Tuxedo Junction

1940 sheet music cover for the Glenn Miller recording, Lewis Music, New York
The Glenn Miller single on Bluebird Records

Popular song written by Erskine Hawkins, Bill Johnson, and Julian Dash with lyrics by Buddy Feyne.

- Tuxedo Junction
1940 sheet music cover for the Glenn Miller recording, Lewis Music, New York

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Buddy Feyne in 1946

Buddy Feyne

American lyricist during the swing era.

American lyricist during the swing era.

Buddy Feyne in 1946

He wrote the lyrics for "Tuxedo Junction", which went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1940 when Glenn Miller recorded it, "Jersey Bounce", which was No. 15 on the Cash Box Hit Parade of 1942., and "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid".

Hawkins circa 1940s

Erskine Hawkins

American trumpeter and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel".

American trumpeter and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel".

Hawkins circa 1940s
Erskine Hawkins

He is best remembered for composing the jazz standard "Tuxedo Junction" (1939) with saxophonist and arranger Bill Johnson.

Manhattan Transfer from left to right: Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, and Tim Hauser

The Manhattan Transfer

Grammy award-winning vocal group founded in 1969 that has explored a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.

Grammy award-winning vocal group founded in 1969 that has explored a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.

Manhattan Transfer from left to right: Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, and Tim Hauser

The Manhattan Transfer (Atlantic, 1975) lacked the condescension of the previous album, presenting instead serious vocalese renditions of "Java Jive" and "Tuxedo Junction" and scoring a Hot 100 top 25 hit with the gospel-tinged "Operator."

Benny Goodman, one of the first swing bandleaders to achieve widespread fame

Julian Dash

American swing music jazz tenor saxophonist born in Charleston, South Carolina, United States, probably better known for his work with Erskine Hawkins and Buck Clayton.

American swing music jazz tenor saxophonist born in Charleston, South Carolina, United States, probably better known for his work with Erskine Hawkins and Buck Clayton.

Benny Goodman, one of the first swing bandleaders to achieve widespread fame

He is recognised, with Hawkins and fellow sax player Bill Johnson, in composing the swing tune "Tuxedo Junction", which became an immense hit when recorded by other (mainly white) bands, notably that of Glenn Miller.

Chitlin' Circuit

Collection of performance venues throughout the eastern, southern, and upper Midwest areas of the United States that provided commercial and cultural acceptance for African American musicians, comedians, and other entertainers during the era of racial segregation in the United States through the 1960s.

Collection of performance venues throughout the eastern, southern, and upper Midwest areas of the United States that provided commercial and cultural acceptance for African American musicians, comedians, and other entertainers during the era of racial segregation in the United States through the 1960s.

The song "Tuxedo Junction" was written about a stop along the Chitlin' Circuit in Birmingham.

Miller c. 1942

Glenn Miller

American big band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the Swing era.

American big band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the Swing era.

Miller c. 1942
1939 Baltimore Hippodrome Ballroom concert poster.
First gold record award for "Chattanooga Choo Choo" presented to Glenn Miller by W. Wallace Early of RCA Victor with announcer Paul Douglas on far left, February 10, 1942
Bust outside the Corn Exchange in Bedford, England, where Miller played in World War II
U.S. Army Air Force UC-64
Monument in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut
Glenn Miller SwingFest logo

Miller's 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", "Elmer's Tune", "Little Brown Jug", and "Anvil Chorus".

Bill Johnson (reed player)

American alto saxophonist, clarinetist, and arranger.

American alto saxophonist, clarinetist, and arranger.

His recordings with Hawkins include "Uptown Shuffle"' (1939, Bb 10504) and "Bear Mash Blues" (1942, Bb 30-0813); he also arranged the former title, as well as "Uncle Bud" (1941, Bb 11372), and he composed "Tuxedo Junction" with Hawkins.

Bama State Collegians

Student jazz orchestra made up of students at Alabama State University.

Student jazz orchestra made up of students at Alabama State University.

In 1934, the entire group travelled to New York and became the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, recording hit records such as Tuxedo Junction, which rose to No. 7 nationally by Erskine Hawkins and No. 1 by Glenn Miller.

Promotional movie poster for the film

The Glenn Miller Story

1954 American biographical film about the eponymous American band-leader, directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart in their second non-western collaboration.

1954 American biographical film about the eponymous American band-leader, directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart in their second non-western collaboration.

Promotional movie poster for the film

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Ensley (Birmingham)

Large city neighborhood in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States.

Large city neighborhood in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States.

An industrial scene in Ensley (1937)

In 1939 the hit song "Tuxedo Junction" made the spot nationally famous.