Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tex Beneke 100 -- February 11, 2014

Gordon "Tex" Beneke was born 100 years ago tomorrow, on 12-February-1914.  He played the saxophone and sang with Glenn Miller's Orchestra.  They had a string of hits featuring Beneke, including "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo."  During World War II, Glenn Miller joined the Army Air Force, formed a service band, and disappeared while flying from Britain to Paris.  After the war, Beneke led a Glenn Miller "ghost band" for many years.  I remember him playing and singing in the 1980s.  I always thought he had a funny-looking smile.  Perhaps he had false teeth as a young man. 

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