A String of Pearls (song) – 1942

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“A String of Pearls” is a 1941 song recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra on RCA Bluebird, composed by Jerry Gray with lyrics by Eddie DeLange.The song is a big band and jazz standard.

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded “A String of Pearls” on November 8, 1941, which was copyrighted and published by The Mutual Music Society, Inc., ASCAP. It was released as an RCA Bluebird 78 single, B-11382-B, backed with “Day Dreaming”, in 1941 by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra

Bobby Hackett did the famous Trumpet solo in the Glenn Miller version of the song..

The record was ranked No. 1 in the US for two weeks in 1942 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in a chart run of 21 weeks.


Cover versions

Connee Boswell’s recording for Decca Records in 1942 was among the very first vocals of the song ever waxed. The song was also recorded by Benny Goodman, Harry James, Woody Herman, Ritchie Lee, Kurt Edelhagen, Barney Kessel, Floyd Cramer, Dick Schory’s Percussion Pops Orchestra, Ernie Fields, James Last, Herb Miller, Geoff Love and His Orchestra, Felix Slatkin, Billy Maxted’s Manhattan Jazz Band, Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra, Hugo Montenegro, Marty Gold, Ray McKinley and the New Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ted Heath and His Orchestra, Enoch Light and the Light Brigade, Les and Larry Elgart, the Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra, the Freddie Mitchell Orchestra, Lawrence Welk, Joe Bob’s Nashville Sound Company, Diane Courtney, and Narciso Yepes, among others. Jazz pianist Stan Kenton recorded a live version with Red Kelly on bass and Lennie Niehaus on alto saxophone on the At the Las Vegas Tropicana album on Blue Note Records released in 1996.

The Benny Goodman recording was released as a V-Disc 78 single as No. 409A by the U.S. War Department in April, 1945.