First ever gold record ….


Born in 1904 in Iowa, bandleader and musician Glenn Miller inspired the World War II generation. He was one of the most popular bandleaders in the late 1930s and early 1940s with such songs as Moonlight Serenade and Tuxedo Junction. He received the first ever gold record this date in 1942 for selling a million copies of the song The Chattanooga Choo Choo.

In 1942, Miller enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to lead the Army Air Force Band. He boosted the morale of the troops with his many popular songs before mysteriously disappearing on December 15, 1944 on a flight from England to Paris, France. Miller’s original recordings continue to sell millions of copies. (from and