Glenn Miller discography

Glenn Miller discography

Major Glenn Miller

In addition to leading bands and playing the trombone, Glenn Miller composed music or lyrics to a number of songs. These and others were recorded by Miller with his pre-war civilian bands and his Army Air Force band.


Miller's personal compositions

Moonlight Serenade

Glenn Miller composed the music to Moonlight Serenade in 1935, with official lyrics added later by Mitchell Parish after two other sets of lyrics were written.[1] "Moonlight Serenade" was Glenn Miller's theme for his radio programs between 1939 and 1942 (except for a brief period in 1941).[2] This song has been covered from artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra to Barry Manilow. Also include folk rock singer Carly Simon[3] jazz musician and Quartet West leader Charlie Haden,[4] television and Broadway performer Carol Burnett (see the Artie Malvin reference at the end of the article), the doo-wop group The Rivieras,[5] Toots Thielemans, Kurt Elling, jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, Bobby Vinton [9], Deodato[10], Count Basie and his Orchestra, Gene Krupa and his Orchestra [11], the Boston Pops with Arthur Fiedler [12], John Williams [13] and Keith Lockhart [14], each conducting during their tenures with the orchestra. Ray Conniff [15], Paul Mauriat [16], and the rock group Chicago[17] also have their own versions of "Moonlight Serenade" on a 1995 3 inch CD single in Japan and on the album Night & Day Big Band (1995). "Moonlight Serenade" appears in the films Rumor Has It… (2005) and The Aviator[6] (2004).[7] Initially it was released as a B side, Bluebird B-10214-B, to the song bandleader Frankie Carle composed [18] and the Miller band covered called "Sunrise Serenade" in May, 1939 on Bluebird Records, a sub-label of RCA Victor. The record eventually made the Top Ten charts, reaching number three on Billboard where it stayed for fifteen weeks and was the number five record of 1939 in the year-end chart of the top records of 1939 compiled by Billboard. The 1939 RCA recording was also issued as a V-Disc, No. 39A, in November, 1943 by the U.S. War Department. The recording reached number twelve in the UK in March, 1954, staying on the chart for one week. In a medley with "Little Brown Jug" and "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade" reached number thirteen on the UK charts in January, 1976, where it stayed for eight weeks.

Room 1411 (Goin' to Town)

Room 1411 was composed with Benny Goodman[8] in 1928 when Glenn Miller was part of "Benny Goodman's Boys", the instrumental was recorded on June 23, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois and was released as a 78, as Brunswick 4013 with "Jungle Blues". "Benny Goodman's Boys" consisted of an all-star ensemble that featured Glenn Miller on trombone, Tommy Dorsey on trombone, who is not on the "Room 1411" recording, Dick "Icky" Morgan on guitar, Bud Freeman on tenor saxophone, Harry Goodman on bass and tuba, Fud Livingston on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Wingy Manone on trumpet, Jimmy McPartland on cornet, Ben Pollack on drums, Vic Briedis on piano, Harry Goodman on bass and tuba, and Benny Goodman on clarinet, saxophone, and cornet. On the January, 1928 recording sessions, the band was referred to as "Benny Goodman's Boys with Jim and Glenn". The band continued to record in 1928 and 1929. Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman lived in the same suite at the time in the apartments in The Whitby in New York whose number was 1411. The title of the composition derives from the apartment number. In Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Story Of Jazz As Told By The Men Who Made It (1955) by Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff, Jimmy McPartland recalled how the title originated: "[A]fter a couple of weeks we moved into the Whitby Apartments, where Gil Rodin, Dick Morgan, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller had a suite. We all moved into that, practically the whole band. ... The number of that apartment was 1411. And that is how that title came up, Room 1411, by Benny Goodman's Boys." Goodman played baritone saxophone "on the more straight-ahead Chicago-style 'Room 1411'".[9] "Room 1411 (Goin' to Town)" is Glenn Miller's first known composition. Two versions of the instrumental were released. The recording was reissued in 1949 as part of the Brunswick Collectors' Series as Brunswick 80029A. The recording is available on the Red Hot Jazz website:[10]

Sold American

Sold American was composed in 1938 by Glenn Miller and John Chalmers "Chummy" MacGregor, the pianist in the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The title was recorded on May 23, 1938 on Brunswick and again on June 27, 1939 for RCA Victor. A 78 was released in 1938 as Brunswick 8173 with "Dipper Mouth Blues".[11] In 1939, a new recording was released as a Bluebird 78 A side, 10352A, with "Pagan Love Song". The title is based on an American Tobacco Company (ATC) radio ad jingle of the 1930s for Lucky Strike cigarettes featuring a tobacco auctioneer chant delivered by North Carolina tobacco auctioneer Lee Aubrey "Speed" Riggs which ended with the phrase, "Sold, American!", stressing that American only purchased the highest quality tobacco for its cigarettes. 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.[12] "Sold American" was released as a single in the UK paired with "Moon Love" on the HMV label as BD5854.[13][14] The 1938 recording, Matrix number B 22974-1, was also released as Conqueror 9489, Okeh 5131, Vocalion 5131 and was reissued by Biltmore Records as 1108 in the 1949-1951 period.

Solo Hop

Solo Hop[15] was a Top Ten hit from the summer of 1935 according to the official Glenn Miller Orchestra webpage. Glenn Miller composed this for a pick-up band when he started recording for Columbia Records. "Solo Hop" featured Bunny Berigan on trumpet, future bandleader Claude Thornhill on piano and future bandleader Charlie Spivak on trumpet. It was released by Columbia as a single backed with "In a Little Spanish Town", label number CO-3058-D.[16] According to the website ( data base, based on the research of Billboard chart analyst Joel Whitburn, "Solo Hop" reached number seven on the Billboard chart in 1935, staying on the charts for five weeks. George Simon, a friend of Glenn Miller's, contradicts sources that say it was a top ten hit and says it was barely noticed by record buyers.[17]

Introduction to a Waltz

Introduction to a Waltz was an instrumental composition written with Jerry Gray and Hal Dickinson in 1941 that was never commercially recorded for Bluebird. Two airchecks were issued, one from December 11, 1941 on LPT-6700 from a Chesterfield Broadcast. The other is from March 20, 1942, also from a Chesterfield Broadcast issued on LPT-3001.[18] "'Introduction to a Waltz' has quite an introduction – 187 bars to be exact, with 8 bars of 'waltz' near the end of the tune." [19] The performances featured Billy May on trumpet, Tex Beneke on tenor saxophone, Chummy MacGregor on piano, and Moe Purtill on drums. Jerry Gray and his Orchestra released a version of the instrumental backed with "V Hop" in 1951 as a Decca 45, 27869, and as a 78, from the album A Tribute to Glenn Miller, Decca DL 5375. Larry O'Brien and the Glenn Miller Orchestra also recorded the instrumental on the 2006 album Steppin' Out. The Jack Million Band also recorded the instrumental on their album In the Mood for Glenn Miller, Volume 1 in 2006.

