The Royal Air Force Squadronaires today scored the highest ever chart position for a military band when it’s album “In The Mood: A Glenn Miller Celebration” reached No.9 in the UK pop album charts.
In achieving this they have beaten recent chart positions by rival military bands including the Classical Brit-winning Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and the previous record-holder, The Band of the Coldstream Guards.
X-Factor favourite Stacey Solomon helped the RAF Squadronaires to this record-breaking achievement by performing ‘At Last’, the Glenn Miller and Etta James classic, on the album. She had previously performed the track on the ITV show and was consequently asked to perform it with the RAF Squadronaires, one of Britain’s oldest and best-known Big Bands.
The album, released by the RAF’s official Big Band in the 70th Anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, pays tribute to legendary US band leader Glenn Miller who went missing over the English Channel in 1944. The album, like Glenn Miller’s own final recording, was made at Abbey Road Studios and includes many Glenn Miller favourites such as the title track In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction, Pennsylvania 6-5000 and a very special new version of Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree with original Andrews Sisters’ vocals lifted onto the brand new backing.
The leader of the RAF Squadronaires, Sergeant Kev Miles, said today:
Stacey is not the only celebrity fan of the RAF Squadronaires. Dame Vera Lynn’s late husband, Harry Lewis, was a founder of the band when it formed 70 years ago in 1940. It was Dame Vera who led the renaissance of wartime nostalgia last year when her greatest hits album “We’ll Meet Again” went to No.1 in the pop album charts. This was the first ever No.1 for Dame Vera and marked the return of the sound of the 1940s in the pop charts. On Friday June 11th the RAF Squadronaires will hold a London celebration of their achievements over the last 70 years. They are looking for previous band members or relatives of founding members, to come along and share their experiences. Anyone with their own RAF Squadronaires story to tell should contact: www.rafsquadronaires.com
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