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Today is Thursday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2006 with 339 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2005 with 98 to follow.
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Actress/singer Frances Langford dead at 92

JENSEN BEACH, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- Actress/singer Frances Langford, who entertained troops with Bob Hope during World War II, died Monday at her home in Jensen Beach, Fla., at age 92.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 3, the 184th day of 2005 with 181 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, March 1, the 60th day of 2005 with 305 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2005 with 339 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Sept. 24, the 268th day of 2004 with 98 to follow.
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Today is Monday, March 1, the 61st day of 2004 with 305 to follow.
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Big-band music arranger Billy May dies

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Billy May, best known for arranging Frank Sinatra's music, died Thursday of a heart attack at his home in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Voice of America reports. He was 87.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2003 with 98 to follow.
By United Press International

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Today is Thursday, July 3, the 184th day of 2003 with 181 to follow.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Clarinetist Rod Cless was born this day in Lennox, Iowa, in 1907. He recorded with Muggsy Spanier, Frank Teschemacher, Gene Krupa and Mezz Mezzrow. He died in 1944 at age 37 after a drunken fall.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

On this day in 1939, the Glenn Miller orchestra began a summer season engagement at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, N.Y. After that stay, the band broke attendance records wherever it went.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist Herbie Steward was born this day in 1926 in Los Angeles. He was a member of Woody Herman's Second Herd. He was one of the original Four Brothers saxophone section on Herman's "Four Brothers" recording in 1947.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Cuban trumpeter and bandleader Mario Bauza was born this day in Havana in 1911. He died in 1993. Bauza gave trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie a major career lift in 1939 by bringing him into Cab Calloway's high profile band.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International
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Members of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia, Yokota Air Base, Japan, entertain a crowd during their historic concert at Hiroshima, Japan on April 14, 2004. The group is attired in traditional US Army Air Corps uniform as part of their trademark Glenn Miller show. They also played tunes ranging from modern jazz to more traditional Big Band music. This is possibly the first time that an Air Force band has performed in Hiroshima since World War II. (UPI Photo/Val Gempis/Air Force)
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Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – missing December 15, 1944) was an American jazz musician (trombone), arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known "Big Bands". Miller's signature recordings include In the Mood, American Patrol, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and Pennsylvania 6-5000. While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, Miller's plane disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. His body has never been found.

Miller was born on a farm in Clarinda, Iowa, to Lewis Elmer Miller and Mattie Lou (née Cavender) . He went to grade school in North Platte in western Nebraska. In 1915, Miller's family moved to Grant City, Missouri. Around this time, Miller had finally made enough money from milking cows to buy his first trombone and played in the town orchestra. In 1918, the Miller family moved again, this time to Fort Morgan, Colorado, where Miller went to high school. During his senior year, Miller became very interested in a new style of music called "dance band music." He was so taken with it that he formed his own band with some classmates. By the time Miller graduated from high school in 1921, he had decided he wanted to become a professional musician.

In 1923, Miller entered the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he joined Sigma Nu Fraternity, but spent most of his time away from school, attending auditions and playing any gigs he could get, most notably with Boyd Senter's band in Denver. He dropped out of school after failing three out of five classes one semester, and decided to concentrate on making a career as a professional musician. He later studied the Schillinger technique with Joseph Schillinger, under whose tutelage he composed what became his signature theme, Moonlight Serenade.

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