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‘Queen of the House’ singer Jody Miller dead at 80

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“Queen of the House” country singer Jody Miller has died. She was 80.

Miller died on Thursday in Blanchard, Oklahoma, from complications related to Parkinson’s disease, Fox News Digital confirmed.

Miller’s first single “He Walks Like a Man” hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964. She went on to win a Grammy Award for one of her biggest hits, “Queen of the House,” the following year. 

Country star Jody Miller has died at 80.
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In 1966, the country music star became the second female to win the best country performance by a female at the Grammys. Dottie West was the first recipient of the award in 1965.

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“Jody Miller’s talent cannot be overstated. She had this innate, God-given ability to interpret and communicate with the most beautiful tones and inflection,” Miller’s rep, Jennifer McMullen, shared in a press release. “She made it look and sound so easy that it sometimes takes a moment to realize the greatness of what you are hearing. But she was just as authentic and exceptional in her own life as she was on stage and on record.”

Miller released several hits in the ‘60s and ’70s, including “Home of the Brave,” “Long Black Limousine,” “Baby I’m Yours,” There’s a Party Goin’ On,” “Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home” and the Grammy-nominated single, “He’s So Fine.”

The Grammy Award-winning artist died of complications from Parkinson's disease.

The Grammy Award-winning artist died of complications from Parkinson’s disease.
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In the ’80s, Miller retired from touring to spend time with her husband, Monty Brooks, and their daughter, Robin. Miller and Brooks wed in 1962 and were married until Brooks died in 2014.

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Miller rededicated her life to Christ as a born-again Christian in the ’90s and started her own gospel music ministry. Through her ministry, she recorded six gospel albums. Miller was also inducted into the International Country Music Hall of Fame.

Jody Miller rose to fame as a country artist in the 1960s.

Jody Miller rose to fame as a country artist in the 1960s.
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Following her husband’s death, Miller began performing with her daughter, Robin Brooks Sullivan, and grandchildren Montana and Layla Sullivan as the group “Jody Miller and Three Generations.”

The group released a single in 2018, “Where My Picture Hangs On the Wall.” As Jody battled Parkinson’s disease, she recorded her final song in 2020 for an upcoming project “Wayfaring Stranger.”

Source: Fox News