|Tags:||instrumental canadian 70s pop piano|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
27 June 1942, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mills is best remembered for his 1979 international bestseller Music Box Dancer, a Top 5 instrumental hit in the USA. He studied music in Montreal, joining a group called the Bells who recorded some of his compositions. In 1972, he left for a solo career and his first single, Love Me, Love Me Love, on Sunflower Records, topped the Canadian charts and made the US listings, reaching number 46. Mills had further hits in Canada, but by 1974, he was without a record contract and his easy-listening sound had lost favour with the majority of the record-buying public. He recorded a self-financed album during the mid-70s, which included his instrumental composition Music Box Dancer. It was noticed in 1979 by a Polydor Records executive, released as a single, and ascended to number 3 in the US charts; the album was also reissued and reached number 21. The single topped the charts in over 20 countries...