I Sustain the Wings
I Sustain the Wings is a 1943 big band and jazz instrumental co-written by Glenn Miller. The instrumental was the theme for the radio program broadcast on CBS. I Sustain the Wings was composed by Captain Glenn Miller, John Chalmers Chummy MacGregor, Private Sol Meyer, the song was copyrighted on February 11,1943. The radio show was initially on CBS from June to September,1943. Glenn Miller was the host and conductor on the show, which featured Ray McKinley, Jerry Gray, Johnny Desmond, and the Crew Chiefs, until June 10,1944 when Harry Bluestone became the conductor. The Latin Sustineo Alas, I Sustain the Wings, or Keep Em Flying, was the motto of the U. S. Army Air Forces Technical Training Command, the I Sustain the Wings radio series continued until November 17,1945. The sheet music for the composition appeared in the 1943 songbook Glenn Millers Dance Folio published by the Mutual Music Society in New York. The instrumental appears on the 1996 RCA Victor album The Secret Broadcasts, the instrumental appears uncredited as the segue music between songs on the U. S.
Army V-Disc No. 144, VP415, released in March,1944, tex Beneke performed a version of the instrumental with the Glenn Miller Alumni/Stars for Defense/The Modernaires in 1960 on a Stars for Defense Show. The Airmen of Note band of the U. S. Air Force has recorded the instrumental, the song appeared on the 2011 collection Those Were Our Songs, Hits from World War II performed by the U. S. Air Force Orchestra conducted by Lowell Graham on Altissimo. The theme was performed and recorded by the Army Air Forces Overseas Orchestra conducted by Sgt. The Tom Daugherty Orchestra performed the instrumental on tour in 2012, the USAAF Technical Training Command insignia during World War II included a badge that featured the motto in Latin Sustineo Alas, or I Sustain the Wings. The badge was used from July,1942 until 1946, the badge was worn on the uniform tunic lapel or on the soft cap. Moonlight Serenade, A Bio-discography of the Glenn Miller Civilian Band, New Rochelle, NY, Arlington House,1972. I Sustain the Wings 1943 NBC radio program
I Swung the Election
I Swung the Election is a 1939 song composed by Glenn Miller and recorded by jazz trombonist Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Jack Teagarden released the song as a Columbia 78 single in 1939, Glenn Miller is credited with writing the song I Swung the Election which was recorded by Jack Teagarden in 1939. Jack Teagarden recorded the song on July 19,1939 in New York and released it as an A side 78 single as Columbia 35206A b/w Aunt Hagars Blues and as a V-Disc, No. 823B, J1676, Swing, XX Release, issued in January,1948, Teagarden sang and played the trombone on the recording. The V Disc version was recorded in Los Angeles on August 24,1944, the song appears on,2010 Wnts compilation Jack Teagarden, Love Me 2009 Chacra Music album Jack Teagarden, The Classic Years, Vol. An instrumental recording was released in 2013 by Kristoffer Kompen on the album A Tribute to Jack Teagarden, moonlight Serenade, A Bio-discography of the Glenn Miller Civilian Band. Glenn Millers Method for Orchestral Arranging, simon Says, The Sights and Sounds of the Swing Era, 1935-1955.
The Swing Era, The Development of Jazz, 1930–1945, american Routes, I Swung the Election, Music & Politics The War Room at the IMDB database. The War Room, Being There by Louis Menand, online version of the 1939 recording by Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra on Columbia Records
Charlie Spivak was an American trumpeter and bandleader, best known for his big band in the 1940s. The details of Spivaks birth are unclear, some sources place it in Ukraine in 1907, and that his family emigrated to settle in New Haven, Connecticut while he was a child. Others place his birth in New Haven two years earlier, in 1905 and he learned to play trumpet when he was ten years old and played in his high school band, going on to work with local groups before joining Johnny Cavallaros orchestra. He played with Paul Spechts band for most of 1924 to 1930, spent time with Ben Pollack, the brothers Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and he played on Solo Hop in 1935 by Glenn Miller and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Finally, with the encouragement and financial backing of Glenn Miller, though it failed within a year, he tried again shortly afterwards, this time taking over the existing band of Bill Downer and making a success of it. Spivaks band was one of the most successful in the 1940s and he scouted top trumpeter Paul Fredricks just as Fredricks left the service at the end of World War II, in 1946.