Annie's Cousin Fanny

Annie's Cousin Fannie, which is sometimes listed as Annie's Cousin Fanny[20] or as Annie's Cousin Fannie is a Sweetie of Mine from 1934, was written for the Dorsey Brothers Band, which featured lyrics, was recorded three times, first on June 4, 1934 in New York when Glenn Miller was part of the band and released on Brunswick as 6938 b/w "Judy" and on Decca as the A side to the Decca 117 78 that featured "Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe" as the B side. The record also appears as "Annie's Cousin Fannie is a Sweetie of Mine" sung by Kay Weber, one of the first female singers of the Big Band Era, and Glenn Miller, who had discovered her. The Dorsey Band recorded three different versions of the song in June and August, 1934, released on Brunswick and later on Decca.[21]

Dese Dem Dose

Dese Dem Dose[22] was composed by Glenn Miller in 1935 for the Dorsey Brothers Band, was recorded in New York on February 6, 1935, and was released as a 78 on Decca paired with "Weary Blues" as Decca 469. Ray McKinley, then a drummer in the Dorsey Brothers band, recalled: "Glenn did write a few things for us. I remember one thing called 'Dese, Dem and Dose' that he wrote and we recorded. He used to carry a little organ around with him to work on." (Simon, page 65) Ray Noble and his American Dance Orchestra performed "Dese Dem Dose" as part of a medley, "Dese Dem Dose/An Hour Ago This Minute/Solitude", on April 17, 1935 live at the Rainbow Room in New York which was recorded and broadcast and released in 2008 on the live CD by Galaxy Music, The Rainbow Room New York Presents (UPC: 617917441026). Glenn Miller was in the Ray Noble orchestra at the time on trombone.[23] Glenn Miller also appeared with the Ray Noble Orchestra that year in the Hollywood movie musical The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935).

When Icky Morgan Plays the Organ

When Icky Morgan Plays the Organ was a novelty song composed with lyrics and recorded by Glenn Miller in 1935 when he was a member of the Clark Randall Orchestra, which featured Bob Crosby, Gil Rodin, and singer Frank Tennille, the father of Toni Tennille of the Captain and Tennille, whose pseudonym was Clark Randall. The unique title of the song comes from the "icky" slang expression that Dick Morgan, an eccentric member of the Ben Pollack orchestra used. Dick Morgan was the banjo and guitar player in the Ben Pollack band, who also used a realistic replica of a python in his act with the Pollack band.[19] George Simon recalled how the song came about: "Glenn composed one of the songs, "When Icky Morgan Plays the Organ, Look Out!" — dedicated to his good friend Dick Morgan, who had played guitar in Pollack's band." Miller recorded ten songs with the Clark Randall orchestra in March, 1935. "Icky Morgan" was released as a Brunswick 10 inch 78 single in 1935 as Brunswick 7415 backed with "Troublesome Trumpet".[24] The song appears on the 2001 compilation album Bob Crosby and His Orchestra: And Then Some, Parts 1 and 2 of the Complete Discography on Halcyon, HALC 142, and the 2005 compilation series The Glenn Miller Story, Vol. 1-2 on Avid Entertainment.

Doin' the Jive

Doin' the Jive was composed by Glenn Miller and Chummy MacGregor in 1937 and recorded for Brunswick on November 29, 1937, and released as Brunswick 8063 with "Humoresque" and as Vocalion 5131 with "Dipper Mouth Blues", was a song with lyrics that introduced a new dance, "the Jive": "You clap your hands/And you swing out wide/Do the Suzie Q/ Mix in a step or two/Put 'em all together/And you're doin' the jive". There is dialogue between Glenn Miller and Chummy MacGregor. The solos are by Jerry Jerome on tenor sax and Irving Fazola on clarinet. A second version was released with Tex Beneke in the dialogue with Glenn Miller from a June 20, 1938 NBC radio broadcast from the Paradise Restaurant in New York City featuring Gail Reese on lead vocals. Simon reviewed the song in March, 1938, in Metronome magazine describing it as "much swing, fun, and good Kitty Lane singing." The band contributes vocals along with Glenn Miller and Chummy MacGregor. The song was arranged by Glenn Miller.[25] Belgian bandleader Emile Deltour, under the pseudonym Eddie Tower, recorded a version on November 10, 1940 which was released as a Telefunken 78 single, A10232. [Best of Big Bands: Evolution of a Band, Glenn Miller, Sony, 1992.]

Community Swing

Community Swing was composed by Glenn Miller in 1937 and recorded on June 9, 1937 on Brunswick and released as a 78, 7923, with "Sleepy Time Gal". The instrumental featured Mannie Klein on trumpet, Hal McIntyre on clarinet, and Eak Kenyon on drums. The 78 release on Vocalion in the UK, S-127, B-21236-1, was reviewed in the February, 1938 issue of the British classical music magazine Gramophone: "'Community Swing' as a composition is more on the lick-and-answer principle... But even here one finds Miller's penchant for quality and richness of tone, and the same nice, clean straightforward phrasing." Paul Eduard Miller reviewed the composition in the August, 1937 issue of Down Beat: "Miller’s own tune, is a snappy arrangement, ensemble for the most part." [Best of Big Bands: Evolution of a Band, Glenn Miller, Sony, 1992.]


Sometime was a pop ballad with lyrics and music composed by Glenn Miller with Chummy MacGregor in 1939 and sung by Ray Eberle according to John Flower.[26] The published musical score, copyrighted in 1940, lists the composers as Glenn Miller, Chummy MacGregor, and lyricist Mitchell Parish.[27] "Sometime" was performed for radio broadcast and two airchecks have been released of the song.[28] "Sometime" was first performed on March 5, 1939 at the Meadowbrook Ballroom in Cedar Grove, New Jersey.[29] The song was also performed at the Meadowbrook on March 26, April 7, and April 18, 1939, which recording was released as Victor LPM/LSP 2769 and 6101, Glenn Miller On The Air, and RCA RD/SF 7612. This song is different from the Gus Kahn and Ted Fiorito song of the same name from 1925 and the 1918 Rudolf Friml and Rida Johnson Young song. [Glenn Miller: The Broadcast Archives: Volumes 1 and 2. Avid Entertainment, 2005.]

Boom Shot

Boom Shot was composed by Glenn Miller with Billy May. May is credited as his first wife, Arletta May, because Billy May had signed an exclusive composer's contract with Charlie Barnet that forbade him for writing anything for Miller under his own name.[30] This song was written in 1942 and recorded for the Twentieth Century Fox movie Orchestra Wives. "Boom Shot" is shown being played in the movie in two scenes, once on the jukebox in the soda shop, then during the dance scene featuring Harry Morgan with Ann Rutherford although it is uncredited on the soundtrack for the film. The title comes from the wide-angle, mobile camera shot used to film the scene, known as a boom shot. The arrangement is by George Williams.[31][32] Ray McKinley and the New Glenn Miller Orchestra recorded the song as "Boomshot" on the 1959 RCA Victor LP album Dance Anyone?, LPM-2193.


Seven-O-Five or "7-0-5" or "705" was an instrumental composed by Glenn Miller, arranged by Jerry Gray, and performed with the Army Air Forces Training Command Band in several different versions and was recorded for release as a V-Disc. A V-Disc test pressing was made from the November 10, 1945 recording of "7-0-5" with the matrix code VP 375 D7TC-7335. The title "7-0-5" refers to the number of the score in the Glenn Miller music library. Each score had a number in the system that Miller and his arrangers devised. It was published as "Rock and Ride". The other titles that were used for the composition included "Goofin' Off" and "Jivin' the Blues". No title was decided upon so the score number was retained. "7-0-5" was performed, recorded, and broadcast on the I Sustain the Wings radio program, Program No.15, on May 5, 1944 and on November 10, 1945.[33] Larry O'Brien and the Glenn Miller Orchestra recorded the song on the 2006 album Steppin' Out.

I Sustain the Wings

I Sustain the Wings was composed by Glenn Miller, Chummy MacGregor, Norman Leyden and Bill Meyers.[34] This was the theme music for the radio program that was broadcast weekly on Saturday on NBC from June, 1943 to June 10, 1944 by the Army Air Force Band under the direction of Captain Glenn Miller.[35] The radio show was initially on CBS. Glenn Miller was the host and conductor on the show, which also 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. Major Glenn Miller and the American Band of the Allied Expeditionary Force also made recordings for the BBC and the Office of War Information (OWI) from October 30 to November 20, 1944 at Abbey Road Studios in London that were broadcast over the American Broadcasting Station in Europe to Germany in a program called Music for the Wehrmacht or The Wehrmacht Hour.[36] General James H. Doolittle, Commanding General of the US 8th Army Air Force, told Miller: "Captain Miller, next to a letter from home your organisation is the greatest morale-builder in the European Theater of Operations."[37]

I Swung the Election

Glenn Miller is credited with writing the song I Swung the Election which was recorded by Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra in 1939.[38][39][40][41] Jack Teagarden recorded the song on July 19, 1939 in New York and released it as a 78 single as Columbia 35206 b/w "Aunt Hagar's Blues" and as a V-Disc, No. 823B, issued in January, 1948, with the composer on the label listed as "Glenn Miller".[42] Teagarden sang and played the trombone on the recording.

