Just before The Beatles came along, and all hell broke loose with Vietnam, America tuned in to NBC and sang along with Mitch.
Mitch Miller died over the weekend at 99.
We may recall his music as safe and innocuous. Looking back, remembering the lyrics at the bottom of the screen, we may have been singing karaoke before we knew what it was.
But those of us who remember a mustachioed, goateed man leading blazer-clad singers in “The Yellow Rose of Texas” should also know his backstory.
Mitch Miller had tunnel vision when it came to rock and roll, but he was perhaps the most influential music executive of his time.
And we could safely watch him with our grandparents.