Mills, Donald

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Mills, Donald Gender: M
born on 29 April 1915 at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place Piqua (Miami) OH, USA, 40n08, 84w14
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 08°37' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 14°59 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 15°38'

Donald Mills
photo: Courtesy of the Fraser MacPherson estate c/o Guy MacPherson, license cc-by-2.0


American entertainer, one of four brothers who set groundbreaking standards with their crooning musical hits. Their career spanned seven decades from their debut in Ohio in 1922 and sold an estimated 50 million records, including favorites "You Always Hurt the One You Love," "Glow Worm," "Yellow Bird" and "Paper Doll," which was their biggest hit, grossing sales of over 6 1/2 million copies and staying as No.1 for 12 weeks. Donald, along with Herbert, Harry and John broke racial barriers in the era of Jim Crow, gaining a wide acceptance from a non-black audience and singing before royalty. They were known for their tight harmony and uncanny ability to imitate instruments, developing a smooth and relaxed vocal style that was widely imitated and which they never needed to change in their long careers.

The brothers appeared in several movies, including "The Big Broadcast," "Twenty Million Sweethearts" and "Broadway Gondolier." They toured the US and Europe and appeared on many radio programs. They dealt with racial discrimination with an affable lack of assumption and in their own quiet way made it possible for black artists who followed them to reach for their highest aspirations. In 1998 Donald Mills accepted a Grammy Award for Life Achievement.

A longtime resident of Los Angeles, he was married with six kids. He died on 11/13/1999 of complications from pneumonia at 84.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Social : Joined group 1922 (He & brothers made debut as band)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1931 (Own network program)
  • Death of Sibling 1936 (Bro. John died)
  • Work : Gain social status 1942 (No.1 hit "Paper Doll")
  • Work : Prize 1998 (Grammy Award for Life Achievement)
  • Death by Disease 13 November 1999 at 12:00 noon in Los Angeles, CA (Pneumonia, age 84)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes B.C.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black, barrier breaker)
  • Traits : Personality : Ambitious
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia (Terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Four bros. noted for their singing)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One lengthy marriage)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Six)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (Toured U.S. and Europe)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field (When success for blacks was difficult)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Home centered (Long-term L.A. resident)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Radio/ D.J./ Announcer (Numerous radio show appearances)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Mills Bros.)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Able to imitate instruments)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Beautiful harmony)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Music
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy (Lifetime Achievement Award)