Country Singer Best Known For Her Hit ‘Queen Of The House’ Dies At 80

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Jody Miller was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1941. After a long music career that earned her a Grammy, Miller has died. She was 80 years old.

Miller’s daughter, Robin Brooks, announced the sad news on the Middle Sister Music Facebook page. She wrote, “Middle Sister is sorry to announce the passing of Jody Miller this morning, music icon and mother of Robin Brooks.” She added, “Please remember the family as they deal with this great loss.”

Miller died from Parkinson’s disease complications on October 6, 2022. She was in her hometown of Blanchard, Oklahoma at the time of her death.

Jennifer McMullen, a representative for Miller, said in a statement, “Jody Miller’s talent cannot be overstated. She had this innate, God-given ability to interpret and to communicate with the most beautiful tones and inflection. She made it look and sound so easy that it sometimes takes a moment to realize the greatness of what you are hearing. But she was just as authentic and exceptional in her own life as she was on stage and on record.”

Miller’s music career began in 1962 when Capital Records signed her as a folk artist. One year later, in 1963, she released her debut album, “Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe.”  The following year, in 1964, her single “He Walks Like a Man” landed on the Billboard Hot 100, but she is best known for another single.

Queen of the House” is Miller’s best known single. It was a hit on both pop and country charts. In 1966, she ended up winning a Grammy for in the best country & western vocal performance-female category.

“Queen of the House” was far from Miller’s last hit. Other hit songs include “Baby I’m Yours,” “There’s a Party Goin’ On,” “Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home,” and “He’s So Fine.”

Miller retired from singing in the 1980s because she wanted to spend time with her daughter, Robin, and her husband, Monty Brooks. She kept busy managing her husband’s quarter horse breeding and training business. 

In the 1990s, Miller rededicated her life to Christ and released six gospel albums. She was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

After her husband’s death in 2014, Miller started performing with her daughter, Robin, and her grandchildren. They went by the name Jody Miller and Three Generations. In 2018, the group released a single called “Where My Picture Hangs on the Wall.” That same year, Miller was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Miller’s last project is an album called “Wayfaring Stranger.” It has yet to be released.

Miller is survived by her sisters, her daughter, her son-in-law, and her grandchildren.

Watch Miller perform her hit “Queen of the House” in the video below.