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Glenn Miller composed at least twenty-five songs and instrumentals during his career. The twenty-five compositions are as follows:

1. Moonlight Serenade was composed by Glenn Miller in 1939 and released as a single that reached the Top Ten chart. Billboard listed the record as the no.5 record of 1939. Moonlight Serenade is one of the most recognizable songs of the 20th century and defined the Swing Era. Chicago, Bobby Vinton, Carly Simon, Barry Manilow, The Ventures, Gene Krupa, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald have recorded the Glenn Miller composition. In 1991, Glenn Miller's 1939 recording of Moonlight Serenade, RCA Bluebird B-10214-B, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

2. Annie's Cousin Fanny was written in 1934 when Miller was in the Dorsey Brothers band. This record was reportedly banned by radio stations because of its suggestive lyrics that used double entendre.

3. Dese Dem Dose was written when Miller was in the Dorsey band in 1935. Miller also performed the composition with the Ray Noble Orchestra which he was a member of. Glenn Miller appeared in the 1935 movie The Big Broadcast of 1936 as part of the Noble orchestra.

4. Solo Hop was written by Miller in 1935 when he started to record under his own name.

5. When Icky Morgan Plays the Organ was a humorous novelty song written for and recorded with the Clark Randall Orchestra in 1935.

6. Sold American was written in 1938 with pianist Chummy MacGregor.

7. Community Swing was written in 1937 by Glenn Miller.

8. Doin' the Jive was written with MacGregor in 1937.

9. Sometime was composed with Chummy MacGregor in 1939 and sung by Ray Eberle on radio broadcasts but was not released as a 78.

10. Introduction to a Waltz was written with Jerry Gray and Hal Dickinson in 1941 and performed on the radio several times for the Chesterfield radio program.

11. Boom Shot was composed by Glenn Miller with Billy May in 1942 for the 20th Century Fox movie Orchestra Wives. The Jack Million Band recorded Boom Shot on the album In the Mood for Glenn Miller, Volume 2.

12. 705, 7-0-5, or Seven-O-Five was written by Miller when he formed his Army Air Force Band during World War II and was performed on the I Sustain the Wings radio program on May 5, 1944.

13. I Sustain the Wings was written in 1943 as the theme of a radio program that Glenn Miller hosted from June, 1943 to June, 1944.

14. Room 1411 (Goin' to Town) was written with Benny Goodman in 1928 when Glenn Miller was in Benny Goodman's Boys, a band formed in Chicago. The record was released as a Brunswick 78 with Jungle Blues in 1928.

15. I Swung the Election was written for Jack Teagarden in 1939 who released it on Columbia as a 78 and as a V disc, No. 823.

16. I'm Headin' For California was written in 1944 with Artie Malvin.

17. Morning Mood was a trombone solo written in 1941.

18. After Tonight was written in 1939.

19. Flaming Sword of Liberation was written in 1944 and republished in 1951 as Wings on Parade.

20. The Technical Training Command was a theme for the I Sustain the Wings radio program written in 1943 with Chummy MacGregor and Sol Meyer.

21. Jinky was composed in 1933 when Glenn Miller worked with Smith Ballew. It is score #62 in the Glenn Miller musical score library.

22. Let's Give Them a Break was performed once in October, 1937 but was not recorded.

23. SHAEF Presents was written as a theme for the "American Band of the AEF" program which aired on the Allied Expeditionary Forces Programme (AEFP) radio network. It was not used. It was composed by Captain Glenn Miller and arranged by Sgt. Jerry Gray. There are no recordings of the score.

24. Chesterfield #1 was incidental music for commercial breaks written in 1941 for the "Chesterfield Moonlight Serenade" radio program. It was performed on 10 Chesterfield shows. The score number is 617. These broadcasts were recorded.

25. Chesterfield #2 or Fast One was incidental music performed twice on the Chesterfield radio show in 1941. Harold Dickinson of The Modernaires shares credit for the vocal part while Glenn Miller wrote the music. The broadcasts were recorded.

