Skip to comments.Glenn Miller's last concert: a home with a musical history
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, Ive 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 cant get away from the legacy of the war here, says the present owner, Kathryn Watts.
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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.
Wonderful movie with two of my all time favorites; June Allyson and James Stewart.
maybe its because it reminds me of my mother and father....but "Moonlight Seranade" just tears me up...
I hope not.
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.