THE VERY BEST OF (180g Vinyl LP)

Format: LP
Bar-code: 5060397602190
Cat No: CATLP219


Miller and his band enjoyed both popularity and commercial success in the years before Pearl Harbour. No fewer than 17 Top 10 hits were recorded in 1939, 31 in 1940 and 11 in 1941. This led to other ventures, such as the radio series Moonlight Serenade that aired on CBS three times a week, and appearances in movies like Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Orchestra Wives (1942). The magic of the sound lay in the employment of a clarinet to play the melody. This was doubled by a sax, while the other three saxophones harmonised within a single octave. As Miller told Metronome magazine in 1939, ‘The fifth sax, playing clarinet most of the time, lets you know whose band you’re listening to. And that’s about all there is to it.’ Miller and his merry men set the mood of not only his fellow troops but whole nations. He, and they, will never be forgotten.

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Side One

1. In The Mood
2. Moonlight Serenade
3. Chatanooga Choo Choo (Vocals: Tex Beneke)
4. (I’ve Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo (Vocals: Tex Beneke & Marion Hutton)
5. Moonlight Cocktail (Vocals: Ray Eberle)
6. That Old Black Magic (Vocals: Skip Nelson)
7. Pennsylvania 6-5000

Side Two

1. A String Of Pearls
2. Tuxedo Junction
3. Little Brown Jug
4. The Woodpecker Song (Vocals: Marion Hutton)
5. Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) (Vocals: Marion Hutton & Tex Beneke)
6. Juke Box Saturday Night (Vocals: Marion Hutton & Tex Beneke)
7. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (Vocals: Ray Eberle)