Sunday, November 7, 2010

Glenn Miller Orchestra: Chattanooga Choo Choo

Music by: Harry Warren
Lyrics by: Mack Gordon

From the film Sun Valley Serenade (1941), featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly and The Modernaires. Chattanooga Choo Choo was the first song to achieve gold record status, for selling one million copies. Glenn Miller was popular during the Big Band Swing era of the 1940s.

Here is some more background information from Wikipedia:
This was the no.1 song across the United States on December 7, 1941. The Glenn Miller recording, RCA Bluebird B-11230-B, was no.1 for nine weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers chart.

The 78-rpm commercial version of the song was recorded on May 7, 1941 for RCA Victor's Bluebird label and became the first to be certified a gold disc on February 10, 1942, for sales of 1,200,000. The transcription of this award ceremony can be heard on the first of three volumes of RCA's "Legendary Performer" compilations on Glenn [Miller] released by RCA in the 1970s.

In the early 1990s a two-channel recording of a portion of the Sun Valley Serenade soundtrack was discovered, allowing reconstruction of a true-stereo version of the film performance.

Chattanooga Choo Choo 

Pardon me boy.   
is that the Chattanooga choo choo 
Track 29 boy you can give me a shine 
I can afford  
to board a Chattanooga Choo choo 
I've got my fare and just a trifle to spare 

Well you leave the Pennsylvania station 
'bout a quarter to four 
Read a magazine and then you're in Baltimore 
Dinner at the diner, 
Nothing could be finer 
Then you have your ham and eggs in Carolina 

When you hear the whistle blowing  
eight to the bar 
Then you know that Tennessee is not very far 
Shovel all the coal in 
Gotta keep it rolling 
Whoo,Whoo, Chattanooga there you are 

There's gonna be 
A certain party at the station 
Satin and lace 
I used to call funny face 
She's gonna cry Until  
I tell her that I'll never roam. So, 
Chattanooga Choo Choo 
Won't you Choo Choo me home!

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