Celebrating 75 years of 'Chattanooga Choo Choo'
On the 75th anniversary of the first recording of Chattanooga Choo Choo by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, and all-day and all-night party is underway at the song's namesake station.
It has been 75 years since Chattanooga Choo Choo was first recorded, and a big celebration was underway all day Saturday and into the night at the song's namesake. The party began with a rousing rendition of he tune played by a mass marching band featuring members from East Ridge, East Hamilton, Soddy Daisy, and Ooltewah Bands in the Hamilton County School System.
With words by Mack Gordon and music by Harry Warren, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded the piece on May 7, 1941 for RCA Victor's Bluebird Label. By December, it was number one across the country and remained there for nine weeks. The song would go on to sell over 1.2 million copies and become the first-ever certified gold record. At Saturday's ceremony, Cindy Dupree from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development presented Choo Choo President Adam Kinsey with a plaque featuring a vintage copy of the record in honor of the day.
Renovations continue at the Choo Choo and Station Street. The Glenn Miller Gardens have now been dedicated and Miller will be the first honoree in a newly inaugurated Track of Fame, set in place to recognize notable people in the Scenic City.