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Also notable for being a RealLife example of NeverFoundTheBody. When [[UsefulNotes/WWII the war]] broke out, he volunteered for service, but was considered too old (and, perhaps, too famous) for active duty, and was instead commissioned a Captain in the Army Air Force, assigned to [[GlamorousWartimeSinger entertain the troops]]. Officially declared missing in action when his plane disappeared around the English Channel in bad weather, he was eventually declared dead in absentia. Historians ascribes the event to the type of plane he was traveling in being infamous faulty in cold conditions, meaning that Miller most likely met his end in the Channel after his plane shorted out, and the fact that his disappearance went unnoticed for 72 hours, due to the Germans launching a counter-offensive, meant that any recovery effort would have been downright impossible. But as any situations where [[NeverFoundTheBody a body is not recovered]] is wont to do, Miller's disappearance would spawn several UrbanLegends about the true cause of his death being covered up the US Military, for reasons that ranges from the RAF had accidentally shot down his plane, over him being assassinated after going on a top-secret mission for UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower to negotiate a German surrender, to him dying of a heart attack [[OutWithABang while in bed with a French prostitute]].

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Also notable for being a RealLife example of NeverFoundTheBody. When [[UsefulNotes/WWII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo the war]] broke out, he volunteered for service, but was considered too old (and, perhaps, too famous) for active duty, and was instead commissioned a Captain in the Army Air Force, assigned to [[GlamorousWartimeSinger entertain the troops]]. Officially declared missing in action when his plane disappeared around the English Channel in bad weather, he was eventually declared dead in absentia. Historians ascribes the event to the type of plane he was traveling in being infamous faulty in cold conditions, meaning that Miller most likely met his end in the Channel after his plane shorted out, and the fact that his disappearance went unnoticed for 72 hours, due to the Germans launching a counter-offensive, meant that any recovery effort would have been downright impossible. But as any situations where [[NeverFoundTheBody a body is not recovered]] is wont to do, Miller's disappearance would spawn several UrbanLegends about the true cause of his death being covered up the US Military, for reasons that ranges from the RAF had accidentally shot down his plane, over him being assassinated after going on a top-secret mission for UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower to negotiate a German surrender, to him dying of a heart attack [[OutWithABang while in bed with a French prostitute]].


Also notable for being a RealLife example of NeverFoundTheBody. Officially declared missing in action when his plane disappeared around the English Channel in bad weather en route to entertain American troops in Europe, he eventually declared death in absentia. Historians ascribes the event to the type of plane he was travelling in being infamous faulty in cold conditions, meaning that Miller most likely met his end in the Channel after his plane shorted out, and the fact that his disappearance went unnoticed for 72 hours, due to the Germans launching a counter-offensive, meant that any recovery effort would have been downright impossible. But as any situations where [[NeverFoundTheBody a body is not recovered]] is wont to do, Miller's disappearance would spawn several UrbanLegends about the true cause of his death being covered up the US Military, for reasons that ranges from the RAF had accidentally shot down his plane, over him being assassinated after going on a top-secret mission for UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower to negotiate a German surrender, to him dying of a heart attack [[OutWithABang while in bed with a French prostitute]].

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Also notable for being a RealLife example of NeverFoundTheBody. When [[UsefulNotes/WWII the war]] broke out, he volunteered for service, but was considered too old (and, perhaps, too famous) for active duty, and was instead commissioned a Captain in the Army Air Force, assigned to [[GlamorousWartimeSinger entertain the troops]]. Officially declared missing in action when his plane disappeared around the English Channel in bad weather en route to entertain American troops in Europe, weather, he was eventually declared death dead in absentia. Historians ascribes the event to the type of plane he was travelling traveling in being infamous faulty in cold conditions, meaning that Miller most likely met his end in the Channel after his plane shorted out, and the fact that his disappearance went unnoticed for 72 hours, due to the Germans launching a counter-offensive, meant that any recovery effort would have been downright impossible. But as any situations where [[NeverFoundTheBody a body is not recovered]] is wont to do, Miller's disappearance would spawn several UrbanLegends about the true cause of his death being covered up the US Military, for reasons that ranges from the RAF had accidentally shot down his plane, over him being assassinated after going on a top-secret mission for UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower to negotiate a German surrender, to him dying of a heart attack [[OutWithABang while in bed with a French prostitute]].



* SpiritualSuccessor: After the war, there was a mini-revival of the Miller sound with orchestras led by Jerry Gray (former Miller arranger), Tex Beneke (former Miller saxophonist and vocalist who led the Glenn Miller ghost band before going out on his own), Ray Anthony (former Miller trumpetist and last surviving member of the band as of July 2019) and Ralph Flanagan (who never worked with Miller, but did record for the same label [[[Creator/RCARecords RCA Victor]]] and employ several ex-Miller musicians).

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* SpiritualSuccessor: After the war, there was a mini-revival of the Miller sound with orchestras led by Jerry Gray (former Miller arranger), Tex Beneke (former Miller saxophonist and vocalist who led the Glenn Miller ghost band before going out on his own), Ray Anthony (former Miller trumpetist trumpeter and last surviving member of the band as of July 2019) and Ralph Flanagan (who never worked with Miller, but did record for the same label [[[Creator/RCARecords RCA Victor]]] and employ several ex-Miller musicians).

