This post is the latest edition of Music Monday, a series in which I give you an exclusive look into my ever-growing record collection!
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Every Monday I pick a record from my collection completely at random and then I write about it! In today’s post the album I’m going to be talking about is Glenn Miller & His Orchestra play the original music of the film “The Glenn Miller Story” and other hits.
This album isn’t available on Spotify so I can’t put a Spotify player in this post for you to listen to but I’m sure that if you search YouTube you should be able to find the songs on there if you want to listen to them!
Glenn Miller was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the 1930s and 40s.
He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands of the time and actually, one of the best known big bands ever.
Glenn Miller died or was confirmed “Missing in Action” during World War II when the plane he and his band were travelling to France on to entertain the US Troops disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel.
There was a film made by Universal in 1954 called The Glenn Miller Story and as the name suggests it tells the story of Glenn Miller. I’ll put the trailer here for you to watch, if you haven’t seen the film I highly recommend it. If for any reason the YouTube video below isn’t working please click here.
The film was made after Glenn Miller’s death and this album which was released in 1976 by RCA is just an assembly of the original recordings of 12 of the songs that played important parts in the musical story of Glenn Miller’s life.
Here’s the track list:
Pennsylvania Six-Five Thousand
In The Mood
I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo
St. Louis Blues
String Of Pearls
Little Brown Jug
King Porter Stomp
My favourite tracks are:
Side One: Moonlight Serenade
Side Two: Farewell Blues
Moonlight Serenade was considered to be the band’s theme song, and was based upon an exercise that Glenn Miller had prepared for an arranging lesson with his renowned teacher Joseph Schillinger, it shows off the identifying Glenn Miller reed sound, one Clarinet and four Saxes, as well as the interestingly muted brass.
Farewell Blues is a really great example of how Glenn Miller loved taking slow bluesy numbers and turning them into real lively “flag waving” pieces.
Another song that I want to mention is Pennsylvania Six-Five Thousand, because this song was written about the hotel that I stayed in when I went to New York! The Glenn Miller band regularly played at Café Rouge which used to be a restaurant / night club that belonged to the hotel but no longer exists. Pennsylvania Six-5000 is the phone number of the hotel (212-736-5000) and is according to Wikipedia one of, if not the oldest phone number in New York!
This is such a great album and I feel like it really does tell the story of Glenn Miller’s musical career perfectly! If you ever come across this album it is DEFINITELY worth a listen!
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