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"(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo" is a #1 popular song recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra in 1942. It was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren and published in 1942. It was featured in the musical film Orchestra Wives and was recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, featuring Tex BenekeMarion Hutton and The Modernaires, who released it as an A side 78 in 1942, 27934-A. The B side was "At Last".

BackgroundEdit

The song popularized the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Although originally recorded by the Glenn Miller band with Tex Beneke on lead vocals, it was recreated by the fictional Gene Morrison Orchestra performing as the Glenn Miller Band and the Nicholas Brothers(performing the song as part of a dance sequence) in the 1942 20th Century Fox movie Orchestra Wives.[1][2] The song was nominated for Best Music, Original Song at the Academy AwardsHarry Warren (music), Mack Gordon (lyrics).[2][3]

ReceptionEdit

The Glenn Miller record was the year's best-selling recording in the United States, according to Billboard magazine. It spent nineteen weeks on the Billboard charts, including eight weeks in first place.[4] The song was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of "Best Music, Original Song" in 1943.

Other RecordingsEdit

The Four King Sisters recorded the song in 1942 on RCA Bluebird.[5Louis Armstrong recorded the song in 1943. The song has also been recorded and performed by the Andrews Sisters,[6Benny GoodmanDinah ShoreSteve Lawrence and Eydie GormeKate Smith,Jimmy DorseyPaul Whiteman, The Mariachi Brass featuring Chet BakerJoe LossSyd Lawrence, The Marshalls, Ken DeloTed Heath, the Harry Roy and the Mayfair Hotel Orchestra, Kai WindingFrankie Carle, Bobby Krane, Frank Barber, Meco, Lazlo, Kings of Swing,Ronnie VerrellJack ParnellLionel Newman, BBC Big Band Orchestra, Harvey Korman on The Carol Burnett Show in 1976, Barry Wood, John Keating, Alice BabsRay McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the John Miller Orchestra, Lynda Carter and Ben Vereen, and the Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band.

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