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* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks: "It Must Be Jelly ('Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That)" was one of several songs inspired by that popular expression, which did not necessarily compare the respective merits of the foodstuffs; Harry James and Woody Herman also covered the tune.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: After the war, there was a mini-revival of the Miller sound with orchestras led by Jerry Gray (former Miller arranger), Tex Beneke (former Miller saxophonist and vocalist who led the Glenn Miller ghost band before going out on his own), Ray Anthony (former Miller trumpetist and last surviving member of the band as of July 2019) and Ralph Flanagan (who never worked with Miller, but did record for the same label [[[Creator/RCARecords RCA Victor]]] and employ several ex-Miller musicians).

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* TopTenJingle: The 1930s Lucky Strike slogan "Sold! American!" [[note]](the radio ads featured a tobacco auctioneer chant that ended with that phrase, as a way of saying that American Tobacco Company, who made Lucky Strikes, only used the finest tobacco for its cigarettes)[[/note]] inspired an instrumental of that title, which was recorded twice (for Brunswick in 1938 and for [[Creator/RCARecords Victor]] in 1939). Ironically, shortly after the second version was released, the band got a radio show that was sponsored by rival Chesterfield, which limited performances of "Sold American" due to obvious conflicts of interest.


Also notable for being a RealLife example of NeverFoundTheBody. Officially declared missing in action when his plane disappeared around the English Channel in bad weather en route to entertain American troops in Europe, he eventually declared death in absentia. Historians ascribes the event to the type of plane he was travelling in being infamous faulty in cold conditions, meaning that Miller most likely met his end in the Channel after his plane shorted out, and the fact that his disappearance went unnoticed for 72 hours, due to the Germans launching a counter-offensive, meant that any recovery effort would have been downright impossible. But as any situations where [[NeverFoundTheBody a body is not recovered]] is wont to do, Miller's disappearance would spawn several UrbanLegends about the true cause of his death being covered up the US Military, for reasons that ranges from the RAF had accidentally shooting down his plane, over him being assassinated after going on a top-secret mission for UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower to negotiate a German surrender, to him dying of a heart attack [[OutWithABang while in bed with a French prostitute]].

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Also notable for being a RealLife example of NeverFoundTheBody. Officially declared missing in action when his plane disappeared around the English Channel in bad weather en route to entertain American troops in Europe, he eventually declared death in absentia. Historians ascribes the event to the type of plane he was travelling in being infamous faulty in cold conditions, meaning that Miller most likely met his end in the Channel after his plane shorted out, and the fact that his disappearance went unnoticed for 72 hours, due to the Germans launching a counter-offensive, meant that any recovery effort would have been downright impossible. But as any situations where [[NeverFoundTheBody a body is not recovered]] is wont to do, Miller's disappearance would spawn several UrbanLegends about the true cause of his death being covered up the US Military, for reasons that ranges from the RAF had accidentally shooting shot down his plane, over him being assassinated after going on a top-secret mission for UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower to negotiate a German surrender, to him dying of a heart attack [[OutWithABang while in bed with a French prostitute]].


Also notable for being a RealLife example of NeverFoundTheBody. Officially declared missing in action when his plane disappeared around the English Channel in bad weather en route to entertain American troops in Europe, he eventually declared death in absentia. Historians ascribes the event to the type of plane he was travelling in being infamous faulty in cold conditions, meaning that Miller most likely met his end in the Channel after his plane shorted out, and the fact that his disappearance went unnoticed for 72 hours, due to the Germans launching a counter-offensive, meant that any recovery effort would have been downright impossible. But as any situations where [[NeverFoundTheBody a body is not recovered]] is wont to do, Miller's disappearance would spawn several {{Urban Legend}}s about the true cause of his death being covered up the US Military, for reasons that ranges from the RAF had accidentally shooting down his plane, over him being assassinated after going on a top-secret mission for UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower to negotiate a German surrender, to him dying of a heart attack [[OutWithABang while in bed with a French prostitute]].

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Also notable for being a RealLife example of NeverFoundTheBody. Officially declared missing in action when his plane disappeared around the English Channel in bad weather en route to entertain American troops in Europe, he eventually declared death in absentia. Historians ascribes the event to the type of plane he was travelling in being infamous faulty in cold conditions, meaning that Miller most likely met his end in the Channel after his plane shorted out, and the fact that his disappearance went unnoticed for 72 hours, due to the Germans launching a counter-offensive, meant that any recovery effort would have been downright impossible. But as any situations where [[NeverFoundTheBody a body is not recovered]] is wont to do, Miller's disappearance would spawn several {{Urban Legend}}s UrbanLegends about the true cause of his death being covered up the US Military, for reasons that ranges from the RAF had accidentally shooting down his plane, over him being assassinated after going on a top-secret mission for UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower to negotiate a German surrender, to him dying of a heart attack [[OutWithABang while in bed with a French prostitute]].


