Many reliable sources, including David Ewen, American Songwriters, and David A. Jasen, Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song, state that he was born in Shreveport. Others, notably Stephen Holden, "Mitchell Parish, 92, the Lyricist of Star Dust and Volare, Dies", The New York Times, 2 April 1993, state that he was born in Lithuania (then part of the Russian Empire), and came to the United States prior to his first birthday.
Father: Meyer Pashelinsky
Mother: Rose Rosenstock
Wife: Mollie (m. 1922, one son, one daughter)
University: Columbia University (dropped out)
University: BA, New York University (1950)
Phi Beta Kappa Society 1949
Songwriters Hall of Fame 1972