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Album Review

Glenn Miller's America's Bandleader is part of RCA's mid-line series Bluebird's Best. This is a solid collection of hits recorded for Bluebird in the late '30s and early '40s. While there aren't any surprises here, the disc contains well-known hits such as "American Patrol," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "In the Mood," and "Tuxedo Junction." While the liner notes do not contain a complete personnel listing, they do include exact recording dates, half of which are taken from live broadcasts emanating from New York and Hollywood. America's Bandleader is a perfect introduction to Glenn Miller from the prime era of the big bands.


Born: 01 March 1904 in Clarinda, IA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s

Glenn Miller's reign as the most popular bandleader in the U.S. came relatively late in his career and was relatively brief, lasting only about three and a half years, from the spring of 1939 to the fall of 1942. But during that period he utterly dominated popular music, and over time he has proven the most enduring figure of the swing era, with reissues of his recordings achieving gold record status 40 years after his death. Miller developed a distinctive sound in which a high-pitched clarinet carried...
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