Wings on Parade: The Flaming Sword of Liberation

Wings on Parade was a "musical work" posthumously copyrighted on September 21, 1951 as a "piano solo" by Glenn Miller.[43] The alternate title is The Flaming Sword of Liberation which was copyrighted on July 15, 1944 and published by the Mutual Music Society.[44][45][46]

I'm Headin' For California

Based on the ASCAP database, I'm Headin' For California was written by Glenn Miller with Arthur Malvin, a member of the Crew Chiefs, copyrighted on September 21, 1944 and published by the Chappell Co., Inc.[41][47] The song was released as a 78 single, RCA Victor 20-1834, b/w "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" by the Glenn Miller Orchestra led by Tex Beneke in 1946 and as an HMV 78, BD 5956, in the UK in 1947 b/w "Texas Tex". The Billboard issue of March 30, 1946 lists Glenn Miller and Arthur Malvin as the composers: "Mated is a pleasant plattering of 'I'm Headin' for California,' a rhythmic ditty with Arthur Malvin, the band's romantic voice, and the late maestro authored after the fashion of 'Chattanooga Choo Choo.'"[48][49][50] The recording was reviewed in the Billboard Data and Reviews section: "An infectious rhythm ditty fashioned along the same lines as 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' and cut in crisp manner by the ex-G.I. gang now led by Tex Beneke, who is joined by the harmonies of the Crew Chiefs, a mixed crew, for this lively chant....It's spry syncopating with the throaty singing of Tex Beneke assisted by the finely blended voices of the Crew Chiefs."[51] The song was first performed by the dance band of the AAF orchestra and sung by Ray McKinley when Glenn Miller was in England in 1944.

Morning Mood

Glenn Miller co-wrote Morning Mood with composer Bert Reisfeld as a trombone solo with piano forte accompaniment which was copyrighted on September 2, 1941 by the Mutual Music Society in New York based on the ASCAP database.[41][52]

After Tonight

The song After Tonight was copyrighted as a musical composition on December 5, 1939 with "melody" by Glenn Miller and words by Ted Fetter in New York, published by the Robbins Music Corporation.[53]

The Technical Training Command

The Technical Training Command was a theme song written for the AAFTC Orchestra and used at the close of early I Sustain the Wings radio programs in 1943. The theme was dropped after six weeks. Recordings of each performance exist. The composers are Captain Glenn Miller, John Chummy MacGregor, and Private Sol Meyer.[54]


Jinky was composed in 1933 when Glenn Miller worked with vocalist Smith Ballew. It is score #62 in the Glenn Miller musical score library.[55]

Let's Give Them a Break

Let's Give Them a Break was performed once in October, 1937 but was not recorded.[55]

SHAEF Presents

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 in 1944. It was not used. It was composed by Captain Glenn Miller and arranged by Sgt. Jerry Gray. SHAEF was the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. There are no recordings of the score.[55]

Chesterfield #1

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.[55]

Chesterfield #2

Chesterfield #2 or Fast One was incidental music performed twice on the Chesterfield radio show in 1941. Hal Dickinson of The Modernaires shares credit for the vocal part while Glenn Miller wrote the music. The broadcasts were recorded.[55]

Basin Street Blues

Glenn Miller is also credited with writing an additional, new verse for the song "Basin Street Blues",[56] written in 1928 by Spencer Williams. Miller arranged the song for a Benny Goodman recording and wrote the following additional verse to the song in collaboration with Jack Teagarden, which subsequently was incorporated in later recordings of the song:

"Won't you come along with me, To the Mississippi, We'll take a boat to the land of dreams, steam down the river to New Orleans. The band's there to greet us, Old friends there to meet us. Where the rich and the poor folks meet, let me take you down to Basin Street."

Selected discography and annotation

Before 1938

The first authenticated recordings made by Glenn Miller were in 1926. In the fall of 1926, Earl Baker, a cornetist, made recordings on cylinders using the Edison Standard Phonograph recording device, making the first recordings of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Fud Livingston. Miller and Goodman were both in the Ben Pollack and his Californians band at that time. The Ben Pollack band was in Chicago, Illinois, to make studio recordings for Victor. The Baker cylinders are available on the album "The Legendary Earl Baker Cylinders", released by the Jazz Archives record label as JA43 in 1979. The songs performed included "Sleepy Time Gal", "Sister Kate", "After I Say I'm Sorry", and "Sobbin' Blues".[57]

  • "When I First Met Mary" – recorded on December 9, 1926 in Chicago as part of Ben Pollack and his Californians which featured Benny Goodman on clarinet. The recording was released as Victor 20394.
  • "He's the Last Word" – recorded on December 12, 1926 with Ben Pollack and featuring a solo by Benny Goodman
  • "Room 1411 (Goin' to Town)" – Glenn Miller's first known composition, written with Benny Goodman in 1928 and recorded with Glenn Miller's peers, was released as a Brunswick 78, Brunswick 4013
  • "Solo Hop" – composed by Glenn Miller in 1935 when he began recording under his own name which features a trumpet solo by Bunny Berigan. The record reached number seven on the Billboard singles chart in 1935 becoming Glenn Miller's first hit record.
  • "Dese Dem Dose" – with the Dorsey Brothers and Ray Noble
  • "When Icky Morgan Plays the Organ" – recorded with the Clark Randall Orchestra in 1935. Clark Randall was the pseudonym of Frank Tennille, the father of Toni Tennille of the Captain and Tennille. Most of the band members in the Clark Randall Orchestra were part of the Bob Crosby Orchestra.
  • "Doin' the Jive"
  • "Community Swing"
  • "Annie's Cousin Fanny" – with the Dorsey Brothers in 1934, vocal by Kay Weber and orchestra. This song was covered by Dick Pierce, Russ Carlton and his Orchestra, Marshall Royal and Maxwell Davis on the album Studio Cuts [20], which features two takes of the song, and in 2000, by Mora's Modern Rhythmists Dance Orchestra, a ten-piece ensemble that plays jazz and swing from the 1920s and 1930s. The record was reportedly banned by radio stations in 1934 because of the suggestive lyrics relying on double entendre [21]
  • "Every Day's a Holiday" was a 1938 Brunswick 78 single by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra that reached number 17 on Billboard, staying on the charts for one week. This was Glenn Miller's second hit record before he switched to the RCA Bluebird label.

