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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:

  • Blatant Lies: "Five O'Clock Whistle" has a youngster relating how her father didn't come home the night before, because (he claimed) the whistle that signalled the end of the working day was broken.
    You ought to hear what my mommy said
    When papa came home and sneaked into bed
    And told her he'd worked 'til half past two
    'Cause the five o'clock whistle never blew
  • Fake Band: Played by Real Band variant. In the movies Sun Valley Serenade and Orchestra Wives, each of which revolves around backstage drama in a fictional big band, the band members who aren't part of the plot are played by members of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, with Miller himself appearing as the bandleader in each film.
  • 555: Famously averted by "PEnnsylvania 6-5000", which was (and still is) the phone number of the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York, which was a major venue for live Big Band music at the time the song was written.
  • Stop and Go: "In the Mood"
  • Twelve Bar Blues: "In the Mood"

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