Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944

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Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – disappeared December 15, 1944) was an American big-band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1942, leading one of the best-known big bands. Miller's recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", "Elmer's Tune", and "Little Brown Jug". In just four years Glenn Miller scored 16 number-one records and 69 top ten hits—more than Elvis Presley (38 top 10s) and the Beatles (33 top 10s) did in their careers.

In 1942, Miller volunteered to join the U.S. military to entertain troops during World War II, ending up with the U.S. Army Air Forces. On December 15, 1944, while flying to Paris, Miller's aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

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creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Moonlight serenade [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Ambassador Auditorium Collection, 1974-1995 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Over the rainbow [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. American patrol [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. In the Mood [Multimédia multisupport] : indicatif. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. My love for you [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf NCSA Jazz Ensemble. NCSA Jazz Ensemble [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Seven or five [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Bartholomew, Marshall, 1885-1978. The Marshall Bartholomew papers, 1929-1966 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Information Agency, 1900 - 2003. Records Relating to Copyright Clearances for Articles, Radio Shows, Books, and Musical Concerts, 1953 - 1962. Life of Glenn Miller. National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. In the mood [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. American patrol [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. My love for you [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Howell, Standley. Collection, 1944-1946 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Morton, Hugh M. Hugh Morton photographs and films: People and events, late 1920s-early 2000s (bulk 1940s-1990s) (Series 2). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. The Benny Goodman papers, 1933-1982 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Treasury, 1775 - 2005. General Records of Field Directors, 1941 - 1947. PUBLICITY MATERIAL: GLENN MILLER TOUR. National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Little brown jug [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Sun valley jump [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Joint Army and Navy Committee on Welfare and Recreation, Sub-Committee on Music Papers, 1941-1946 Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Sun valley jump [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008. Topical Files, 1950 - 1952. GLENN MILLER ARMY BAND STORY. National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Moonlight serenade [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Bartholomew, Marshall, 1885-1978. The Marshall Bartholomew papers, 1929-1966 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn O'Brien, Virginia S.,. Oral history interview with Virginia S. O'Brien, [sound recording], 1997. Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
creatorOf Kirby, Edward M. (Edward Montague), 1906-1974. Papers. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Falling leaves [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Howell, Standley. Standley Howell collection, 1944-1946 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn The Benny Goodman Papers, 1910-1992, inclusive Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Simon, George T. George T. Simon collection, 1923-1974. University of Colorado Boulder
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. A string of pearl [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774 - 1985Series: Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs), 1942 - 1947. Missing Air Crew Report number 10770. Missing Air Crew Report for Flight Officer John R. S. Morgan, Lieutenant Colonel Norman F. Baessell, and Major Alton Glenn Miller, 12/23/1944. National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Over the rainbow [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. A string of pearl [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. I've got a girl in Kalamazoo [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Seven or five [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Carribean clipper [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf NCSA Jazz Ensemble. NCSA Jazz Ensemble [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. WAR BOND RALLY WITH GLENN MILLER AAF BAND, ENGLAND National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Durham, Eddie, 1906-1987. Sliphorn jive. Yale University Library
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. In the Mood [Multimédia multisupport] : indicatif. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn David Goldin Collection, 1932 - ca. 1952. Audio Recordings of Radio Broadcasts of Speeches, Interviews, Combat Reports, Special Events, Public Affairs, and Entertainment for U.S. Troops, 1932 - ca. 1952. GLENN MILLER AND DUKE ELLINGTON. National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Chatanooga choo choo [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Danny boy [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Paramount Theatre stage manager's records, 1936-1956 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Carribean clipper [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Jeep jockey jump [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Hugh Morton Photographs and Films,  , late 1920s-2006, (bulk 1940s-1990s) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection.
