You can say what you want about who the first rock ‘n roll star is. Bill Haley? Elvis? Little Richard? Chuck Berry? Forget about it – as far as I’m concerned, Glenn Miller has as much right to that crown.
Glenn Miller was 40 when his plane went missing during the war, which puts him at the same age as John Lennon when he died. I don’t know about you, but I never see Miller’s face when you see those horrible paintings of ‘pop stars we lost too young’, alongside Lennon, Bob Marley and Jim Morrison. Miller’s only drawback is that he came along twenty years before the advent of pop music.
Okay, he’s a bandleader – and not a songwriter; an arranger – and not a lyricist; but his output is infinitely more interesting (musically) than a lot of twelve-bar blues based early rock n’ roll.
This is a great LP to listen to, with the added benefit that it makes my living room feel like a 1940s serviceman’s lounge for an hour.
Hit: In The Mood
Hidden Gem: Little Brown Jug