success.
Miller’s controversial teen protest anthem “Residence of the Courageous” grew to become her finest promoting US single in 1965, regardless of having been banned from radio.
Miller later started recording for Epic Data in Nashville, the place she had a run of hits, together with the High 5 singles “Child I’m Yours,” There’s a Celebration Goin’ On,” “Darling, You Can At all times Come Again Residence,” and the Grammy nominated crossover hit “He’s So Effective.”
She was additionally a frequent visitor on tv exhibits reminiscent of “Hee Haw” and “Pop! Goes the Nation.”
Retiring within the early Eighties to spend extra time along 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 Nineteen Nineties, Miller recorded half a dozen gospel albums, culminating in her induction into the Worldwide Nation Music Corridor of Fame.
Following the demise of her husband of 52 years, Miller started performing along with her daughter and grandchildren, Montana and Layla Sullivan, as Jody Miller and Three Generations. They launched a single in 2018 titled, “The place My Image Hangs On the Wall.”
In 2021, Miller attended the groundbreaking for a Blanchard Public College Constructing named for her, The Jody Miller Performing Arts Middle, an honor which she known as “higher than a Grammy!” on the time.