Irving Mills

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American music publisher, singer, lyricist, and jazz artist promoter

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According to Wikipedia, Irving Harold Mills was an American music publisher, musician, lyricist, and jazz artist promoter. He sometimes used the pseudonyms Goody Goodwin and Joe Primrose. Personal Mills was born to a Jewish family in Odessa, Russian Empire, although some biographies state that he was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. His father, Hyman Minsky , was a hat maker who had immigrated from Odessa to the United States with his wife Sofia . Hyman died in 1905, forcing Irving and his brother, Jacob , 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.

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