Gary Miller

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Gary Miller was a singer who enjoyed a period of success in the late '50s, his most famous hit being the theme song to the TV series Robin Hood in 1956. He was born Neville Williams in Blackpool in 1924.…
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Gary Miller was a singer who enjoyed a period of success in the late '50s, his most famous hit being the theme song to the TV series Robin Hood in 1956. He was born Neville Williams in Blackpool in 1924. Studying to become a teacher at a London college, he found he had a talent for singing. As with most of his British contemporaries, he relied on hits from the U.S. to provide material, and his breakthrough hit was a cover of the song "The Yellow Rose of Texas" late in 1955, which was quickly followed in January 1956 by his most famous recording and biggest hit, "Robin Hood." He also charted with covers of the songs "Garden of Eden," "Wonderful Wonderful," and "The Story of My Life." He appeared live with Buddy Holly & the Crickets, but due to the latter singer needing to rush away for the live TV show Sunday Night at the London Palladium, Holly went on-stage first and left Miller to close the gig following one of rock & roll's all-time legends. By the close of the 1950s, however, his chart career was almost finished, making way for more original rock & roll stars, and he only achieved one further hit in the 1960s, "There Goes That Song Again" at the end of 1961. He also had a number of small acting roles on TV and was a regular panelist on the music show Juke Box Jury. Among his other TV work, Miller provided the singing voice for Troy Tempest on the puppet series Stingray, and also had links with the other Gerry Anderson hit show of the 1960s, Thunderbirds, recording the song "Flying High," which was the original end titles theme for the series. He died of a heart attack on the June 15, 1968.