After 1938

  • "Little Brown Jug" — traditional, although the songwriting credit is sometimes assigned to Joseph Eastburn Winner,[58] who published a version in 1869.[59] This traditional standard was arranged by Bill Finegan. It was recorded April 10, 1939.[60] The Glenn Miller Story takes dramatic license and gives the date of the arrangement as 1944. In the movie it is explained that it was arranged as a surprise for Helen Miller for a Christmas Day, 1944 broadcast by the Army Air Force band from Europe.[61][62]
  • "The Nearness of You", written by Hoagy Carmicheal, lyrics by Ned Washington – vocal Ray Eberle "The Bluebird label recording was a moderate success, appearing on the pop charts at the end of June [1940] and remaining there for eleven weeks, peaking at number five."[63]
  • "Sold American" – written by Glenn Miller and Chummy MacGregor, was first recorded on May 23, 1938, as part of the first session for the new, reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra on Brunswick.[11] When Miller signed with RCA he recorded "Sold American" again on June 27, 1939.[64]
  • "On A Little Street in Singapore"
  • "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar" - written by Don Raye, Hughie Prince, and Ray McKinley, under his wife's maiden name Eleanore Sheehy; Ray McKinley would later lead the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
  • "The Rhumba Jumps"
  • "My Reverie" – recorded on September 27, 1938 with vocals by Ray Eberle, was the first release by the reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra on RCA. Larry Clinton released a popular version of it the same year with Bea Wain on vocals, writing lyrics to Claude DeBussy's Reverie.[65] According to George Simon, the original arrangement was to be an instrumental, but the producer at RCA Victor wanted Glenn Miller to play a solo trombone a'la Tommy Dorsey, with Ray Eberle singing the lyrics.[66] The B side was "King Porter Stomp".
  • "Moonlight Serenade" – Glenn Miller, arranger, composer / Recorded April 4, 1939. Released as Bluebird BB-102114-B [67] and as a V-Disc 12 inch 78, No. 39A, in November, 1943.
  • "Sometime" – vocal by Ray Eberle, composed by Glenn Miller and Chummy MacGregor in 1939
  • "Sunrise Serenade" Frankie Carle composer, also his band's theme song
  • "Polka Dots and Moonbeams"
  • "Rainbow Rhapsody"
  • "Make Believe"
  • "Twenty Four Robbers"
  • "Dearly Beloved"
  • "Jukebox Saturday Night"
  • "Long Tall Mama" – written by Billy May under his first wife's name, "Arletta May".
  • "Measure for Measure" – written by Billy May
  • "Daisy Mae" – written by Billy May with Hal McIntyre
  • "Gabby Goose" – written by Billy May
  • "Moonlight Cocktail" – vocal Ray Eberle and the Modernaires, written by James Kimball "Kim" Gannon and Charles Luckey Roberts.[68] It was number one for ten weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in 1942.
  • "Blues in the Night"
  • "American Patrol" – composed in 1885 by F.W. Meacham.[69]
  • "Swinging at the Seance"
  • "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree"
  • "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
  • "Anvil Chorus parts one and two" – arranged by Jerry Gray, adapted from Giuseppe Verdi opera Il Trovatore
  • "Yester Thoughts" – vocal Ray Eberle
  • "Flagwaver" - written by Jerry Gray
  • "A Love Song Hasn't Been Sung" - written by Jerry Gray, Bill Conway,and Harold Dickinson
  • "Are You Rusty, Gate?" – written by Jerry Gray
  • "Wishing (Will Make It So)" – vocal Ray Eberle, written by Buddy G. DeSylva, from the RKO movie Love Affair.[26]
  • "The Woodpecker Song" – vocal Marion Hutton, written by Eldo di Lazzaro and Harold Adamson.[70] It was number one for five weeks on the Billboard Juke Box chart in 1940
  • "Runnin' Wild" – arranged by Bill Finegan. Recorded by Miller in 1939 [71][72]
  • "Introduction to a Waltz" – instrumental composed by Glenn Miller, Jerry Gray, and Hal Dickinson and performed for radio broadcasts only.[73]
  • "The Man in the Moon" – written by Jerry Gray, Jerry Lawrence, and John Benson Brooks and recorded on September 3, 1941 with vocals by Ray Eberle.[74]
  • "Caribbean Clipper" – written by Jerry Gray
  • "Solid as a Stonewall, Jackson" – written by Chummy MacGregor and Jerry Gray
  • "Here We Go Again" - written by Jerry Gray. Reached no. 25 on Billboard in April, 1944, staying on the chart for 1 week.
  • "Stairway to the Stars" – vocal Ray Eberle
  • "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Harlem" – music written by Jerry Gray, Ben Smith and Leonard Ware, lyrics by Robert B. Wright, the pseudonym of Buddy Feyne, who also wrote the lyrics to "Tuxedo Junction", the single reached number three on the Billboard Best Sellers charts on April 5, 1941, staying five weeks on the charts.[75]
  • "Moon Love" – vocal by Ray Eberle.[76]
  • "Pennsylvania 6-5000" – Chant by the band, written by Jerry Gray and Carl Sigman, reached number five on the Billboard Best Sellers chart on August 31, 1940
  • "Tuxedo Junction" – was number one for nine weeks on Billboard's Juke Box chart in 1940. Buddy Feyne added lyrics. Glenn Miller copyrighted his arrangement of the song on February 8, 1940.[77]
  • "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmicheal and Mitchell Parish. Recorded January 29, 1940 for Bluebird/RCA.[78] The RCA 78 single reached no. 20 on Billboard in 1940.
  • "Crosstown" – vocal by Jack Lathrop, written by James Cavanaugh, John Redmond, and Nat Simon,[79] reached number nine on the Billboard Best Sellers chart on October 5, 1940
  • "Delilah" – vocal Vocal Tex Beneke and the Modernaires
  • "Perfidia" – vocal Written by Milton Leeds and Alberto Dominguez, recorded February 1941. arranged by ? Vocal Dorothy Claire and the Modernaires[80] Two performances released by RCA, one a studio recording from February 19, 1941 for Bluebird with Dorothy Claire and the Modernaires[81] and the other from June 3, 1941 at the Pacific Square Ballroom in San Diego, California [22] with Paula Kelly replacing Dorothy Claire[82]
  • "Sentimental Me" – vocal Dorothy Claire[83]
  • "Back to Back" – vocal Marion Hutton[84]
  • "Ida" – vocal Tex Beneke Recorded January 17, 1941. Written by Eddie Leonard. Two recordings exist, one a test pressing. Arranged by Billy May.[85]
  • "Sweet Eloise" – vocal Ray Eberle and the Modernaires. Recorded April 2, 1942. Written by Mack David and bandleader Russ Morgan. Arranged by Jerry Gray.[86]
  • "That Old Black Magic" – vocal Skip Nelson and the Modernaires, written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen. It was number one for one week in 1943 on Billboard's Best Sellers chart, the last Glenn Miller single to reach number one.
  • "A String of Pearls" – music written by Jerry Gray, lyrics by Eddie DeLange,[87] was number one for two weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in 1941[88]
  • "Over the Rainbow" – Vocal Ray Eberle
  • "My Isle of Golden Dreams"
  • "In the Mood" – was number one for thirteen weeks on the Billboard Juke Box chart in 1940. "In The Mood" had a long history, even before Glenn Miller recorded it.[23] The 1939 RCA Bluebird recording was also released as V-Disc 123B in February, 1944. A version was also released as V-Disc 842B in May, 1948 by Glenn Miller and Overseas Band by the U.S. War Department.
  • "Down for the Count" - written by Bill Finegan
  • "Conversation Piece" - written by Bill Finegan
  • "Indian Summer"
  • "Gaucho Serenade"
  • "Tiger Rag" – composed by Nick LaRocca.[89]
  • "Slumber Song" – written by Chummy MacGregor and Saul Tepper.[90] It was used as Glenn Miller's theme song in 1941 when contractual problems with ASCAP[24] forbade him from using "Moonlight Serenade".[91]
  • "When You Wish Upon a Star" vocal Ray Eberle, written by Ned Washington and Leigh Harline for Pinocchio in 1940.[92]
  • "The Spirit is Willing" – written by Jerry Gray. Recorded for the soundtrack, but not used for Sun Valley Serenade. Audio still survives and has been reissued many times.[93] Bluebird 78 recording also exists.[81]
  • "Say 'Si Si'" (Para Vigo Me Voy) vocal by Marion Hutton
  • "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)" – vocal Ray Eberle, written by Johnny Mercer and Rube Bloom
  • "Helpless" – written by Glenn Miller Orchestra guitarist and vocalist Jack Lathrop
  • "Long Time No See, Baby" – vocalist Marion Hutton – written by Jack Lathrop
  • "Danny Boy" – lyrics written by Fred Weatherly, music is adaptation of Londonderry Air, arranged by Glenn Miller and Chummy MacGregor. The Bluebird 78 single reached no. 17 on Billboard in 1940, staying on the charts for 2 weeks.
  • "Keep 'Em Flying" – written by Jerry Gray. Glenn Miller changed the song title from "That's Where I Came in" to "Keep 'Em Flying". Recorded December 8, 1941.[68]
  • "Imagination" – vocal Ray Eberle.
  • "Elmer's Tune" – vocal Ray Eberle and the Modernaires, music written by Elmer Albrecht. It was number one for one week on Billboard's Best Sellers chart in 1941
  • "Song of the Volga Boatmen" was number one for one week on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in 1941 [94]
  • "Oh! So Good" – written by Jerry Gray
  • "Soldier, Let Me Read Your Letter" – arranged by arranger/trumpeter Billy May; written by Sidney Lippman, Pvt. Pat Fallon, Pvt. Tim Pasma
  • "I Got Rhythm" – Billy May, arranger /January 1, 1942 broadcast [95]
  • "Boom Shot" – composed by Glenn Miller and Billy May (under his wife's name Arletta May) for Orchestra Wives; arranged by George Williams.

