Jul 16, 2014
In 1954 when the American film, “The Glenn Miller Story” was released, it was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Score. The film won the Oscar for Best Sound Recording. The figure of Glenn Miller was artfully played by James Stewart.
Glenn Miller’s story takes us to music and beyond. In the 1940s, Glenn Miller (1904-MIA 1944) rose to critical acclaim as a trombonist, jazz musician, leader of his own band in the Big Band era, and an Army Air Force band leader. His music topped the Hit Parade. In dance halls, in night clubs, even on the streets, people danced to his music. There was no mistaking the Glenn Miller sound.
Searching for That Special Sound
For Glenn Miller, success didn’t come easily. Like so many beginners seeking their niche in life, he knew failure. He was forced to hock his trombone more than once . . . even musicians had to eat. He managed to eke out a living as a freelance trombonist, an arranger, and composer but dreamed of two things: having his own band and owning his unique sound. With a few musicians who believed in him, Miller began trying different combinations of instrumental sounds and different rhythmic arrangements. Month after month, the Miller sound eluded him. At first, nothing clicked. Nothing seemed to trigger that ‘I’ve got it’ moment. But with each new arrangement, through trial and error, he inched closer to his very own sound.