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
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.Powered by Sidelines