Harry Warren and Mack Gordon songs for Sun Valley Serenade and Orchestra Wives: (Harry Warren and Mack Gordon were songwriters under contract with Twentieth Century Fox from 1940 to 1943.[25] During that time period they composed the songs for Miller's movies for Fox.)

  • "Chattanooga Choo Choo" vocal Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly and the Modernaires. Recorded for the soundtrack of Sun Valley Serenade and then recorded on May 7, 1941 for RCA in Hollywood, California.[96] "Chattanooga Choo Choo" was number one for nine weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in 1941. It also acts as a thirty nine second teaser in 1942's Orchestra Wives.[97][98] Released as V-Disc 281A in October, 1944 with Sgt. Ray McKinley and the Crew Chiefs on vocals with Glenn Miller and the AAFTC Orchestra.
  • "The Kiss Polka", used in Sun Valley Serenade[99] and also appeared as a Bluebird 78.[100]
  • "I Know Why (And So Do You)" was the B-side to "Chattanooga Choo Choo", recorded May 7, 1941, in addition to appearing in Sun Valley Serenade. Sung by Paula Kelly and the Modernaires on the Bluebird release.[101] Sung by Pat Friday [26] and John Payne [27] with the Modernaires in Sun Valley Serenade.[102]
  • "I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo" vocal Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton and the Modernaires. Used in Orchestra Wives [103] and recorded at RCA's studios in Hollywood [104] and released as a Bluebird 78. "Kalamazoo" was number one for seven weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in 1942.[105]
  • "At Last" – "At Last" originally was going to be a major song on the soundtrack of Sun Valley Serenade with an arrangement by Jerry Gray and Bill Finegan. It was sung by Pat Friday [28] with actor John Payne. However the song was mostly deleted from the release print. The audio portion survives and has been reissued many times.[93] It was sung the next year, by Ray Eberle and Pat Friday [29] in Orchestra Wives. The "At Last" musical motif was played throughout the movie during dramatic and romantic scenes. Eberle sung it solo for a RCA 78 with the backing of the Miller orchestra.[106][107]
  • "Serenade in Blue" vocal Ray Eberle and the Modernaires on an RCA Victor 78 and also in Orchestra Wives with Pat Friday [30].
  • "That's Sabotage" – vocal by Marion Hutton but not used in the release print of Orchestra Wives. Supposedly this was due to pressure from the United States government and how the war effort was being presented in the song.[31] The audio portion survives and has been released many times.[108][109] Also recorded with Marion Hutton for RCA.[110]
  • "People Like You and Me" – sung by Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke, Ray Eberle, and the Modernaires in Orchestra Wives.[97] Not recorded commercially or performed for broadcast.
  • "It Happened in Sun Valley" – vocal in Sun Valley Serenade by The Modernaires, and Six Hits and a Miss.[111] Pat Friday also contributed.[32] Also recorded separately by the band for RCA in New York City on August 11, 1941 and released as a Bluebird 78.[100][112] The 78 single reached number 18 on the Billboard chart in 1941, staying on the charts for one week.
  • "The World is Waiting to Waltz Again" – vocal John Payne

Army Air Force Band, 1943–1944

  • "Moon Dreams" – vocals by Johnny Desmond and the Crew Chiefs, was recorded with the Glenn Miller AAF Band and released as V-Disc 201A in October, 1944 and Navy V-Disc 114B. The music was written by Chummy MacGregor and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.[113]
  • "7-0-5" or "Seven-O-Five" – written by Glenn Miller. Recorded for V-Disc release.
  • "Passage Interdit" - written by Jerry Gray. Released as V-Disc 587A in February, 1946.
  • "Snafu Jump" – written by Jerry Gray
  • "Tail-End Charlie" – written by Bill Finegan. Released as V-Disc 144A in March, 1944 as a "Swing" side by Capt. Glenn Miller and the AAFTC Orchestra.
  • "Stormy Weather" - released as V-Disc 91A on January, 1944 as a "Sweet" side by Captain Glenn Miller and the AAFTC Orchestra.
  • "Long Ago (And Far Away)" vocal Johnny Desmond / Norman Leyden, arranger March 25, 1944, broadcast [33]
  • "People Will Say We're In Love" vocal Johnny Desmond / Norman Leyden, arranger
  • "Flying Home", written by Benny Goodman, Eddie DeLange, and Lionel Hampton; arranged by Steve Steck; April 8, 1944, broadcast [34]
  • "Going Home", written by Antonín Dvořák, arranged by Harry Katzman, and broadcast on June 2, 1944 on the I Sustain the Wings radio program.[114] Released as V-Disc 123A on February, 1944 as an "Orchestral" side by Capt. Glenn Miller and the AAFTC Orchestra.
  • "Mission to Moscow" - Mel Powell, composer and arranger
  • "El Capitan" – released as V-Disc 91B on January, 1944 by the 418th AAFTC Band Under the Direction of Captain Glenn Miller as a "March" side; composed by John Philip Sousa and originally recorded by his band in 1895.
  • "St. Louis Blues March", arranged by Jerry Gray, Ray McKinley, and Perry Burgett and recorded on October 29, 1943. Released as V-Disc 65B on December, 1943 and as Navy V-Disc 114A. "St. Louis Blues", arranged by Pvt. Jerry Gray, was released as V-Disc 522A on October, 1945.
  • "I Sustain the Wings" – the 1943 NBC radio program theme was co-written by Glenn Miller which was also used to introduce some of the V-Disc releases, such as the two selections on V-Disc 144B, issued in March, 1944.

