Effective period / Period of releases: 1938 - 2003Glenn Miller and His Orchestra was a swing orchestra originally formed in March 1938 by trombonist-arranger Glenn Miller. In September 1938 they made their first recordings for Victor subsidiary Bluebird Records. By Joel Whitburn's tabulation, in less than four years the group saw 16 US number-one hits, as well as 6 Australian number-ones (three of which didn't hit top the US charts). The amount of hit singles Miller and His Orchestra had in such a short amount of time proved to be one of the greatest chart runs in history. "In the Mood" became an anthem of the swing craze and the most lasting of even his biggest records. The group sold over 60 million records, the most of any dance band. In the wake of Pearl Harbor, the very patriotic Miller joined the Army Air Forces where he would develop a modern military band for morale raising. The orchestra disbanded to a very emotional crowd at the Central Theater in Passaic, NJ on September 27, 1942. On December 15, 1944, Miller mysteriously disappeared over the English Channel. He was recognized as war hero. The band's music never left the American public; Despite never recording a studio album, Miller and His Orchestra had three posthumous Billboard number-one compilation albums as well as album certifications spanning several countries several decades years after his death at age 40.
Use The Glenn Miller Orchestra for recordings WITHOUT Glenn Miller (who died in 1944).
See also: The New Glenn Miller Orchestra