Jack Miller -studio engineer. Originally from
Chicago, The Miller family settled on the west side of Phoenix back
in 1953 when Jack was 19 years old. Having a hard time getting a job
as a recording engineer, Jack first worked in the music business starting
a record section in the variety store his family owned. He then went
to work for Dawson Music, which was a combination music store, record
label and recording studio here in town until landing a job at Ramsey's
Recording studio right after "The Fool" by Sanford Clark became
a big Hit and brought national attention to Phoenix.
Ramsey’s became Audio Recorders and in 1958, Miller made MUSIC
history by recording the "TWANG" HEARD AROUND THE WORLD,"
on the single "Rebel Rouser" by Duane Eddy which sold over
a million copies. According to Jack, the sound was in producer Lee Hazlewood’s
head. He knew what he wanted to hear and we figured out how to make
it happen. Hazlewood and Ramsey found a 2500-gallon water tank and Jack
placed a speaker at one end and a microphone at the other to create
that famous echo chamber that created a gut-vibrating thrum that turned
Duane Eddy into a homegrown superstar.
The notoriety of the studio happened because of the music but the bread
and butter of the business was recording radio commercials and advertising
jingles. It got crazy busy and Jack developed a reputation as being
the best. In the early 60’s, Jack felt like it was time for the
BIG time; Miller left Phoenix to work at the RCA studios in Los Angeles.
He recorded Henry Mancini, The Rolling Stones, The Limelighters and
The Monkees. Los Angeles in the sixties got a little too crazy for Jack,
so he moved back to Valley, came back to Audio Recorders and picked
up where he left off. In 1978, Miller left the studio and started Jack
Miller Productions. It’s been 50 years and Jack Miller is still
working. He has received a Grammy for his work with Phoenix based, Canyon
Records, he has spent the last 15 years archiving and preserving Arizona
music and is currently working on more than a dozen projects for release