Glenn Miller was born in the rural town of Clarinda, Iowa, moved to Nebraska (where his father gave him a mandolin), moved to Missouri (where Glenn traded it for a horn) and finally moved to Colorado (where he settled on a trombone). After high school, Glenn joined a series of bands, played in Los Angeles and then New York in 1928. He first recorded in his own name in 1934 and found success in 1938. In 1939, he had 17 Top Ten Hits, followed by 31 in 1940 and 11 each in 1941 and '42. When the war started, he enlisted and became a captain in the Army Air Corps. His Air Force band did 300 concerts and 500 broadcasts. His plane was lost crossing the English Channel in December 1944. His bands produced tightly arranged swing tunes that had a signature sound and are still popular today.
[This instrumental recording was made with Miller's Air Force Band. The song was written by Jerry Gray and celebrated all of the soldiers driving across the battlefields in the famous four-wheel vehicles.]