Dave, tell us more about the "original" charts. Copies of copies? I had understood that the ENTIRE book went down with his plane.
Are you sure that's not just wishful thinking on your part John
Some 20+ years ago I was the lead trombonist of the Glenn Miller Orchestra UK Ltd and during that time was lucky enough to tour with three members of the original band.
Apologies if the spelling is wrong it was a long time ago, Zeke Zarchy Tpt, Willie Scwartz Clr, and Jimmy Priddy tbn.
I distinctly remember Jimmy telling me that in the civilian band Glenn played most of the leads as he said when they all enlisted to form AEF Band Jimmy had to take over the lead book. Jimmy was at pains to say that Glenn Miller was a much better player than people give him credit for, as for what he was like as a person, he never really said.
Jimmy him self was a great guy, full of funny storeys and always up for a laugh. After a few nights I couldn't help but notice that he had two spray bottles on stage with him and he would occasionally spray them in to his mouth alternately. On asking what was in them the reply came ones vodka, the others vermouth
Another night on the bus Willie Scwatrz told us he's had a call from a crazy guy who'd been to Twinwoods, the airfield that Millers final flight left from. The guy proceeded to tell Willie he had the last piece of grass that Glenn ever stood on and wanted some advice as to what to do with it. Willie's reply.............. SMOKE IT
Bearing that all these guys must have been in their seventies they were still playing pretty well and over the course of tour as Jimmy and Zeke's chops got more and more in you could hear what fantastic players they must have been in their prime, Willie Scwartz's clarinet sound litterally made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when he played Moonlight Serenade, and believe me when I tell you that is NOT one of my favourite tunes