Saturday, August 6, 2016
Major Glenn Miller 1944
If you ever come across these, they have nothing to do with AFN or AFRTS but are very interesting. The American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE) was a propaganda station we piped to the Nazis. Glenn Miller made several broadcasts at EMIs Abbey Road studios with Ilsa Weinberger with Glenn speaking in phonetic German. These particular broadcasts were recorded October 30th and November 6th, 1944 and aired November 8th and November 15th respectively.
Joseph Krug of the Colony Record Shop in NYC somehow acquired dubs of these and issued them as bootlegs circa 1951. These bootlegs actually had wide distribution at the time, being sold by major retail chains, to include Sam Goody. The Miller Estate started the lawsuits in 1951 and it took five years to resolve.
Decades later a more complete better sounding version was issued on RCA as "Glenn Miller - the Lost Recordings"