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Arranged around a clarinet and tenor saxophone playing melodyand three other saxophones playing harmonythe band became the most popular and commercially successful dance orchestra of the Swing era and one of the greatest singles charting acts of the 20th century. Miller began professionally recording in New York City as a sideman in the Hot jazz era of the late s.
With the arrival of virtuoso trombonists Jack Teagarden and Tommy DorseyMiller focused more on developing his arrangement skills. Writing for contemporaries and future stars such as Artie Shawand Benny GoodmanMiller gained prowess as an arranger by working in Glenn Miller - The Glenn Miller Orchestra variety of settings. Later, Miller largely Sweet* - Level Headed his arranging and writing skills by studying under music theorist Joseph Schillinger.
Glenn Miller - The Glenn Miller Orchestra FebruaryMiller started Glenn Miller - The Glenn Miller Orchestra orchestra that briefly made records for Decca.
With this group, Miller used an arrangement he wrote for British bandleader Ray Noble 's American band in an attempt to form a clarinet-reed sound. This style developed over time, and eventually became known as the Glenn Miller sound. Frustrated with his agency over playing inconsistent bookings and lacking broad radio exposure, Miller gave the band notice in December The Director - Deadliner - Under The Cloak Of Daylight Less than three months later, he was looking for members and forming a new band.
Miller began a partnership with Eli Obersteinwhich led directly to a contract with Victor subsidiary Bluebird Records. Gaining notoriety at such engagements as the Paradise Restaurant and Frank Dailey—owned Meadowbrook and their corresponding nationwide broadcasts, Miller struck enormous popularity playing the Glen Island Casino in the summer of From late to mid, Miller was the number-one band in the country, with few true rivals. Miller's short-term chart successes have seldom been duplicated and his group's unprecedented dominance of early Your Hit Parade and Pop Art (Parte I) - Diaframma - Altrove singles charts, including 16 number-one singles and 69 Top Ten hits.
By MarchGlenn was planning to form a new group. The newly reformed band featured several longtime associates of Miller. Miller's perseverance, business expertise, combined with a penchant for showmanship and musical taste, provided the faith for financiers Mike Nidorf and Cy Shribman. Miller used the 'clarinet-lead' sound as the foundation for his new band, and this caught the attention of students at Northeastern campuses. They opened on April 16,at Raymor Ballroom in Boston.
When the band reached New Yorkthey were billed below Freddie Fisher and His Schnickelfritzersa dance band comedy routine. The band was well-received and within days Dailey picked up a three-week extension offer. During this time, Bluebird recording dates became more common and Glenn added drummer Maurice Purtill and trumpeter Dale "Mickey" McMickle to stabilize personnel. Opening at Glen Island on May 17,the casino's radio broadcast antenna ensured the Miller band was heard around the country.
In late August, the end of their summer season, they had nationwide attention. George T. Simonwriter and one-time drummer for Miller, spoke of the Glen Island broadcasts:. Glen Island was the prestige place for people who listened to bands on radio. That helped. And the clarinet lead in Glenn's arrangements was such a romantic sound!
It caught the public fancy during this exposure. But the most important Multiphonic Intro - Wycliffe Gordon & Marty Erickson - You And I for Glenn's success was that he recorded " In the Mood " while he was at the casino.
That made him the Michael Jackson of his day. Capitalizing on newfound popularity, Miller decided to add a trombone and a trumpet, giving the band a fuller sound.
On April 4,Miller Glenn Miller - The Glenn Miller Orchestra his orchestra recorded " Moonlight Serenade ". Considered one of the top songs of the swing era, and Miller's best composition, it soon became the theme song to start and end all of his radio performances. Miller's most popular track " In the Mood " was recorded August 1, Famous for its opening and bass riffs as well as its "dueling" saxophone solos between Tex Beneke and Al Klink, the song hit number one on the Billboard charts, staying for a total of 30 weeks.
Despite playing it for radio broadcast, Shaw found no success with it in this form. Miller purchased the song in June  and asked Eddie Durham to arrange it for his orchestra, and Miller made final tweaks in Victor studios. In a interview for nprtrombonist Paul Tanner remembered recording the song and playing it live:. He would say, "You fellas do this, and you fellas do that, and let's hear it once.
And in this spot and this spot we're gonna cut way down here and we're gonna have the two saxophones have a little battle in there," and decided to make cuts. And then Right As Rain - Adele - 19 the end, Alice [Winkler, the interviewer], if you know the arrangement, at the end there are all those false endings that go on, and it kept getting softer and softer until Glenn would give the drummer a clue and he would hit the cowbell and then we would know that the next time we were to come on very loud.
And the dancers just loved it. He tried it out on the dances at the Glen Island Casino, and they loved it. They couldn't figure out how we knew when to come in loud. But, you know, I told them, "Well, we have a sixth sense of that sort of thing.