These are the twenty-five known compositions by Glenn Miller. Miller also contributed additional lyrics with Jack Teagarden to the song Basin Street Blues, written by Clarence Williams in 1928.

His major arrangements were Solo Hop, Jingle Bells with Bill Finegan, Moonlight Serenade, Doin' the Jive, Tuxedo Junction, and Danny Boy with John Chummy MacGregor.

Glenn Miller wrote music that was a combination of jazz, swing, popular, and classical, incorporating all of his musical influences. Community Swing and Doin' the Jive are more oriented towards swing while Dese Dem Dose and Room 1411 are more Dixieland or New Orleans-style jazz from the 1920s. Introduction to a Waltz combines elements of classical music with big band swing styles. Annie's Cousin Fanny and When Icky Morgan Plays the Organ are big band arrangements based on the big band musical styles of the 1930s as is the classic Moonlight Serenade from 1939. 7-0-5 is a big band style instrumental for the Army Air Force band. I Sustain the Wings is a big band style instrumental that incorporates strings that accentuate an ascending musical motif. Glenn Miller incorporated swing, jazz, popular music, big band styles, Tin Pan Alley, Dixieland Jazz, and classical music in his compositions. Sometime was a pop ballad but with a Big Band arrangement.

Glenn Miller had 23 number one records and 72 top ten hits from 1939 to 1943. By comparison, The Beatles had 20 number one singles in the U.S. from 1963 to 1970. Elvis Presley had 18 number one hits from 1956 to 1977. The domination of the U.S. charts by Glenn Miller was unprecedented in the 20th century.

Glenn Miller was arguably one of the first pop superstars, along with artists such as Benny Goodman and Bing Crosby. Miller was more famous as an arranger and conductor than as a composer. Aside from Moonlight Serenade, Annie's Cousin Fanny is another composition that is well known, written when Miller was an arranger and trombonist in the Dorsey Brothers Band in 1934. His strength was in finding compositions others had written and producing catchy arrangements, either on his own or in collaboration with arrangers such as Jerry Gray, Bill Finegan, George Williams, and Norman Leyden. He had a talent for picking songs that audiences would go for. He knew how to put together new and different sounds that were innovative enough to stretch his listeners' tastes and make them want more without being so unusual that they would lose interest.

For example, In the Mood was written in the middle 1930s by a composer named Joe Garland, and went through all sorts of different arrangements (and at least 2 other titles) without becoming a hit. Joe Garland also arguably plagiarized the main melodic riff from a 1930 composition by Wingy Manone entitled Tar Paper Stomp on Champion Records, where it first appeared. Manone never sued Garland for plagiarism. The main riff is identical, however, in both compositions. Edgar Hayes recorded an early version as did Artie Shaw. Both recordings flopped. Garland then took the instrumental to Glenn Miller. Miller figured out how to cut the original 8+ minutes down to a respectable 3; his cuts and tightenings actually gave the tune more impact and it became one of the most famous swing recordings ever, staying at no.1 for 13 weeks on the Billboard Juke Box chart in 1940. The time, however, was not the key factor because Sing, Sing, Sing written by Louis Prima, and recorded by Benny Goodman, was a smash hit and defined the Swing Era and clocked in at 8 minutes and 39 seconds. The music was so mesmerizing that people bought the record anyway. Glenn Miller made the music exciting by emphasizing the key, catchy riffs, in particular, the Wingy Manone riff from 1930, which made up the core of the recording.

Glenn Miller enlisted composers Mack Gordon and Harry Warren to write songs for his two films, Sun Valley Serenade (1941), with Milton Berle, John Payne, Dorothy Dandridge, Sonja Henie, and the Nicholas Brothers, and Orchestra Wives (1942), with Ann Rutherford, who had been in Gone With the Wind, George Montgomery, Jackie Gleason, and Harry Morgan, then worked with them and Jerry Gray on arrangements to give us Serenade in Blue, At Last, and Chattanooga Choo Choo - not a bad set by anyone's evaluation. Glenn Miller composed the instrumental Boom Shot for the Orchestra Wives soundtrack. At Last, first recorded by Glenn Miller and reaching no.14 on the Billboard charts, has been covered by Nat King Cole, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Ray Anthony, Christina Aguilera, and Beyonce Knowles in 2008.

