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First re­leased as an in­stru­men­tal, Moon­light Ser­e­nade had the rare distinc­tion of in­duc­ing raw emo­tion in the lis­tener with­out the aid of lyrics. New York jazz critic Gary Gid­dins wrote of the song: “Throats clutch, eyes soften. Can any record match it for its abil­ity to in­duce a Pavlo­vian slob­ber in so many for so long? ” De­spite its in­stant suc­cess, lyrics penned by song­writer Mitchell Par­ish were later added, adapted from a 1935 poem called Gone With The Dawn. This would prove eerily pre­scient when in De­cem­ber 1944 band­leader Glenn Miller boarded a sin­gle-en­gine plane in Bed­ford, Eng­land, bound for Paris. ( Miller and his Army Air Force Band had been per­form­ing for Al­lied troops all over Europe dur­ing World War II.) The plane never made it to France, and no trace of it or its pas­sen­gers was ever found. The Glenn Miller Orches­tra (re­formed in 1956 to reprise the orig­i­nal GMO) plays QPAC Con­cert Hall, Bris­bane, next Satur­day.

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