Miller, (Alton) Glenn
(1904-1944)
   Born in Clarinda, Iowa, Glenn Miller learned to play the trombone at school, and after two years at the University of Colorado, he left in 1924 to join a band. After playing with a variety of different bands, he organized his own band in 1937. When this failed, Miller formed a second band in 1938 that began to achieve national success with weekly radio broadcasts and appearances in films. Their hit songs include “In the Mood,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Pennsylvania 6-500,” “Little Brown Jug,” “Moonlight Serenade,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” In 1942 the band broke up to contribute to the war effort, and Miller joined the Army Air Corps, where he formed a band to entertain the troops. In June 1944, the band went to England, where they performed and were broadcast on the Armed Forces Network. In December 1944, a plane carrying Miller to France disappeared without trace in bad weather and was assumed to have crashed at sea. The film The Glenn Miller Story, starring James Stewart, was a popular success in 1953.
   See also Music.

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