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The King of Swing by yankeedog The King of Swing by yankeedog
Born March 1st 1904, Glenn Miller was not a young man when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into the Second World War. Glenn Miller was well beyond draft age at 38 years old and was at the height of his musical career as a successful Big Band leader and musician. The Glenn Miller Orchestra was a household name and the most popular Big Bands of the Swing Era. He could have easily stayed at home and continue to rack up the hits, but he he had the desire to do something more. He had the desire to serve his country. He first approached the U.S. Navy, but they turned him down. He then turned to the U.S. Army and somehow convinced the powers that be that he had a part to play in this war. It was Glenn's desire to put a little swing into the step of the U.S. servicemen. In 1942 Glenn Miller at age 38 became a part of the United States Army Specialist Corps with the rank of Captain. Captain Miller built a 50 piece orchestra and proceeded to boost the morale of the American fighting men with his Big Band Swing music, through fund raisers, recruitment drives and a popular radio program, Capt. Miller and his orchestra raised millions in war bonds while recruiting and entertaining the troops. Eventually Capt. Glenn Miller and the Army Air Corps Band made their way to England in 1944. Glenn wrote, that in one months time the band had done concerts at 35 military bases and did 40 radio broadcasts for the troops! While in England, the band narrowly escaped death when a German Buzz Bomb destroyed their London quarters, killing a 100 people a day after the band had moved to Bedford, England. Glenn and his Army Air Corps Band were tireless performers and did a tremendous job maintaining the morale of the troops throughout England.
On night of December 15th 1944, Capt. Glenn Miller climbed on board a Canadian built C-64 Norsemen airplane bound for Paris and flew off into the night. He was never heard from again.
Glenn Miller made his mark in the history of American Jazz, but he took it to a higher level, his patriotism and his dedication to the troops went well above and beyond the call of duty.

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:iconmadtwinsart:
MadTwinsArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Wow great work! Great man!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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kennyg302 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
This man was dropping heavy Bass (trombone) beats before it was cool. 
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ShockRockRecords Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Hope you e-mail is still working "machenry@verison.net" ^^
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I didn't get your email, but you don't have Verizon spelled right, it's with a Z not a S.
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ShockRockRecords Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Damn, I was waiting for your response, thought you couldnīt make it.
Can you send me your correct e-mail sir?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Try using my gmail.com, Don.Henderson.57@gmail.com
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ShockRockRecords Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Check your mails sir
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ShockRockRecords Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Pretty cool, how long did you spent on that one?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! A few hours on the paths and a few hours on the colors and tweaking all the little stuff.
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ShockRockRecords Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Sounds cool, do you do art for others too?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, I sure do, I work as a graphic designer and illustrator at H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh and I work for Operation FINALLY HOME as a graphic designer. I do some freelance work, but not too much, because it cuts into my personal time too much.
-YD
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ShockRockRecords Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Yeah, ok, hear ya call.
I will send you an art to look at.
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
A personal hero of mine. Maj. Miller was a great American!
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
A hero of mine as well. Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty.
-YD
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Drewfan30s Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
I love Glenn Miller's music. This image is marvellous, I love it!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, he was brilliant.
-YD
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Operaghost93 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Hey.. what's the name of the font you used for typing "Glenn Miller" ?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: ! The font is called Anna.
-YD
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Operaghost93 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Thanks! :3 and I downlodaded the font :3
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funygirl38 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol, I'm listening to a CD of his music right now. There is something so soothing to the Big Band genre and especially the best of the best. Nice rendering and a lovely background. How about Billie Holiday, what a great voice. They just don't make those songs like they used to. We had a station here in upstate NY that played all singers and standards for years and finally changed their format to classic ROCK! What a loss since I don't have satellite radio to turn to..
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Cool! Glenn Miller was brilliant. I started a Billie Holiday illustration a while back, but never finished it, I'll have to do that. If you like Jazz, you can stream WDUQ-FM [link]
Thanks for the great comment!
-YD
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JadineR Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Wow, thanks for the info! I didn't know he was in the Army O:

