12 April 1925
Carbon County, Utah, United States
18 March 2016 (aged 90)
Henry Ned Miller (April 12, 1925 – March 18, 2016) was an American country singer and songwriter. Active as a recording artist from 1956 to 1970, he is known primarily for his hit single, "From a Jack to a King", a crossover hit in 1962 which reached Top 10 on the country music, adult contemporary, and Billboard Hot 100 charts. He had several more chart singles in his career, although none matched the success of "From a Jack to a King". He also composed and recorded "Invisible Tears".
Miller's start as a songwriter came when he was sixteen years old. In 1956, both Gale Storm and Bonnie Guitar had Top Five hits with different versions of the song "Dark Moon", which Miller co-wrote. Another song he wrote "A Falling Star", was a country hit for Jimmy C. Newman. Very notable is also his uptempo song "Cave In", which in 1960 was the flip side of Warren Smith's, No. 5 country hit "I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today" recorded for the Liberty records label.
He wrote and recorded "From a Jack to a King", which was released on Fabor Records but saw little success on the charts. After being briefly signed to Capitol Records, Miller returned to Fabor and persuaded them to re-release "From a Jack to a King". The song proved successful the second time around, and became a crossover hit for Miller. It sold over two million copies by July 1963, and was awarded a gold disc and endured in covers by stars like Elvis Presley and Bobby Darin and Ricky Van Shelton a.o..
Invisible Tears" was recorded by a.o. Dean Martin, Faron Young, Connie Smith, Bobby Bare, and the Ray Conniff Singers.
Miller was not particularly interested in his singing career, and rarely toured owing to stage fright. He gave up recording in the 1970s and soon moved to Prescott, Arizona, and later to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ned Miller died on March 18, 2016 in Medford, Oregon.
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