Henry Miller, high-power agent who for decades repped some of the biggest names in the music business and co-founded what became a major agency, died May 19 in Tarzana, Calif., following a brief illness. He was 90.
The Kansas native moved to L.A. in 1941 and became one of the founders of General Artists Corp. (GAC), the forerunner of Creative Management Agency and ICM.
He repped such giants as Nat King Cole, the Mills Brothers, Tony Bennett, Patti Page, Peggy Lee and Frankie Laine.
After retiring from CMA in 1974, he ran his own management business handling artists and concert promoters around the world who worked with touring entertainers including Michael Jackson and Celine Dion. He was active until shortly before his death.
Friends and former clients remembered Miller as both devoted to his work and a consummate professional who reflected an era when the entertainment business was more congenialthan competitive.
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“What impressed me most is that a handshake still meant as much to him as a contract,” remembered singer Kay Starr, a client. “Henry was a complete and thorough gentleman.”
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen Jane; sons Michael and John; daughters Patricia and Kathleen; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St. #1100, New York NY 10016.