In the Mood

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composition date
1939
genre
Pop
songwriter(s)
Andy Razaf
Joe Garland
related performer(s)
Glenn Miller

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Joe Garland and Wingy Manone’s 1937 tune “Tar Paper Stomp” was adapted by Garland for “In the Mood.” Andy Razaf added a fine (if often ignored) lyric. Garland offered the song to Artie Shaw but the bandleader thought it too long. Miller picked it up, made a few cuts—and it became his theme song.

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