Jukebox Saturday Night – Glenn Miller

February 21, 2022

Today’s song of the day is an American swing and big band song, “Jukebox Saturday Night,” by Glenn Miller and featuring the vocals of Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke and The Modernaires.

Fun Facts:

  • “Jukebox Saturday Night” was written by American lyricists Al Stillman and Paul McGrane in 1942.
  • The song features the singing might of Glenn Miller, Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke, and The Modernaires. The latter three are best known for their work with Miller, particularly in relation to the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
  • Miller was a prominent figure during the Swing Era, most notably as the bandleader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, also known as Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.
  • Nino and the Ebb Tides, a doo-wop singing group, famously covered “Jukebox Saturday Night” in 1961. Their version of the hit reached number 57 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
  • In 1942, Miller decided to join the military. Once a member of the army, he used his musical skills and leadership expertise to create the Army Air Forces Band.
  • On December 15, 1944, Miller disappeared while on a flight from Bedford to Paris. The plane, a small, single-engine bush plane, disappeared over the English Channel. The whereabouts of those aboard, including Miller, remain unknown. Most likely, however, the plane crashed and the wreckage was never found.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

Moppin’ up soda pop rickeys

To our heart’s delight

Dancin’ to swingeroo quickies

Jukebox Saturday night

Goodman and Kyser and Miller

Help to make things bright

Mixin’ hot licks with vanilla

Jukebox Saturday night

They put nothin’ past us

Me and honey lamb

Making one Coke last us

Till it’s time to scram

Money we really don’t need bad,

We make out alright

Lettin’ the other guy feed that

Jukebox Saturday night

After sippin’ a soda we got a scheme

Somebody else plays the record machine

It’s so easy to say pet names

When you listen to the trumpet of Harry James…

We love to hear that tenor croon

Whenever the Ink Spots sing a tune…

If I didn’t know why the roses grow

Then I wouldn’t know why the roses grow…

(Spoken) Now listen, honey child,

If I didn’t know all them little things I’m supposed to know

Then I sure would be a SAD man

If I didn’t know…

Money we really don’t need it,

We make out alright

Lettin’ the other guy feed that

Jukebox Saturday night!

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