The Glenn Miller Trust
|He was someone's brother.
He was someone's son. And, he was a healthy, young teenager with bright
and brilliant dreams of becoming a popular singer like his brother, Bob.
He hoped he was not destined to remain in Hoosick Falls, New York. And
he prayed he wouldn't spend the rest of his days shucking clams at his
folks hotel restaurant.
Although he was only eighteen and still in high school, Ray Eberle had performed locally with Don Weston's band, but nothing that came close to what was happening in the big world out there. Namely, New York City. It was the core, the center of the onset of the big band explosion. The city brewed like a volcano preparing to erupt in song and style and the very thought sent my father into his own dream world.
|Meanwhile, Glenn Miller was
in the midst of putting together his
final and best band. His success thus far had been minimal and he
knew he needed a tight band and great singer to compete. Glenn
had experience in the music business and he knew what sounded
good and what looked good, too. Now, I'm not a believer of luck (dumb
or any other kind), but I do believe in happenstance ? good fortune.
On this particular day in New York City, a historical meeting took place.
It was a pivotal day in the future of the big band era.
The very afternoon Dad took the train from upstate New York to visit
his brother, Bob, was the very afternoon Glenn decided to sit in on
Jimmy Dorsey's show to watch Bob Eberly perform. Glenn was in the
market for a good singer, and truth be known, if he could've had
Uncle Bob for himself, he would have. He thought Bob was handsome
and sang with beauty and style. However, his prayers were soon
As Miller sat with Jimmy Dorsey's manager
watching the show, Ray Eberle bound past his table toward the stage
to see his brother. Glenn, who believed he was seeing double, immediately
sat up and kept his eyes upon my father. Another Bob?
He was someone's brother.
He was someone's son.
He was someone's idol.
He was my Dad.
This is One of my favouite Ray Eberle songs. (Pete King)
Jan Eberle's Book about her dad Ray Eberle, is now available. ...
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