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In The Mood

Glenn Miller and his Orchestra


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Big band leader, arranger, composer, and trombonist Alton Glenn Miller was born March 01, 1904 in Clarinda, Iowa.

As a kid, Miller saved up money from milking cows until he could afford his first trombone.

When he was a teenager he formed his first dance band with friends from his high school.

After high school Miller decided to become a professional musician, and began touring with Victor Young, Joe Venuti and Joseph Schillinger.

Miller formed his own band in 1937, and is known for his original compositions and arrangements.

The "Glenn Miller Orchestra" perform "In The Mood" in the 1941 film "Sun Valley Serenade."

He played with bands of Ben Pollack, Joe Venuti, and the Dorsey brothers in the 1920s and early '30s before pursuing a career as composer and bandleader himself.

As one of the best-selling recording artists of the late 1930s his best known recordings included "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "At Last", and "A String of Pearls."

Glenn Miller was declared missing in action after his aircraft vanished somewhere over the English Channel on December 15, 1944 while traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during W. W. II.

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