The Crew Chiefs

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The Crew Chiefs
Background information
Genres Jazz, swing, big band
Past members Bill Conway
Murray Kane
Gene Steck
Steve Steck
Artie Malvin
Lynn Allison

The Crew Chiefs were a vocal group popular in the 1940s, known for accompanying Tex Beneke, Glenn Miller, and Ray McKinley.[1][2] Member Artie Malvin co-wrote the song "I'm Headin' For California" with Glenn Miller in 1944.[3]


The name of the group is an allusion to a crew chief in the U.S. Army Air Force. A Crew Chief is responsible for the day to day condition of the military aircraft assigned to them. The group appeared on the I Sustain the Wings radio broadcasts with Captain Glenn Miller and the Army Air Forces Training Command Orchestra. They also appeared on the V Discs released by the U.S. War Department. After the war, they were part of the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke.

Their appearances include:


The following singers all had tenure within the group:[1][7]


  1. ^ a b Kloess, Larry. "Vocalist list". "Thrushes", "Canaries", and other Rara Avis. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Polic, Edward F. (1989). The Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band: Sustineo Alas 2. p. 1174. ISBN 978-0-8108-2269-6. 
  3. ^ a b Billboard link:
  4. ^ Sears, Richard S. (1980). V-Discs: A History and Discography. Greenwood Press; illustrated edition (December 23, 1980) ISBN 978-0-313-22207-8. "Moon Dreams" was released as V Disc 201A in October, 1944.
  5. ^ a b c March, Richard C. (1983). "Liner notes". The Glenn Miller Service Orchestra in the USA and Europe (Vol II). The International Glenn Miller Society. 
  6. ^ a b "Liner notes". War Bond Rally Chicago Theatre. Jasmine Records. 1983. 
  7. ^ Palmer, Hugh. "Crew Chiefs Singing Group". Glenn Miller: The Lost Recordings. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 


  • Butcher, Geoffrey (1997). Next to a Letter from Home.
  • Polic, Edward F. (1989). The Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band: Sustineo Alas 2.
  • Simon, George Thomas. (1974). Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.