Bellefontaine in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Mills Brothers
Born in Piqua, Ohio, the Mills Brothers grew up and attended school in Bellefontaine. The brothers -- John, Jr., Herbert, Harry, and Donald Mills -- were the first African-American vocal group to perform on a national radio broadcast and achieve commercial success. Enjoying worldwide fame throughout their career, the Mills Brothers popularized such hits as “Tiger Rag,” “Paper Doll,” and “You Always Hurt the One You Love.” After the death of John, Jr. in 1936, the remaining brothers were joined by their father, John, Sr. In all, the Mills Brothers recorded over 1,200 songs.
Erected 1999 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Logan County Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-46.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 21.75′ N, 83° 45.393′ W. Marker is in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of Sandusky Avenue (Ohio Route 540) and Fountaine Place, on the left when traveling east on Sandusky Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is along the southern edge of Brown Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bellefontaine OH 43311, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Clarence L Knowlton Library (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bellefontaine World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); William H. West (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Honorable William Lawrence (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Portland Cement Concrete Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.2 miles away); Blue Jacket Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Memorial Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellefontaine.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Mills Brothers Markers
Also see . . . The Mills Brothers. (Submitted on August 31, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment •
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