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Archive gets recordings of seldom-heard Glenn Miller performances from British producer

Archive gets recordings of seldom-heard Glenn Miller performances from British producer

Recordings of seldom-heard radio broadcasts by legendary Swing Era big band leader Glenn Miller have been donated to the University of Colorado's Miller archive, the school said Tuesday.
The recordings are part of a collection from the estate of British record producer Richard C. March, who died in November 2005. The collection also includes books, manuscripts, records, photos and posters.
His widow, Patricia March, donated the collection to CU's Glenn Miller Archive on the Boulder campus.
"It is a magnificent collection," said Alan Cass, founder and curator of the archive. "It is one of the finest personal, private collections in the world."
The items filled two crates weighing 1,800 pounds (816 kilograms) each, the school said. Among the highlights are the recordings of Miller's radio broadcasts.
"Miller recorded many of his radio broadcasts, and the collection contains some uncirculated material," Cass said.
Miller spent part of his teen years in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and attended CU in 1923-24. He did not graduate, but his wife, Helen Miller, was a CU alumna.
From 1938-42, Miller had a string of hits with his big band such as "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," "In the Mood," "Moonlight Serenade," and "Tuxedo Junction."
He volunteered for the military in World War II and directed a band for the U.S. Army. He was flying from England to France in December 1944 when his plane disappeared over the English Channel.
CU's archive includes two of Miller's trombones, all of his studio recordings and thousands of photographs, posters and letters.
The collection also includes material from other big bands led by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, the Dorsey Brothers, Artie Shaw, Shep Fields, Count Basie and Harry James.


Updated : 2021-07-28 23:08 GMT+08:00