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Tex Beneke

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The name Tex Beneke is inevitably associated with that of Glenn Miller, even though Beneke outlived Miller by more than a half-century. As the utmost popular person in Miller’s pre-World Battle II orchestra, highlighted on songs such as for example “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Don’t Sit down Beneath the Apple Tree,” Beneke became a significant fixture in the favorite culture of the time, and pursuing Miller’s loss of life in Dec of 1944, as well as the re-formation from the Glenn Miller Orchestra after Globe Battle II, he recognized the give to lead the brand new music group. Beneke, however, acquired too much to provide music globe beyond his vocals on some fondly appreciated hit music. He started playing the saxophone at age group nine, initial the alto and the tenor, and performed in regional and regional rings in Oklahoma and Tx through the early and middle-’30s. A gig using a music group led by Ben Youthful brought him to Detroit, where he was discovered by Sam Donahue, a saxman in Gene Krupa’s music group — Krupa was struggling to hire Beneke but educated a pal of his in NY of this encouraging fresh participant. The friend was Glenn Miller, who’d lately begun developing a music group of his personal, and Beneke was employed, becoming a member of the orchestra within the planting season of 1938 — it had been with Miller’s music group that Beneke found the nickname “Tex.” The Miller orchestra battled until the summer season of 1939, when an engagement in the Glen Isle Casino and some radio broadcasts managed to get a national feeling. Beneke performed and sang using the orchestra, and became a celebrity in his personal right. He remained until 1942, when Miller split up the music group to become listed on the U.S. Military Air Force like a bandleader. Beneke was drafted in to the navy and led a armed service dance clothing at a foundation in Oklahoma. Following the end from the battle, when a brand-new Glenn Miller Orchestra was created, Beneke took within the management, debuting in January of 1946 in the Capitol Theatre in NEW YORK. The orchestra, created beneath the auspices of Miller’s widow and his property, was designed to emulate the noises from the pre-war Miller music group and his Military Air Force music group — this included the current presence of 13 string players within the 31 piece clothing, making it, alongside Harry Wayne’ orchestra, mostly of the big bands to add strings. These were an immediate achievement, compiling an enviable selection of strikes for five years. One gig specifically stood out — in Dec of 1947, annually following the near-collapse from the big-band business, in the Hollywood Palladium, Tex Beneke as well as the Glenn Miller Orchestra performed to some record-breaking masses of 6,750 dancers. Not surprisingly extraordinary popularity, nevertheless, Beneke wasn’t completely pleased with the limitations placed from the property within the band’s music — these were required to stay entirely towards the familiar reed-centered audio that Glenn Miller experienced virtually trademarked. Although a reed participant himself, Beneke noticed other opportunities, but was hardly ever allowed to test, despite his protests that Miller himself acquired always been available to the thought of experimentation, and acquired expressed his purpose to move from his familiar reed audio after the battle, having eliminated as considerably with it as he sensed he could. Finally, by the end of 1950, Beneke still left the music group and in addition parted firm with Miller’s property. He later arranged his own music group which, like very similar reconstituted big rings led by ’40s music symbols such as for example Harry James, were able to thrive amid the rock and roll & move, folk-rock, psychedelia, disco, and punk eras, to present. A lot more than 60 years after he became a specialist musician, he continuing to business lead big bands, carrying out the music that he helped popularized two years ago. Beneke passed away Might 30, 2000 from respiratory failing at age 86.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tex Beneke
Died May 30, 2000, Costa Mesa, California, United States
Profession Singer, Bandleader, Saxophonist
Nationality American
Spouse Sandra Beneke, Margaret Beneke
Music Groups Glenn Miller Orchestra
Music Songs Star Dust, Woodchuck Song, A Wonderful Guy, Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, As Long As I'm Dreaming, St. Louis Blues March, Falling Leaves, It Couldn't be True, Or Could It?, Meadowlands, Rainy Afternoon, Tex Beneke Interview, Cynthia's in Love, A Gal In Calico, I Can Dream, Can’t I, Five Minutes More, Blues In The Night March, My Young and Foolish Heart, Introduction/In the Mood, The Blues of the Record Man, Serenade In Blue, We Wish You the Merriest, Anniversary Song - Original Mono, My Melancholy Baby, The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi, Palladium Patrol, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, I'm Headin' for California, Somebody Loves Me, The Beautiful Blond From Bashful Bend, Begin the Bequine, Sun Valley Serenade: I Know Why, In The Mood
Albums Christmas Serenade in the Glenn Miller Style, A Swinging Christmas, In Glenn Miller's Footsteps - Blues, Serenades & Marches, Big Band Magic, Under The Rainbow, Reader's Digest Music: Tex Beneke, Ray Eberle & The Modernaires: The Reader's Digest Recordings, 40 Big Band Favourites, Tex Beneke His Greatest Hits, 1946 Live In Hi-Fi At The Hollywood Palladium, The Legendary Big Bands Series, Ramblin' Around, Live From The Hollywood Palladium, Tex Beneke & Glenn Miller, Big Band Favourites, Greatest Classics: Xavier Cugat, Guy Lombardo, Tex Beneke, That's What I Need (Remastered), My Heart Is a Hobo, (Give Me) Five Minutes More, 1964 Live Guard Sessions / Stars for Defense Shows from 1960, Festivals, Live at The Edgewater with Tex Beneke, Stan Kenton & Ralph Flanagan, Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, Meadowlands, It's All About Jazz Music, The Magic Masters, Tex Beneke and His Orchestra Selected Favorites, Tex Beneke And His Music In The Miller Mood, I Can Dream, Can't I, Stardust, The Classic Years, A Summer Sky Shines, American Popular Song, The Best Of, 5 Minutes More... A Tribute, 1964 Live Guard Sessions Plus Stars for Defence Show from 1960, Colours of Music History (Remastered), The Best Collection: Tex Beneke the 40's Decade, Tex Beneke And His Orchestra 1946-49, Moonlight Whispers, The Fabulous Jazz Collection, Your Music Around Me, Tonight in Time, 's Wonderful, Palladium Patrol, 1949, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Best Songs, Top 50 Classics - The Very Best of Tex Beneke
Movies Upbeat in Music
TV Shows Cavalcade of Bands


