Glenn Miller

1904 - 1944

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Alton Glen Miller (March 1, 1904 – December 15, 1944) was an American big band trombonist, arranger, composer, bandleader and officer in the U.S. Army (Air Corps) in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1942, leading one of the best-known big bands. Miller's recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", "Elmer's Tune", "Little Brown Jug", and "Anvil Chorus". In just four years, Miller scored 16 number-one records and 69 top-10 hits—more than Elvis Presley (40 top 10s) and the Beatles (33 top 10s) did in their careers.Glenn Miller is considered the father of the modern U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Glenn Miller has received more than 4,134,728 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Glenn Miller is the 99th most popular musician (up from 104th in 2019), the 597th most popular biography from United States (up from 656th in 2019) and the 27th most popular 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 99 out of 2,662Before him are Gheorghe Zamfir, Dean Martin, Angus Young, João Gilberto, Gary Moore, and Ludovico Einaudi. After him are Bill Evans, Paul Mauriat, Nat King Cole, Mike Oldfield, Henryk Wieniawski, and Buddy Holly.

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Among people born in 1904, Glenn Miller ranks 22Before him are Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Joan Crawford, George Gamow, Ève Curie, Pavel Cherenkov, and René Lacoste. After him are Lal Bahadur Shastri, Hans Albert Einstein, Werner Forssmann, John Hicks, Luis Carrero Blanco, and Gregory Bateson. Among people deceased in 1944, Glenn Miller ranks 30Before him are Milena Jesenská, Florence Foster Jenkins, Charles Glover Barkla, Nikolai Vatutin, Henning von Tresckow, and Erwin von Witzleben. After him are Louis Renault, Erich Hoepner, Kasturba Gandhi, Aristide Maillol, Wang Jingwei, and Arthur Eddington.

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Among people born in United States, Glenn Miller ranks 597 out of 18,182Before him are Lon Chaney (1883), Art Garfunkel (1941), Jane Addams (1860), Meat Loaf (1947), Philip Glass (1937), and Demi Moore (1962). After him are Jim Mattis (1950), Bill Evans (1929), Michael Keaton (1951), John Glenn (1921), Michael Landon (1936), and Louis Zamperini (1917).

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Among musicians born in United States, Glenn Miller ranks 27Before him are Yehudi Menuhin (1916), John Coltrane (1926), Lou Reed (1942), Paul Simon (1941), Duke Ellington (1899), and Dean Martin (1917). After him are Bill Evans (1929), Nat King Cole (1919), Buddy Holly (1936), Lady Gaga (1986), Don Shirley (1927), and Benny Goodman (1909).