Irving Mills ( 1894 - 1985 )
Irving Mills (born Isadore Minsky; January 16, 1894 – April 21, 1985) was a jazz music publisher and musician, also known by the name of "Joe Primrose." Mills died in 1985 in Palm Springs, California and is interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery. Mills was born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, but some dispute he was born in Odessa, Russia. His father, Hyman Minsky, was a hat maker and came from Odessa with his wife Sophia Minsky. His father died in 1905, forcing Irving and his brother to work odd jobs including bussing at restaurants, selling wallpaper, and working in the garment industry. By 1910 Mills was listed as a telephone operator. After working various jobs involved with the music world such as Friars, Proctor's Theatre, and eventually as a song plugger for Emmet Welsh. He married his wife in 1913 and they relocated to Philadelphia. By 1918 he was working for publisher Leo Feist and his brother Jacob was working as a manager for McCarthy and Fisher. In July 1919 the brothers decided to start Jack Mills Music which would be renamed Mills Music in 1928.
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