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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Ron Miller

If you Google Ron Miller, the one I was looking for doesn't show up until record #70-something. That's a shame.

Ron Miller was a songwriter for Motown. He wrote a number of tunes, many for Stevie Wonder, including "For Once In My Life," "Heaven Help Us All," and "Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday". "For Once in My Life" won a Grammy this year when Wonder and Tony Bennett redid the tune. Stevie's Christmas album from the 1960s is filled with Ron Miller tunes. He also penned that Diana Ross hit, "Touch Me In The Morning.”

As Fred Hembeck noted a ways back, Ron even wrote and produced songs for that legendary Motown artist, Soupy Sales.

Strange thing. I can't any reference to his birthdate in 1933. He died back on July 23, 2007, when I was traveling a lot, and pretty much missed the news.

But I wanted to note that, unfortunately, he also wrote one of my all-time least favorite songs, I've Never Been To Me, a tune the thought of which makes my teeth rot. Go here to hear the 2004 Dance Remix by Charlene, who had the delayed hit, and by Miller himself.

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