I was thrilled to be able to review this outstanding biography of Glenn Miller, world-famous musician and bandleader. Starting from humble roots but having a love for music and song writing from an early age, Glenn Miller started his career in a number of bands he joined and created. After the beginning of World War II, Glenn received a special commission as Captain in the U. S Army. He began setting up appearances of many AAF (Army Air Force) bands and became the director soon after. He proposed the Organization of the AAFTTC Music Program in 1943 that called for a network of singers, musicians and bands to form national and military-wide for the entertainment of our armed forces. He was an outstanding musician who made a huge sacrifice of his career for the good of the country and to entertain the armed forces.
Though I was not alive during the Glenn Miller years, I am the daughter of a proud veteran of World War II who served in the Burma, South Pacific front. My mother began her teaching career at a Naval base in Southeast Texas, teaching children/dependents of servicemen. My mother told me stories of the dances at the USO, the favorite recreation of those serving and working on the base. Of course, my mother’s favorite band was the Glenn Miller band. Oh how I remember all the music and jitterbug dancing that my parents and their friends loved to do! So smooth and sweet! I grew up on “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” but my favorite song by Glenn Miller was “In The Mood”! Now my mother is almost 94 but we still “swing” to the music! I definitely recommend this interesting biography of a man who loved his country and treated everyone to some of the most fun, snappy, music ever!
Glenn Miller Declassified by Dennis M. Spragg will be available September 1, 2017 from Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.