Music / Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller was a big band leader popular in the 1930s and 40s. The subject of a major 1950s biopic, The Glenn Miller Story
, in which he was played by Jimmy Stewart
The Glenn Miller Orchestra's recording of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo", which they introduced to the world in the film Sun Valley Serenade
, was the first ever record to go gold.
Also notable for being a Real Life
example of Never Found the Body
. Officially declared missing in action when his plane disappeared in bad weather en route to entertain American troops in Europe, though rumor has it this was a military coverup. One story goes that the RAF had accidentally shot down his plane, another that he died of a heart attack while in bed with a French prostitute
and the US Army falsified the records of his flight's disappearance to protect his reputation for the sake of morale.
These days he's mostly remembered for being mentioned in the All in the Family
theme song (or, if you're British, a joke in Red Dwarf
about aliens returning planes that disappeared during the War
His works provide examples of: