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(I’ve Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo – Glenn Miller

March 7, 2022

Today’s song of the day is an American big band song, “(I’ve Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo,” by Glenn Miller.

Fun Facts:

  • The hit was recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and featured the vocals and musical stylings of Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, and The Modernaires, all of whom Glenn Miller frequently worked with.
  • “Kalamazoo” refers to the city of Kalamazoo in southwest Michigan, which became popularized after the song’s commercial success.
  • “(I’ve Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo” was featured in the musical film “Orchestra Wives.” Produced by 20th Century Fox in 1942, Glenn Miller played one of the starring roles.
  • The song was nominated for an Academy Award following the film’s release: Best Music, Original Song.
  • “(I’ve Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo” became the best-selling record of 1942, according to Billboard Magazine. It spent a total of nineteen weeks on Billboard’s top chart, eight of which were at number one.
  • Glenn Miller was born on March 1, 1904, in Clarinda, Iowa.
  • He went missing, presumed dead, over the English Channel on December 15, 1944.
  • He was in a small plane with only two other passengers. Although a number of conspiracy theories have popped up over the years, the most likely scenario is the plane crashed, and the passengers perished either directly from the crash or from hypothermia. At the time of his disappearance and presumed death, Miller was forty years old.



A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H, I got a gal in Kalamazoo

Don’t wanna boast

But I know she’s the toast

Of Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo

Years have gone by, my, my how she grew

I liked her looks

When I carried her books

In Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo

I’m gonna send a wire

Hoppin’ on a flyer

Leavin’ today

Am I dreamin’?

I can hear her screamin’

Hiya Mr.Jackson, everything’s O-K-A-L-A-M-A-Z-O

Oh, what a gal, a real pipperoo

I’ll make my bid

For that freckle-faced kid

I’m hurryin’ to

I’m goin’ to Michigan to see the sweetest gal in Kalamazoo

Zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo


K (K)

A (A)


Oh, what a gal, a real pipperoo

We’re goin’ to Michigan to see the sweetest gal in Kalamazoo