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2014 Music Milestones
« on: January 02, 2014, 04:41:49 AM »

We all know that 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first US visit but there are some other noteworthy music anniversaries this year.

70th anniversary of the disappearance of Major Alton Glenn Miller over the English Channel. (December 15, 1944)

A Soundie (early music video) of Miller's last hit as a civilian, "Jukebox Saturday Night":



http://www.nww2m.com/2012/12/jukebox-saturday-night-glenn-millers-last-hit-as-a-civilian/

60th anniversary of Elvis Presley's first recording session at Sun Records. (July 5, 1954)

"That's All Right (Mama)


http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/elvis-presley-records-quotthats-all-right-mamaquot

40th anniversary of ABBA's win at the Eurovision Song Contest (April 6, 1974)



http://www.eurovision.tv/page/history/by-year/contest?event=290
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Re: 2014 Music Milestones
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 04:59:43 AM »

A Soundie (early music video) of Miller's last hit as a civilian, "Jukebox Saturday Night":

http://youtu.be/GK72A_eV8Lg


And here's some World War II footage of Captain Glenn Miller and the United States Army Air Force Band/Orchestra...


Glenn Miller w/ Orchestra at US Army Air Force Base R?/3 221502-10
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 05:42:27 AM »

And here's some World War II footage of Captain Glenn Miller and the United States Army Air Force Band/Orchestra...

That's some great footage there! And just to clarify, Captain Miller was promoted to the rank of Major on August 14, 1944.

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 05:47:12 AM »

40th anniversary of ABBA's win at the Eurovision Song Contest (April 6, 1974)

http://youtu.be/3FsVeMz1F5c

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/history/by-year/contest?event=290


And it's the 30th anniversary of Sweden's Herreys winning the Eurovision Song Contest of 1984...


Eurovision 1984 Sweden - Herreys - Diggi-loo diggi-ley







Too bad the United States doesn't compete.  We coulda blown them away with...


Van Halen - Jump (HQ music video)




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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014, 05:55:57 AM »

That's some great footage there! And just to clarify, Captain Miller was promoted to the rank of Major on August 14, 1944.



Yes.  This footage is after D-Day from what I hear in the war report.  It's hard to see his insignia.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2014, 03:51:11 PM »

We all know that 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first US visit but there are some other noteworthy music anniversaries this year.

70th anniversary of the disappearance of Major Alton Glenn Miller over the English Channel. (December 15, 1944)


Kelley, thanks so much for sharing that. I had absolutely no idea that Glenn Miller fought in WWII and that he went missing. This is one of the things I love about this forum; I learn so much. I'd heard of Glenn Miller and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, of course, but after doing a quick online search after reading your post, Kelley, I see that there is a lot to learn about this man!

My younger daughter was whistling "Chattanooga Choo Choo" the other day, and I asked "Where in the world did you hear that??" That's not normally the kind of song I hear my girls humming or whistling. Turns out she heard it in PE when they were doing their dance unit. (So I had to sing her a few lines, just to annoy her, ha ha.) I was happy to hear that she's being exposed to music like that, actually. I try to play as much variety as I can in the car, but swing is one type I haven't really downloaded yet.
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2014, 11:36:35 PM »

Well, Kathy, you can watch The Glenn Miller Story and catch up a bit on his life's story...


Glenn Miller - In the mood





The real deal here...


Sun Valley Serenade



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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2014, 01:25:28 AM »

I'm glad that sparked your interest, Kathy. My parents were both in their 40's by the time I was born so I grew up with this kind of music around. It is very evocative for me; not just of the memories I have with them but as a soundtrack for imagining them in their younger days. They were both in the service during WWII and I often wonder what they might have been doing or thinking when these songs were played. This is my absolute favorite Glenn Miller piece:



Can't you just picture a couple dancing to this on their last night together before he ships out? There were too many good-byes back then.
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2014, 03:25:43 AM »

My younger daughter was whistling "Chattanooga Choo Choo" the other day... I was happy to hear that she's being exposed to music like that, actually.


It's ironic that parents in the late 30s and early 40s felt just the opposite when they saw their kids Lindy Hop...

Hooked On Swing Dancing
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2014, 09:46:54 AM »

1954:
In the same week that Elvis started recording his wonderful Sun songs, Lonnie Donegan recorded 'Rock Island Line' in, I believe, the same studio where the Beatles did their Decca audition.
The song was buried on an LP and, for a reason no one seems to remember, it was released as a single at the end of 1955.

1964:
First Stones LP and number one single.
First Who 45, as The High Numbers.
First Kinks 45.
First Yardbirds 45.
First Animals 45.
First Them 45.
First 'Top of the Pops' (an anniversary almost completely ignored, presumably because of all the Savile stuff).
Death of Sam Cooke.
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Re: 2014 Music Milestones
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2014, 10:01:11 PM »

This is my absolute favorite Glenn Miller piece:

http://youtu.be/rjq1aTLjrOE

Can't you just picture a couple dancing to this on their last night together before he ships out? There were too many good-byes back then.


My dad (33-04) loved this song.
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Re: 2014 Music Milestones
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2014, 09:26:07 PM »



Thanks for posting those clips, Kelley and Barry. Looking forward to taking a look at them.   :)
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2014, 12:27:33 AM »

My dad (33-04) loved this song.

Aww...I bet you think of him whenever you hear it. That's the wonderful thing about music.
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2014, 12:35:36 AM »

I was pleased to find this at the library:



I like how the CD has the insignia on it.


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