Songs that were in the civilian band and Army Air Force band libraries include:[115]

  • "Jeep Jockey Jump" – written by Jerry Gray and one broadcast of the song was done by the civilian band.[116]
  • "Stardust" The civilian band's arrangement was by Glenn Miller and Bill Finegan and recorded in 1940 for Bluebird.[78] The Army Air Force band uses a completely different arrangement making use of its string section and includes a French horn solo. A version was released as V-Disc 65A in December, 1943 with a spoken message by Glenn Miller: "This is Captain Glenn Miller speaking for the Army Air Force's Training Command Orchestra and we hope that you soldiers of the Allied forces enjoy these V-Discs that we're making just for you."
  • "It Must Be Jelly ('Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That)" – music written by Chummy MacGregor and George Williams and lyrics by Sunny Skylar [35]. George Williams, arranger /Mar. 11, 1944 Chant by the band. [36], broadcast. This version is from the Army Air Force band. The civilian band played the same arrangement that was performed at least twice, available on a Victor 78 recording, Vi-20-1546-A, recorded July 15, 1942 [117] or also taken from a radio remote broadcast from September 15, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts [118] and later re-released by RCA Victor on LPT 6700.[119][120] According to the website (, the 78 single, Victor 20-1546, reached number twelve on the Billboard charts in January, 1944, where it stayed for eight weeks on the charts. Moreover, the record was a crossover hit, reaching number two on the Billboard 'Harlem' Hit Parade Chart on February 19, 1944, the then equivalent of the later R&B chart, and number sixteen on the Billboard Juke Box Chart. Harry James, Johnny Long, and Frankie Ford also recorded versions. Woody Herman recorded a version that was also released as a V-Disc, No. 320B, in November, 1944.
  • "Farewell Blues" - written by Elmer Schoebel, Paul Mares, and Leon Roppolo of The New Orleans Rhythm Kings in 1922. Released as RCA Bluebird 10495B in 1939 and V-Disc 334A issued December, 1944.
  • "Sun Valley Jump" – written by Jerry Gray. Released as a V-Disc, No. 281A, on October, 1944 by Glenn Miller and the AAFTC Orchestra.
  • "Rhapsody in Blue" – written by George Gershwin. The civilian band version has Bobby Hackett solo in the middle.[121] "Rhapsody in Blue" from the civilian band is not the entire work, but rather a section of the work arranged to fit on a 10" 78 rpm record. It was released as Victor 20-1529-A.[121]
  • "Blue Rain" – written by Johnny Mercer and Jimmy Van Heusen,[122] Civilian band-arrangement with Ray Eberle vocal, arranger ?? Army Air Force band: arrangement with strings, no vocal.
  • "Are You Jumpin' Jack?" – written by Bill Finegan. First civilian band version, December 21, 1940 for a remote broadcast on NBC.[123]
  • " Enlisted Men's Mess" – written by Jerry Gray. In the civilian band's library but not performed or recorded.[124] Performed by the Army Air Forces Training Command Band and broadcast on the I Sustain the Wings radio program, May 5, 1944.[114]

A disc released in 2010 is called "The Final - His Last Recordings"[125] and collects Miller's last known recorded performances (November, 1944) plus bonus spoken bits for the radio program "Music for the Wehrmacht", starring Major Miller with German speaker Ilse Weinberger. The album also contains a September 1944 interview and - as final track - the BBC radio announcement of Miller's disappearance.


In sharing air time with the Andrews Sisters for the early Chesterfield Shows, the Miller band had nine minutes to present its music. Miller instituted medleys of "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" into the band's broadcasts to enable it to play as much as possible.[126] This medley tradition continued into the Army Air Force band's radio programming.

Sample "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" medley:

June 19, 1940 Cincinnati, Ohio (Chesterfield Show)

Old: The Touch of Your Hand (arranged Jerry Gray)

New: Basket Weaver Man (written by Joe McCarthy and Walter Donaldson) (arranged Jerry Gray)

Borrowed: The Waltz You Saved For Me (arranged Jerry Gray) (Borrowed from bandleader Wayne King, written by Gus Kahn, Wayne King and Emil Flindt)

Blue: Blue Danube (arranged Jerry Gray) (written by Johann Strauss, Jr., 1867)[127]


Glenn Miller Army Air Force Orchestra

V-Disc 65-A VP 264 - D3MC 286 29 Oct 43 Spoken Introduction
V-Disc 65-A VP 264 - D3MC 286 29 Oct 43 Star Dust
V-Disc 65-B VP 266 - D3MC 288 29 Oct 43 St. Louis Blues March
V-Disc 91-A VP 267 - D3MC 289 29 Oct 43 Stormy Weather
V-Disc 91-B VP 265 - D3MC 287 29 Oct 43 Buckle Down Winsocki
V-Disc 91-B VP 265 - D3MC 287 29 Oct 43 El Capitan
V-Disc 123-A VP 416 - D3MC 482 10 Dec 43 Goin’ Home
V-Disc 123-A VP 416 - D3MC 482 10 Dec 43 Honeysuckle Rose
V-Disc 123-A VP 416 - D3MC 482 10 Dec 43 My Blue Heaven
V-Disc 144-A VP 415 - D3MC 481 10 Dec 43 The Squadron Song
V-Disc 144-A VP 415 - D3MC 481 10 Dec 43 Tail End Charlie
V-Disc 144-B VP 441 - D4MC 10 11 Dec 43 Don’t Be That Way
V-Disc 144-B VP 441 - D4MC 10 11 Dec 43 Blue Champagne
V-Disc 183-A VP 563 - D4TC 100 21 Jan 44 Embraceable You
V-Disc 183-A VP 563 - D4TC 100 21 Jan 44 G. I. Jive
V-Disc 201-A VP 618 – D4TC 125 21 Jan 44 Moon Dreams
V-Disc 223-A VP 686 – D4TC 189 20 May 44 Everybody Loves My Baby
V-Disc 223-A VP 686 – D4TC 189 20 May 44 Stompin’ At The Savoy
V-Disc 223-B VP 655 – D4TC 157 21 Jan 44 Stealin’ Apples
V-Disc 242-A VP 703 – D4TC 198 20 May 44 A Fellow On A Furlough
V-Disc 242-A VP 703 – D4TC 198 20 May 44 Guns In The Sky
V-Disc 242-B VP 687 – D4TC 190 20 May 44 Poinciana
V-Disc 281-A VP 724 – D4TC 211 3 Jun 44 Chattanooga Choo Choo
V-Disc 281-A VP 724 – D4TC 211 3 Jun 44 Sun Valley Jump
V-Disc 302-B VP 702 – D4TC 197 20 May 44 In the Gloaming
V-Disc 302-B VP 702 – D4TC 197 20 May 44 Deep Purple
V-Disc 334-A VP 752 – None 10 Jun 44 My Buddy
V-Disc 334-A VP 752 – None 10 Jun 44 Farewell Blues
V-Disc 381-A VP 685 – D4TC 188 13 May 44 I’ve Got A Heart Filled With Love
V-Disc 421-A VP 725 – D4TC 212 3 Jun 44 Holiday For Strings
V-Disc 466-A VP 1325 – XP 34617 13 May 44 Wang Wang Blues
V-Disc 466-A VP 1325 – XP 35617 3 Jun 44 Bye Bye Blues
V-Disc 482-A VP 1334 – D5TC 297 13 May 44 I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
V-Disc 482-A VP 1334 – D5TC 297 27 May 44 Little Brown Jug
V-Disc 504-A VP 1330 – XP 34644 27 May 44 The Army Air Corps Song
V-Disc 504-A VP 1330 – XP 34644 27 May 44 I Hear You Screamin’
V-Disc 522-A VP 1444 – D5TC 556 29 Oct 43 St. Louis Blues March
V-Disc 533-A VP 1312 – D5TC 275 29 Apr 44 Peggy the Pin Up Girl
V-Disc 533-A VP 1312 – D5TC 275 6 May 44 Songs My Mother Taught Me
V-Disc 587-A VP 1632 – D5TC 1542 27 Oct 45 Passage Interdit
V-Disc 587-A VP 1632 – D5TC 1542 10 Nov 45 Why Dream?
V-Disc 601-A VP 1630 – D5TC 1459 27 Oct 45 Symphony
V-Disc 842-B J 560 – ND7TC – 1464 17 Nov 45 In The Mood

