On Wednesday 27 December 1939 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra started a sponsored radio series, broadcasting over the CBS network. The first programme lasted for 30 minutes. The following week, the schedule was changed to 3 x 15 minute broadcasts per week. Until March 1940, these programmes also featured the Andrews Sisters. Each broadcast was performed "live" in front of an enthusiastic audience. Fortunately for us, Glenn Miller arranged for these broadcasts to be recorded off-air for his own personal use. The broadcasts were taken down on 4 sides of 2 x double-sided 12-inch glass-based acetates by the Harry Smith recording company, and passed on to Miller.
This 2-CD set presents us with 24 performances by the Andrews Sisters, plus a solo vocal by Patti Andrews on I LOVE YOU MUCH TOO MUCH. Miller's regular vocalists perform on other tracks: Ray Eberle vocalises on INDIAN SUMMER and IT'S A BLUE WORLD. Marion Hutton and Tex Beneke provide the vocals on THE RUMBA JUMPS!and SWEET POTATO PIPER. There are also some instrumentals by the band: IN THE MOOD, TUXEDO JUNCTION, ONE O'CLOCK JUMP, RUNNIN'WILD and FAREWELL BLUES. The atmposphere on these recordings is electric, with plenty of cheering and applause from the audience, and announcements by Ed Herlihy, Paul Douglas and Glenn Miller.
The sound quality is absolutely excellent, and the set comes with full recording dates, band personnels and informative sleevenotes.
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OVER 1,000 ARRANGEMENTS IN GLENN MILLER'S LIBRARY...
Many people think Miller's music is just a dozen or so warhorses, but there's far more to Miller's music than most people realise. Miller's civilian band had 950 arrangements in the library - and there were hundreds more in the library of his superb Army Air Forces Orchestra, which included a string section. 267 of the civilian arrangements were recorded commercially for RCA Victor, 12 for Brunswick and 6 for Decca. Miller had also recorded 4 sides for Columbia in 1935 with a studio band. The Miller band appeared in two films - "Sun Valley Serenade [DVD] " and " Orchestra Wives [DVD] ". Fortunately for posterity, Miller also arranged for most of his civilian band's radio broadcasts to be recorded for his own personal use, and some were also recorded by NBC for reference purposes. The band broadcast over NBC from such locations at the Paradise Restaurant (1938), Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook Ballroom (1939), the Glen Island Casino (1939) and the Cafe Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania (1940-42). In addition, From January 1940 to September 1942 Miller broadcast three nights a week over CBS. Add in the AAF recordings for V-Discs, Office of War Information transcriptions, the American Broadcasting Station in Europe and the BBC and you can see what a wealth of material exists