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Moonlight Serenade

by

Glenn Miller



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This was the first biggest hit by Glenn Miller in 1939. It's a ballad of 2 lovers who are spending a romantic night together.
With this song, Miller created a new sound with a high-leading clarinet leading over the saxophone section. That kind of sound made Glenn Miller's orchestra famous. If you listen the song you'll hear that there are actually 2 melodies (clarinet and saxophone), and together they're creating the whole song. (thanks, zabavnik - ljubljana, for above 2)
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On February 17th 1959, the Rivieras performed "Moonlight Serenade" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
Two weeks earlier on February 3rd it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #47 and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
On February 10th 1954, the movie "The Glenn Miller Story" starring James Stewart and June Allyson had its U.S.A. premier in New York City...
"Moonlight Serenade" was one of Glenn Miller's songs that was featured in the movie...
The movie was originally to be released with the title 'Moonlight Serenade' but was changed to 'The Glenn Miller Story'
The film received three Academy Award nominations; 'Best Screenplay', 'Best Musical Score, and won for 'Best Sound Recording'...
On March 7th, 1954 the movie's soundtrack album peaked at #1 (for 10 weeks) on Billboard's Top Albums chart; the album that knocked it out of the top spot was 'Glenn Miller Plays Selections from The Glenn Miller Story' by Glenn Miller (it was #1 for 3 weeks)...
In 1959 the Rivieras released a covered version, it peaked at #47 on the Top 100; and in 1976 Bobby Vinton took it to #97.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Jackie Gleason onced used this song as the theme song to "The Honeymooners" . ..He even performed this song with his own band .
- Mike, Franklin County, PA
Wish I could've been at the Glenn Island Casino
in the 40's, standing by the bandstand to hear this great arrangement.
It defined part of the big band era!
Hello to Paul Tanner, Miller trombonist.
- steve dotstar, los angeles, CA
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