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The Yarmouth Arts Regional Council's Playhouse and Arts Centre
76 Parade Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 3B4
Executive Director: Sandy Fevens 902-742-1136
Box Office: 902-742-8150
Open Tuesday -Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Mondays (by chance)

"The Enrichment of ALL through the Arts"


FRANK MILLS
October 25, 7:00 pm
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Frank Mills’ formal training in music continued at McGill University in Montreal,
but not without one of the whimsical manoeuvrings of fate that were to become commonplace in his musical career. 
He, actually, began studies as a pre-med student, but, alas, did not fare well academically.
It was on his way to the Navy recruitment office, he ran into a friend in the music faculty, who talked him into taking the entrance exam to the university’s music department.  He scored 98% on the exam and found his life’s calling.
In 1971 his professional music career got its first taste of success.  He was a member of a Canadian group, The Bells, whose recording “Stay A While” went to Number 1 on the US and Canadian music charts.
It was as a piano player with The Bells, Frank Mills, developed his unique personal style of playing up high on the keyboard “in self defence,” as he says.  “I had to compete with two electric guitars,
an acoustic guitar, an electric bass and a drum kit.  It’s the only place I could hear myself.”
For the record!
“Music Box Dancer” became the Number 1 record in 26 countries selling millions of singles along the way. 
In the “music business rarity” category, the tune was Number 1 in Japan three times within
a year – 1st – the original Frank Mills single, 2nd – a Japanese rendition and finally in Chinese!
The album sold well over two million copies remunerating Frank handsomely as he wrote,
arranged, conducted and recorded it himself.  Since it was a “master lease” deal, he owned the entire project.
“Music Box Dancer” has garnered more than 24 gold albums worldwide; earned a
Million-Airs award from BMI for over a million radio plays; sheet music sales have well
exceeded 3 million copies and the tune received a 1980 Grammy nomination for “Best Instrumental.”
In all it’s various interpretations to date, “Music Box Dancer” has sold close to 6 million copies.
It has been awhile since the early 1970’s when the “flip” took place to forever change the life of
the creator of the tuneful instrumental named after his little girl’s broken music box. 
That fateful happening (and increasingly fruitful) composition has fuel an amazing career, propelling Frank Mills into the rare area shared by Canada’s most prolific and most successful composers of modern times.
All Seats $56.50
Box office 902-742-8150
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