The Big Band Era

Glenn Miller band shown during the height of the big band era.
Glenn Miller band shown during the height of the big band era and the band is still active today.

Glenn Miller is generally acknowledged to be the best known bandleader in the big band era forming the Glenn Miller Band in 1945 and it is still active 64 years later in 2009.

Miller joined Special Services in 1942 and his band traveled overseas to entertain the troops. The last time Miller was seen alive was when he boarded a transport plane to Paris on December 15, 1944. He was 40 years old at the time of his disappearance.

The Glenn Miller Band was just one of many popular bands during the swing era of big band music.

The Glenn Miller Band playing the big band classic In The Mood.

The following videos are of other big bands of the era:

Frank Sinatra and Connie Haines singing an audio version of  Oh Look At Me Now with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra during the 1940’s.

Harry James Orchestra playing I’ve Heard That Song Before with Helen Forrest vocalizing on this audio clip.

The Kay Kyser Orchestra was known not only for great music but Kay Kyser liked to add a comedic touch to his concerts.

This is a modern version of a swing orchestra with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Setzer is known for being a member of the Stray Cats during the 80’s.

Big band music played a big part in entertaining the people during World War II but also entertained the troops overseas when possible.

Glenn Miller paid the ultimate price to do his part in entertaining the troops overseas and his music lives on today.

I have some of his music in my MP3 player and can play his great hits of the big band era like Moonlight Serenade, Tuxedo Junction, In the Mood, I’ve Got A Gal in Kalamazoo and Chattanooga Choo Choo at any time I get in the mood to hear the great songs of that era.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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