What happened to Helen Burger Miller wife of band leader Glenn Miller?
For the first few years after Glenn's disappearance she was actively involved in the corporations he had set up, primarily Glenn Miller Productions, and in working with his estate to re-launch the orchestra under the direction of lead saxophonist and vocalist Tex Beneke. She was also faced with r…aising their two adopted children alone, so as relations with the Beneke-led band deteriorated during the late 1940s she moved away from direct involvement with Glenn's music. In 1953 and 1954 she assisted with aspects of the biopic The Glenn Miller Story , starring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson. There is speculation that her disagreements with Tex Beneke over the band's musical direction were in part responsible for the fact that he was entirely written out of the script. During the 1950s and early 60s Helen Miller was almost completely uninvolved with her late husband's music, except for giving occasional interviews to close friends such as biographer (and former Miller musician and confidant) George T. Simon. Notably, Simon refused to either deny or confirm the heartbreaking rumor that Helen had kept many of Glenn's personal effects in their bedroom and even prepared his bed every evening, just in case he should miraculously return ... Helen Burger Miller died in 1966 at age 64. Her passing was mentioned in some newspapers but received little other notice. She is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, CA (MORE)
When they were younger, son Steve Miller became a gunsmith and daughter Jonnie Dee Miller raised her own children. Neither had much involvement with their father's music at the time; among other reasons neither one had any memories nor did they have any musical talent. In recent years, they have rec…onnected with their heritage and have been more or less actively involved with the management of the current Glenn Miller Orchestras that perform in various parts of the world. Steve passed away in early 2012. On another note, at least 3 of Glenn's direct relations, brother Herb, nephew John, and niece Wynne, all have (or had) careers in music. In fact, John currently leads his own orchestra in England, frequently recreating his uncle's music and is joined by Jan Eberle, Ray Eberle's daughter. (MORE)
Alton Glenn Miller ranks as the most popular musician of the first half of the 20th century. He was arguably the first pop music "superstar": in terms of the number of top-10 recordings sold and recordings sold as a percentage of the entire market, his career still outranks even the Beatles and El…vis despite lasting only 3 and a half years. Glenn Miller was arguably the best and most innovative band leader of the 1930s and 1940s. During WW2, joining the military, he took his music to the troops. His life was lost when his aircraft failed to arrive in Europe from England. Famous for tight instrument interplay and the clarinet lead his music is still popular today. There is an enormous amount of information available, far more than it would make sense to try to rewrite here. You can type his name into Google or Ask and find literally hundreds of thousands of links. I've put just a couple of them here. There is also an excellent biography "Glenn Miller and his Orchestra", by George T. Simon. (MORE)
Currently there are 16 or 17 musicians. The original civilian band had a similar number of performers but also included 5 vocalists. The Army Air Force Orchestra included between 40 and 45 musicians depending on the date and location.
The family maintained a strict sense of privacy so there are very few public photos available. If you're able to find a copy of George T. Simon's biography "Glenn Miller and his Orchestra", it has a few early pictures of Helen and the children, as well as one of Helen taken after the war.
It's now almost 66 years since Glenn Miller last appeared in front of his original orchestra, so very few of the original members are still living. To the best of my knowledge only Paul Tanner, Ray Anthony, and Trigger Alpert are still with us. From the AAF Orchestra, only arranger Norman Leyden …survives. Thank God for all of the recordings. (MORE)
Yes, 2 brothers and a sister. Deane was a dentist and Herb was alsoa musician, although not nearly so successful. His sister was namedIrene.
His plane disappeared on a flight from London to Paris on December 15, 1944. Officially, no trace of the plane or his body was ever found.
The single best discography is considered to be Moonlight Serenade, A Bio-Discography of the Glenn Miller Orchestra , by John Flower.
Yes, several times. He had a history of sinus problems aggravated by being a chain-smoker.
No. She always believed that Glenn would eventually return. In fact, his biographer George T. Simon noted that she actually kept his belongings in the bedroom, prepared in case he walked in the door one day....
No, he played as a back up for him when he came to the Philadelphia area. He was not a regular band member for Glenn Miller.. Answered by his son Glenn
His bands were formed in the United States. Most of his recordings with the civilian band were made in New York, Chicago, and Hollywood. Recordings with the AAF band were made at Yale University, in New York, and later in London.
