Glenn Alton Miller (March 1, 1904 - Dec. 15, 1944 (missing in action)) dominated popular music from the spring of 1939 to the fall of 1942 and was during that relatively brief period the most popular bandleader in the U.S.
In 1942, at age 38, he decided to join the army which was now also involved in World War II. He was too old to be drafted but after months of negotiations, he got accepted on September 10. On September 27, he played his final gig with his civil band which he broke up afterwards.
Captain (later Major) Glenn Miller was transferred to the Army Air Force. He organized a service band and began performing at military camps and war-bond rallies. He also hosted a weekly radio series called “Sustain the Wings“. In 1943, he had two more Top Ten hits in the charts.
In June 1944, he took his band to Great Britain and performed for the troops and did radio broadcasts.
On December 15, 1944, Glenn Miller was to fly to Paris to play for the troops there. His plane disappeared over the English Channel. Neither the crew, nor passengers, nor the plane has ever been found. Miller’s status is missing in action.
Jeep Jockey Jump
The song was written by Jerry Gray and celebrated all of the soldiers driving across the battlefields in the famous four-wheel vehicles.
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