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Alton Glenn Miller was born March 1, 1904, and was probably killed on December 15, 1944. An American jazz musician and composer, he was a pioneer in the swing era of music. Between 1939 and 1942, he was one of the most popular recording artists in America, with songs such as "Chattanoga Choo Choo," "Tuxedo Junction," and "Little Brown Jug." In 1942, when he was 42 and far beyond draft age, he joined the army after personally petitioning an Army Brigadier General asking to "be placed in charge of a modernized army band." He was accepted into the army, and just before Christmas in 1944, en route to play for soldiers in the newly-liberated France, Major Miller's plane disappeared over the English Channel. No trace was ever found, and he, along with the others on the plane, were assumed dead.
  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society

    The Clarinda, Iowa, childhood home of the legendary bandleader has been restored and is the home of the Society, which sponsors a music festival, publishes a newsletter, and publishes this detailed biography with photographs.

  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra

    The band, re-formed in 1956, plays an average of 300 live dates a year and maintains their official site here, which provides upcoming performance dates, booking information, photo gallery, and reviews.

  • Glenn Miller: A Memorial, 1944-2004

    Offers the musician's vital statistics, biography, photographs, notable quotes, and a recommended listening list. It also provides a list of deceased former band members and their dates and causes of death, as well as a separate lit of former band members still living.

  • Twinwood Events: Glenn Miller Festival

    The Twinwood Airfield, from where the band leader's plane took off, is home to the annual Glenn Miller festival which is held annually on August Bank Holiday. Offers here the full schedule of the upcoming festival, video from last year's festival, and opportunities to buy tickets.

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