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    Did you know? Glenn Miller s number one hit Elmer s Tune in 1941 was written by a mortician. Young Elmer Albrecht worked next door to Chicago s Aragon
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      Did you know?  Glenn Miller 's number one hit ''Elmer's Tune'' in 1941 was written by a mortician. Young Elmer Albrecht worked next door to Chicago's Aragon Ballroom and received permission to use one of their pianos on his lunch hours. Bandleader Dick Jurgens went up one noon hour to get his mail and heard it and liked Albrecht's tune. He asked the title; Albrecht said there wasn't a title, but gave Dick permission to play it, and Dick arranged it for his orchestra. Glenn Miller heard Jurgen's instrumental recording and asked Dick for the lyrics. Told there weren't any, he asked lyricist Sammy Gallop to write the words. Sammy did and read them over the telephone to Glenn the night before one of Glenn's broadcasts. The rest is history.

      Here are the lyrics:

      Why are the stars always winkin and blinkin' above?
      What makes a fella' start thinkin' of fallin' in love?
      It's not the season, the reason, it's plain as the moon,
      It's just Elmer's tune.

      What makes a lady of eighty go out on the loose?
      Why does a gander meander in search of a goose?
      What puts the kick in a chicken, the magic in June?
      It's just Elmer's tune.

      Listen! Listen! There's a lot you're liable to be missin'.
      Sing it! Swing it  any ol' way and any ol' time.
      The hurdy-gurdies, the birdies, the cop on the beat,
      The candy maker, the baker, the man on the street,
      The city charmer, the farmer, the Man in the Moon,
      All sing Elmer's tune.

      The hurdy-gurdies, the birdies, the cop on the beat,
      The banker and the man on the street
      The city charmer, the farmer, the Man in the Moon,
      All sing Elmer's tune.
      They all sing Elmer's tune,
      They all sing Elmer's tune.

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