I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Miller-ElvaElva Ruby Connes Miller (October 5, 1907 – July 5, 1997), who recorded under the name “Mrs. Miller”, was an American singer who gained some fame in the 1960s for her series of shrill and off-key renditions of then-popular songs such as “Moon River”, “Monday, Monday”, “A Lover’s Concerto” and “Downtown”.

Singing in an untrained, Mermanesque, vibrato-laden style, according to Irving Wallace, David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace in The Book of Lists 2, her voice was compared to the sound of “roaches scurrying across a trash can lid.”

Nevertheless, “Downtown” reached the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in April 1966, peaking at #82. The single’s B-side, “A Lover’s Concerto”, barely cracked the Hot 100 that same month at #95.