Glenn Miller

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1 March 1905, Clarinda, Iowa, USA, d. 15 December 1944. Miller was the first artist to be credited with a million-selling disc (for ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’), and was the toast of North American popular music during World War II for his uniformed orchestra’s fusion of sober virtuosity, infectious dance rhythms and varied intonation of brass and woodwind. In Miller’s hands, close harmony vocals - often wordless - were almost incidental in a slick repertoire that embraced Tin Pan Alley standards (‘April In Paris’, Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘The Nearness Of You’), jump blues (‘St. Louis Blues’, Jelly Roll Morton’s ‘King Porter Stomp’), western swing (‘Blueberry Hill’, once sung by Gene Autry) and orthodox swing (‘Jersey Bounce’, ‘Tuxedo Junction’), also exemplified by the ‘hotter’ big bands of Artie Shaw and Jimmy Dorsey.

After his family moved...

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