Wednesday, December 14, 2016 03:29 PM

JOHN SHEARER: REMEMBERING CITY'S REACTION TO PEARL HARBOR AND 'CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO' 75 YEARS AGO - THE CHATTANOOGAN

December 1941 was a time of local fear and uncertainty, but also determination, after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on that Dec. 7.But during those same unforgettable days 75 years ago this month, Chattanoogans were also experiencing some memories of the more positive kind on the musical front.The song, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, reached No. 1 on the Billboard magazine charts for the first time on Dec. 7, 1941, after being recorded several months earlier by the Glenn Miller Band for the movie, Sun Valley Serenade. And it would remain near the top for several weeks.This song about a fictitious train ride from New York to Chattanooga was quite a source of joy for the community. As the late former Convention and Visitors Bureau director Bob Elmore remarked about the songs impact in a 1994 interview, It was, I think, the single best thing that ever happened to Chattanooga as far as giving it worldwide name recognition.If a lot was written about the song and its success in the Chattanooga newspapers, it could not be found after a quick glance at microfilm, although some mention was made at the time Sun Valley Serenade played at the Tivoli six weeks or so ...

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