Michael Emile Telford Miller a.k.a. Emile Ford

 Sound Scientist – Musician – Hitmaker – Synesthete

Creator of the backing track system for stage, which was used for the first time in Morecambe, Lancashire, UK in June 1960 for a midnight charity matinee.  This system went on to become what is now known as “karaoke”.

  • First artist to use his own speaker system on stage
  • First artist to have stereo sound on stage in the UK using his own equipment
  • First artist to produce his own first recording of a hit single
  • First artist (with the Checkmates) to sell 1 million copies of a recording in Great Britain alone
  • Recipient of Great Britain’s first Gold Disc for sales in Great Britain alone.

 Family Pictures and Grandfather's Orchestra 0011[1]

Born Michael Emile Telford Miller in Castries, St Lucia, the son of Frederick Edward Miller, a parliamentarian of distinction holding the Ministerial Portfolios of Health and Social Services from 1956 to 1961 (Barbados) and Madge Murray, a Concert Soprano. He was educated at St Mary’s College, Castries, St Lucia.

Emile Ford comes from a privileged and musical family background from both his grandparents and parents. His grandfather on his Mother’s side, L.M. Murray was founder of the St. Lucia Philharmonic Band. This was the first orchestral band in St. Lucia for which he took the role of director and conductor between 1902-1904. Emile’s mother, Madge Murray performed all over the West Indies. In 1954 Because of her love of music and the theatre Madge Murray organised the first musical talent show at Clark’s Theatre (Castries, St Lucia) to encourage the youth of St Lucia to participate in the arts.

Because of his mother’s endeavours Emile, who was always interested in sound, realised improvements were needed to make the stage productions sound better but there was no suitable equipment available in St Lucia. It was then that his mother moved the family to England. Emile and his mother hoped to get the necessary recording equipment from the UK and return to St Lucia and set up a studio there.

1969 Emile was finally ready to go back to St Lucia to set up a studio there but unfortunately, he was unable to go ahead with this idea and so ended up setting up the studio in Barbados with the help of his father.

Emile was living in Sweden in the 1970’s was when his most intensive research into sound was carried out. It was there that he developed the open-air playback system for stage – Liveoteque Sound which he used when performing. This was then demonstrated all over the UK at theatres and all the top bingo halls where he fine tuned the sound and where he researched all the acoustics.  He holds Patent No. 2148074 “Frequency Feedback Injection System”.

Emile Ford has been researching sound for as long as he can remember inspired by his music training for the piano and violin prompted by his mother and while listening to her conducting and arranging the music for the operettas.

 

THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS

The Guinness Book of Records 1960

“Biggest Sellers: Figures relating to the gramophone productions of the United Kingdom are unpublished, but only six records are known to have reached the million mark:– Oh My Papa (Edward Calvert), Cara Mia (David Whitfield), Charmaine (Mantovani Orchestra), Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart (Vera Lynn), Petite Fleur (Chris Barber orchestra), Living Doll (Cliff Richard) and What do you want to make those eyes at me for? (Emile Ford)”.

Emile Ford’s entry into the Guinness Book of Records appeared in two editions: The eighth edition published November 1960 and the ninth edition published April 1961 .

Emile Ford was the first British artist to receive a gold disc for sales in the UK alone on behalf of the Checkmates.   At that time it was the fastest selling single to reach 1 million. What do you want to make those eyes at me for? entered the British Charts in October 1959 and remained at No.1 in the charts for six weeks.

3 Responses to “Michael Emile Telford Miller a.k.a. Emile Ford”

  • Hi Emile,
    Been a fan of yours since 1959 and still play your records
    To this day,saw you and the checkmates many times in your summer show at the Hippodrome theatre in Blackpool.
    Often wonder what your up to nowadays and where you are based,it would be veryv interesting to hear from you.
    Kind regards to you and family
    Peter Stanford and family

  • Peter:

    Hi Emile,
    Been a fan of yours since 1959 and still play your records
    To this day,saw you and the checkmates many times in your summer show at the Hippodrome theatre in Blackpool.
    Often wonder what your up to nowadays and where you are based,it would be very interesting to hear from you.
    Kind regards to you and family
    Peter Stanford and family

  • 15th February 2014
    Hi Emile We run a 50’s & 60’s nostalgia festival here on the sunny Gold Coast of Australia. Would you be interested in performing at our 2015 festival held on the first two weeks of June each year. You can see our festival Cooly Rocks On on You Tube, Facebook or our website. My contact email is above and telephone is 61 7 55936325 If interested could you give me a contact telephone number and I will phone you. best regards Brian Foster

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