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Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded this big-band classic in 1940. "A band ought to have a sound of its own...a personality", Glenn had said. Well, I say, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra personified his belief!
"...read a magazine and then you´re in Baltimore; shovel all the coal in, gotta keep ´em rollin´...wooo, wooo, Chatanooga, there you are!" Glenn Miller introduced Chatanooga Choo-Choo in 1941 in the movie "Sun Valley Serenade". Remember the movie with Sonja Heini and John Payne?
Although other vocalists recorded "Wheel Of Fortune", it was Kaye Starr´s rendition that became so popular. Kaye Starr made her professional debut on a local Dallas radio station (where she grew up); she had short stints with the Glenn Miller and Bob Crosby bands, to name a few. I know you remember her "Come On-A My House"...
´Tho many may think Frank got his start with the Tommy Dorsey band, it was actually Harry James, who had recently started his big-band, that first hired Sinatra as vocalist.
|On The Beach|
|From Here To Eternity|
|Love Letters In The Sand|
This 1953 B&W film which won the Oscar´s ´Best Film award (among others) was...you got it..."From Here to Eternity". The love scene on the beach is now mild compared to current movies being made...but back then...ooooeee...scintilating!
Irving Berlin wrote this song for the film "Easter Parade" in 1941. His first big hit (1911) was "Alexander´s Ragtime Band"; few years later writing "This Is The Army", which earned $10 million that he turned over to our government; "God Bless America" was written in 1938, popularized by singer Kate Smith (the earnings were signed over to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts). So many beautiful songs he wrote in his lifetime; Mr. Berlin died 22 Sept. 1989 at age 101.
|There´s No Business Like Show Business|
|It´s A Wonderful Life|
Most everyone will remember the 1954 movie "White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen...but...did you know that the song "White Christmas" first appeared in the 1943 B&W movie "Holiday Inn"? It also starred Bing Crosby...and Fred Astair.
|Louis (Louie) Armstrong|
In 1930, Hoagy Carmichael wrote "Georgia On My Mind", along with "Lazy River" that year. Do you remember his "Ole Buttermilk Sky"? He wrote many other beautiful songs, the most notable being "Stardust"!...ahhhh..."Sometimes I wonder why I spend the lonely nights...dreaming of a song; the melody haunts my reverie...and I am once again with you..." beautiful!!
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