Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Record #0237: A String of Pearls / Chattanooga Choo Choo – GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA

RCA Victor 47-2858 (original 45 rpm) USA, 1949
Words & Music by:  Side A – Eddie DeLange, Jerry Gray; Side B –Mack Gordon, Harry Warren
Musicians: Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with Gordon Beneke (vocals on side B), Paula Kelly (vocals on side B), The Modernaires (chorus on side B)
Recording sessions: Side A – Nov. 8; Side B – May 7, 1941
Highest chart positions:  Side A – US #1 (1942); Side – US #1 (1941)

45’s don’t come much older than this. RCA introduced the new format the year this single came out.

Both of these were released as A sides of Miller’s 78 rpm shellac singles in 1941.

When “Chattanooga Choo Choo” was released as a shellac, it became the first gold disc ever, reaching the sales of 1,2 million copies by Feb. 1942.

List price:  Very Good+ is $10, Near Mint is $20

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