Miller hosted a radio program entitled I Sustain the Wings from 1943 to 1944 one of whose goals was to encourage enlistment. One of the instrumentals that Miller recorded was El Capitan by John Philip Sousa. Miller co-wrote I Sustain the Wings and 7-0-5 during this period. And as conductor of the Army Air Forces Orchestra, he led the way in combining jazz and classical sounds in a manner never heard before, or, tragically, since.
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What did Glenn miller discover by accident?

Answer . \nWell, it wasn't really by accident. Like most "luck" it occurred because he was well-prepared.\n. \nDuring his time as an arranger for the Ray Noble orchestra, he developed an arranging style that carried the melody on an alto sax and trumpet playing a musical third apart, with harm ( Full Answer )

Where did Glenn Miller get the idea for the song I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo?

Answer . Actually, it was probably not Miller's idea. He had enjoyed enormous success with the song Chattanooga Choo Choo that was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren (look them up for more information) for the film Sun Valley Serenade . When 20th Century-Fox signed Miller to perform in a ( Full Answer )

Who was Glenn Miller?

Alton Glenn Miller ranks as the most popular musician of the first half of the 20th century. He was arguably the first pop music "superstar": in terms of the number of top-10 recordings sold and recordings sold as a percentage of the entire market, his career still outranks even the Beatles and El ( Full Answer )

How many people are in the Glenn Miller Band?

Currently there are 16 or 17 musicians. The original civilian band had a similar number of performers but also included 5 vocalists. The Army Air Force Orchestra included between 40 and 45 musicians depending on the date and location.

How many children did Glenn Miller have?

He had 2 adopted children. His wife Helen was ill and had ahysterectomy shortly after they were married, so they weren't ableto have their own children.

What year did Glenn Miller disappear?

Miller was scheduled to fly from London to Paris on Dec. 12, 1944 to make preparations for the AAF Band's Christmas concert. London was badly fogged in and the flight was postponed several times. He became increasingly frustrated with the delays, so on the afternoon of Dec. 15 he took a chance on an ( Full Answer )

Why did Glenn Miller write the song A String of Pearls?

Miller didn't write String of Pearls . It was composed by his chief arranger Jerry Gray. Jerry Gray was a highly talented composer, arranger, and conductor who had a strong fondness for short, riffy melodies that could be played on a few notes, then repeated and embellished up to a musical clima ( Full Answer )

How many members of the original Glenn Miller Band are still living?

It's now almost 66 years since Glenn Miller last appeared in front of his original orchestra, so very few of the original members are still living. To the best of my knowledge only Paul Tanner, Ray Anthony, and Trigger Alpert are still with us. From the AAF Orchestra, only arranger Norman Leyden ( Full Answer )

Did Glenn Miller have siblings?

Yes, 2 brothers and a sister. Deane was a dentist and Herb was alsoa musician, although not nearly so successful. His sister was namedIrene.

In the Glenn Miller song Perfidia what does Perfidia mean?

It's not "profidia", it's PERFIDIA . Given that, you might be able to find it in a Spanish dictionary. It not, the answer is that is means "unfaithfulness". It's related to the $64 English word "perfidious". FWIW, the vocalists on that recording were Dorothy Claire and the Modernaires.

Where is Glenn Miller Buried?

His plane disappeared on a flight from London to Paris on December 15, 1944. Officially, no trace of the plane or his body was ever found.

Why was Glenn Miller famous?

He was an advanced composer and leader of a Big band jazz Band and this not being the only thing he played an important part in the military. If he wasn't the only one there were few who overcame the challenge of these two things.

