Glenn Miller

1904 - 1944

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Alton Glen "Glenn" Miller (March 1, 1904; disappeared December 15, 1944; declared dead December 16, 1945) was an American big band conductor, arranger, composer, trombone player, and recording artist before and during World War II, when he was an officer in the US Army Air Forces. His civilian band, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra were one of the most popular and successful bands of the 20th century and the big band era. His military group, the Major Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Orchestra, was also popular and successful. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Glenn Miller has received more than 5,238,159 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Glenn Miller is the 107th most popular musician (down from 99th in 2019), the 613th most popular biography from United States (down from 597th in 2019) and the 31st most popular American Musician.

Glenn Miller is most famous for his hit song, "In the Mood." He was a big band leader and arranger who led the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He was also a composer, and he wrote many popular songs including "Moonlight Serenade" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo." He was a pioneer in the development of the sound of the big band and in the use of arrangements.

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Among musicians, Glenn Miller ranks 107 out of 3,175Before him are John Coltrane, Paul Mauriat, Gheorghe Zamfir, Ludovico Einaudi, Ice-T, and João Gilberto. After him are David Guetta, Nadia Boulanger, Jascha Heifetz, Henryk Wieniawski, Joe Hisaishi, and John Bonham.

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Among people born in 1904, Glenn Miller ranks 24Before him are Karl Brandt, René Lacoste, Pavel Cherenkov, Hans Albert Einstein, Harry Martinson, and Louis Néel. After him are Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, Luis Carrero Blanco, Witold Gombrowicz, John Hicks, and Werner Forssmann. Among people deceased in 1944, Glenn Miller ranks 33Before him are Louis Renault, Henning von Tresckow, Wang Jingwei, Friedrich Olbricht, Arthur Eddington, and Aristide Maillol. After him are Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Nikolai Vatutin, Erwin von Witzleben, Gustav Bauer, Erich Hoepner, and Antanas Smetona.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Glenn Miller ranks 613 out of 20,380Before him are Telly Savalas (1922), Napoleon Hill (1883), Matthew Perry (1969), Milton H. Erickson (1901), Margaret Mead (1901), and Val Kilmer (1959). After him are Martin Landau (1928), Melvin Schwartz (1932), Richard Meier (1934), Albert Pike (1809), Ruth Benedict (1887), and John Irving (1942).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Glenn Miller ranks 31Before him are Charlie Parker (1920), Alice Cooper (1948), Chet Baker (1929), Quincy Jones (1933), John Coltrane (1926), and Ice-T (1958). After him are Lionel Richie (1949), Chris Isaak (1956), Cyndi Lauper (1953), Nat King Cole (1919), Buddy Holly (1936), and Nikki Sixx (1958).