Marty Mills, who started out in music publishing and became a celebrity photographer later in life, died of cancer June 23 in Los Angeles. He was 80.
Mills started his career in music publishing at Mills Music, founded by his father Jack and his uncle Irving. He then joined MCA as a music agent.
He partnered with singer/songwriter Jerry Keller to form Jaymar music publishing, which published Keller’s 1959 hit “Here Comes Summer.”
Mills sold his share of Jaymar to Keller, and became a photographer of sports, entertainment and political figures, contributing to TV Guide and Sports Illustrated. He shot subjects including Joe Dimaggio, Jack Nicklaus, John Wayne, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson and Martin Luther King, and was featured in a 2006 article, “Legends of the Lens,” in VLife magazine.
Mills was at one time married to singer Edie Adams, with whom he had a son, Josh.
He is survived by his son Josh, a music publicist and brother Stanley, owner of September Music.