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Sunrise serenade [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn C.W. Post College. B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library. Special collections. Popular Music Archives, ca. 1890-ca. 1970. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Pennsylvania 6-5000 [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. In the Mood [Multimédia multisupport] : indicatif. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Hucko, Peanuts. Papers, 1939-1989. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Pennsylvania 6-5000 [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Bracco, Francis Paul. Paramount Theatre stage manager's records, 1936-1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Kane, Murray. Murray Kane papers, 1937-1985. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Tuxedo junction [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Serenade in blue [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II, 1907 - 1966. General Correspondence, 1944 - 1945. 000.77 Broadcasting - 10: Glenn Miller and Dinah Shore Recording National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Little brown jug [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. In the Mood [Multimédia multisupport] : indicatif. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Music makers [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. The Benny Goodman papers, 1933-1982 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Lover [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. I've got a girl in Kalamazoo [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Chatanooga choo choo [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Sunrise serenade [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Jenney, Jack, 1910-1945. Papers, 1930-1945. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008. Topical Files, 1950 - 1952. GLENN MILLER ARMY BAND STORY. National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Jeep jockey jump [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Lover [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Serenade in blue [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Music makers [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Tuxedo junction [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Falling leaves [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944. Danny boy [Multimédia multisupport] / Miller Glenn, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn The Marshall Bartholomew Papers, 1929-1966 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Soulé, William M. William M. Soulé collection, 1920-1995. University of Colorado Boulder
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referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003. Black and White and Color Photographs of U.S. Air Force and Predecessor Agencies Activities, Facilities and Personnel - World War II and Korean War, ca. 1940 - ca. 1980. Major Glenn Miller somewhere in England.. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003. Black and White and Color Photographs of U.S. Air Force and Predecessor Agencies Activities, Facilities and Personnel - World War II and Korean War, ca. 1940 - ca. 1980. Speaking into mike from band stand featuring Glenn Miller's 50 piece SHAEF Band, Commanding General James H. Doolittle inaugurated the 8th Air force bond drive that aims at raising $6,000,000 for purpose of acquiring its own 'Victory Squadron'. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003. Official Military Personnel Files, 1947 - 1998. Official Military Personnel File for Alton Glenn Miller. National Archives at St. Louis
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003. Black and White and Color Photographs of U.S. Air Force and Predecessor Agencies Activities, Facilities and Personnel - World War II and Korean War, ca. 1940 - ca. 1980. Major Glenn Miller And His Famous Band Entertain Air Force Men During His Visit To Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, England On 12 August 1944. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003. Black and White and Color Photographs of U.S. Air Force and Predecessor Agencies Activities, Facilities and Personnel - World War II and Korean War, ca. 1940 - ca. 1980. Major Glenn Miller (Right) Famous Band Leader, Talks With Two Officers During His Visit To Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, England. 12 August 1944. National Archives at College Park
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associatedWith Bartholomew, Marshall, 1885-1978. person
associatedWith Bracco, Francis Paul person
associatedWith Bracco, Francis Paul. person
associatedWith C.W. Post College. B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library. Special collections. corporateBody
associatedWith Durham, Eddie, 1906-1987. person
associatedWith Glenn Miller Army Air Force Orchestra corporateBody
associatedWith Glenn Miller Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Goldin, David person
associatedWith Goodman, Benny, 1909- person
associatedWith Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. person
associatedWith Howell, Standley. person
associatedWith Hucko, Peanuts. person
associatedWith Jenney, Jack, 1910-1945. person
associatedWith Kane, Murray. person
associatedWith Kirby, Edward M. (Edward Montague), 1906-1974. person
associatedWith Marshall Bartholomew person
associatedWith Morton, Hugh M. person
associatedWith Morton, Hugh M. person
associatedWith NCSA Jazz Ensemble. corporateBody
associatedWith NCSA Jazz Ensemble. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Brien, Virginia S., person
associatedWith Simon, George T. person
associatedWith Soulé, William M. person
memberOf United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army Air Forces person
correspondedWith United States. Joint Army and Navy Committee on Welfare and Recreation. Sub-Committee on Music corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Office of the Secretary of Defense. corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Information Agency corporateBody
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English Channel 00 GB
Iowa IA US
Subject
Big band music--20th century
Trombone music, Arranged
World War II, 1939-1945--Missing in action
Trombone music--Scores
Big band music--History
World War II, 1939-1945
Trombone music
Big band music--Scores
Occupation
Arrangers
Instrumentalist
Conductor
Composers
Function

Person

Birth 1904-03-01

Death 1944-12-15

Male

Americans

English

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