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Glenn Miller’s 100th birthday

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Glenn Miller was born 100 years ago today, on March 1, 1904 in Clarinda, Iowa.

He led the most popular big band of the swing era. He disbanded his orchestra, however, when WWII came to join the army and entertain the troops full time. He died December 14, 1944 in a plane crash. He was a big enough deal to have no less than Jimmy Stewart starring in his biopic.

Among his best known groovy recordings were

In the Mood
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree
Tuxedo Junction
Moonlight Serenade
String of Pearls

For a tangential bit of Miller coolness, no less a hipster than Peter Sellers arranged to have “In the Mood” played at his own funeral while he was being lowered into the dirt.

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  • Jack

    Me and my friend are doin a Music Project on Glenn Miller,we were wondering if you could answer some questions… Thanks!
    What kind of Society did he live in?
    What kind of influence did this person have on others, or what lasting influence have they had on our society today?
    What might be some of the person’s most well-known musical works?