Also notable for being a RealLife example of NeverFoundTheBody. 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 [[OutWithABang 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.

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Also notable for being a RealLife example of NeverFoundTheBody. Officially declared missing in action when his plane disappeared around the English Channel in bad weather en route to entertain American troops in Europe, though rumor has it this he eventually declared death in absentia. Historians ascribes the event to the type of plane he was a military coverup. One story goes travelling in being infamous faulty in cold conditions, meaning that Miller most likely met his end in the Channel after his plane shorted out, and the fact that his disappearance went unnoticed for 72 hours, due to the Germans launching a counter-offensive, meant that any recovery effort would have been downright impossible. But as any situations where [[NeverFoundTheBody a body is not recovered]] is wont to do, Miller's disappearance would spawn several {{Urban Legend}}s about the true cause of his death being covered up the US Military, for reasons that ranges from the RAF had accidentally shot shooting down his plane, another that he died over him being assassinated after going on a top-secret mission for UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower to negotiate a German surrender, to him dying of a heart attack [[OutWithABang 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.
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* ThemeSong:
** "Moonlight Serenade" was his band's theme song, played at the beginning and end of every concert and radio broadcast. It was swapped out in favor of "Slumber Song" during the ASCAP boycott of 1941 [[note]](ASCAP tried to double its license fees, but radio broadcasters retaliated by boycotting ASCAP-published songs and establishing BMI as a competing royalty agency. "Moonlight Serenade" was an ASCAP song while "Slumber Song" was a newly-written BMI tune.)[[/note]]; after the boycott it became the closing theme.
** "Make Believe Ballroom Time" was recorded as a new theme song for ''Make Believe Ballroom'', a disc jockey program hosted by Martin Block (who co-wrote the song). That recording is notable as being the first to feature the Modernaires vocal quartet with the Miller orchestra.


Glenn Miller was a big band leader popular in the 1930s and 40s. The subject of a major 1950s biopic, ''Film/TheGlennMillerStory'', in which he was played by Creator/JimmyStewart.

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Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 circa December 15, 1944) was a big band leader popular in the 1930s and 40s. The subject of a major 1950s biopic, ''Film/TheGlennMillerStory'', in which he was played by Creator/JimmyStewart.


* HarsherInHindsight: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" sounds innocent enough, until you realize that it was about WorldWarII... and that Miller himself never ''[[IronicEcho "came marching home"]]''

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* HarsherInHindsight: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" sounds innocent enough, until you realize that it was about WorldWarII...UsefulNotes/WorldWarII... and that Miller himself never ''[[IronicEcho "came marching home"]]''


* FiveFiveFive: 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 BigBand music at the time the song was written.

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* FiveFiveFive: Famously averted by "[=PEnnsylvania 6-5000=]", "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 BigBand music at the time the song was written.



* PhoneNumberJingle: The above-mentioned "PEnnsylvania 6-5000", or "Pennsylvania 6-5-oh-oh-oh" as they call it later in the song for variety.

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* PhoneNumberJingle: The above-mentioned "PEnnsylvania "Pennsylvania 6-5000", or "Pennsylvania 6-5-oh-oh-oh" as they call it later in the song for variety.

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* PhoneNumberJingle: The above-mentioned "PEnnsylvania 6-5000", or "Pennsylvania 6-5-oh-oh-oh" as they call it later in the song for variety.


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[[caption-width-right:275:That jukebox is probably playing one of his records.]]



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.

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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.
be awarded a gold record. Said gold record, awarded in February 1942 to celebrate 1.2 million copies sold, actually predates the RIAA certification, which wasn't established until 1958.[[labelnote:*]]The gold record was presented to him by his record label, [[Creator/RCARecords RCA Victor]] -- the pre-RIAA gold records were distributed by record companies to their own artists.[[/labelnote]]



* FakeOutFadeOut: ''In The Mood'' keeps getting more quiet and quiet to the end, only to suddenly erupt back in all of its loudness.

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* FakeOutFadeOut: ''In The Mood'' keeps getting more quiet and quiet to towards the end, only to suddenly erupt back in all of its loudness.loudness for the grand finale.

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* BigBand: One of the most succesful jazz band leaders of his time. So much even that after his death his band still went on tour under his own name.


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* [[EpicRocking Epic Swinging]]: ''In The Mood'' which goes on and on.
* FakeOutFadeOut: ''In The Mood'' keeps getting more quiet and quiet to the end, only to suddenly erupt back in all of its loudness.


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* MelancholyMoon: "Moonlight Serenade".
* MusicOfNote: Pretty much the most famous jazz band leader of the 1940s.
* ShoutOut:
** ''Film/TheGlennMillerStory'' is a biopic about his life.
** "In the Mood" is quoted in the fadeout of "All You Need Is Love" by Music/TheBeatles.
** In WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons' episode "Lady Bouvier's Lover" "Moonlight Serenade" is Marge's mother's favorite number.


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* TookALevelInCheerfulness: ''In The Mood'' is a joyful record.

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