That would have been interesting, but the answer is unfortunately no. The Steve Miller who is Glenn's son was adopted when Glenn was in the AAF, so he had no real contact with his father and had no musical inheritance*. At one point he was employed as a gunsmith. (*) The musical genes run stro…ngly in the family. Glenn's brother Herb was a trumpeter, his nephew John now leads Herb's orchestra, and niece Wynne is a dancer and entertainer. (MORE)
There have been thousands of vinyl re-issues of the original 78-rpm records. Please post a new question with the album title, company stock number (e.g. an RCA release might have LPT or LPS followed by a 4-digit number) and an evaluation of how worn it is. ********************* That's really the… truth. There were so many reissues of his stuff. It comes down to whether it is a first pressing on a particular label. About the only Glenn Miller LP's that are worth anything are the album sets from the early 50's that came in a white binder and a gold binder with the photos and liner notes still intact. Also "The Complete Glenn Miller" Bluebird series from the mid and late 70's are desirable due to the quality of the remastering from the old 78's. But in any case, they must be nearly mint to be valuable. If they are all scratched up they aren't worth a dime unless it is the sets from the early 50's. Those had a lot of the live Chesterfield broadcasts that weren't originally produced on records during the 30's and 40's. They were just radio broadcasts. He was such a popular orchestra leader that his entire output has be released over and over and over again. There's really no rarity of his recorded works for Bluebird/RCA. Now his 78 rpm records are a different story. (MORE)
He was an advanced composer and leader of a Big band jazz Band and this not being the only thing he played an important part in the military. If he wasn't the only one there were few who overcame the challenge of these two things.
Where is Zeke Zarchy trumpeter for Glenn Miller orchestra buried or What Happened to him after Millers death?
Zeke Zarchy passed away on April 12, 2009. Miller's plane was lost during World War II but his band was not on it with him. Zeke was the last band member to see Miller alive, having talked with him at the airfield just before takeoff. Glenn Miller's band did not die with him. Zeke settled in Souther…n California after the war and worked as a studio musician for television and films for many years. He played in many Glenn Miller Reunion bands and toured Japan over 30 times, along with studio work for both CBS and NBC staff orchestras, and with the Great Pacific Jazz Band with Bob Ringwald.. Zeke passed away on April 12, 2009 (Sunday - not Saturday as stated in the obit) See the link for more information on his career. (MORE)
Ray Anthony's tenure with Glenn Miller was short and not very sweet. He was about 17 when he joined the trumpet section, and despite a good audition that won him the position his actual performances were very shaky. He left the band after a short period of time. As he matured and became a better …musician, Ray Anthony traded heavily on his brief association with Glenn Miller, not to mention his strong resemblance to movie heart-throb Cary Grant. He released a number of Miller-styled albums during the period from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, and continued to lead an orchestra performing Miller-like swing into the 1980s and 90s. (MORE)
He had 2 adopted children. His wife Helen was ill and had a hysterectomy shortly after they were married.
Sadly Glenn Miller's career ended before serious commercial television broadcasting began. There are filmed performances but all of his broadcasts were made on radio.
As was true of all dance bands in the Swing era, musicians tended to move from one orchestra to another fairly often so it's not really possible to give a list of personnel except at a specific point in time. However, some of the most important musicians to play with the original civilian band inclu…de the following. Not all of the people listed were with the band at the same time. I've put a * next to names of people who were with the band for the majority of its existence from 1939 to 1942. Trombone: Paul Tanner*, James Priddy*, Frank D'Annolfo Trumpet: John Best*, Clyde Hurley*, Billy May, Bobby Hackett, Zeke Zarchy*, Ray Anthony Reeds: Tex Beneke*, Al Klink*, Skip Martin, Ernie Caceres, Wilbur Schwartz* Piano: Chummy MacGregor* Drums: Maurice Purtill* Bass: Herman "Trigger" Alpert Guitar: Jack Lathrop, Bobby Hackett (also tpt) Male vocals: Ray Eberle* Female vocals: Marion Hutton* Vocal group: The Modernaires* (Paula Kelly, Chuck Goldstein, Bill Conway, Hal Dickenson) Because members of the Army Air Force Orchestra were "employed" by Uncle Sam, its lineup was a lot more stable. Names marked with a * were also in the civilian band. Trombone: Nat Peck, John Halliburton, James Priddy*, Larry Hall Trumpet: Whitey Thomas, James Steele, Zeke Zarchy*, Bernie Privin, Bobby Nichols Reeds: Hank Freeman, Michael "Peanuts" Hucko, Fred Guerra, Jack Ferrier, Vince Carbone, Chuck Gentry Drums: Ray McKinley, Frank Ippolito Piano: Mel Powell Bass: Trigger Alpert* French Horn: Addison Collins Violins: George Ockner, Harry Katzman, Ernest Kardos, Earl Cornwell, Gene Bergen, Dave Sackson, Philip Cogliano, Richard Motylinski, Carl Swanson, Nat Kaproff, Milt Edelson, Fred Ostrovsky, Joseph Kowalewski, Dave Herman Violas: Dave Schwartz, Stan Harris, Henry Brynan, Emmanual Wishnow Cellos: Morris Bialkin, Robert Ripley Guitar: Carmen Mastren Male vocals: Johnny Desmond, Arthur Malvin Female vocals: none; guest stars only due to military restrictions of the time. Vocal group: The Crew Chiefs (Art Malvin, Steve Steck, Gene Steck, Lynn Allison, Murray Kane) (MORE)
The singer most associated with the civilian band was of course Marion Hutton, one of the famous Hutton Sisters. Hutton tended to sing the up-tempo and novelty tunes. Also, Paula Kelly later joined the Modernaires and contributed a number of vocals. A few other female singers such as Kay Starr an…d Dorothy Claire had brief tenures with the band, mostly when Marion Hutton was on maternity leave. The AAF Orchestra did not have a permanent female vocalist because at that time the military was segregated both racially and sexually. However a number of famous singers made guest appearances, including Dinah Shore, Vera Lynn, and Irene Manning. (MORE)
His orchestra was by far the most popular big band of the 1930s and 1940s, although critics have argued for decades over whether it was the most "musical". It was actually more of a pop orchestra than a jazz band in many respects, compared for example to Duke Ellington's or Benny Goodman's bands tha…t played more traditional jazz. (MORE)
No. Today he's probably playing a heavenly harp in addition to his trombone. Miller died in 1944.
Glenn Miller was popular from the late '30s right up till his disapperance during the second world war (December 15, 1944)
He wasn't a singer. He played trombone and conducted. During the war he led the Army Air Forces Orchestra, which had about 1000 different songs in the bandbook. You can use a search engine to find many of the tunes simply by querying "Army Air Force Band", with the quotation marks. Songs to loo…k for include Begin the Beguine, Sun Valley Jump, Speak Low, A Lovely Way to Spend and Evening, Tail-end Charlie, Enlisted Mens' Mess, Going Home, Mission to Moscow, My Ideal, Long Ago and Far Away, In the Mood, just to name a few out of hundreds. (MORE)
The vocalists in the movie Orchestra Wives were Ray Eberle and Pat Friday. Pat Friday was not credited because she was not an actor, but provided the singing voice for costar Lynn Bari. When the song was released on record, only Ray Eberle sang.
Instrumentation varied over time, but the "classic" civilian band consisted of: 4 trombones + Miller himself 4 trumpets 5 reeds drums piano bass The AAF Band was composed of a larger incarnation of the civilian band, with one more piece in each of the wind sections along with: 14 or 15 violins 4 …violas 2 cellos French horn In addition to the piano it also featured a celesta, and the rhythm section included a full complement of symphonic instruments such as a kettle drum (MORE)
This is the Berger family tree. It has pictures of Helen as a baby as well as her and her grandchildren before her death. Also pictures of her parents and extended family. Please refer to the related link for the picture.
He wrote primarily in the style of big band swing, but also performed what today might be called pop music.
That story is entirely made-up. The 1954 biopic The Glenn Miller Story included a fictional sub-plot about Helen liking the tune Little Brown Jug while Miller supposedly disliked it. The movie ended with him having relented just before his death in 1944, and making an arrangement of the song for …her. In reality he liked the song a lot and it was one of the band's first big sellers in 1939. (MORE)
Two, Deane and Herb. Dean was a dentist and Herb played trumpet, taught music, and eventually led a band in the UK.
The orchestra is currently led by vocalist Nick Hilscher. His predecessor was trombonist Gary Tole. The longest-serving conductor, Larry O'Brien, began his career with Ray McKinley and thus had only one "degree of separation" from Glenn Miller himself. Previous conductors were Tex Beneke (immedia…tely post-war), Ray McKinley, Buddy DeFranco, Dick Gearhart, Buddy Morrow, and Michael "Peanuts" Hucko. (MORE)
There were three Rays - Ray Eberle, Ray McKinley, and Ray Anthony Ray Eberle was the male vocalist with the civilian band from 1938 to 1942. Glenn had somehow become convinced that Ray was more talented than he actually was, and stood by him despite many forced and less-than-stellar performances.… They finally parted ways in 1942. After the war, Ray Eberle played off his association with the Miller band in his own career as a soloist, bandleader, and singer with Tex Beneke's Miller-themed orchestra of the 1960s and 1970s. Ray Anthony was a teen-aged trumpeter who played for the civilian band for only a short time. He didn't live up to the promise of his audition and left after a few weeks. As he matured, though, he became a first-class musician and led a Miller-styled swing band from the early 1950s into the 1990s. Ray McKinley was a drummer who co-led a band with Will Bradley, one of Miller's most respected fellow trombonists. Glenn asked him to join the AAF Orchestra in 1943 as principal drummer and leader of the Swing Shift jazz band within the larger concert orchestra. He also sang many of the up-tempo tunes in a mid-western twang that served much the same role as Tex Beneke's vocals had with the civilian band. When Glenn disappeared in December 1944, Ray McKinley became the band's de facto leader along with chief arranger Jerry Gray. He also led a revived version of the civilian band from 1956 to 1966. (MORE)
Glenn Miller was a trombonist and conductor, not a singer. His only 2 recorded "vocals" are a slightly R-rated line in the Tommy Dorsey novelty tune "Annie's Cousin Fanny" and a sing-speak line in the movie soundtrack version of "It Happened in Sun Valley".
I am from Australia and a friend of mine, Surname goodwin, claims his uncle played Drums in the Glenn Miller Band. Can anybody confirm ?. Drummers were Maurice Purtill, Ray McKinley, Frank Ippolito Ray and Frank were drummers in Glenn's AAF band during the war
The Air Force Band had a number of arrangers. Some of the most important were Jerry Gray, who came over from the civilian band Norman Leyden, a classically-trained arranger and conductor Perry Burgett Ralph Wilkinson Harry Katzman, who arranged for the string section when it played as a s…eparate unit. (MORE)
Most big bands were named for their leaders so his was simply "The Glenn Miller Orchestra".
A full discography lists well over a thousand songs. Just a few of the most well-known include Civilian band: Moonlight Serenade (the band's theme) In the Mood String of Pearls At Last Sun Valley Jump Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree Pennsylvania 6-5000 Little Brown Jug Serenade …in Blue Caribbean Clipper Chattanooga Choo-Choo I Know Why Runnin' Wild Sunrise Serenade Bugle Call Rag Slumber Song It's a Blue World Stairway to the Stars Anvil Chorus American Patrol Army Air Force Band Many of the more popular civilian band hits, including In the Mood, Caribbean Clipper, String of Pearls, etc. Tail-End Charlie Now I Know Jeep Jockey Jump Poinciana Stormy Weather Snafu Jump Enlisted Men's Mess Long Ago and Far Away Pearls on Velvet My Ideal Everybody Loves My Baby Holiday for Strings My Heart Tells Me Stardust In The Gloaming 7-0-5 Speak Low What today would be called covers of other bands' hits: 9:20 Special (Count Basie) Music Makers (Harry James) Begin the Beguine (Artie Shaw) Stealin' Apples (Benny Goodman). (MORE)
Howard Smith briefly played piano in the 1937 band. He was replaced in mid-year by Chalmers "Chummy" MacGregor who remained with the band until it broke up in September, 1942. The Air Force Band featured pianist Mel Powell, drafted from Benny Goodman's orchestra.
What a stupid question! Just listen to the music his band played. OMG I can't believe you asked that question.
Actually the question should be "what are the hit s " because Miller had dozens of top tunes to his credit. To list just a few: In the Mood - perhaps the most famous song of the swing era Moonlight Serenade - his theme song Little Brown Jug String of Pearls Serenade in Blue Pennsylvan…ia 6-5000 American Patrol Chattanooga Choo-Choo Farewell Blues Bugle Call Rag ... and many others (MORE)
He was officially commissioned as a captain in the Army Air Forces on October 7, 1942.
There was never a handicapped drummer in Glenn Miller's band. You may be thinking of Chick Webb. Childhood TB left Webb with a shortened and deformed spine, yet he was able to became one of the greatest drummers of the Swing Era despite his disabilities.
Yes, he played trumpet for most of the civilian band's existenceand occasionally joined Tex Beneke in "alumni" performances.
Before forming his own band he a member of orchestras led by BoydSenter, the Dorsey Brothers, Gil Rodin, Ben Pollack, Red Nichols,and Ray Noble.
He attended the University of Colorado but left before getting hisdegree, in order to begin private music studies.
The cast of Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Band - 1947 includes: Tex Beneke as Himself - Leader of Glenn Miller Band The Crew Chiefs as Band Singers The Glenn Miller Orchestra as Themselves Lillian Lane as Band Singer Arthur Malvin as Band Singer Robert Nichols as Band Singer
The cast of The Glenn Miller Band Reunion - 1989 includes: Perry Hart as Himself - Featured Vocalist Katheryne High as Herself - Featured Vocalist Jack Jones as Himself - Host Billy May as Himself - Conductor Ray McKinley as Himself - Featured Vocalist Kay Starr as Herself - Host Paul Tanner as hims…elf John Vance as Himself - Featured Vocalist Zeke Zarchy as himself (MORE)
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Band - 1947 was released on: USA: 23 June 1947 USA: 22 February 1952 (re-release)