Jody Miller, Country Hitmaker Behind ‘Queen of the House,’ Dies at 80

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Jody Miller has died at age 80.

In the 1960s and 1970s, she ultimately placed 27 entries on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, including five top 5 hits such as “Baby I’m Yours,” “There’s a Party Goin’ On” and “Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home.” In the 1970s, Miller began recording for Epic Records in Nashville, working with renowned producer Billy Sherrill . Miller also earned another crossover hit with a cover of The Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine” .

By the 1980s, Miller retired from the road to spend time with her family, including husband Monty Brooks and daughter Robin. She also helped to manage Brooks’ quarter horse breeding and training business at their farm in Blanchard, Oklahoma. In the 1990s, she recorded several gospel albums. After the death of her husband Brooks in 2014, Miller performed with her daughter and grandchildren as Jody Miller & Three Generations . In 2018, Miller was inducted into the Oklahoma

Hall of Fame, as part of an all-female class that also included Susie McEntire and Gayla Peevey. In 2020, Miller recorded her last project, the upcoming album“Jody Miller’s talent cannot be overstated,” said Miller’s longtime representative Jennifer McMullen. “She had this innate, God-given ability to interpret and 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.

Miller is survived by her sisters Carol Cooper and Vivian Cole; daughter Robin Brooks Sullivan and her husband Shawn Sullivan; grandson Montana Sullivan and granddaughter Layla Sullivan.


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