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Glenn Miller's last concert: a home with a musical history
The Telegraph ^ | 15 Jun 2012 | Max Davidson

Posted on 06/15/2012 7:43:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway

In December 1944, the band leader Glenn Miller flew off to entertain Allied troops in France. He never returned. Now the venue of his last performance is up for sale.

If houses could talk, few would have such a touching tale to tell as The Grange, a large house in a small village in Bedfordshire. In December 1944, it was here that the American band leader Glenn Miller reputedly gave his last ever private performance, to US Air Force officers who had been billeted in the house during the war.

Shut your eyes and you can almost picture the scene in the drawing room: the smiling faces, the clink of glasses, the feet tapping to the catchy rhythms that defined a generation. In the Mood, Sun Valley Serenade, Tuxedo Junction, I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo. Not even Vera Lynn caught the wartime mood as evocatively as the bespectacled trombonist from Iowa, whose big swing bands became the stuff of musical folklore.

A few days later, the plane taking Miller to entertain American troops in Paris took off from RAF Twinwood, two miles down the road. It was never seen again, and the riddle of its disappearance has never been solved. Did it crash in the English Channel? Was it brought down by friendly anti-aircraft fire? Did British Lancaster bombers, jettisoning unspent munitions over the sea, accidentally bring it down?

Major Glenn Miller, 40, was simply listed as “missing in action”, like thousands of others. But his death closed a glorious chapter, not just in the history of popular music, but in the history of an English country house. “You can’t get away from the legacy of the war here,” says the present owner, Kathryn Watts.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: jazz; music; worldwarii
Glenn Miller went out of his way to serve his country. He was too old to be drafted. He volunteered for the Navy and was turned down. he wrote to a general, and finally was able to work for the Army, then the Air Force. And it was while he was at the peak of his career.




Glenn Miller on Command Performance 5/14/2012 (Command Performance was an armed forces radio show during and after WWII. Miller is introduced about the 4:56 mark.)

1 posted on 06/15/2012 7:43:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Tbe Glen Miller Story is a terrific movie. In fact, it’s a period piece though they probably didn’t know it when they made it.


2 posted on 06/15/2012 8:25:53 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam

Wonderful movie with two of my all time favorites; June Allyson and James Stewart.


3 posted on 06/15/2012 8:36:47 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: nickcarraway

bookmark


4 posted on 06/15/2012 8:36:58 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Oratam
the Glenn Miller Story is a fantastic movie....Jimmy Stewart made it that way...I love the story, the music, everything....sometimes I'll go to you tube to watch the part of the movie when he "finds" his sound....

maybe its because it reminds me of my mother and father....but "Moonlight Seranade" just tears me up...

5 posted on 06/15/2012 10:00:11 PM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry
I wonder if anybody will care about about today's popular culture figures in 2080?

I hope not.

6 posted on 06/16/2012 1:29:56 AM PDT by Route797
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My first music teacher, in junior high school, was formerly a member of Glenn Miller’s orchestra.

He was an excellent teacher who really knew how to choose music that kids would enjoy playing and their parents would enjoy listening to at the inevitable school concerts. I attributed his teaching skill to his experience with Glenn Miller.


7 posted on 06/16/2012 5:15:38 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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BBC Announcement:

http://ia701203.us.archive.org/16/items/1944RadioNews/1944-12-24-BBC-Glenn-Miller-is-Missing.mp3


8 posted on 06/16/2012 5:20:59 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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