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#Fact
1 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6200 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2 Tex was an active amateur radio operator until his death. One of his early call signs was W2CKD. His wife, Marguerite was also licensed as W2EHR.In the late 1950s, he moved to St. Louis, MO and his call was changed to K0HWY. He held that call sign until his death in May, 2000.
3 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1996.
4 In 1946, at the request of Glenn Miller's widow, Beneke took over leadership of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
5 Big band singer/saxophonist.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fallout 4 2015 Video Game performer: "A Wonderful Guy"
Zompyres: Texas 2010 performer: "Give Me Five Minutes More" / writer: "Give Me Five Minutes More"
My Music: The Big Band Years 2009 TV Movie performer: "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Sentimental Journey" uncredited, "Moonlight Serenade" uncredited, "In the Mood" uncredited, "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" uncredited, "At Last" uncredited, "Elmer's Tune" uncredited, "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" uncredited, "Moonlight Cocktail" uncredited, "Chattanooga Choo Choo" uncredited
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing 2009 Video documentary performer: "Chattanooga Choo Choo" - uncredited
Fallout 3 2008 Video Game performer: "A Wonderful Guy"
Cold Case 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Running with Scissors 2006 performer: "Blue Champagne" 1968
Babe: Pig in the City 1998 performer: "Chattanooga Choo Choo"
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 performer: "The Rhumba Jumps"
Myra Breckinridge 1970 performer: "Chattanooga Choo Choo" - uncredited
The Bell Telephone Hour 1962 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Startime 1960 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sweet Serenade 1950 Short performer: "Tuxedo Junction", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pin Striped Pants and a Cutaway Coat" as "Pin Striped Pants", "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
Musical Merry-Go-Round No. 6 1948 Short performer: "Somebody Loves Me"
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra 1947 Short performer: "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "The Red Cavalry March", "Cynthia's in Love", "Little Brown Jug", "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop" - uncredited
Melody Time 1946 Short performer: "Moonlight Serenade" uncredited, "In the Mood" uncredited, "Serenade in Blue", "Five Minutes More", "Don't Be That Way" uncredited, "American Patrol" uncredited, "Some Other Time" uncredited, "Londonderry Air" uncredited
Orchestra Wives 1942 performer: " I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo", "People Like You and Me" - uncredited
Sun Valley Serenade 1941 "In the Mood" 1939, uncredited / performer: "Chattanooga Choo Choo" 1941 - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
General Electric Theater 1960 TV Series
Musical Merry-Go-Round #2 1948 Short Orchestra
Orchestra Wives 1942 Phil Mercer (uncredited)
Trumpet Serenade 1942 Short Singer
Sun Valley Serenade 1941 Orchestra Member (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Anita Bryant Spectacular 1980 TV Special Himself
Dinah! 1974 TV Series Himself
Happy Days 1970 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964 TV Series Himself - Guest
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1963 TV Series Himself - Orchestra Leader
The Bell Telephone Hour 1962 TV Series Himself - Orchestra Leader
Startime 1960 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1957 TV Series Himself
Star of the Family 1952 TV Series Himself
Kreisler Bandstand 1951 TV Series Himself
Sweet Serenade 1950 Short Himself (and the Glenn Miller Orchestra)
Cavalcade of Bands 1950 TV Series
Musical Merry-Go-Round No. 6 1948 Short Themselves (as Tex Beneke and His Orchestra)
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra 1947 Short Himself - Bandleader
Melody Time 1946 Short Himself - Leader of Glenn Miller Band
Upbeat in Music 1943 Documentary short Himself - Band Vocalist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Starlight Ballroom 2015 TV Movie Himself
My Music: Big Band Vocalists 2012 TV Movie Himself
My Music: The Big Band Years 2009 TV Movie Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on September 12, 1991 at 6200 Hollywood Blvd.


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