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Sound Recording, "Moonlight Serenade"

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Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description (Brief)
“Moonlight Serenade” became bandleader Glenn Miller’s (1904-1944, MIA) signature song, despite its place on the b-side of his 1939 “Sunrise Serenade” release. In that year alone, Miller had five top-20 records on the Billboard charts, and “Sunrise Serenade” became his first record to sell more than one million copies. The swing music the Miller and his orchestra performed was infused with elements of jazz and featured a unique combination of sound from the clarinet and saxophone. The bandleader's pure, romantic swing sound appealed to dance audiences nationally and overseas.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
Bluebird
performer
Glenn Miller and his Orchestra
date made
1939
Credit Line
Gift of Howard A. Guernsey (through Richard L. Guernsey)
Physical Description
shellac (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name
sound recording
subject
Music
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Camden
ID Number
1988.0698.1705
catalog number
1988.0698.1705
accession number
1988.0698
catalog number
1988.698.1705
maker number
B-10214