The Glenn Miller Story (soundtrack)

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The Glenn Miller Story
The Glenn Miller Story Decca 1954 5519.jpg
Soundtrack album by Universal-International Orchestra
Released 1954
Recorded 1953
Genre Big Band, Jazz
Label Decca Records

The Glenn Miller Story is a 1954 soundtrack album released on Decca Records featuring songs from the film biography of Glenn Miller starring James Stewart and June Allyson. The collection featured eight songs from the film recorded under the direction of Joseph Gershenson.


The 1954 10" album The Glenn Miller Story movie soundtrack LP, Decca Records DL 5519, spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard albums chart in 1954.[1] The Glenn Miller Story - Music from the Sound Track of the Universal-International Motion Picture starring James Stewart and June Allyson. Recorded by the Universal-International studio orchestra, conducted by Joseph Gershenson. [2] The collection was a 33 1/3 RPM vinyl LP album featuring James Stewart and June Allyson on the cover as Glenn and Helen Miller respectively. This collection consisted of new studio recordings of the songs by an orchestra under the direction of Joseph Gershenson.

The album was re-released by Decca in an expanded stereo version in 1956 as DL78226 featuring two additional songs by Louis Armstrong and the All Stars.[3] The two additional songs were "Basin Street Blues" and "Otchi-Tchor-Ni-Ya" or "Dark Eyes".

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
  1. Moonlight Serenade - (Glenn Miller)
  2. Tuxedo Junction - (Erskine Hawkins, Bill Johnson, Julian Dash)
  3. Little Brown Jug - (Traditional, Arranged by Billy Finegan)
  4. St. Louis Blues-March - (W.C. Handy)
Side 2
  1. In The Mood - (Joe Garland)
  2. A String of Pearls - (Eddie DeLange, Jerry Gray)
  3. Pennsylvania 6-5000 - (Carl Sigman, Jerry Gray)
  4. American Patrol - (Frank White Meacham, Arranged by Jerry Gray)

The 1956 expanded stereo re-release featured two additional songs by Louis Armstrong and the All Stars:

  • Basin Street Blues - (Spencer Williams) - Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
  • Otchi-Tchor-Ni-Ya - (Russian Folk Song, Yevhen Hrebinka, Florian Hermann) - Louis Armstrong and the All Stars


The Universal-International Orchestra consisted of: Bass – Rollie Bundock, Clarinet – Willie Schwartz, Drums – Ralph Collier, Guitar – Dick Fisher, Saxophone – Art Smith, Babe Russin, Blake Reynolds, Karl Leaf, Lyman Gandee, Trombone – Joe Yukl, John Stanley, Murray McEachern, Paul Tanner, Trumpet – Conrad Gozzo, Gene LaFreniere, Ray Linn, and Zeke Zarchey. The conductor was Joseph Gershenson.

The selections were recorded on December 1, 1953.

The All Star Band consisted of: Bass – Arvell Shaw, Clarinet – Barney Bigard, Drums – Kenny John, Piano – Billy Kyle, Tenor Saxophone – Bud Freeman, Trombone – "Trummie" Young, and Trumpet – Louis Armstrong.

Former Glenn Miller Orchestra pianist Chummy MacGregor and Glenn Miller manager Don Haynes were advisors on the production.[4]



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