Birthplace: Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: National Health guitarist
Phil Miller was 17 when he formed his first band Delivery with his brother Steve in 1966. By 1970 Delivery had evolved into DC & The MB's, but in 1971 it ceased to exist, and Miller was invited to join Matching Mole by recent Soft Machine emigrant Robert Wyatt. The Mole recorded two mostly-instrumental records before calling it quits. Delivery was then briefly resurrected, gradually shuffling its personnel until it turned into Hatfield and the North in 1972.
After an extended settling-in period and the addition of keyboardist Dave Stewart, Hatfield finally got to work recording, with Miller providing looser, more improvisation-based pieces to counterpoint the group's more rigidly structured material. The band only completed 2 records itself before following Matching Mole into oblivion in 1975. The guitarist then moved on with fellow Hatfield players Stewart and Pip Pyle to create the band National Health, an outline of which had been suggested when Hatfield had merged with the band Gilgamesh for two performances in 1973. National Health released -- you guessed it -- two records before disbanding in 1980. A brief reunion of the band took place in 1981 to record a tribute to keyboardist Alan Gowen after his death that same year.
In 1982 Phil Miller founded the band In Cahoots, which has continued to be his primary musical outlet ever since. Both in and out of Cahoots, Miller has continued to collaborate with many of his ex-Hatfield and the North/National Health bandmates, and has also toured as a duo with guitarist Fred Baker.
Brother: Steve Miller (musician)
Matching Mole Guitarist (1971-72)
Hatfield and the North Guitarist (1972-75)
National Health Guitarist (1975-80 and 1981-83)
In Cahoots Guitarist (1982-)
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