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World War 2 music: Glenn Miller and his Orchestra play 'In the mood'


Glenn Miller (1904 - 1944) was born in America.

He was a jazz musician who later became one of the most popular band leaders in the 'Big Band' era.

His most famous tunes include 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', 'Moonlight serenade' and 'In the mood', an extract of which can be heard here.

In 1942 Miller decided to help the war effort and joined the US Army, becoming a Captain and leader of the Army Air Force Band.

In 1944, at the height of his fame, Miller flew from England to France, to play another concert for troops in liberated Paris.

However, that night Miller's plane went missing over the English Channel. His body has never been found and thus Miller's status remains 'missing in action'.

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