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Seriously, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?
They say it doesn't matter whether you're in Chicago, San Francisco or London; when you tell people you're from Chattanooga, they'll immediately begin to sing or think about Glenn Miller's hit song, "Chattanooga Choo Choo. For Justin Strickland, author of the book "Chattanooga's Terminal Station" and self-proclaimed train nerd, that moment came in while riding the Amtrak from New York City to Albany. It's just amazing that on a train on the Hudson River is when I heard someone humming the song. Sadly, Strickland continues, his voice growing somber, he believes that instant recognition of the city's railroad heritage is becoming less common. Though most people still know about the famed "Chattanooga Choo Choo" song and can even recite the lyrics backwards and forwards, Strickland believes fewer people truly know why the song was so popular and understand just how important it was — and still is — for the city.
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The first train arrived at Terminal Station on December 1, The depot grew to serve nearly 50 passenger trains a day. World War II had ended and the use of automobiles became more prevalent. Southern Railway vacated Terminal Station soon after. Terminal Station seemed destined for demolition, the fate of many other regional train stations at that time. However, Terminal Station was rescued by a group of local businessmen who were inspired by the theme of the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" song, made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. They invested four million dollars before its new grand opening.
The song opens up with the band, sounding like a train rolling out of the station, complete with the trumpets and trombones imitating a train whistle, before the instrumental portion comes in playing two parts of the main melody. This is followed by the vocal introduction of four lines before the main part of the song is heard. The main song opens with a dialog between a passenger and a shoeshine boy :. The singer describes the train's route, originating from Pennsylvania Station in New York and running through Baltimore to North Carolina before reaching Chattanooga. He mentions a woman he knew from an earlier time in his life, who will be waiting for him at the station and with whom he plans to settle down for good. After the entire song is sung, the band plays two parts of the main melody as an instrumental, with the instruments imitating the "WHOO WHOO" of the train as the song ends. The rpm was recorded on May 7, , for RCA Victor 's Bluebird label and became the first to be certified a gold disc on February 10, , for 1,, sales. In the early s a two-channel recording of a portion of the Sun Valley Serenade soundtrack was discovered, allowing reconstruction of a true- stereo version of the film performance. The composition was nominated for an Academy Award in for Best Song from a movie.