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To the best of my knowledge, pianist Bill Miller, who accompanied Frank Sinatra for more than 50 years, never recorded an album under his own name. He led a sextet in the early 1960s, but only while accompanying Sinatra on tour. In interviews prior to his death in 2006, Miller intimated that he occasionally played gigs in Los Angeles clubs, but he never mentioned recording an album either as a leader or as part of a small group.

As a result, we have only Miller with Sinatra on the singers recordings and films, particularly in Pal Joey (1957), where Sinatra plays a carousing club singer and often is featured at a piano faux playing whiskey-soaked ballads as Miller's piano is heard.

Miller recorded on Buddy Collette's two excellent albums with the Swinging Shepherds and on a bunch of others where he largely is obscured by multiple instruments. The lone exception is his piano accompanying singer Robbie Williams in 2001 on One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) here. This assumes Miller went into the studio for this vs. Williams singing over an old recording of Miller's solo piano on the song...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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