A String of Pearls (song)
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "A String of Pearls" on November 8, 1941, 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
Bobby Hackett did the famous Trumpet solo in the Glenn Miller version of the song..
Connee Boswell's recording for Decca Records in 1942 was among the very first vocals of the song ever waxed. The song was also recorded by Benny Goodman, Harry James, Woody Herman, Ritchie Lee, Kurt Edelhagen, Barney Kessel, Floyd Cramer, Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra, Ernie Fields, James Last, Herb Miller, Geoff Love and His Orchestra, Felix Slatkin, Billy Maxted's Manhattan Jazz Band, Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra, Hugo Montenegro, Marty Gold, Ray McKinley and the New Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ted Heath and His Orchestra, Enoch Light and the Light Brigade, Les and Larry Elgart, the Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra, the Freddie Mitchell Orchestra, Lawrence Welk, Joe Bob's Nashville Sound Company, Diane Courtney, and Narciso Yepes, among others. Jazz pianist Stan Kenton recorded a live version with Red Kelly on bass and Lennie Niehaus on alto saxophone on the At the Las Vegas Tropicana album on Blue Note Records released in 1996.
In popular culture and media
The song appeared in Mike Nichol's 1971 film Carnal Knowledge.
"A String of Pearls" was featured on a 1972 episode of The Lawrence Welk Show in the episode entitled "Songs of the 40's".
The instrumental version appeared on a 1976 episode of the CBS series The Carol Burnett Show.
The song was in the 1986 comedy Tough Guys starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. The Glenn Miller recording was in a bedroom scene in the 1987 action thriller "The Sicilian". The Glenn Miller recording was featured in the 1993 comedy film Dennis the Menace starring Walter Matthau and Mason Gamble.
The Glenn Miller recording was featured on The Notebook soundtrack album in 2004.
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