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music. Artists as varied as Rod Stewart, The Traveling Wilburys and Ray Charles
have recorded his songs, while Miller has collaborated with an array of rock
legends, co-writing Thin Lizzy's 'Still In Love' with the late Phil
Lynott, performing with Procol Harum, and attracting the attention of soul
legend Allen Toussaint, who took Miller to New Orleans to record his
1974 album, High Life.
Not bad for a Glasgow-born vocalist who, despite never achieving the acclaim
he deserved, embarked upon a 28-year career which was tragically cut short after
he suffered a brain haemorrhage in 1994. Though Miller is making a remarkable
recovery, learning to walk and talk again, and even making tentative forays back
into songwriting, he also left a swathe of unreleased recordings that are only
now finally being released - with a little help from some of his friends.
As Frankie Miller producer David Mackay recalls, it all began when Rod
Stewart asked if he and any unknown Miller songs. A phone call to Annette
Miller, Frankie's partner, promptly led to Mackay receiving two garbage sacks
full of demos. “The tracks were simple,” he recalls, “but the vocals were
stunning. So I set about creating proper backing tracks with top musicians from
around the world.”
It's a testament to the high regard with which
Miller's contemporaries hold him - and to Miller's own wide-ranging,
genre-spanning talents - that so many of music's biggest names gathered
together to help finish 19 of his previously unreleased songs. “The
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