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David (The Blind Soldier) Miller
Born:  March 7, 1893
Died:  November 1, 1959
WSAZ Huntington, WV

About The Artist

David Miller, known as The Blind Soldier, was the first country vocalist from the state of West Virginia to record and possibly to sing on radio.

Miller was born in Miller, Ohio, a few miles upstream and across the Ohio River from Huntington, West Virginia. As a youth he moved to the larger town of Guyandotte, West Virginia.

During World War I, he enlisted in the West Virginia National Guard, but shortly afterward an army doctor told him he was going blind and he received a discharge.

He sustained his livelihood singing and playing on the streets of Huntington and Guyandotte.

In 1924, Miller recorded his first song on the Gennett label at a studio in Cincinnati. Over the next seven years until 1931, he recorded several more songs for Gennett, Paramount, and the American Record Corporation. His songs ranged from Victorian ballads such as "Two Little Orphans" to numbers like "It's Hard to be Shut Up in Prison," as well as guitar instrumentals.

From about 1927 until 1933, Blind Davey also sang on WSAZ radio in Huntington, sometimes with a string band called the West Virginia Mockingbirds.

After his death, he was buried back in Miller, Ohio.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  6175 A Don't Forget Me Little Darling
  6175 B Lonesome Valley
  6188 A Two Little Orphans
  6188 B That Band Man Stacklee
  6333 A Many Times With You I Wandered
  6333 B Sweet Floetta
  6349 A And A Little Child Shall Lead Them
  6349 B You'll Find Her With The Angels
  6388 A Down Where The Swanee River Flows
  6388 B Give My Love To Nellie

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