Harlem Chapel Chimes

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1935 UK 78 release as Brunswick 02149-A by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra.

"Harlem Chapel Chimes" is a 1935 jazz instrumental composed by Glenn Miller. The song was released as an A-side 78 single by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra.


The song was recorded by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra on February 6, 1935 in New York and released as a 78 single.[1][2] The song was copyrighted by the music publisher Campbell and Connelly and Company, Ltd., in the UK. Two versions were released: 39337-A was released on Brunswick in the UK as 02149 backed with "Weary Blues", while 39337-C was released on Decca as BM-02149.[3] Jimmy Dorsey played clarinet. Tommy Dorsey played trombone on the track. Miller was not on the studio recording session. The arrangement was by Glenn Miller. The instrumental featured a clarinet solo by Jimmy Dorsey with chimes at the beginning and end of the song.

Not to be confused with "Harlem Chapel Bells" which was composed by Glenn Miller orchestra trumpeter Billy May and performed by the band on April 2, 1941 on the Chesterfield radio program.

The instrumental was featured on a Big Band Show program on Glenn Miller which was broadcast on Radio Clyde on 15 December 1981 hosted by Ken Sykora, playing recordings of Glenn Miller as a member of other bands, as a soloist, and rare radio performances.

Album Appearances[edit]

The recording does not appear on any compilation albums.



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