December 16, 2011

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - In the Mood (1939)

He was the most popular bandleader there was in the late 1930s and early ’40s, the era of swing. He led his orchestra to achieving great amounts of success with songs like “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “At Last,” “(I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo,” “Tuxedo Junction,” and his largest hit heard below. On December 15th, 1944, he was on his way to entertain American troops in France, during World War II, when his plane disappeared in the bad weather over the English Channel. He was pronounced missing in action and presumably died that day.

This song is the epitome of big band and swing music. Despite being released in 1939, it wasn’t until 1940 that it held the number one spot for thirteen weeks. You may also recognize the opening of this song from being sampled by The Beatles in 1967. At three minutes and three seconds in, on their song "All You Need Is Love," you can hear the start of this song.

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - In the Mood

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - In the Mood (1939)

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