Every generation has experienced the death of one of their major music starts. …

Written by on December 15, 2017


Every generation has experienced the death of one of their major music starts.

One of our parents generations biggest music super stars went missing on Dec. 15, 1944. We say ‘missing’ as he was a Major in the US Army at the time and that’s what they called it. We are talking about Glenn Miller.

It was on that day that Miller’s plane disappeared in thick fog somewhere over the English Channel. The fate of Miller and his passengers, en route to play a Christmas concert in Paris with his Air Force band, has never been determined.

Miller was to old to be drafted for the war effort so he volunteered to join the Army to ‘update’ their band. This led to permission for Miller to form his 50-piece Army Air Force Band and take it to England in the summer of 1944, where he gave 800 performances.

While in England, Miller recorded a series of records at EMI owned Abbey Road Studios. The recordings the AAF band made in 1944 at Abbey Road were propaganda broadcasts for the Office of War Information. Many songs are sung in German by Johnny Desmond and Glenn Miller speaks in German about the war effort. Before Miller’s disappearance, his music was used by World War II AFN radio broadcasting for entertainment and morale as well as counter-propaganda to denounce fascist oppression in Europe with even Miller once stating on radio: “America means freedom and there’s no expression of freedom quite so sincere as music.” Those words fit every generation since then.

Many of us grew up listening to Glenn’s music. How many remember their parents playing it and, what was your favorite song of his.

RIP Glenn.




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