Moonlight Serenade (1939) (1966)

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Glenn Miller (born Alton Glenn Miller March 1, 1904 in Clarinda, Iowa, disappeared circa December 15, 1944) was a jazz trumpeter and band leader in the 1930s and 1940s. The Glenn Miller Orchestra recorded such songs as "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "In the Mood", "Little Brown Jug", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "String of Pearls", "Tuxedo Junction", and "Moonlight Serenade".

On December 15, 1944, while en route to entertain US troops in France during World War II, Miller's plane disappeared in bad weather; his body was never found.

When Miller recorded "Sunrise Serenade" in 1939, he placed "Moonlight Serenade" as the B-side. It became one of the top records of 1939, and was adopted as Miller's signature tune.

In 1991, the original recording of "Moonlight Serenade" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

 Written by: Glenn Miller; subsequent lyrics by Mitchell Parish (born Michael Hyman Pashelinsky July 10, 1900 in Lithuania, died in New York March 31, 1993.)

Mitchell Parish also wrote lyrics for such songs as "Stardust", "Sweet Lorraine", "Deep Purple", "Stars Fell on Alabama", "Sophisticated Lady", the English lyrics for "Volare", "Sleigh Ride", "One Morning in May", and "Louisiana Fairy Tale".

"Moonlight Serenade" was originally titled "Now I Lay Me Down To Weep".

Also by:
Frank Sinatra, whose version was released on his 1966 album Moonlight Sinatra, which consisted entirely of moon-themed songs. The album reached #34 in the US.

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