The Crew Chiefs
|The Crew Chiefs|
|Genres||Jazz, swing, big band|
|Past members||Bill Conway
The Crew Chiefs were a vocal group popular in the 1940s, known for accompanying Tex Beneke, Glenn Miller, and Ray McKinley. Member Artie Malvin co-wrote the song "I'm Headin' For California" with Glenn Miller in 1944.
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:
- Glenn Miller and the Army Air Forces Training Command Orchestra (with Johnny Desmond) – "Moon Dreams" (1944)
- Glenn Miller Orchestra – "Have Ya Got Any Gum, Chum?" (1945)
- Glenn Miller Orchestra (with Ray McKinley) – "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" (1944)
- Glenn Miller Orchestra (with Johnny Desmond) – "The Trolley Song" (1945)
- Glenn Miller Orchestra – "It's Love-Love-Love" (1944)
- Glenn Miller Orchestra – "There Are Yanks" (1944)
- Glenn Miller Orchestra (with Tex Beneke) – "I'm Headin' For California" (1946)
- Kloess, Larry. "Vocalist list". "Thrushes", "Canaries", and other Rara Avis. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- Polic, Edward F. (1989). The Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band: Sustineo Alas 2. p. 1174. ISBN 978-0-8108-2269-6.
- Billboard link: http://books.google.com/books?id=JBoEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT32
- 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.
- March, Richard C. (1983). "Liner notes". The Glenn Miller Service Orchestra in the USA and Europe (Vol II). The International Glenn Miller Society.
- "Liner notes". War Bond Rally Chicago Theatre. Jasmine Records. 1983.
- 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.