Chattanooga Choo Choo

Glenn Miller

About Chattanooga Choo Choo

"Chattanooga Choo Choo" is a 1941 song written by Mack Gordon and composed by Harry Warren. It was originally recorded as a big band/swing tune by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade. It was the first song to receive a gold record, presented by RCA Victor in 1942, for sales of 1.2 million copies.


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Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?
Track twenty nine, boy you can gimme a shine
I can afford to board a Chattanooga Choo Choo
I've got my fare and just a trifle to spare
You leave the Pennsylvania station 'bout a quarter to four
Read a magazine and then you're in Baltimore
Dinner in the diner, nothing could be finer
Than to have your ham 'n' eggs in Carolina
When you hear the whistle blowin' eight to the bar
Then you know that Tennessee is not very far
Shovel all the coal in, gotta keep it rollin'
Woo, woo, Chattanooga, there you are
There's gonna be a certain party at the station
Satin and lace, I used to call funny face
She's gonna cry until I tell her that I'll never roam

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Glenn Miller

Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – missing in action December 15, 1944) was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known Big Bands. Miller's notable recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", and "Little Brown Jug". While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, Glenn Miller disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. more »

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Written by: Mack Gordon, Harry Warren

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave

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12 facts about this song

"Chattanooga Choo Choo" was written by Harry Warren, who was one of America's most prolific film composers.
This song was notably performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, and is often associated with them.
It was first recorded in 1941, gaining instant popularity.
The song was originally featured in the comedy film "Sun Valley Serenade," boosting its profile.
"Chattanooga Choo Choo" became the first song to receive a gold record presented by RCA Victor, for sales exceeding 1.2 million copies.
It topped the Billboard charts in 1941 and stayed there for seven weeks.
The lyrics of the song trace the route of a train traveling from New York to Chattanooga, famously including the line "Pardon me, boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?"
This song helped to popularize the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and has been commemorated with a sign at the city's train depot.
Over the years, "Chattanooga Choo Choo" has been covered by many artists, including the British pop duo Erasure in 2007.
In 2001, it was ranked as one of the top 100 songs of the century by the Recording Industry Association of America.
It's a perfect example of Big Band and swing music that was popular during the 1930s and 1940s.
In 1996, "Chattanooga Choo Choo" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance".

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