Awesome likeness!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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RabbitandCostello Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
beautiful!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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TheAlmightyTim Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
A great picture of one of my favorite musicians
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yea, Glenn Miller was the best! His version of Ald Lang Syne is a must this time of year!
-YD
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geoBRS Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work!! Thanks to bring to my memory the great Glenn Miller. Really he was a hero and a life example.
When I was a very young, of my uncle, was very common to listen the great bands of swing. Glenn Miller's Orchestra, Benny Goodman, Artie Show, Duke Ellington, was the music of every day. Thanks to the movie "The Glenn Miller History" (James Stewart & June Allyson)I know your life and her lamentable destiny.
Without a doubt, one of the great ones.

Thanks once again, for your talent and your passion.

/geo
PS: Of my uncle also, I inherited the passion by the airplanes.
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geoBRS Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's great Don !!!
My son play the piano in a jazz blues band (they are 25 ages old).

The music is life! :)
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks Geo! Glenn Miller was one of the great ones! My dad is a drummer and he always had Jazz and Swing music playing around the house when I was growing up, I can still hear my mom singing to all the songs.
-YD
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JinSaotome Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
Great job! Glenn Miller was the main man! thanks for making such a great work!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks! He was great.
-YD
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TheInconstantMoon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
! yes
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :-)
-YD
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional Photographer
For as much effort has gone into the disappearance of Amelia Earhart since then, I'm kind of surprised that nobody even has hardly tried to find the wreck of Glenn Miller's plane.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
I saw a documentary on the History Channel (I think), but anyway it explored the possibility that Miller's plane was the victim of British Night Bombers salvoing their undropped bombs in the English Channel. What a way to go. I don't really buy that since I can't imagine the Brits not dropping their bombs anywhere in Germany, primary target or not. I don't think civilian deaths were much of a concern to the RAF after the German bombing of London. I guess we'll never know what happened to Miller, it's a shame.
-YD
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional Photographer
Judging by what we did to Dresden, I tend to agree with your opinion. I suspect he was either shot down by mistake, or the plane crashed in bad weather.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
There are a lot of misconceptions about Dresden. No doubt the Brits were out for revenge and rightfully so, but there was a lot more to Dresden that had more to do with it's strategic importance to the nazi war effort that went far beyond Air Marshal Harris' blood lust for revenge that marked Dresden as a doomed the city. It was all part of physically and psychologically breaking the will of the German people and the back of the nazi war machine. Dresden was considered by many to be a safe city and since it had never really been a direct target, but it was always on the hit list of the RAF.

I guess we'll never know what happen to Glenn Miller, but I will always admire him. He didn't have to go, he could have stayed home and made his music, retired rich and happy, but he had a higher calling.
-YD
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ArischValkyrie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
:wow: Glenn Miller! :+fav:
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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art-of-a-bandgeek Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006   Photographer
AHHH! GLENN MILLER! xDDD i'll add this too. king of swing? i think not. i 'll leave that to benny goodman :]
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah more like the General of Swing! :-)
-YD
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SnowyFoxofFire Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006   Digital Artist
Glenn Miller's amazing, and definitley one of my big "top five" band leaders. Excellent job on this, and yes, as was said it would have made an excellent poster. :)

Favorited.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks! Yeah, he would definately be in the top five, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman too! Thanks for the :+fav: too! Did you see these? [link] [link]
-YD
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SnowyFoxofFire Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006   Digital Artist
No, I hadn't. Both are excellent as well. Great job on these, I bow to your talent. (and taste :))
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like them!
-YD
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The-Wafinator Featured By Owner May 20, 2006
That could've been an awesome poster, if it was created in the 1940s.

Glenn Miller is a legend, & the band is great.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner May 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I dig Glenn Miller, he's a personal hero of mine. I dig Big Band Swing Music in general, Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers... Even Modern Swing, RCR, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Big Bad Vodoo Dadies, Brian Setzer Orcastra... I love the nervous energy of the music.

Did you see these: [link] and [link] ?
-YD
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