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Frankie Miller

Background information
Birth name Francis John Miller
Born November 2, 1949 (1949-11-02) (age 60)
Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Rock, AOR, folk rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1966–present
Labels Chrysalis, Capitol, Mercury
Associated acts Jethro Tull
Phil Lynott
Wild Horses
Johnny Cash
Ray Charles
Rod Stewart
The Bellamy Brothers
Kim Carnes
Waylon Jennings
Bob Seger
Bonnie TylerRoy OrbisonEtta James
Joe Walsh
The Eagles
Clint Black
Website Frankie

Frankie Miller (born Francis John Miller, 2 November 1949) is a Scottish rock singer-songwriter and vocalist [1] who had success in the 1970s. Miller was raised at Colvend Street, Glasgow with his parents, Kathy and Frank, and elder sisters Letty and Anne. He attended Sacred Heart Primary school [2]. He was an altar boy in Sacred Heart Chapel. He also played football for the school team and Harmony Row Boys Club. He wrote for and performed with many influential recording artists and is best known for his album Full House, the single Darlin' and his duet on Still in Love with You, with Phil Lynott. In an article published in Rolling Stone magazine in 1978 Bob Seger remarked that Miller, "was a huge influence" on him.


Early days

He first became aware of the power of rock and R&B through his mother’s record collection. She had a fondness for Ray Charles while his sisters introduced him to Little Richard and Elvis Presley. He identified instinctively, with Little Richard’s flamboyant aggression, once saying "The music was alive, exciting, I loved it. I realised later that I could get my own aggression out through music. R&B and Soul Music, I just knew was what I really loved". He started writing songs at the age of nine after being given a guitar by his parents and wrote "I Can't Change It" when he was just twelve years old, this song was later recorded by Ray Charles.




Miller began singing professionally as a teenager with a Glasgow band called The Stoics.[3] Towards the end of the 1960s, he moved to London to further his career. In 1971, he was 'discovered' by the guitarist Robin Trower, who had just left Procol Harum and was looking to put together a new band. Miller introduced fellow Glaswegian bassist and vocalist James Dewar to Trower and the three of them, along with ex Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker, formed Jude in July 1971, but despite significant coverage in the British music press, they broke up in April 1972 without recording an album. The Miller and Trower composition "I Can't Wait Much Longer" later appeared on Trower's first solo album Twice Removed from Yesterday.


Later in 1972, Miller signed a solo deal with Chrysalis Records, and recorded his first LP Once in a Blue Moon[4], with record producer Dave Robinson. The album was an early example of pub rock, and featured backing by the pioneer pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz. Miller received consistently good reviews, although his singles and albums were not chart hits and Chrysalis continued to invest in his talent. In 1974 Miller sang Still in Love with you[5], as a duet with Phil Lynott; the song appeared on the Thin Lizzy album Nightlife. Miller's second album High Life[6] was written and produced by Allen Toussaint and recorded in New Orleans during 1974.


Miller's next album The Rock (1975) was recorded in San Francisco using the producer Elliot Mazer, who had co-produced Harvest for Neil Young. The next album Full House (1977)[7], was produced by Chris Thomas. The title track, "Be Good To Yourself" became Miller's first UK Top 40 hit, peaking at #27 in the UK Singles Chart during June that year. In 1978 Miller hit the UK Top 10 with the song "Darlin'", which peaked at number six on October 14 1978. "Darlin'" also made the "Bubbling Under" charts in the US, peaking at #103. The next single "When I'm Away From You" rose to #42 in UK charts, but failed to chart in US a few years later the song became No 1 for the Bellamy Brothers.

Song writing and further recognition

After the release of the Standing on the Edge album which was produced by Barry Beckett and recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Miller concentrated on songwriting, scoring a number 1 hit in the USA with "When I'm Away From You" recorded by the Bellamy Brothers. Their follow up, co-written with Miller, was titled "Forget About Me", which peaked at No.5 in the US country charts. Miller's songs have earnt him many songwriting awards and have been covered by artistes such as Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, The Bellamy Brothers, Kim Carnes, Waylon Jennings, Bob Seger, Bonnie Tyler, Roy Orbison, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Joe Walsh and The Eagles.

1992 Chart success and Clint Black

After a long absence from the charts, Miller scored a number one hit in his native Scotland with the track "Caledonia" (1992). The same year he also co-wrote the award winning song "Burn One Down" with Clint Black which soared into the US charts at No.4.

Film music and acting

During 1979 Miller wrote the opening and closing songs on the film Sense of Freedom, as well as performing on them. He diversified into acting. During 1979 Miller starred in Peter McDougall's TV film Just a Boys' Game, directed by John Mackenzie and received critical acclaim. Further to this success he was offered further acting roles but declined, in order to focus on songwriting. In 1983 Miller sang the closing track, "Blue Skies Forever", on the Tom Cruise movie All The Right Moves. In 1986 Miller sang the opening and closing songs in Act of Vengeance, which starred Charles Bronson and his song "It's All Coming Down Tonight" sung by Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox appears on the 1987 film Light of Day sound track. "The Boys & The Girls Are Doing It", sung by Vital Signs and written by Frankie Miller and Jeff Barry appears on the 1989 film soundtrack of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.Miller wrote & performed "Where Do The Guilty Go for the film Ad Fundum 1993. Millers version of "Danger Danger" appears in Jeff Daniels movie Super Sucker 2002. Miller's song "I Can't Change It" can be heard on the UK TV drama series Cracker and Life on Mars (TV series) plus Life on Mars (soundtrack album). "Guilty Of The Crime", which Miller wrote with the late Jerry Lynn Williams, featured on the television show "RoboCop: The Series" and was later recorded by The Eagles on their album Long Road Out Of Eden.

1994 Illness and recovery

Miller suffered a brain haemorrhage in New York on 25 August 1994, while writing material for a new band he and Joe Walsh of The Eagles had formed with Nicky Hopkins and Ian Wallace. Miller spent five months in a coma, after which he went through rehabilitation. The BBC Television documentary Stubborn Kinda Fella (1999), featured Miller and his battle to recover. In this documentary, Rod Stewart stated that Frankie Miller "was the only white singer to have brought a tear to his eye." In 1998 Miller's collaboration with Will Jennings, "The Sun Goes Up the Sun Comes Down", was performed by Bonnie Tyler, Paul Carrack and Jools Holland at a disabled charity concert held in Edinburgh.


  • Once in a Blue Moon (1972)
  • High Life (1974)
  • The Rock (1975)
  • Full House (1977)
  • Double Trouble (1978)
  • Falling In Love (1979) (issued in the U.S. as A Perfect Fit)
  • Easy Money (1980)
  • Standing on the Edge (1982)
  • Dancing in the Rain (1986)
  • The Very Best of Frankie Miller (1994)
  • BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert (1994)
  • Long Way Home (2006)


  1. ^ Rollingstone. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. p. 371.  
  2. ^ Sacred Heart Secondary school
  3. ^ Hardy, Phil and Laing, Dave. Encyclopedia of Rock. Schirmer Books. p. 297.  
  4. ^ Jim Worbois. "Once in a Blue Moon". Retrieved 2009-02-25.  
  5. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "Still in Love With You". Retrieved 2009-02-25.  
  6. ^ Jim Worbois. "High Life". Retrieved 2009-02-25.  
  7. ^ Jim Warbois. "Full House". Retrieved 2009-02-25.  


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