Pennsylvania 6-5000 (song)

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1940 RCA Victor Bluebird 78, B-10754-A, by Glenn Miller.

"Pennsylvania 6-5000" is a 1940 swing jazz and pop standard with music by Jerry Gray and lyrics by Carl Sigman. It was recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra as a Bluebird 78 rpm single.

Glenn Miller recording[edit]

Many big band names played in the Hotel Pennsylvania's Cafe Rouge in New York City, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra.[1] The hotel's telephone number, PEnnsylvania 6-5000, inspired the Glenn Miller 1940 Top 5 Billboard hit of the same name, which had a 12-week chart run.[2] The music was written by Jerry Gray and the lyrics by Carl Sigman. The instrumental was recorded on April 28, 1940 in New York. The 78 single was released in June, 1940 as RCA Victor Bluebird 78 B-10754-A backed with "Rug Cutter's Swing".[3]

The personnel for "Pennsylvania Six-Five Thousand": Saxes: Hal McIntyre, Tex Beneke, Wilbur Schwartz, Ernie Caceres, Al Klink; Trumpets: John Best, R. D. McMickle, Clyde Hurley, Legh Knowles; Trombones: Glenn Miller, Jimmy Priddy, Paul Tanner, Frank D'Annolfo; Piano: Chummy MacGregor; String Bass: Herman "Trigger" Alpert; Guitar: Jack Lathrop; Drums: Moe Purtill.

According to a TV-interview with John Best, he originally improvised the trumpet solo on the Glenn Miller recording of "Pennsylvania 6-5000". It has been widely emulated ever since.

Other recordings[edit]

The song became a jazz and big band standard also recorded by the Andrews Sisters, Judy Garland and Martha Raye in a duet, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Jimmy Mundy and His Orchestra (in 1959), Louise Gold, Kathy Miller, Richard Hunt, and Jerry Nelson (in 1979), Martin Brushane Big Band, the Blue Moon Big Band (in 1999), in a 1976 Carol Burnett Show episode in a tribute to Glenn Miller, Syd Lawrence, Michael Maxwell and His Orchestra, Bobby Benson and the Baby Band in The Muppet Show episode 319 in 1979, Fud Candrix and His Orchestra, Jerry Gray, Mina, Lou Haskins, Jack Livingston, Raquel Rastenni in 1941 in Copenhagen, Starlight Orchestra, Klaus Wunderlich, New 101 Strings Orchestra, Heptet, Meco, Tex Beneke, The Modernaires, Jack Million Band, Al Pierson Big Band, BBC Big Band Orchestra, SWR Big Band, and by Captain Cook und seine singenden Saxophone in 2012.[4]

1940 sheet music, Robbins Music, New York.
Alternate cover.

Fats Waller arranged the song for piano which was published in the UK songbook Francis & Day's Album of Fats Waller: Musical Rhythms in the 1940s.


  1. ^ "Office Tower Dooms Hotel Pennsylvania. Hosted Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington – Money". Daily News. New York. 2007-01-05. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  2. ^ "Song artist 6 - Glenn Miller".
  3. ^ Bluebird numerical listings 10500 - 11000.
  4. ^ PEnnsylvania 6-5000. Second Hand songs.


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