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Artist: Miller, Beneke And Melachrino
Title: Strings With Wings
Format: CD
Catalog Number:2160
Barcode:5019317021603 itemnumber=1000124037
Price: $20.98  (All prices include domestic shipping.)
Release Date: 11/15/2019
Availability: In Stock
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The Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band In order to effectively provide all of the required broadcast coverage, the band was broken down into several sub-units. The band and some of the units were known under several names. One of the sub-units was The Strings With Wings, twenty musicians , including the Concertmaster, George Okner. Glenn had hand-picked them from the best symphony orchestras in America. Mel Powell said, “The rest of the band would get around the radio every Saturday morning just to listen”. The Tex Beneke-Glenn Miller Orchestra was the civilian version of the Army Air Forces Band, on a smaller scale. For example, it’s string section was only twelve musicians strong. Tex Beneke had been the tenor sax and singing star of Glenn’s 1938-42 civilian band. During World War II Tex was a Chief Petty Officer in charge of a U.S. Navy band in Norman, Oklahoma. Tex was helped by ex-Miller arranger, Norman Leyden, as co-pilot and chief arranger. All the scores which Phil Cogliano (Phil Marino) and his colleagues in the string section played came from the AAF Library. We can be sure that it was Norman Leyden who was the driving force behind the the regular appearance of the Strings With Wings in the “On The Beam” broadcasts in the first half of 1948. “On The Beam” was an Armed Forces Radio Service series which encouraged recruitment into the U.S. Air Force. The American Band Of The AEF was directed (from August 17th 1944) by Major Glenn Miller. The Canadian Band Of The AEF was directed by Captain Robert Farnon. The British Band Of The AEF was directed by Regimental Sergeant Major George Melachrino, and it is the String section of the British band of the AEF that rounds up the final section of our CD. It is unusual to have a complete CD featuring the string sections of these three Miller inspired orchestras and it is sure to be popular with all Glenn Miller collectors.

Track Listing
Glenn Miller
&’s American Band Of The AEF: Strings With Wings
Staff Sergeant George Ockner and the string section , announcer : Corporal Paul Dubov

Bedford, England, November 25th 1944, BBC Allied Expeditionary Forces Proogramme

I Sustain The Wings, opening theme

Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year

Jeanie, With Light Brown Hair

Lover, Come Back To Me

Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra : Compere : Tex Beneke

Strings With Wings: Phil Marino and the string section

Some Other Time

It Could Happen To You

Sure Thing

Sweet And Lovely

Over The Rainbow

Memories Of You

My Romance

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Some Other Time

George Melachrino: Strings With Wings : Programme No.19

BBC Forces Broadcasting Service, Outside Broadcast : Compere: Tom Shadder

First Rhapsody, opening theme

It’s A Grand Night For Singing

Molloy, Me Boy

Out Of My Dreams


A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

Tous Les Mignons

Ochum Belele

Sweet And Lovely

Mexican Dance

First Rhapsody, closing theme

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