bill-millerBill Miller was born on January 1, 1943, and grew up on Cleveland's east side, where he was exposed to blues, jazz, and rock and roll at an early age, and developed a special interest in the blues.

He bought his first harmonica at Jack Epstein's music store on Prospect Avenue.

The first Mr. Stress band debuted in 1966, and by 1968 the band was playing in other cities as well as Cleveland. The band shared the stage with many top rock bands such as Cream. Capitol Records offered the band a contract in 1969 which the band turned down due to the deal's unfavorable terms.

By the 70's, The Mr. Stress Blues Band had found a home at The Euclid Tavern near Case Western Reserve University. During this decade, Mr. Stress was one of only a few local acts playing blues. The band remained a fixture at The Euclid Tavern for 17 years.

The Mr. Stress Band, which featured many of the area's finest blues talent during its time is no more, but as of the date of this award, Bill is still very active on the Cleveland blues scene as a featured performer with The Alan Greene Band.

1983- Named one of Cleveland Magazine's "Most Interesting People"
Mr. Stress Blues Band selected Best Blues Band in Northeast Ohio 4 years in a row