Bob Millard is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. When Bob was a child, his maternal grandmother moved into the family home bringing with her an old upright piano. Thus began an instant love affair and he taught himself how to play at age four. During high school, the band director recognized his natural talent and taught him music theory, composition and how to read guitar symbols on sheet music. By age 14 Bob was playing professionally and had joined the Musicians Union.
Early in his career Bob sang and played piano at Louisville’s finest supper clubs and lounges and was a regular on The Morning Show on WAVE-TV, the NBC affiliate station. When four-time Oscar winning songwriter Sammy Cahn (“Time After Time,” “My Kind of Town,” “The Second Time Around”) guested on the show, Bob played him on with “All the Way” and started a friendship that lasted until Cahn’s passing. They co-wrote the song “One TIme” and Sammy was instrumental in Bob’s decision to relocate to Los Angeles.
Once Bob was settled in California, Sammy arranged a meeting with owner of famed restaurant Gatsby’s and he began performing there. On his first night, Bob recalls looking out to his audience and seeing George Burns, Betty White with her husband Allen Ludden, and Tony Martin with wife Cyd Charisse. He also made a new friend in Mel Torme, one of his all-time musical idols. During his time there he amassed fans and friendships in many celebrities including Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Vic Damone, Bert Convy, Lucille Ball, Danny and Rosemarie Thomas, Dean Martin, Phyllis Diller and countless others.
After two years at Gatsby’s, Bob began performing at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills. He stayed there for many years in addition to appearing in other local hot spots such as Cafe Swiss, Le Mondrian, and the Hotel Bel Air. Many more celebrities became friends and fans and it would not be unusual to see Bob singing a duet with the likes of Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, or Merv Griffin. Bob also landed guest roles on a number of television series. Happy Days, Newhart, and a made for TV movie, Anatomy of a Seduction. He also sang “New York, New York” in the opening credits of an episode of Hart to Hart. All his performances were due to the friends, actors and producers he met while in California.
After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, a change of scenery was in order. Bob and his beautiful wife Brenda made the move to Las Vegas where he began performing at the local celebrity hangout Piero’s where he saw many old friends from Jimmy’s.
After Piero’s, Bob appeared at Ferraro’s, a local Italian restaurant. One night, the entertainment director of MGM GRAND, Richard Sturm, asked if he would be interested in opening the Brown Derby restaurant. There he began a two-year run for his old friend from the “Jimmy’s days,” Kirk Kerkorian. While there, he became friends with Tom Jones, who came in every night to see Bob play after his show at the Hollywood Theatre. Bob also had a four-year run at the Onda Lounge at the Mirage.
Bob now plays for various private and exclusive events around Las Vegas and swears he will never retire. In the words of his old friend George Burns, “Retire? Retire to what? This is this only thing I know how to do?!”