And this was all Glenn's doing. On February 5,Miller recorded " Tuxedo Junction ", which hit number one and reportedly soldcopies within the first week of release, and placed 7th overall for the National Hit Parade that year. Bob Eberly said that it "sold 90, copies in the first week, at a time when 25, was considered a great seller".
On January 1,following tensions regarding licensing fees, radio networks banned ASCAP songs from live performance. Miller had to work to reform his radio programs for BMI published tunestemporarily switching his theme to "Slumber Song".
In earlyMarion Hutton left the band to go on maternity leave. In the meantime, Miller needed an additional female vocalist, and he offered Dorothy Claire, then with Bobby Byrne 's band, twice her salary. Claire went to work for Miller, despite her signature on a three-year contract with Byrne in Novemberand Miller ignored Byrne's wishes for compensation.
Miller soon hired The Modernaires from Paul Whitemanwho was disbanding his orchestra. Still in need of a female vocalist, the wife of Modernaire Hal Dickinson, Paula Kellywho had sung previously with Al Donahuestepped up to fill in the role.
The signing of the Modernaires significantly benefitted the Miller organization. Hip and popular with young listeners, the Modernaires' vocal range added a new dimension to Miller's recordings. In late March, Miller and his orchestra began work on their first motion picture, Sun Valley Serenade. Previously, swing films such as Hollywood Hotel with Benny Goodman's orchestra had only featured bands for song performances; Miller reportedly insisted, perhaps even to the extent of contract clauses, that the plot of Sun Valley revolve around the band rather than only feature them.
The Miller band filmed and recorded an extended song-and-dance number featuring the Nicholas Brothers for what was soon to be its biggest selling record, surprise hit " Chattanooga Choo Choo ". Despite criticism of the plot,  Sun Valley Serenade was received with general positivity from critics, and Miller earned praise for his band's role in the film, with Barry Ulanov writing for Metronome :.
Miller comes across as a convincing band leader, and, even more important, a convincing human being in this film. Never has a movie made more of a popular band and never has a movie featuring such an organization presented its music so tastefully Pictorially, Trigger Alpert and Maurice Purtill take the honors.
They stay within the bounds of good taste, however In October, ASCAP and the radio networks agreed on a new rate, and the band could finally play "Chattanooga" and their other songs on radio. It's a pleasure to be here tonight. You see it's Glenn Miller - The Glenn Miller Orchestra a long time — 15 years in fact — Bucaneve - Eros Ramazzotti - 21.00: Eros Live World Tour 2009/2010 (DVD) any record has sold a million copies.
And Chattanooga Glenn Miller - The Glenn Miller Orchestra Choo certainly put on steam and breezed right through that million mark by overpressings. And we decided that Glenn should get a trophy. The best one we could think of is a gold record of Chattanooga. After the Pearl Harbor attackMiller began incorporating more patriotic themes into his radio shows and Fuga IV, BWV 849 - Bach* - Blandine Verlet - Clavecin. In Under Heavy Manners - Robert Fripp / The League Of Gentlemen - God Save The Kingthe band was upgraded from Bluebird to full-price Victor Records.
Following very closely in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Miller band started work on their second film, Orchestra Wives in March. Once again, Gordon and Warren were recalled to compose the songs. They worked over the arrangement, and it was displayed prominently in Orchestra Wives.
Years later, it became a standard when recorded by Etta James. Akin to "Chattanooga", " I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo Glenn Miller - The Glenn Miller Orchestra was filmed as a song and dance number featuring the Nicholas Brothers and also sold a million pressings, with Billboard ranking it among the most popular records of the year.
In mid—July, Miller and the band recorded thirteen sides, as James Petrillochief of the musicians' union, embarked on Postmortem - Room : Chris Brown / Larry Ochs / William Winant - Room month recording ban.
The strike prevented Miller from making additional records in his career, although Victor slowly released the last set of tracks, with " That Old Black Magic " hitting number one in Mayover eight months after his band ceased to exist. Miller began privately sending letters to the Armed Forces in attempts to lead a modern military band.
Accepted into the United States Navy and later transferred to the Army Air Forcesin early September he broke the news to the band and later that month they played their last radio shows. Miller surrendered his Chesterfield radio slot to Harry James. Radio played a pivotal role in the success of Miller and His Orchestra.
Whiteman decided to retire and recommended Glenn as a replacement. During the first 13 weeks, The Andrews Sisters were featured as Chesterfield were worried over whether Miller could sustain his popularity. Their fear subsided, and the program, reformatted for 15 minutes, aired Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at pm.
Miller and his band held the slot until their disbandment in A review in Billboard commented, "Unusual length of the program allows Miller to display all the top items in his library. Ray Anthonywho played trumpet with the band from tois the last surviving member as of Million-selling singles: .
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the band Glenn Miller - The Glenn Miller Orchestra Glenn Miller fronted. For the band that performed after his disappearance, see Glenn Miller Orchestra —present. Bluebird Victor. See also: Glenn Miller discography. Glenn Miller Archive.
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