Fredricks was instrumental in the success in the coming years as it reached its peak. Spivaks experience playing with jazz musicians had little effect on his own bands style, Spivak himself had been noted for his trumpets sweet tone and his strength for playing lead parts, rather than for any improvisational ability. Riddle was responsible for many of the arrangements, together with Sonny Burke. The late Manny Albam arranged for the Spivak band, when the Spivak orchestra broke up, he went to live in Florida, where he continued to lead a band until illness led to his temporary retirement in 1963. On his recovery, he continued to lead large and small bands, first in Las Vegas, in Greenville, South Carolina in 1967, he led a small group featuring his wife as vocalist. She died in 1971 after an illness with cancer. During this time, Spivak was resident band leader for a restaurant-nightclub, Ye Olde Fireplace, in Greenville and he played trumpet in the dance band that included a drummer, bass player and pianist.
The band played standards from the big band era, but requests from the audience. Spivak continued to play and record until his death, Spivaks eldest son, the late Joel A. Spivak, was a television and radio broadcaster primarily in the Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Washington, D. C. areas. Spivaks youngest son, Steven Glenn Spivak, is a public relations manager in northern California, charlie Spivak at Find a Grave
Sold American is a 1938 song composed by Glenn Miller with Chummy MacGregor and recorded for both Brunswick and RCA Bluebird. Sold American was written in 1938 by Glenn Miller and John Chalmers Chummy MacGregor, the title was recorded on May 23,1938 on Brunswick and again on June 27,1939 for RCA Victor. A78 was released in 1938 as Brunswick 8173, mx 22974-1, in 1939, a new recording was released as a Bluebird 78 A side, 10352A, with Pagan Love Song. The recording was released as a 78 single as Montgomery Ward M-8366. The song features a chant by the orchestra repeated twice at the beginning and twice at the ending, the music starts off in the style and tempo of a pavane. Stressing that America only purchased the highest quality tobacco for its cigarettes, the jingle achieved national exposure through ATCs sponsorship of Your Hit Parade, a weekly radio show that featured a countdown of the top national hits. Glenn Miller was sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes in 1939, owned by the Liggett, there was a conflict of interest.
Being sponsored by Chesterfield, Miller could not promote a competing brand and this restricted the performances of the song. Glenn Miller had used the musical motif in his arrangement of the 1934 recording of I Hate Myself by The Boswell Sisters. He used the motif in his arrangement of the Ray Noble recording of Big Chief De Sota, the song was performed live by Glenn Miller on March 8,1939 and broadcast on the radio from a remote at the Meadowbrook Ballroom in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Sold American was released as a single in the UK paired with Moon Love on the HMV label as BD5854. In the 1950s, Epic Records re-released the Brunswick 78 in the U. S. as part of a 10 yellow label album entitled The Glenn Miller Band as LN1101. This song is different from the 1973 Kinky Friedman song of the name featured on the eponymous album on Vanguard. The RCA Victor Bluebird version from 1939 is on the 13 disc CD collection The Complete Glenn Miller by BMG/RCA and on the 2005 series The Glenn Miller Story, the 1938 Brunswick version is on the album The Glenn Miller Story, Vols.
The collection Evolution of a Band contains an unissued, alternate take, moonlight Serenade, A Bio-discography of the Glenn Miller Civilian Band. New Rochelle, NY, Arlington House,1972, Sold American,1938 Brunswick version, track 2
Ben Pollack was an American drummer and bandleader from the mid-1920s through the swing era. His eye for talent led him to musicians such as Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller, Jimmy McPartland. This ability earned him the nickname the Father of Swing, Ben Pollack was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1903. He played drums in school and formed groups on the side and he joined the Harry Bastin Band and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in the 1920s. In 1924 he played for bands, including some on the west coast, which ultimately led to his forming a band. In 1926, he had a band named the Ten Californians, Pollack formed his own band in 1926. Over time the band included Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jack Teagarden, one of the earliest members of his band was Gil Rodin, a saxophonist whose business acumen served him well as an executive for the Music Corporation of America. Combining Pollacks regular recordings with these groups made Pollacks one of the more prolific bands of the 1920s and 1930s. Pollacks band played in Chicago and moved to New York City around the fall of 1928, having obtained McPartland and this outfit enjoyed immense success, playing for Broadway shows and winning an exclusive engagement at the Park Central Hotel.
Pollacks band was involved in extensive recording activity at that time, the orchestra made a Vitaphone short subject sound film. Pollack, in the meantime, had fancied himself as more of a bandleader-singer type instead of a drummer, to this end, he signed Ray Bauduc to handle the drumming chores. Benny Goodman and Jimmy McPartland left the band in the summer of 1929 and they were replaced by Matty Matlock on clarinet and Jack Teagardens brother, Charlie, on trumpet. Eddie Miller was signed as a tenor saxophonist in 1930, the band broke up in 1934. Many of its members formed a group led by Bob Crosby. Pollack reformed his band with Harry James and Irving Fazola, with James he wrote the hit Peckin. In the early 1940s, he orgainzed a band led by comedian Chico Marx and he started Jewel Records, opened restaurants in Hollywood and Palm Springs, appeared as himself in the movie The Benny Goodman Story, and made a cameo in The Glenn Miller Story. Pollack and Doris Robbins, who had no children, were divorced in 1957, in years, after suffering a series of financial losses, Pollack grew despondent and committed suicide by hanging in his home in Palm Springs in 1971.
