Birthplace: New York City
Location of death: Palm Springs, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Songwriter, music scout, raconteur
Songwriter and music scout, signed Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Mills is highly important in the history of jazz music because of his willingness to handle black music. While Mills is mostly remembered for his business abilities, he more than dabbled in songwriting -- included among his works is the hit It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing.
Father: (b. Odessa, d. circa 1905)
Mother: (b. Odessa)
Brother: Jack (b. Odessa, two years older)
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