Chattanooga Choo Choo – From “Live Concert – Music Made Famous by Glenn Miller”

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[CORRECTION: A guy named John informed me that this recording came from a different album of the same year titled, “W/WS 1428 – Live Concert-Music Made Famous by Glenn Miller – Tex Beneke, Ray Eberle & Modernaires [1961]” Thanks John!]

This is “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” According to Wikipedia, “”Chattanooga Choo Choo” is a big-band/swing song which was featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade, which starred Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller and his orchestra, The Modernaires, Milton Berle and Joan Davis. It was performed in the film as an extended production number, featuring vocals by Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly, and the Modernaires.”

I recorded this film from a 1960’s-1970’s “Alpha Beta” market record that contains a compilation of “Big Band” hits. This features Tex Beneke & The Modernaires. Tex Beneke did live shows two decades after the end of the Glenn Miller Orchestra of which he was the front man. He got much of the Glenn Miller Alumni & the Modernaires to also play for his tour in the 1960’s so the sound and performances were true to form and were spot-on. The recording quality is excellent and the performance is amazing. It was also done in true stereo. It was featured on the album titled, “Reunion in Hi-Fi.” I love the energy of this particular performance and stereo sound quality of the song compared to even the original from the 1940’s.

-Jacob

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9 thoughts on “Chattanooga Choo Choo – From “Live Concert – Music Made Famous by Glenn Miller”

  1. Hello Jacob-

    Sorry, but your information is incorrect. The old gent on the Palomar web site remembered the title incorrectly.

    REUNION IN HI-FI was done for CORAL RECORDS in the mid 1950s and is made up of all studio recordings…..meaning no applause.

    Your recording of “CCC” comes from a Warner Brother LP. The old gent on the Palomar web site remembered the LP correctly, but got the name wrong.

    Here’s the LP your “CCC” is from –
    W/WS 1428 – Live Concert-Music Made Famous by Glenn Miller – Tex Beneke, Ray Eberle & Modernaires [1961] I Sustain the Wings/Moonlight Serenade/In the Mood/Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square/Chattanooga Choo Choo/Anvil Chorus/String of Pearls/Serenade in Blue/Wham/Moonlight Cocktail/American Patrol/Ray Eberle Reminisces

    Source – http://www.bsnpubs.com/warner/warner/warner1400.html

    Here’s the cover – http://tinyurl.com/beneke-modernaires-warner-brot

    Regards,
    John

    • I was a contributor and researcher for now-closed Palomar site, and vetted a lot of the material posted there. The Coral Records Reunion in Hi-Fi album *was* correctly identified, but the accompanying music tracks were incorrectly posted from the 1961 Warner Brothers album which resulted in a lot of confusion.

  2. Wow, thanks John. That helps a lot. I saw the cover of the record of Reunion in HiFi and it didn’t look like a live record at all but its hard to tell. I’ll make a correction in the post. How’d you know I got the info from the Palomar website? Funny. I’ve been also trying to find some original 78’s of Glenn Miller material but its hard to come by as many shops don’t carry them because they don’t sell really well.

    Anyway John,

    Thanks for the correction.

    -Jacob

  3. Hi Jacob-

    I think I Googled REUNION IN Hi-FI and the Palomar site was the first thing to come up, so I saw the mistake the blogger had made and figured you had seen it, too. That’s a downside to the internet – people copy mistakes w/o knowing it. The original blogger got most everything else right, but he confused the album titles.

    Miller 78s sold well at the time in the 30s and 40s and are fairly common even in 2009. Same with LPs b/c so many people have traded up to CDs and many older collectors have stopped buying LPs or have died. Such is life. There are fairly few ‘rare’ GM records. Some are harder to find than others is about it. Pretty much the only ‘rare’ material are radio broadcasts that have never been issued commercially and are in limited circulation amongst GM collectors. Stuff is still turning up 67 – 71 years later.

    Happy hunting!

    John

  4. Good thing you told me about the correct record. I went out today to find “Live Concert-Music Made Famous by Glenn Miller” and was able to find it at Amoeba records in Hollywood!! I was thrilled to find it and in great shape. I also picked up a few reissues, and a 180gm/12″ single of Radiohead.

    • Excellent! Enjoy, but go back and get the follow-up LP

      W/WS 1468 – Silver Jubilee Album – Glenn Miller Singers [1962] Tuxedo Junction/Along the Santa Fe Trail/I’ve Got a Gal In Kalamazoo/Sunrise Serenade/Elmer’s Tune/Sun Valley Jump/St. Louis Blues March/Blue Champagne/Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider/Sweet Eloise/Rhapsody In Blue/Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree

      There were any number of these Miller reunion LPs during the 50s, 60s and even into the 70s – at least a dozen is my guess.

      They vary in quality, but it is always nice to see the old gang together. Sadly, just about everyone is gone now….all the vocalists and most of the sidemen. Time marches on.

  5. Wow, Nice. I’ll get whatever I can get my hands on. Yeah, time goes on but just like Shakespeare’s “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” the music lives on………in vinyl, digital, etc. and it’s always giving new life to the music; at least to me and new ears that the music falls on.

    Thanks again!

    -Jacob

  6. Interestingly enough, the real REUNION IN HI-FI maybe the first of all the vocal reunion albums. I can’t remember the exact year it came out, but it was circa 1956, hence no stereo issues.

    The other early Miller reunion album was the one conducted by Billy May on the GNP label, IIRC. This was also in the 50s and had many of the original Miller sidemen, but I don’t recall if it had any vocalists. (I don’t have that LP for some reason.)

    All these major label and smaller label issues are fairly easy to find and are finite in number.

    The last batch of stuff, IIRC, came out in the early to mid 70s on Columbia House or Columbia Musical Treasuries. They were sold by mail only (again IIRC) through the Columbia Record Club (or something). They featured the then current GMO band lead by Buddy De Franco, plus some of the original sidemen and original vocalists. (Sorry – it’s late and I am fogging out on this one.

    Lastly – something to look for on public TV recently was a pledge break batch of big band nostalgia shows some producer put together. They varied wildly in quality and content, but one thing he had featured was a 1962 Bell Telephone Hour appearance (in color) of Tex, Ray and the Modernaires doing their big Miller hits. The cool thing about this……aside from it’s being pretty good….is that every one is still young looking. It’s only 20 years after the fact and the guys are only in the 40s. Plus – I think it is the only color footage (professionally done) of all the singers (except Marion Hutton) together.

    And btw/ps – the only living Miller vocalist, as far as I know, is a lady named Pat Friday, who dubbed for non-singing actress Lynn Bari in both the Glenn Miller films in 1941 and 1942. Gal is still alive.

    Cheers!

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