What did Glenn Miller do for Ray Anthony?

Ray Anthony's tenure with Glenn Miller was short and not very sweet. He was about 17 when he joined the trumpet section, and despite a good audition that won him the position his actual performances were very shaky. He left the band after a short period of time. As he matured and became a better ( Full Answer )

Did Glenn Miller have children?

He had 2 adopted children. His wife Helen was ill and had a hysterectomy shortly after they were married.

Did Glenn Miller write the song At Last in 1941?

The song was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren. It was performed originally for the movie Sun Valley Serenade but was cut from the final release. It was brought back with a slightly different arrangement in the movie Orchestra Wives, and became a huge hit.

Glenn millers famous songs tunes?

"In the Mood", "Tuxedo Junction", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Moonlight Serenade", "Little Brown Jug", and "Pennsylvania 6-5000" per Wikipedia.

Female singer with Glenn miller?

The singer most associated with the civilian band was of course Marion Hutton, one of the famous Hutton Sisters. Hutton tended to sing the up-tempo and novelty tunes. Also, Paula Kelly later joined the Modernaires and contributed a number of vocals. A few other female singers such as Kay Starr an ( Full Answer )

Who sang the song 'At last' with Glenn Miller?

Ray Eberle sang the lyrics on both the 78 recording and in the film Orchestra Wives . In the film he was accompanied by Pat Friday, "ghosting" for star Lynn Bari. Both of these recordings were made in 1942. A different arrangement featuring John Payne and Lynn Bari was recorded in 1941 for the s ( Full Answer )

When was glenn miller famous?

Glenn Miller was popular from the late '30s right up till his disapperance during the second world war (December 15, 1944)

Did Glenn Miller sing in the war?

He wasn't a singer. He played trombone and conducted. During the war he led the Army Air Forces Orchestra, which had about 1000 different songs in the bandbook. You can use a search engine to find many of the tunes simply by querying "Army Air Force Band", with the quotation marks. Songs to loo ( Full Answer )

Where did Glenn Miller go to college?

He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, but dropped out to pursue private music studies with Dr. Joseph Schillinger.

Did Glenn Miller write the song Moonlight Serenade?

Yes. It began as a composition exercise written when he was studying with Dr. Joseph Schillinger. It had variously been titled "Now I Lay Me Down to Weep" and "Gone With the Dawn", but when Miller decided to use it as his theme song he felt a better name was needed. RCA had decided to pair the song ( Full Answer )

What songs did Alfred Aulwurm record with Glenn Miller?

Alfred Aulwurm was a violinist in the Army Air Force Orchestra which only made 4 never-released commercial sides. However he performed on many broadcasts and live concerts, so it's not practical to try to provide a full list here. To cite just a few: Stormy Weather Along the Santa Fe Trail Holida ( Full Answer )

Did Glenn Miller have a dark past?

Anything but. His family was of German descent and lived in the Midwest. Early poverty instilled a very strong work ethic, and his upbringing was strict middle-American Protestant. His friend and biographer George T. Simon described him as very much a "what you see is what you get" person with a ( Full Answer )

What Moody Blues song was influenced by Glenn Miller?

There were no Moody Blues songs influenced by Glenn Miller, although the Moody part of their name was chosen by keyboardist Mike Pinder after his favourite Duke Ellington track Mood Indigo .

What instruments did Glenn Miller have in his band?

Instrumentation varied over time, but the "classic" civilian band consisted of: 4 trombones + Miller himself 4 trumpets 5 reeds drums piano bass The AAF Band was composed of a larger incarnation of the civilian band, with one more piece in each of the wind sections along with: 14 or 15 violins 4 ( Full Answer )

Did Glenn Miller write the song In the Mood?

No. The original melody was called Tar Paper Stomp, and is attributed to Joe Garland but had other composers as well. The song ran almost 8 minutes which precluded its being recorded on the 3-minute discs available at the time. The rights were sold to various orchestras and it was retitled severa ( Full Answer )

Did Glenn Miller have a theme song?

