Born: December 17, 1931
Origin: Victoria, Texas
Genres: Country music
Labels: 4 Star Records, Columbia Records, Starday Records, United Artists, Bear Family Records, Heart of Texas Records
Texas honky-tonk singer Frankie Miller enjoyed a string of hits for STARDAY in the '50s and '60s. Nearly a decade before those classic recordings, Frankie was drafted into the Army. He gave up a blossoming music career and went off to fight in Korea. Frankie bought a guitar while on leave in Seoul and taped a letter for the folks back in Texas, singing samples of the latest songs he had written while far from home. Over sixty years later, that tape was found and made its way to this historic LP!
Miller landed time singing on local station KNAL and recorded for 4 Star Records at the beginning of the 1950s, but served from 1951-53 in the United States Military during the Korean War. In 1954 he signed with Columbia Records, releasing several singles, none of which sold well. Through the latter portion of the decade, Miller performed and recorded locally, sporadically releasing singles.
In 1959 he signed with Starday Records and released several singles which became hits on the country charts, including "Blackland Farmer", "Family Man", "Baby Rocked Her Dolly", and "A Little South of Memphis". He performed on the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry, and was featured in Cashbox magazine.
His last charting hit came in 1964, and he recorded with United Artists in 1965, but quit the music business soon after. He worked as a car salesman in Arlington, Texas later in life. In the 1980s, Bear Family Records reissued his LPs.