He was buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in 1992, Pollack was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame
The Woodpecker Song
The Woodpecker Song is an originally Italian song. The music was written by Eldo Di Lazzaro in 1939, while the Italian lyrics were written by Bruno Cherubini, the English lyrics were written by Harold Adamson. The song became a hit in 1940, recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, The Andrews Sisters, the Glenn Miller recording on RCA Bluebird featuring Marion Hutton on vocals reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1940. Released on a 78 rpm A side single record by Bluebird Records as catalog number 10598 backed with Lets All Sing Together and it ranked third in jukeboxes in 1940. Released on a 78 rpm record by Decca Records as catalog number 3065A, Kate Smith with Jack Miller Orchestra. Released on a 78 rpm record by Columbia Records as catalog number 35398, lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
I'm Headin' for California
Im Headin For California is a 1944 song composed by Glenn Miller and Arthur Malvin and performed for radio broadcast. The song was released in 1946 as a 78 single by the Glenn Miller Orchestra led by Tex Beneke, the song was Glenn Millers last composition. Im Headin For California was written by Glenn Miller with Arthur Malvin, the song was recorded on Thursday, February 21,1946 at a session at the RCA Victor Studios in New York. This was the first single released by the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke, the recording appeared on the 1998 album Glenn Miller Orchestra, A Tribute to Tex Beneke and the 2001 release The Legendary Big Bands, Tex Beneke by Castle/Pulse. The recording was reviewed in the Billboard Data and Reviews section, An infectious rhythm ditty fashioned along the lines as Chattanooga Choo Choo. The song was first performed by the band of the AAF orchestra. An aircheck of this performance was released on the 2010 Sounds of Yesteryear album Glenns Travels, Glenn Miller lived in California during the filming of Sun Valley Serenade in 1941.
Glenn and his wife Helen bought a 55-acre ranch east of Los Angeles in Monrovia, Rancho Duarte and this was the location where Glenn Miller planned to live and raise his family. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Mainstream Publishing,1991 Billboard Magazine, moonlight Serenade, A Bio-discography of the Glenn Miller Civilian Band. New Rochelle, NY, Arlington House,1972, a Portrait of Glenn Miller, Glenn Miller Archives website. Online version of Im Headin For California
Stardust is a popular song composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics added in 1929 by Mitchell Parish. Carmichael first recorded the song, originally titled Star Dust, at the Gennett Records studio in Richmond, in 2004, Carmichaels original 1927 recording of the song was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. According to Carmichael, the inspiration for Stardust came to him while he was on the campus of his alma mater, Indiana University, in Bloomington and he began whistling the tune, rushed to the Book Nook, a popular student hangout, and started composing. He worked to refine the melody over the course of the several months. Carmichael said he was inspired by the types of improvisations made by Bix Beiderbecke, the tune at first attracted only moderate attention, mostly from fellow musicians, a few of whom recorded their own versions of Carmichaels tune. Mitchell Parish wrote lyrics for the song, based on his own and Carmichaels ideas, a slower version had been recorded in October 1928, but the real transformation came on May 16,1930, when bandleader Isham Jones recorded it as a sentimental ballad.
Stardust is a 32-bar melody with a slightly unusual ABAC structure, while the verse is often omitted in recordings, Frank Sinatra made a recording in 1961 of just the verse. The verse and chorus have the final cadence, though other than that they are musically distinct. The original sheet music publication of Stardust was published under the title Star Dust by Mills Music with a date of 1929. The first recording of the song, which was made by Hoagy Carmichael in 1927 prior to the writing of the lyrics, was titled STARDUST. Carmichael referred to his song as Stardust in a 1936 letter to M. B, Popular music historian Will Friedwald, in his book Stardust Melodies, The Biography of Twelve of Americas Most Popular Songs, states that the correct title is given as two words, Star Dust. There have been interpretations of the standard over the decades. Isham Joness recording became the first of many hit versions of the tune, young baritone sensation Bing Crosby released a version in 1931, and by the following year, over two dozen bands had recorded Stardust.
It was covered by almost every prominent band of that era, glenn Miller released a recording of the song on V-Disc, No. 65A, with a spoken introduction recorded with the AAFTC Orchestra which was released in December 1943, Billy Ward and His Dominoes, in 1957, had a #12 hit with the song on the Billboard Pop chart, which is one of the earliest RnB/rocknroll recordings in true stereo. Ringo Starr recorded a version for his first solo album, Sentimental Journey, Sergio Franchi covered the song on his 1964 RCA Victor album The Exciting Voice of Sergio Franchi. Rod Stewart recorded the song for his album Stardust, The Great American Songbook Volume III, katie Melua recorded a cover on her EP Nine Million Bicycles in 2005. Michael Bublé recorded it for his album Crazy Love, released in 2009, certain recorded variations on the song have become notable
Little Brown Jug (song)
Little Brown Jug is a song written in 1869 by Joseph Winner, originally published credited to Eastburn by J. E. It was originally a drinking song and it remained well known as a folk song into the early 20th century. Like many songs which make reference to alcohol, it enjoyed new popularity during the Prohibition era, the same melody was used for the song My Dingaling written by Richard Barthomew, which became a Number 1 hit in 1972 for Chuck Berry. In 1939, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra released a hit version of the song on RCA Bluebird, as an A side 78 single, B-10286-A, the recording was an early chart hit for Glenn Miller. The song was performed in Glenn Millers Carnegie Hall concert that year and became a staple of the Glenn Miller Orchestra repertoire and a classic of the Big Band era. Subsequently, in 1947 it was recorded by the accordionist John Serry Sr. and it was sung by Carl Alfalfa Switzer and Harold Slim Switzer in an Our Gang short. The songs lyrics are about a man and his wife and their life due to alcoholism.
The tone and tune, are bright and cheerful. The first verse of the song is, My wife and I live all alone, In a little log hut, we called our ownShe loved gin, and I loved rumI tell you what wed lots of fun. The Chorus of the song goes, Ha ha ha, You and me, Little Brown Jug, Dont I love Thee As a childrens song, sometimes a verse is modified to fit the melody and rhythm of the tune. The song has been recorded by the performers, Joe Biviano, his Accordion. Arthur Godfrey released a version with lyrics on Crown Records accompanied by Archie Bleyer, art Van Damme released a version as a 78 on Capitol Records as 57-570. Louise Massey and the Westerneers released it as a Polka instrumental on Columbia as 20245, lenny Dee released the song on Decca as an organ solo. John Kirby and his Orchestra released it on Okeh Records, chubby Parker released Little Brown Jug as a 78 on Silvertone as 25013. Ken Griffin released the song on Rondo Records, stuart Robertson released it on HMV. Phil Cardew and his Corn Huskers as a dance on Parlophone.
Frank Crumit released it on HMV, george Wade on RCA Victor as a square dance. Bluebird Foreign Band on RCA Bluebird, the Billy May Orchestra released the song on Capitol
Boom Shot is a 1942 song composed by Glenn Miller and Billy May for the 20th Century Fox movie Orchestra Wives starring George Montgomery and Ann Rutherford. The song was published by Chappell and Company, Glenn Miller as Gene Morrison is shown conducting his orchestra on the bandstand. The title comes from the wide-angle, mobile camera shot used to film the scene, the arrangement is by George Williams. Boom Shot appeared on the reissued albums Glenn Millers Original Film Sound Tracks as Fox-3020,3021, TFS-3020e, 3021e, in two volumes, which was reissued in 2009 by Hallmark. In May,1959, Boom Shot was released as a 745 A side single by the British Top Rank label with You Say the Sweetest Things, Baby by the Glenn Miller Six as JAR-114. Boom Shot features a solo by Johnny Best, which is edited out in the film, with Billy May on muted trumpet, Ernie Caceres on alto saxophone. Ray McKinley and the New Glenn Miller Orchestra recorded the song as Boomshot on the 1959 RCA Victor LP album Dance Anyone, the Jack Million Band recorded it on the album In the Mood for Glenn Miller, Vol.2.
The Jack Million Band performed Boom Shot at the 2008 Glenn Miller Festival on June 13,2008 in the Clarinda High School auditorium in Clarinda, moonlight Serenade, A Bio-discography of the Glenn Miller Civilian Band. New Rochelle, NY, Arlington House,1972, George T. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, De Capo Press,1980. Boom Shot by the Jack Million Band, selection 10
Moonlight Serenade is an American swing ballad composed by Glenn Miller with subsequent lyrics by Mitchell Parish. In 1991, Millers recording of Moonlight Serenade was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The song, recorded on April 4,1939 on RCA Bluebird, was a Top Ten hit on the U. S. pop charts in 1939 and it was the number 5 top pop hit of 1939 in the Billboard year-end tally. Glenn Miller had five records in the top 20 songs of 1939 on Billboard′s list, in the UK, Moonlight Serenade was released as the A-side of a 78 on His Masters Voice, with American Patrol as the B-side. The recording reached number twelve in the UK in March 1954, in a medley with Little Brown Jug and In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade reached number thirteen on the UK charts in January 1976, in a chart run of eight weeks. The recording was issued as a V-Disc, No. The recording used a saxophone section, which is widely considered the classic Glenn Miller style. Miller studied the Schillinger technique with Joseph Schillinger, who is credited with helping Miller create the Miller sound, the Noble Orchestra never recorded the song.
Finally it ended up as Moonlight Serenade because Robbins Music bought the music and learned that Miller was recording a cover of Sunrise Serenade and they thought Moonlight would be a natural association for Sunrise. Now I Lay Me Down to Weep was composed in 1935 with lyrics by Eddie Heyman, after Moonlight Serenade, originally released solely as an instrumental, became a smash hit in 1939, Mitchell Parish wrote new lyrics for the music under that title. Frank Sinatra released the song as part of a 7 EP 33RPM single in 1966, the song appeared on the 2015 centennial collection Ultimate Sinatra. In 1939, Count Basie and His Orchestra recorded one of the earliest versions to feature the lyrics added by Mitchell Parish which was released as a 78 single, Vocalion 5036. Moonlight Serenade has been covered by Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, can any other record match Moonlight Serenade for its ability to induce a Pavlovian slobber in so many for so long. The 1939 RCA Victor studio recording of Moonlight Serenade was released by the U.
S, war Department as Army V-Disc 39A, VP75, Theme Song, in November,1943. The recording was released as the Navy V-Disc No. 160A and the Marine Corps V-Disc No, a V-Disc test pressing of a recording of the song from November 17,1945 by the AAF Band was made but the disc was not issued. A new recording by Glenn Miller with the American Band of the Allied Expeditionary Forces was broadcast to Germany in 1944 on the radio program The Wehrmacht Hour, Moonlight Serenade, A Bio-discography of the Glenn Miller Civilian Band. New Rochelle, NY, Arlington House,1972, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recording on the Jazz Anthology website
Annie's Cousin Fannie
Annies Cousin Fannie, which is sometimes listed as Annies Cousin Fanny, is a 1934 song composed by Glenn Miller and recorded by The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra for Brunswick and Decca Records. The Dorsey Brothers released two versions of the song in 1934 and 1935. Annies Cousin Fannie, released as Annies Cousin Fannie is a Sweetie of Mine, was written for the Dorsey Brothers Band in 1934 by Glenn Miller, the composition featured double entendre lyrics. The song was recorded four times, first on May 21,1934 in New York, the June 4,1934 recording was released under the title Annies Cousin Fannie is a Sweetie of Mine on Brunswick as 6938 b/w Judy. Glenn Millers name was misspelled on the 78 record label as Glen, take 2 was recorded on August 15,1934 in New York for Decca. The lyrics were sung by Kay Weber, one of the first female singers of the Big Band Era, and Glenn Miller, the song was reportedly banned by some radio stations because of the risque double entendre lyrics and stirred controversy.
Tommy Dorsey, Don Mattison, Glenn Miller, Skeets Herfurt, the recording was produced by David Lennick. The song is on the 2006 compilation The Dorsey Brothers, Vol.4 on Jazz Oracle, Glenn Miller was an arranger in the band. Charlie Spivak and Bob Crosby were members of the band at various times, the band broke up in late 1935. Levinson, Peter J. Tommy Dorsey, Livin in a Great Big Way, cambridge, MA, Da Capo Press,2005. ISBN 978-0-306-81111-1 Stockdale, Robert L. Tommy Dorsey, On The Side, metuchen, NJ, The Scarecrow Press,1995. ISBN 978-0-8108-2951-0 Stockdale, Robert L. Jimmy Dorsey, A Study in Contrasts, lanham, MD, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.1999. Arnold, Jay, ed. Jimmy Dorsey Saxophone Method, A School of Rhythmic Saxophone Playing and Jimmy, The Dorsey Years. Jazz Connection Magazine, October,2005, Stephen Fratallone, Remembering Kay Weber Sillaway, the 1934 Brunswick recording is available online on the Red Hot Jazz website. Annies Cousin Fannie,1934 Decca version, track 1, moras Modern Rhythmists 2000 recording of Annies Cousin Fannie from the Call of the Freaks album