This Day in Jewish History 1985: Irving Mills, a Businessman, Not a Humanitarian, Dies

The musical Mills brothers were happy to work with black musicians, which was not done at the time – and brought the world the likes of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.

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On April 21, 1985, the music publisher and producer Irving Mills died, at the age of 91. Open-minded and with an intuitive gift for identifying talent, Mills helped create the business of popular music in the...