Navy Releases

Navy 3-A Everybody Loves My Baby 20 May 44
Navy 3-A Stompin’ At The Savoy 20 May 44
Navy 3-B Stealin’ Apples 21 Jan 44
Navy 22-A A Fellow On A Furlough 20 May 44
Navy 22-A Guns In The Sky 20 May 44
Navy 22-B Poinciana 20 May 44
Navy 61-A Chattanooga Choo Choo 3 Jun 44
Navy 61-A Sun Valley Jump 3 Jun 44
Navy 82-B In The Gloaming 20 May 44
Navy 82-B Deep Purple 20 May 44
Navy 114-A St. Louis Blues March 29 Oct 43
Navy 114-B Moon Dreams 21 Jan 44
Navy 160-B Don’t Be That Way 11 Dec 43
Navy 160-B Blue Champagne 11 Dec 43
Navy 161-A I’ve Got A Heart Filled With Love 13 May 44
Navy 161-B Goin’ Home 10 Dec 43
Navy 161-B Honeysuckle Rose 10 Dec 43
Navy 161-B My Blue Heaven 10 Dec 43
Navy 201-A Holiday For Strings 3 Jun 44
Navy 246-A Wang Wang Blues 13 May 44
Navy 246-A Bye Bye Blues 3 Jun 44
Navy 264-A The Army Air Corps Song 27 May 44
Navy 264-A I Hear You Screamin’ 27 May 44

Unissued V-Discs

29 Oct 43 Spoken Introduction (breakdown) VP 264 - D3MC 286
29 Oct 43 Star Dust (breakdown) VP 264 - D3MC 286
20 Nov 43 (The End Of A) Perfect Day VP 1310 – D5TC 273
20 Nov 43 Blue Room VP 1310 –D5TC 273
10 Dec 43 Holiday for Strings, part 1 VP 1189 - D5TC 125
10 Dec 43 Holiday for Strings, part 2 VP 1189 - D5TC 125
29 Apr 44 Here We Go Again VP 1311 – D5TC 274
6 May 44 In An Eighteenth Century Drawing Room VP 1310 – D5TC 273
6 May 44 Blue Orchids VP 1311 – D5TC 274
27 Oct 45 The Old Refrain NVP 1632 – D5TC 1542
10 Nov 45 Song Of The Volga Boatmen VP 375 – D7TC 7335
10 Nov 45 7-0-5 VP 375 – D7TC 7335
17 Nov 45 Moonlight Serenade None
17 Nov 45 My Blue Heaven None


Glenn Miller---RCA Victor-LPM-31    1951     10" album
The Sound Of Glenn Miller---RCA Victor-LPM-1189  1956
This Is Glenn Miller---RCA Victor-LPM-1190   1956
Glenn Miller Plays Selections From "The Glenn Miller Story" And Other Hits---RCA Victor-LPM-1192   1956  LSP-1192(e)-1962
Glenn Miller Concert---RCA Victor-LPM-1193   1956
Marvelous Miller Moods---RCA Victor-LPM-1494   1957


