Name: Mildred Kirkham
Musical role: Backing singer

Millie Kirkham's association with Elvis Presley began with a 1957 recording session, one that yielded, among other classics, Blue Christmas, which features some of the most unique vocal background work she and the Jordanaires ever did with the superstar. Throughout the next twenty years Kirkham's strong, clear soprano could be heard on many of Elvis' pop, rock, gospel and country recordings such as The Wonder of You, Surrender, How Great Thou Art, Polk Salad Annie, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Don't, Just Pretend, Devil in Disguise, C. C. Rider, and many others. She also sang with Elvis on movie soundtracks and appeared with him on stage in Las Vegas. Kirkham has long been a fixture in the music community in Nashville. Her credits include numerous radio and television appearances, collaborations with the Jordanaires and the Anita Kerr Singers, and recording sessions in Nashville, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Among the many artists she has recorded with are Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Burl Ives, Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee, Willie Nelson, Pete Fountain, Bob Dylan, Perry Como, Carl Perkins, Rosemary Clooney, Little Richard, Reba McIntire, Brook Benton, Tammy Wynette, Vic Damone, Paul Anka, George Jones, Patti Paige, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Eddy Arnold, Loretta Lynn and, of course, Elvis Presley.

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