A String of Pearls (song)

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1941 RCA Bluebird 78, B-11382-B.
Sheet music cover, Mutual Music Society, Inc., New York

"A String of Pearls" is a 1941 song composed by Jerry Gray[1] with lyrics by Eddie DeLange. It was notably recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra on RCA Bluebird that November, becoming a #1 hit.[2] The song is a big band and jazz standard.

Background[edit]

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "A String of Pearls" on November 8, 1941 in New York, which was copyrighted and published by The Mutual Music Society, Inc., ASCAP. It was released as an RCA Bluebird 78 single, B-11382-B, backed with "Day Dreaming", in 1941 by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. "Day Dreaming" was the A side.

The personnel for "A String of Pearls": Saxes: Babe Russin, Tex Beneke,[1] Wilbur Schwartz, Ernie Caceres, Al Klink; Trumpets: John Best, R. D. McMickle, Billy May, Alec Fila; Trombones: Glenn Miller, Jimmy Priddy, Paul Tanner, Frank D'Annolfo; Piano: Chummy MacGregor; String Bass: Edward "Doc" Goldberg; Guitar/Cornet: Bobby Hackett; Drums: Moe Purtill. Bobby Hackett performed the cornet solo on the original Glenn Miller recording.

The record was ranked No. 1 in the US for two weeks in 1942 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in a chart run of 21 weeks.[3][4]

Cover versions[edit]

Among other artists include:[6]

In popular culture and media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pop Chronicles 1940s Program #6". 1972.
  2. ^ Flower, John (1972). Moonlight Serenade: a bio-discography of the Glenn Miller Civilian Band. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House. ISBN 978-0-87000-161-1
  3. ^ Simon, George Thomas. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. New York: Crowell, 1974.
  4. ^ Song artist 6 - Glenn Miller..
  5. ^ Connor, D. Russell and Hicks, Warren W. BG on the Record. NY: Arlington House, 1969.
  6. ^ A String of Pearls. Second Hand Songs.

Sources[edit]

  • Butcher, Geoffrey (1997). Next to a Letter from Home. North Pomfret, Vermont: Trafalgar Square. ISBN 978-0-7515-1078-2
  • Miller, Glenn (1943). Glenn Miller's Method for Orchestral Arranging. New York: Mutual Music Society. ASIN: B0007DMEDQ
  • Simon, George Thomas (1980). Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. New York: Da Capo paperback. ISBN 978-0-306-80129-7.
  • Simon, George Thomas (1971). Simon Says. New York: Galahad. ISBN 978-0-88365-001-1
  • Schuller, Gunther (1991). The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930–1945, Volume 2. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507140-5

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Chattanooga Choo Choo"
by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with vocal refrain by Tex Beneke and the Four Modernaires

"Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me)"
by Woody Herman and His Orchestra with vocal chorus by Woody Herman
The Billboard National Best Selling Retail Records number-one single
February 7, 1942 (one week)
February 21, 1942 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me)"
by Woody Herman and His Orchestra with vocal chorus by Woody Herman

"Moonlight Cocktail"
by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with vocal refrain by Ray Eberle and the Modernaires