Ian Miller (16.06.1951 – 14.05.2009) started playing guitar in 1964, and was a seasoned performer, producer, music publisher and educator. Ian’s books have been published in Australia, NZ and the USA through Warner Chappell Music. Such titles as “Rock Guitar Manual 1” , “Rock Guitar Manual 1 CD – ROM” , “Guitar Manual 2” and “5 Easy Pieces”, “Chord Sticker Pack” were printed for Wax Music Books 1997 – 2000, but his influence went beyond just that.
Ian was the Australian Record Producer of the Year 1974. He worked as House Producer/A & R for EMI (1969 to 1974): Albert Productions with Harry Vanda and George Young (The Easybeats). He produced hits for “The Moir Sisters”, “Coloured Balls”, Jim Keays (“The Boy from the Stars” – 1975), Fantasy, Dallimore, Stevie Wright. and performed Independent Production for Warner Music, (“Stuart and MacKay”, “Chetarca”, “Dove”) Sony, (“Street Angel”), and Razzle Records (through Festival Records) “The Australian Guitar Album”.
As a guitarist, Ian has played with some of the world’s great Guitarists, including Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Frank Gambale (Chick Corea), Skunk Baxter (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers), Randy Jackson (Madonna), Bruce Springstein, Aretha Franklin, and Verdine White (Earth, Wind and Fire). One particular pairing of note within his native Australia is his collaboration with singer Stevie Wright of The Easybeats (Concert of the decade – Sydney Opera House – 1979).
Ian was a good friend and musical consort and life companion of Damien Reilly and Martin Contempre ( Ex Business Development Blue Pie ). He will be sadly missed. RIP Ian, your music lives on!
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Ian Miller is a Blue Pie Records USA artist and is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP).