Glenn Miller – In The Mood (2000)

FrontCover1.jpgBandleader Glenn Miller inspired the World War II generation and boosted morale with many popular songs.

Born in 1904 in Iowa, bandleader and musician Glenn Miller inspired the World War II generation. He was one of the most popular bandleaders in the late 1930s and early 1940s with such songs as “Moonlight Serenade” and “Tuxedo Junction.” In 1942, Miller enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to lead the Army Air Force Band. He boosted the morale of the troops with his many popular songs before mysteriously disappearing on a flight from England to Paris, France. Miller’s original recordings continue to sell millions of copies. He died on December 15, 1944.

Born in Clarinda, Iowa, on March 1, 1904, bandleader and musician Glenn Miller started out playing the mandolin as a child, but quickly switched to the horn. His family moved several times in his youth—to Missouri, then to Nebraska, and finally to Colorado in 1918. In high school in Fort Morgan, Colorado, Miller played in the school band. He turned professional after graduating in 1921, becoming a member of Boyd Senter’s orchestra.


In 1923, Miller quit the orchestra to go to college. He spent a year at the University of Colorado before dropping out to return to the music business. Moving to Los Angeles, California, Miller worked with Ben Pollack’s band for a time. He then headed to New York City, where he freelanced as a trombonist and an arranger. In 1934, Miller became the musical director for Tommy Dorsey’s band with brother Jimmy Dorsey. He then formed an American orchestra for British bandleader Ray Noble.

While he first recorded under his own name in 1935, Glenn Miller struggled for several years before establishing himself as a musician and bandleader. He formed his own orchestra and then reconfigured it several times until he found the winning combination. It was his band’s gig at the famed Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York, in 1939 that helped put Miller on the map. Their performances there were broadcast on the radio, giving them great public exposure.

Miller scored his first hit with “Wishing (Will Make It So)” that same year. He penned his even bigger successful single, “Moonlight Serenade,” which climbed the charts in 1939 as well. With their distinctive swing jazz style, Miller and his orchestra became the country’s top dance band. They dominated the music charts with such tracks as “In the Mood,” “Tuxedo Junction” and “Pennsylvania 6-5000” in 1940.

GlennMiller03In 1941, Miller made his first film, Sun Valley Serenade, with Sonja Henie. The film featured another one of his signature songs “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” The following year, he appeared in Orchestra Wives (1942). That same year, Miller had to put his successful music career aside to serve his country. He was inducted into the U.S. Army, later transferring to the Army Air Force.

Miller headed up the U.S. Army Air Force Band, which gave numerous performances to entertain the troops during World War II. He was stationed in England in 1944 when he learned that his band was to go to Paris. On December 15, Miller boarded a transport plane headed to the newly liberated French capital. He intended to make preparations for his group’s new series of concerts there, but he never arrived.

What happened to Miller’s plane remains a mystery. Neither the plane nor Miller’s body was ever recovered. He left his wife Helen and their two children. Miller’s military band continued to play for months after his death, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra was revived after the war to honor his legacy. Collections of his greatest hits did well on the charts for several years after his passing as well. Jimmy Stewart later starred in the popular film The Glenn Miller Story (1954), which was loosely based on Miller’s life. (by

And here´s another nice sampler with 20 classic Glenn Miller tunes ..

Enjoy the era of Big Band Jazz … but you should be in a sentimental mood …


Glenn Miller And His Orchestra


01. In The Mood (Garland/Razaf) 3.34
02. Pennsylvania 6-5000 (Sigman/Gray) 3.14
03. Moonlight Becomes You (Burke/v.Heussen) 3.18
04. Sunrise Serenade (Lawrence/Carle) 3.25
05. Moonlight Serenade (Parish/Miller) 3.22
06. Elmer´s Tune (Albrecht/Gallop/Jürgens) 3.06
07. Juke Box Saturday Night (Stillman/McGrane) 3.05
08. Tuxedo Junction (Johnson/Dash/Feyne/Hawkins) 3.26
09. Chattanooga Choo Choo (Gordon/Warren) 3.24
10. Caribbean Clipper (Gray) 2.28
11. Moonlight Cocktail (Gannon/Roberts) 3.17
12. Amrican Patrol (Meacham) 3.18
13. (I Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo (Gordon/Warren) 3.14
14. Danny Boy (Weatherly) 2.15
15. Serenade In Blue (Gordon/Warren) 3.26
16. A String Of Pearls (Gray) 3.13
17. At Last (Gordon/Warren) 3.05
18. Going Home (Traditional) 2.19
19. I Know Why (Gordon/Warren) 2.59
20. Don´t Sit Under The Apple Tree (Brown/Tobias/Stepf) 3.09



Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – December 15, 1944)

Arthur Barrow – In The Mood + Moonlight Serenade (1985)

FrontCover1This a carzy little 12 ” single … inspired by the motion picture “The Glenn Miller Story”.

