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11 February
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First Gold Record

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The very first gold record ever given to a musical artist was from RCA Victor to Glenn Miler for his 1.2 million copies sold of Chattanooga Choo Choo.  The idea of gold records were to publicize the large sales records that artist had achieved.  Glenn Miller’s gold record was given to him on February 11, 1942, two years before he would disappear over the English channel serving his country in WWII.

It was until 1958 that an industry level award was created when the Recording Industry of Association of America (RIAA) introduced their gold record program for records of any kind that achieve one million dollars in revenue.

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15 December
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Glenn Miller Disappears

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U.S. Army Air Force UC-64

U.S. Army Air Force UC-64

On December 15, 1944 Glenn Miller the American big band musician with hits like “In the Mood”, “Moonlight Serenade”, Pennsylvania 6-5000”, and the Chattanooga Choo Choo”, was lost over the English Channel.  Miller was heading out to Paris before the rest of the band to get things situated for them.  Miller’s status is actually missing in action. The plane and all aboard were never found.  According to Wikipedia there are three theories of what occurred:

  1. The Royal Air Force (RAF) may have dropped bombs on his plane by accident.
  2. Clarence B. Wolfe a gunner with the RAF may have fired on his plane.
  3. Lastly, another source says that Miller arrived safely, but while consorting with a Parisian prostitute he had a heart attack and the American military covered the incident up.

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There is also the movie The Glenn Miller Story. I couldn’t find this on Netflix instant or Amazon Instant.  But you can purchase on Amazon.

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