Colorado Music Hall of Fame to Induct Miller, Whiteman, Murray
I once again visited the Colorado Music Hall of Fame at the base of the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater. Checking out their web site the announcement has been made for the next batch of inductees which includes three big band leaders of world renown, Glenn Miller, Billy Murray, and Paul Whiteman along with more locally based long-entertainers, Lannie Garrett, rag time piano player Max Morath and actress/vocalist Elizabeth Spencer. The induction will be on April 6th, 2015 – Visit the Hall’s Web Site to learn more.
Colorado’s Big Three Legacy
The trio of Billy Murray, Paul Whiteman and Glenn Miller all claimed local ties to Colorado. Vocalists and band leader Murray was born in 1877 and moved to Denver in 1882. Whiteman was born in Denver and attended East High School. And Glenn Miller was born in Iowa in 1904 moving to Fort Morgan, Colorado in 1918. Miller would briefly attend the University of Colorado before embarking on his short but amazing career. All three departed Colorado as they entered their young adult years to make their mark on the musical world.
The recording success of this trio is truly worthy of induction into any music hall of fame, with all three ranking toward the top of all recording acts for all-time:
Billy Murray Discography
Billy Murray had 120 Top 100 recordings including 15 number 1 hits – Ranks as the #5 all-time recording artist based on chart activity
Paul Whiteman Discography
Paul Whiteman had 209 Top 100 recordings including 29 number 1 hits – Ranks as the #3 all-time recording artist based on chart activity
Glenn Miller Discography
Glenn Miller had 116 Top 100 recordings including 22 number 1 hits – Ranks as the #8 all-time recording artist based on chart activity