I received a special request from one of my favorite readers for another musical break from all the bad news. On October 10, 1939 the Glenn Miller Band performed at Carnegie Hall as the last ensemble of the evening. This is Marion Hutton’s spot – The Jim Jam Jumpin’ Jive, FDR Jones and Hold Tight.
World War II was just into its sixth week, having commenced with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. The United States was not involved until December 7, 1941. By the time the horror ended in August of 1945, some 55 million people, including Glenn Miller, would be dead – and half of Europe would be under the yoke of Stalin’s Soviet Union.
My father was drafted in January of 1943. He served in the China Burma India Theater from March of 1944 to the end. He arrived home on Christmas Eve of 1945, surprising my mother at her parents’ home in Midland, Pennsylvania. Toward the end of his life dad told me, “That was some Christmas.”
I’ll bet it was.