Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra: Texas Tex


Texas Tex


Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra


The Glenn Miller Story: A Centenary Celebration Vol. 19 (Avid AMBX143 5022810214328)

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Tex Beneke (leader), Malcolm Lary (alto sax),

Bobby Nichols, Graham Young, Steve Steck, Whitey Thomas (trumpets), Jimmy Priddy, Paul Tanner, John Halliburton, Nat Peck (trombones), John Graas (French horn), Freddy Guerra (clarinet, alto sax), Stanley Aaronson, Vince Carbone (tenor saxes), Manny Thaler (baritone sax), Vince Lashied (piano), Bobby Joe Gibbons (guitar), Rollie Bundock (bass), Jack Sperling (drums)


Composed and arranged by Bill Finegan


Recorded: New York, May 28, 1946


Rating: 82/100 (learn more)

Following World War II, during which Major Glenn Miller's plane mysteriously vanished over the English Channel, toothsome Tex Beneke led the authorized Glenn Miller ghost band before large and appreciative stateside audiences. A square-jawed, broad-shouldered Fort Worth native, Beneke starred with Miller's prewar outfit as singer and tenorman, but his new front-man role was musically undemanding. Which likewise describes this genial two-beat track, obliging as a longhorn steer loping off to its last roundup. The trumpet section rides high in the saddle, and altoist Lary lassoes a lone-star solo, but ghost bands give us the willies. May Maj. Miller RIP.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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