Glenn Miller And His Orchestra

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Glenn Miller and His Orchestra was formed by trombonist, arranger, composer, Glenn Miller. Glenn Miller was the best-selling recording artist 1939 - 1942. Miller was a sideman in many different groups beginning in 1926 with the Ben Pollack Orchestra. He was overshadowed in Pollack's band by Jack Teagarden who began taking all of the trombone solos. Miller focused on arranging and composing and by 1928 he had already published a songbook. Miller played frequently with other sideman who would become famous in their own rights with orchestras, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. Making some recordings with "Benny Goodman's Boys" in 1928 for Brunswick, Miller was a free-lance trombonist in several bands such as Red Nichols, Joe Venuti and Nat Shilkret. From the early to mid 30's Miller was arranger and composer for the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra and made many recordings with Bing Crosby and The Boswell Sisters for Brunswick and Decca. In 1935 he assembled the American orchestra for Ray Noble.
Anxious to break out on his own, Miller formed his first orchestra in 1937 and made his first recordings as the Glenn Miller Orchestra for Brunswick, Vocalion and Decca. By 1938 the band was unsuccessful and starving to death and disbanded. He revamped his style and arranging and credited the second and massively popular Glenn Miller Orchestra.
In September 1938 they made their first in a long list of recordings for Victor subsidiary Bluebird Records. In the spring of 1939, after a stint at the Meadowbrook Ballroom and Glen Island Casino, their popularity soared. By 1939 Miller's band was tops in the jukeboxes and was the most popular orchestra until 1942 when Miller went into the service during WWII. From Dec 1939 - September 1942 Miller had a radio program broadcast 3 times a week. His records sold millions and was awarded the first gold record for "Chattanooga Choo Choo" in 1941 as well as being seen in a few motion pictures.

By Joel Whitburn's tabulation, in less than four years the group saw 16 US number-one hits, as well as 6 Australian number-ones (three of which didn't hit top the US charts). The amount of hit singles Miller and His Orchestra had in such a short amount of time proved to be one of the greatest chart runs in history. "In the Mood" became an anthem of the swing craze and the most lasting of even his biggest records. The group sold over 60 million records, the most of any dance band. In the wake of Pearl Harbor, the very patriotic Miller joined the Army Air Forces where he would develop a modern military band for morale raising. The orchestra disbanded to a very emotional crowd at the Central Theater in Passaic, NJ on September 27, 1942. On December 15, 1944, Miller mysteriously disappeared over the English Channel. He was recognized as war hero. The band's music never left the American public; Despite never recording a studio album, Miller and His Orchestra had three posthumous Billboard number-one compilation albums as well as album certifications spanning several countries several decades years after his death at age 40.

Use The Glenn Miller Orchestra for recordings WITHOUT Glenn Miller (who died in 1944).
See also: The New Glenn Miller Orchestra
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Albums

Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - An Album Of Outstanding Arrangements album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra An Album Of Outstanding Arrangements (Album, Comp) Victor US 1944 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Glenn Miller Concert (Volume I) album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Glenn Miller Concert (Volume I) (Album, EP) RCA Victor, RCA Victor US 1951 Sell This Version
LPT-3001 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Glenn Miller Concert (Volume III) album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Glenn Miller Concert (Volume III)(10", Album) RCA Victor LPT-3001 US 1952 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Glenn Miller Concert (Volume 2) album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Glenn Miller Concert (Volume 2) (Album, EP) RCA Victor, RCA Victor Germany 1950 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Sun Valley Serenade album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Sun Valley Serenade (Album, EP) RCA Victor, RCA Victor, RCA Victor US 1954 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - The Glenn Miller Story album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra The Glenn Miller Story (Comp) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice South Africa 1954 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Orchestra Wives (Music From The Original Soundtrack Of The 20th Century-Fox Film Production) album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Orchestra Wives (Music From The Original Soundtrack Of The 20th Century-Fox Film Production) (Album, EP) RCA Victor Canada 1954 Sell This Version
LN 1101 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - The Glenn Miller Band album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra The Glenn Miller Band(10") Epic LN 1101 US 1955 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - The Sound Of Glenn Miller album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra The Sound Of Glenn Miller (Album) RCA Victor, RCA Victor US 1956 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Glenn Miller Concert album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Glenn Miller Concert RCA Victor, RCA Victor Germany 1956 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Glenn Miller Plays Selections From "The Glenn Miller Story" And Other Hits album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Glenn Miller Plays Selections From "The Glenn Miller Story" And Other Hits (Album, Comp) RCA Victor, RCA Victor Canada 1956 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Glenn Miller's Original Film Soundtracks Volume 2 album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Glenn Miller's Original Film Soundtracks Volume 2 (Comp) 20th Fox US 1958 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Original Film Sound Tracks album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Original Film Sound Tracks (Comp, Album) 20th Fox US 1958 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - The Marvelous Miller Medleys album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra The Marvelous Miller Medleys (Album) RCA Victor UK 1958 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - The Glenn Miller Carnegie Hall Concert album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra The Glenn Miller Carnegie Hall Concert (Album, EP) RCA Victor Canada 1958 Sell This Version
LPM-1506 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - The Glenn Miller Carnegie Hall Concert album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra The Glenn Miller Carnegie Hall Concert(LP, Album, Mono) RCA Victor LPM-1506 US 1958 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - For The Very First Time album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra For The Very First Time (Album, Comp) RCA Victor, RCA Victor US 1959 Sell This Version
SF 8115 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - For The Very First Time Vol. 1 album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra For The Very First Time Vol. 1(LP) RCA SF 8115 UK 1959 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - An Album Of Outstanding Arrangements  album art Glenn Miller Et Son Orchestre* An Album Of Outstanding Arrangements (EP, Comp) RCA France 1960 Sell This Version
MKL 3068 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Swing album art Glenn Miller Y Su Orquesta* Swing(10", Album) RCA Victor MKL 3068 Mexico 1960 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Glenn Miller On The Air Volume 2 album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Glenn Miller On The Air Volume 2 (Album) RCA Victor US 1963 Sell This Version
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - The Great Glenn Miller And His Orchestra album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra The Great Glenn Miller And His Orchestra (Album, Comp) RCA Camden, RCA Camden Canada 1963 Sell This Version
LSP-2768(e) Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Glenn Miller On The Air Volume 2 album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra Glenn Miller On The Air Volume 2(LP) RCA Victor LSP-2768(e) US 1963 Sell This Version
CAL-751 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - The Great Glenn Miller And His Orchestra album art Glenn Miller And His Orchestra The Great Glenn Miller And His Orchestra(LP, Album, Mono) RCA Camden CAL-751 Australia 1963 Sell This Version
5-26133 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Glenn Miller Time - 1965 album art The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra* Glenn Miller Time - 1965(7", Jukebox, Lit) Epic 5-26133 US 1965 Sell This Version