Glenn Miller (1945 album)

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Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller 1945 RCA Album P148.jpg
Compilation album by Glenn Miller
Released Original 78 album: 1945
Original LP album: 1951
Original 45 album: 1952
Recorded 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942
Genre Dance band, Swing
Label RCA Victor
Glenn Miller chronology
Glenn Miller
(1945)
Glenn Miller Masterpieces, Volume II
(1947)

Glenn Miller is a compilation album of phonograph records released posthumously by bandleader Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. Released in 1945 on RCA Victor as a part of the Victor Musical Smart Set series, the set was number one for a total of 16 weeks on the newly created Billboard album charts.[1] The album, also known under the title Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, was eventually certified Gold in July 1968 by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

These reissued songs were featured on a 4-disc, 78 rpm album set, RCA Victor P-148.

Disc 1: (20-1564)

  1. "American Patrol", recorded April 2, 1942. Written by Frank White Meacham and arranged by Jerry Gray.[2]
  2. "Song of the Volga Boatmen", recorded January 17, 1941. Written by Russians. Collected by Mily Balakirev.[3]

Disc 2: (20-1565)

  1. "Tuxedo Junction", recorded February 5, 1940. Written by Erskine Hawkins, Bill Johnson and Julian Dash.[2]
  2. "In the Mood", recorded January 17, 1941. Arranged by Joe Garland.[4]

Disc 3: (20-1566)

  1. "Little Brown Jug", recorded April 10, 1939. Arranged by Billy Finegan.[2]
  2. "Moonlight Serenade", recorded April 4, 1939. Written and arranged by Glenn Miller.[2]

Disc 4: (20-1567)

  1. "Star Dust", recorded January 29, 1940. Written by Hoagy Carmichael.
  2. "Pennsylvania Six-Five Thousand", recorded April 4, 1939. Written by Jerry Gray and Carl Sigman.[5]

Personnel[edit]

The personnel for the April 4, 1939 "Moonlight Serenade" recording session in New York consisted of: Bob Price, Legh Knowles, Dale McMickle, tp; Glenn Miller, Al Mastren, Paul Tanner, tb; Wilbur Schwartz, cl, as; Hal McIntyre, as; Stanley Aronson, as, bs; Tex Beneke, ts; Al Klink, ts; Chummy MacGregor, p; Allen Reuss, g; Rolly Bundock, b; Maurice Purtill, d.

Reception[edit]

The album was number one for a total of 16 weeks on the newly formed Billboard album charts, reaching number one for 8 weeks in 1945, 5 weeks in 1946, and 3 weeks in 1947. The album first reached number one on Billboard for the week of May 12, 1945. The album consisted of four 10" 78rpm records. The album was subtitled as "A Victor Musical Smart Set: An Album of Outstanding Arrangements on Victor Records".

The collection was re-released in a 2-sided 10" 33rpm record set in 1951 as RCA Victor LPM-31 and in 1952 as P-148 as a three-record set of 7", 45rpm discs.

References[edit]

Additional sources[edit]

  • Simon, George Thomas (1980). Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. New York: Da Capo paperback. ISBN 0-306-80129-9.
  • Simon, George Thomas (1971). Simon Says. New York: Galahad. ISBN 0-88365-001-0.
  • Schuller, Gunther (1991). The Swing Era:the Development of Jazz, Volume 2. 1930–1945. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-507140-9.