THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
146-Glen Miller and His Orchestra-In the Mood.
1939-Has never charted.There was no UK chart until 1952.
Best Bit-At 2.44.The false ending would catch out(I won’t call them DJ’s since it was 1939) music presenters,as it was very rare if ever up until then that a song would conclude in such a manner.
I suppose this song is a very early example of sampling.’In the Mood’ is ‘based’ on the composition ‘Tar Paper Stomp’ written and performed in 1930 by American Jazz trumpeter Wingy Manone(1900-1982) hence his name being added to the writing credits.Also credited is the songs arranger American Jazz saxophonist Joe Garland(1903-1977.) The first version of Garland’s arrangement was made in 1938 by Edgar Hayes and his Orchestra,but it wasn’t until Glen Miller(see also best songs 808 and 321) recorded his version that it became the most successful Swing instrumental of all time,Miller also performed the song in the 1941 movie ‘Sun Valley Serenade.’
Some versions of the song have lyrics,they were written by Andy Razaf(1893-1973.) Razaf was an African-American poet,composer and lyricist,two of his best known songs are ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”and ‘Honeysuckle Rose.’
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