Side one was recorded by Arthur Barrow:

Arthur Barrow – a young musician trying to find his way – decides to teach himself the electric bass in 1974 while attending the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He was studying composition and organ, at the time but had different aspirations. The emerging fusion of rock and progressive music was taking hold, and Barrow became fascinated with the work of Frank Zappa. A year later (1975), he decides to move to Los Angeles with one of his main goals being to play in Zappa’s band. In 1978, he auditions and makes the cut.

In Zappa’s band, he spends the better part of twelve Zappa albums and four tours working that gig (including albums like Joe’s Garage Act I & II, Shut Up ’n Play Yer Guitar, You Are What You Is, and many more). Along the way, he also became a colleague with Robby Krieger from The Doors (who he is still working with) and played with everyone from Joe Cocker and Keith Emerson to Billy Idol and Janet Jackson.

Arthur Barrow

After his Zappa stint, he worked very closely with famed songwriter/producer Giorgio Moroder. You have heard his work in soundtracks for Scarface, Top Gun, The Doors and many more. He has his own slew of solo discs and has worked in many other band situations. Most recently, he has published a memoir of his music business experience titled, Of Course I Said Yes! – The Amazing Adventures of a Life In Music. (by

He recorded two versions of the Gelnn Miller classic “In The Mood” … including a very modern “dub” version …

On the B-side you´ll hear “Moonlight Sernenade” recorded by  Thelma Houston:

Thelma Houston

Thelma Houston (born May 7, 1946) is an American singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. (by wikipedia)

She was often compared with Aretha Frankin !

What a great version of this song !



Arthur Barrow:
01. In The Mood (Garland) 5.39
02. In The Mood (dub version) 6.08

Thelma Houston:
03. Moonlight Serenade (Miller/Parish) 7.23



This is another item from the great greygoose record collection.
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Glenn Miller Orchestra (directed by Buddy de Franco) – Recorded Live Royal Festival Hall London (1971)

frontcover1Boniface Ferdinand Leonard “Buddy” DeFranco (February 17, 1923 – December 24, 2014) was an American jazz clarinet player. One of few clarinetists playing bebop, DeFranco was described by critic Scott Yannow as the leading American jazz musician on his instrument from the 1940s until Eddie Daniels came to prominence in the 1980s.[1] In addition to his own work as a bandleader, DeFranco led the Glenn Miller Orchestra for almost a decade in the 1960s and ’70s.
Born in Camden, New Jersey, DeFranco was raised in South Philadelphia. He was playing the clarinet by the time he was 9 years old and within five years had won a national Tommy Dorsey[2] swing contest.
He began his professional career just as swing music and big bands—many of which were led by clarinetists like Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman—were in decline. While most jazz clarinet players did not adapt to this change, DeFranco successfully continued to play clarinet exclusively, and was one of the few bebop clarinetists.
In 1950, DeFranco spent a year with Count Basie’s Septet. He then led a small combo in the early 1950s which included pianist Sonny Clark and guitarist Tal Farlow. In this period, DeFranco recorded for MGM, Norgran and Verve; the latter two labels were owned by Norman Granz.
During the years 1960-64, DeFranco released four innovative quartet albums as co-leader with the accordionist Tommy Gumina.
He was bandleader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1966 to 1974, under the name, “The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Directed By Buddy DeFranco”. He also performed with Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Billie Holiday and many others, and released dozens of albums as a leader.
DeFranco died in Panama City, Florida at the age of 91 (by wikipedia)
As far as I know, this Album was never released as Cd …
So enjoy another sentimental, listen to this brilliant Big Band Sound … ad you´ll hear some magic moments and much more !
Bob Crea (saxophone, cornet)
Danny D’Imperio (drums)
Buddy de Franco (clarinet)
Bobby Hackett (trumpet, cornet)
Pat LaBarbera (Saxophone)
much more musicians

01. Medley: Moonlight Serenade (Miller/Parish)  + In The Mood (Garland) 4.05
02. A String Of Perls  (Gray) 3.36
03. Sunrise Serenade (Carle/Lawrence) 3.33
04. My Sentiment (Fischer/Guttmann) 2.54
05. Magic Moments (Bennett) 2.49
06. Bugle Call Rag (Myers/Schoebel/Pettis) 4.05
07. Tuxedo Junction (Feyne/Hawkins/Dash/Johnson) 3.06
08. Serenade In Blue (Warren) 3.24
09. The Odd Couple (Hefti) 5.00
10. American Patrol (Whitney/Gray) 3.07
11. St. Louis Blues March (Handy) 3.48
12. Moonlight Serenade (Miller/Parish) 0.42
13. The complete concert (in one take) 41.14