Originally from Chicago, legendary Motown songwriter, Ron Miller (1932-2007) wrote numerous hit songs including, “For Once in My Life,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday,” “I’ve Never Been a Woman Before,” “A Place in the Sun,” “Someday at Christmas,” “One Little Christmas Tree,” “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time,” “I’ve Never Been to Me,” “If I Could,” and many more.
Ron’s songs have sold in the hundreds of millions with recordings by some of the biggest recording artists of all time, including Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Michael Bublé and Celine Dion. His songs have been reimagined for every generation with several recordings by even the youngest artists of today including Justin Bieber, LeAnn Rimes, Jackie Evancho, Noah Cyrus and Oliver Richman.
Ron’s songs have been featured in numerous top-grossing films and on countless television shows throughout the decades as well as in major ad campaigns by the largest global companies and brands.
Ron has numerous RIAA gold and multi-platinum records and multiple BMI awards. His songs have won several Grammy Awards including in 2005 for “Heaven Help Us All,” the last song recorded by the legendary Ray Charles.
Miller’s classic standard, “For Once in My Life,” is Motown Record's most recorded song and is one of the most recorded songs in history, period – having been recorded by over 600 major label artists. In 2007, “For Once in My Life” won multiple Grammy Awards for the Tony Bennett/Stevie Wonder collaboration. In 2009, “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The song’s 50th Anniversary release was recorded by Ron’s grandson, Oliver Richman – produced by Lisa Dawn Miller.
Ron received Motown’s Heroes and Legends Award (posthumously) in 2007, a lifetime achievement award in songwriting.
Miller wrote the book and lyrics to many musicals including “Daddy Goodness,” “Clothespins & Dreams,” “Satchmo,” and “Cherry,” (based on William’s Inge’s “Bus Stop”) and produced several hit recordings including “I’ve Never Been to Me” by Charlene.
Ron’s daughter, Lisa Dawn Miller, is developing a new musical about her father entitled, “For Once in My Life.” She is the Managing Partner of Ron Miller Songbook Publishing and is launching a new podcast “One in a Million,” based on her father’s songs.
A daughter sets out to fulfil her legendary father’s 60-year-old dream
of writing and producing a hit Broadway musical, while fighting (and winning) a near impossible legal battle
to win the rights back to his multimillion-dollar legacy song catalogue.
Lisa Dawn Miller, a producer, former First Vice President with Morgan Stanley, singer/songwriter, performer and mom is determined to make her father’s dream of getting a show to Broadway a reality. Her father was legendary songwriter, Ron Miller, one of Motown Records’… one of America’s most prolific songwriters. Upon her father’s death, Lisa discovered that her father had sold all of his songwriter rights away (for pennies on the dollar) to his million dollar hits like, “For Once in My Life” (Motown Records’ most recorded song), “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday,” “Heaven Help us All,” “A Place in the Sun,” “I’ve Never Been to Me,” “Someday at Christmas,” “If I Could” and many more.
After 10 years battling in court with no legal background, against all odds and facing a near impossibility, Lisa succeeded in winning back many of the rights, but much remains to be claimed. As she negotiates with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and other major publishers and record companies for intellectual properties, Lisa embarks on a creative journey, developing a new show for Broadway entitled, “For Once in My Life,” to tell her father’s life story – a genius who helped create the “Motown Sound” with his powerful lyrics and musical theatre writing style and as the first white songwriter with Motown Records.