Download: Glenn Miller - A Moonlight Serenade 1984 (stereo)

By Randall Riley


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It was exactly 70 years ago today that bandleader Alton Glenn Miller's name appeared on the casualty lists of the 8th Air Force, having been missing since 15 December, 1944. This PBS program was first aired in December 1984, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Miller's death. The host is veteran actor Van Johnson, the musical director was veteran bandleader Elliott Lawrence. Special guests that evening included Miller alumni Tex Beneke, Johnny Desmond and Marion Hutton, as well as at least one or two of the band members. Others appearing were singers Anita Gillette, Sylvia Syms and Julias LaRosa. The vocal group who performed was led by Hi-Lo's alumni Clark Burroughs. Sadly, they're all gone now except Burroughs, LaRosa and Gillette. This was transferred from an old VHS tape so the video quality isn't great but the audio quality here is the best I've heard- other versions uploaded aren't in stereo. Enjoy!