With my dad being born in 1930, I was exposed to the genre of Big Band music at a very early age. It was not until I became a member in our high school band, where I played the sax, that I really began to appreciate & love Big Band music.
The sound of this music always brings back memories of my dad. I can remember hearing "Little Brown Jug", "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", "Moonlight Serenade", "In the Mood", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", and many others. Although I was aware of other Big Bands, such as Count Basie, Lous Armstrong & Benny Goodman, I was made keenly aware of Glenn Miller.
I remember the 78 LPs and the 8 track tapes Daddy would listen to. I seem to remember Mom doing the Jitterbug and the Charleston to this great music! I sometimes wonder if my memory is a little faulty because, at times, I'll get a glimpse of Daddy dancing with Mom.. I question that because of Daddy's back problems. I honestly don't see how he could do any of these dances! What I seem to remember is him standing there with his hand out and Mom dancing around him! Those were the good times and are memories I cherish and always seem to lift me up. As they bring a smile to my face, they also bring tears for a time that is long gone and yearned for.
Daddy loved Glenn Miller! It's weird how I can remember the sound of the Glenn Miller Orchestra but never knew the story or mystery behind his death. His death is surrounded by controversary. Was his plane shot down by RAF crew members during World War II? Was he enlisted by President Eisenhower to covertly attempt to convince some German officers to end the war early? Was it bad weather that brought down his plane? Though the Youtube video is almost 10 minutes long, it's a very interesting clip that raises questions about Glenn Miller's MIA status and, later, his being declared dead. His body was never found.
I hope you all enjoy my tribute to "America's Band Leader", Glenn Miller. This genre of music is indeed one of the best genres of music! So, grab a cup of coffe, sit back and let the strains of the Glenn Miller Orchestra soothe your soul!
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