Stanley Mills, former music publisher, dies aged 91

Stanley Mills, a former music publisher who served on the boards of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and the Harry Fox Agency, has died at the age of 91.



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Mills, son of Mills Music Publishing business The company’s founder, Jack Mills, died Thursday (Dec. 29) at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY. A cause of death was not given.

Mills was born on Feb. 18, 1931. He began his career working for his father at Mills Music. He remained with the company after it was sold to EMI Music Publishing in 1964. Two years later he joined EB Marks (now Carlin America). In 1968, with the urging of his songwriter friends, Mills founded September Music and Galahad Music, representing many influential songs of the time, including “Cara Mia”, “Hands Up”, “My Melody of Love” and “Chicken Dance”.

Mills sold both September Music and Galahad Music to Memory Lane Music in 2015.

He is survived by his sons, Kenneth Mills and Mitchell Mills; nephews, Joshua Mills and Peter Alpert; and five grandchildren. Services will be private.

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