During the 1930s and 40s ALL big bands had a theme song, and in some cases more than one. Glenn Miller's theme was his own composition, the iconic Moonlight Serenade . Along with In the Mood , it's probably one of the most recognizable songs of the Big Band Era and even today causes people to stop ( Full Answer )

What song did Glenn Miller arrange for his wife because it was her favorite?

That story is entirely made-up. The 1954 biopic The Glenn Miller Story included a fictional sub-plot about Helen liking the tune Little Brown Jug while Miller supposedly disliked it. The movie ended with him having relented just before his death in 1944, and making an arrangement of the song for ( Full Answer )

How did Glenn Miller become famous?

he became famous after becoming popular with the youth musicculture of his time by re writing the way the instruments should bebrought into the compositions which he had wrote which was avariation to the most popular bands of the time, He then enteredthe 2nd world war as an a troop entertainer where ( Full Answer )

What songs did Glenn Miller make famous?

Moonlight Serenade (theme) In the Mood (most famous) Chattanooga Choo Choo Pennsylvania 6-5000 Little Brown Jug String of Pearls Tuxedo Junction Sunrise Serenade Caribbean Clipper At Last Serenade in Blue Moonlight Cocktail Kalamazoo and many dozens more.

Who conducts the Glenn Miller Orchestra?

The orchestra is currently led by vocalist Nick Hilscher. His predecessor was trombonist Gary Tole. The longest-serving conductor, Larry O'Brien, began his career with Ray McKinley and thus had only one "degree of separation" from Glenn Miller himself. Previous conductors were Tex Beneke (immedia ( Full Answer )

Who was Ray with the Glenn miller orchestra?

There were three Rays - Ray Eberle, Ray McKinley, and Ray Anthony Ray Eberle was the male vocalist with the civilian band from 1938 to 1942. Glenn had somehow become convinced that Ray was more talented than he actually was, and stood by him despite many forced and less-than-stellar performances. ( Full Answer )

How many brothers and sisters did Glenn Miller have?

He had two brothers and one sister. Dean Miller was a dentist. Herb Miller played trumpet, taught music, and eventually led a bandin the UK. Irene Miller Wolfe passed away in 1999.

Where did Glenn Miller being singing?

Glenn Miller was a trombonist and conductor, not a singer. His only 2 recorded "vocals" are a slightly R-rated line in the Tommy Dorsey novelty tune "Annie's Cousin Fanny" and a sing-speak line in the movie soundtrack version of "It Happened in Sun Valley".

Who sang the song I Know Why for Glenn Miller?

The commercial recording was sung by Paula Kelly, backed by the Modernaires. The movie version was lip-synched by actress Lynn Bari, but was actually performed by Pat Friday who was the Marni Nixon of her time, providing "ghost" singing voices for non-musical actresses. Backing was by the Moderna ( Full Answer )

What songs did Glenn Miller play?

A full discography lists well over a thousand songs. Just a few of the most well-known include Civilian band: Moonlight Serenade (the band's theme) In the Mood String of Pearls At Last Sun Valley Jump Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree Pennsylvania 6-5000 Little Brown Jug Serenade ( Full Answer )

How many songs dose mac miller have?

He has somewhere around 16 more popular songs released, and is in the process of making a new album titled Blue Slide Park

Who were the pianists in the Glenn Miller band?

Howard Smith briefly played piano in the 1937 band. He was replaced in mid-year by Chalmers "Chummy" MacGregor who remained with the band until it broke up in September, 1942. The Air Force Band featured pianist Mel Powell, drafted from Benny Goodman's orchestra.

Why did glenn miller become famous?

What a stupid question! Just listen to the music his band played. OMG I can't believe you asked that question.

What bands did Glenn Miller play in?

Before forming his own band he a member of orchestras led by BoydSenter, the Dorsey Brothers, Gil Rodin, Ben Pollack, Red Nichols,and Ray Noble.