Biography

There are two singers named F.M.
1) One of them is the American country-singer from Texas (and some of the songs listed below are in fact some of his recordings), but this is about
Frankie Miller (born 2 November 1949, in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland) who is the Scottish rock singer/songwriter, who had moderate success in the 1970s with a gritty voice similar to Rod Stewart or Joe Cocker. Bob Seger has remarked that Miller was one of his favourite singers, in an article published in 1978, in Rolling Stone Magazine.

His 1974 album High Life was written and produced by Allen Toussaint.

He had several lowly placed hits in the UK Singles Chart in the 1970s and 1980s with “Be Good To Yourself” and “Caledonia”. However, he reached his highest ever position of number six on the 14 October 1978 with a song entitled “Darlin’.

He diversified into acting and, in 1979, starred in Peter McDougall’s TV film Just a Boy’s Game to critical acclaim.

As a songwriter Miller was highly successful. His songs have been covered by the likes of The Eagles, Rod Stewart, The Bellamy Brothers, Kim Carnes, Waylon Jennings, Bob Seger, Bonnie Tyler,Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Joe Walsh and many other prolific atistes. He is also referenced by the Counting Crows in the title of one of the tracks on their 2002 Hard Candy album.

Miller suffered a massive brain haemorrhage in New York on 25 August 1994, which led to a five-month coma. He has since been in rehabilitation, re-learning how to walk and talk.

2) Texan Frankie Miller had two top ten country hits in 1959: the stark, distinctive “Black Land Farmer” and the more typical honky tonk “Family Man.” The former even crossed over slightly, but Miller very quickly faded from the charts.

Edited by musikat42 on 29 Mar 2012, 03:49

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Billboard Country Hits

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