1942: Glenn Miller Song Immortalizes Kalamazoo

May 20, 2023 all-day

Glenn Miller recorded “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” on May 20, 1942.

The song would resonate with women — as well as swing dancers of both genders — far beyond southwestern Michigan.

Since 1996, the song has been a regular pregame offering of the Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band, according to Cheryl Roland, a spokeswoman for the school, which is based in Kalamazoo.

And when the marching band releases a CD of its classics or performs in a season-concluding concert, the tune is always one of the highlights.

Source : “This week in Michigan history … ‘I’ve Got a Gal’ got its rhythm from Kalamazoo”, Detroit Free Press, May 20, 2012.

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra Perform I’ve Got A Gal in Kalamazoo via YouTube

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