Gladys Mills, néeGladys Jordan(29 August 1918 – 24 February 1978),known asMrs Mills, was an English pianist who was active in the 1960s and 1970s, and who released manyrecords. Her repertoire included manysing-alongand party tunes made popular in themusic hall.
The name “Mrs Mills” was given to a vintage 1905Steinway Vertegrandpiano, frequently used by her atAbbey Road Studiosin London, where she recorded. The piano, with a characteristic out-of-tunehonky-tonksound, has remained in use at Abbey Road for over 50 years, and was used in countless recordings made there, including some by The Beatles.
Although Mills’s musical legacy had been largely forgotten in recent times, June 2012 saw the emergence of London-based tribute band The Mrs Mills Experience with a debut at The Vintage Festival atBoughton Housein Northamptonshire. On 13 July…