Sidney Miller Jr., the Exclusive black radio (BRE) founder of magazine and conference, died aged 89. The exact cause of death has not been revealed, EUR Web reports.
Miller is credited with starting one of the first major magazines focused on black music. He started playing trumpet as a pre-med at Florida A&M University while booking bands at clubs on the east coast.
After graduating, All Access reports that the Pensacola, Florida native served in the U.S. military and continued performing and booking artists as a side business. Miller was close friends with the Adderley brothers, Cannonball and Nat, whom he assembled as bands and booked for them and other gigs and live shows.
After launching BRE, Miller solidified himself as a pioneer in the black music scene. His magazine helped spread the talent and accomplishments of black artists who were often overlooked and overlooked by predominantly white audiences at the time.
Miller worked at Capitol Records with the Fame label imprint as Music Director. As A&R under Artie Mogull, he helped introduce various acts such as Helen Reddy, Joe South, The Fortunes and Cannonball Adderley.
Miller quickly moved from the Capitol branch in Atlanta to the Los Angeles tower and eventually ran the entire promotions division, including country, western, pop and R&B artists. In 1976, Miller started BRE after sacrificing his house, car and investing his life savings in the publication.
Thanks to BRE magazine, it has extended to the annual BRE conference where superstars like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Sade, LL Cool J, MC Hammer, and more have all played.
Throughout his career, Miller has served on the board of the Living Legends Foundation, Nara’s MusiCares Foundation, Evander Holyfield Foundation, National Black Programmers Coalition, New Orleans Music Commission, Atlanta Music Commission and the Washington, DC Music Commission. .
Miller’s list of accolades includes an NAACP Image Award and a 2019 Living Legends AD Washington Chairman’s Award.