  1. ^ The Guitar Guy. Moonlight Serenade.
  2. ^ Simon 343
  3. ^ Carly Simon. Moonlight Serenade.
  4. ^ Verve. Charlie Haden Quartet West, Haunted Heart.
  5. ^ Vladimir Bogdanov et al., All Music Guide To Soul. p 577
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2].
  8. ^ National Ragtime and Jazz Archive Recordings: P, Q & R Titles.
  9. ^ Firestone, Swing, Swing, Swing, p.49
  10. ^ Three sources list Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman as the songwriters of "Room 1411". The Brunswick Collectors' Series 78, Brunswick 80029 A, a Brunswick re-issue series from the 1940s, lists the title and songwriting credit on the record label as follows: "Room 1411 (Glenn Miller-Benny Goodman)". The Brunswick 78 collection Chicago Jazz Classics, issued as album number B-1007, also lists Miller and Goodman as the composers of "Room 1411". The Jazz Online website lists the songwriters for "Room 1411" as : "G. Miller – B. Goodman"
  11. ^ a b Flower 14
  12. ^ Flower 49
  13. ^ Flower 66,73
  14. ^ The two versions of "Sold American" are available on the website:
  15. ^
  16. ^ Flower 1
  17. ^ Simon 68–69
  18. ^ 426
  19. ^ Flower 388
  20. ^ [3]
  21. ^ Weber explains the origins of the song: "There was a very popular song at the time called 'Annie Doesn't Live Here Any More' and Glenn wrote a spin-off of this song called 'Annie's Cousin Fannie Is A Sweetie Of Mine'. I don't know why Tommy and Jimmy recorded it so much. I can only guess they were looking for the 'right' combination for the song."
  22. ^
  23. ^ Jazz trumpeter Billy Butterfield and Andy Bartha later covered "Dese Dem Dose".
  24. ^ In 1936, Bob Crosby and his Orchestra, most of whose members played on the Randall version, performed this composition on the Ford V-8 Revue.
  25. ^ Flower, John. Liner Notes to the CD collection Community Swing, Vol. 2, 1937-1938, Naxos Jazz Legends.
  26. ^ a b Flower 57
  27. ^ The song was published by Robbins Music Corporation, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY. It was distributed in the UK by Francis, Day and Hunter.
  28. ^ Flower 540
  29. ^ Flower 48
  30. ^ Simon 234
  31. ^ Flower 428
  32. ^ The Jack Million Band recorded it on the album In the Mood for Glenn Miller, Vol. 2. "Boom Shot" was included on the 1959 double LP released by Twentieth Century Fox entitled Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, TCF 100-2, which featured music from the Orchestra Wives and Sun Valley Serenade movies. In May, 1959, "Boom Shot" was released as a 7" 45 and as a 78 by the British Top Rank label with "You Say the Sweetest Things, Baby" by the Glenn Miller Six as JAR-114. Twentieth Century Fox also released "Boom Shot" as a 7" 45. "Boom Shot" features a trumpet solo by Johnny Best, which is edited out in the film, with Billy May on muted trumpet, Ernie Caceres on alto saxophone, and Glenn Miller on trombone. [Flower 428]
  33. ^ Glenn Miller: The Secret Broadcasts, RCA Victor, 75605-52500-2, 1996.
  34. ^ Simon 356
  35. ^ Simon 344
  36. ^
  37. ^ Butcher, Geoffrey. Next to a Letter from Home: Major Glenn Miller's Wartime Band. Warner, 1994.
  38. ^ The copyright for the song was recorded on November 7, 1986 as Document number: V2224P342 showing Glenn Miller as the author:
  39. ^ IMDB lists Glenn Miller as the writer on the soundtrack for the documentary The War Room (1993) published by EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.:
  40. ^ lists Glenn Miller as the composer in a listing for the 2004 compilation album Jack Teagarden: Father of Jazz Trombone:
  41. ^ a b c ASCAP database listing:
  42. ^ Red Hot Jazz website:
  43. ^ The copyright was registered on September 21, 1951:
  44. ^ Catalog of copyright entries:,+glenn+miller+1944&source=bl&ots=0GQfQqYI11&sig=r10_puq1UmMhajZ78kayyHL9lMs&hl=en&ei=QwDwTNC6HJfonQe5_qmHCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=glenn%20miller&f=false
  45. ^ The "Copyright Claimant" is listed as Steven D. Miller, Glenn Miller's adopted son. The copyright was renewed on January 10, 1979.
  46. ^ U.S. Army Insignia, World War II:
  47. ^ Catalog of copyright entries:,+glenn+miller+1944&source=bl&ots=0GQfQqYI11&sig=r10_puq1UmMhajZ78kayyHL9lMs&hl=en&ei=QwDwTNC6HJfonQe5_qmHCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false
  48. ^ Billboard link:'m+headin+for+california+glenn+miller&source=bl&ots=clJrMdrTID&sig=zKEPz04cjJqQPdDFQubZOtsNvKk&hl=en&ei=zZXtTPPHOaCInAfn6MX4AQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=i'm%20headin%20for%20california%20glenn%20miller&f=false
  49. ^ Way, Chris. The Big Bands Go To War. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK: Mainstream Publishing, 1991: "Also on this show, Glenn introduced his very last composition, I'm Heading For California."
  50. ^ "I'm Headin' for California" was released on the 2010 CD Glenn's Travels: Glenn Miller and His Orchestra on Sounds Of Yesteryear and on the 1998 CD Glenn Miller Orchestra: A Tribute to Tex Beneke on Halcyon Records in the UK.
  51. ^ Billboard, March 30, 1946, p. 33.
  52. ^ Catalog of copyright entries: Musical compositions, Part 3. U.S. Library of Congress. Copyright Office. Online Link:
  53. ^ Catalog of copyright entries: Musical compositions, Part 3. U.S. Library of Congress. Copyright Office. Online Link:
  54. ^ Dennis Spragg. Glenn Miller Archive. The University of Colorado at Boulder. Glenn Miller scores. Web link:
  55. ^ a b c d e Glenn Miller Archive. The University of Colorado at Boulder.
  56. ^ Firestone, Swing, Swing, Swing, p.71
  57. ^
  58. ^
  59. ^
  60. ^ Flower 58
  61. ^ The Glenn Miller Story (1953) at the Internet Movie Database
  62. ^ Turner Classic Movies
  63. ^ Jazz Standards. The Nearness of You. Contemporary audiences know it from the 2002 Norah Jones recording for Blue Note.
  64. ^ Flower 72–73
  65. ^
  66. ^ Simon 144
  67. ^ Flower 54
  68. ^ a b Flower 385
  69. ^ John Philip Sousa also recorded it with his band.
  70. ^ Flower 125
  71. ^ Flower 59
  72. ^ Also a standard that ended up twenty years later in the United Artists movie Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe, directed by Billy Wilder. See "Screen, Two Hour Comedy", A.H. Weiler, The New York Times, March 30, 1959. <>
  73. ^ The song was recorded by the Jack Million Band on the album In the Mood for Glenn Miller, Volume 1.
  74. ^ An unreleased instrumental version was recorded for the Orchestra Wives soundtrack and never used in the release print. See the 1994 compact disc "Glenn Miller in Stereo" and its accompaning liner notes.
  75. ^ This song was also recorded by the Delta Rhythm Boys, Erskine Butterfield on Decca, and the King Sisters
  76. ^ Based on Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  77. ^ Catalog of copyright entries:
  78. ^ a b Flower 124
  79. ^ Flower 200
  80. ^ Flower 277–278
  81. ^ a b Flower 280
  82. ^ Flower 313
  83. ^ Flower 266, 272, 276
  84. ^ Flower 68
  85. ^ Flower 270
  86. ^ Flower 434
  87. ^ Flower 367
  88. ^ Jerry Gray composed a sequel called "Restringing the Pearls" in the 1950s according to Christopher Papa's Jerry Gray website
  89. ^ Originally recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917 in New York, it became a jazz standard and one of the most covered jazz songs of the twentieth century.
  90. ^ Flower 379
  91. ^ Simon 243
  92. ^ Internet Movie Database. Pinocchio (1940) soundtracks
  93. ^ a b Flower 292
  94. ^ based on a Russian folk song
  95. ^ Flower, 398
  96. ^ Flower, 304
  97. ^ a b Flower 427
  98. ^ Cab Calloway and his Orchestra covered the song and released it on Conqueror in 1941. On February 10, 1942, Glenn Miller was presented with the first gold record in history for selling one million records of "Chattanooga Choo Choo". According to John Flower on pages 413–414 of Moonlight Serenade, Wally Early of RCA presented this live on the Chesterfield program of February 10, 1942
  99. ^ Flower 290, 291
  100. ^ a b Flower 335
  101. ^ Flower 305
  102. ^ Flower 290
  103. ^ Flower 429
  104. ^ Flower 445
  105. ^ Benny Goodman and his Orchestra recorded a cover version in 1942 which was released as a 78, Columbia 36622
  106. ^ Flower 445–446
  107. ^ Glenn Miller was the first to record "At Last", reaching number fourteen on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1942 and his version became the first in a long history of popular versions. "At Last" subsequently became a standard covered by Nat King Cole [4] and Etta James [5] in the 1950s and 1960s, the Etta James version reaching number forty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B chart in 1961, Ray Anthony, who reached number two on Billboard in a remake in 1952, Lou Rawls, Celine Dion, Diana Krall, Eva Cassidy, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Bing Crosby, Aretha Franklin, the Oak Ridge Boys, Cyndi Lauper, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Michael Bolton, Dianne Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, and Beyonce Knowles in 2008. By the 2000's Etta James' version seems to have eclipsed Miller's. Miller's version appeared in a 1997 movie though, Till There Was You. Beyonce Knowles also sang it at one of the Inaugural Balls for President Obama in 2009. See "Beyonce to Sing Etta James Classic at Inaugural Ball" Chicago Sun-Times, January 19, 2009. http: //,w-beyonce-at-last-obama-inauguration-ball.article
  108. ^ A brief snippet of Marion Hutton singing "That's Sabotage" from the film can be seen in Life Goes To War, an NBC documentary from 1977.[6]
  109. ^ Flower 430
  110. ^ Flower 455
  111. ^ Simon 256
  112. ^ Recording and filming dates for Sun Valley Serenade: March 24 – May 3, 1941 see Flower 289 Recording and filming dates for Orchestra Wives: March 23 – May 22, 1942 see Flower 426
  113. ^ The song was covered by Miles Davis in 1950 on his album Birth of the Cool and also appears on "The Complete Birth of the Cool", arranged by Gil Evans. Information taken from Gil Evans was also a main arranger for the Claude Thornhill orchestra in the forties, which was financed by Thornhill's friend, Glenn Miller [7]. So Glenn Miller has a very slight relationship with modern jazz, tangential nonetheless. Incidentally, Miles Davis did not like Thornhill's interpretations of some be-bop songs that Evans arranged, like "Donna Lee", calling them "mannered". Still Evans and Davis were best friends and collaborators for the rest of their lives. See Miles: A Biography, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.ISBN 0-671-72582-3 p.104. The Miles Davis Nonet recorded a live performance of "Moon Dreams" in 1948 in New York. Martha Tilton also recorded a version in 1942.[8] For another person's thesis that Glenn Miller was pertinent to the creation of be-bop, which was the predominant style of jazz in the late forties, see "Glenn Miller: The Godfather of Bop?" by Richard Jessen. Mr. Jessen says that Miller's recording of "Wham" from August 1, 1939, predates the same phrasing used in "Salt Peanuts" by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in 1944. Jessen points out though that "Wham" was arranged by Eddie Durham. See <>
  114. ^ a b Glenn Miller: The Secret Broadcasts, RCA Victor, 75605-52500-2, 1996
  115. ^ Some songs were performed by the civilian band and the Army Air Force Band but might be better known by one band over the other. For example, the Army Air Force band and the civilian band both had "In The Mood", "String of Pearls", "Moonlight Serenade", "Jukebox Saturday Night", "Caribbean Clipper", "Here We Go Again" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" in their libraries.
  116. ^ Flower 440
  117. ^ Flower 463–464
  118. ^ Flower, 480
  119. ^ Flower 480
  120. ^ Woody Herman covered the song in 1944 and released it as a V-Disc and commercially released it as a Columbia 78 with matrix number 71904. Sunny Skylar added lyrics. Herman's version was recorded March 23, 1944. Woody Herman information taken from Visser, Joop. "Discography." Liner notes. The Woody Herman Story. CD. Properbox 15: Proper Records Ltd.,2000.
  121. ^ a b Flower 465
  122. ^ Flower 90
  123. ^ Flower 258–259
  124. ^ Flower 527
  125. ^
  126. ^ Simon 199
  127. ^ Flower 184


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