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A Blast From The Past

Today is Feb. 10. U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers was returned to the United States on this date in 1962.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Feb. 10) Today's birthdays include Ventures guitarist Don Wilson, who was born in 1937 (age 65); Roberta Flack in 1939 (age 63); Jimmy Merchant of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers in 1940 (age 62); singer/songwriter Peter Allen was born in 1944; Donovan,
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Feb. 9) Today's birthdays include Carole King, who was born in 1942 (age 60); Wishbone Ash guitarist Ted Turner in 1950 (age 52); saxophonist Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas of Kool and the Gang in 1951 (age 51); Holly Johnson, whose real first name is William,
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Feb. 5. Trumpeter Don Goldie was born this date in Newark, N.J., in 1930.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Feb. 4. A year and a half earlier, he?d been acquitted of criminal charges in the killings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Peggy Lee's death further depletes the ranks of women singers of the jazz and swing eras, vocalists whose voices rang with romance and rhythm. They were the swe
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Dec. 28.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Dec. 24.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Dec. 16.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Dec. 10.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Condition -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Musicians of all stripes have been rallying to support the victims of the September 11 terrorist attack on America in the way they know best -- by performing fr
KEN FRANCKLING, Music Feature Writer
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Glenn Miller
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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