An all-female French quartet has released a version of Glenn Miller’s famous “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” song.
The group describes themselves as “young, passionate women who have decided to revive the swing and glamour of the 1950s in their looks and music.” They list influences that include popular all-female American groups such as the Andrews Sisters, McGuire Sisters and The Chordettes.
In the video (see above), the group seems to be traveling through time. They arrive, bags in hand, at a modern train station, where they discover a mysterious jukebox. After pressing “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” the film transforms from color to black and white. The familiar song begins, and the women are seen at a 1940s train station in period attire.
And although their accents are heavy, the group’s honest interpretation of the song is evident.
With the video, the group said on Facebook they are attempting to “release a little dream and glamour . to counter the sad news.”
Click here to view the video on their website.
The video was directed by the Satin Doll Sisters and shot at the Gare de Mulhouse in Mulhouse, Alsace, France.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Miller’s orchestral version of the song. Chattanooga held a citywide celebration at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel in May to honor how the song put Chattanooga on the map.
The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau also released a video highlighting the 75th anniversary. In the video, music historian Robert K. Oermann discusses the importance of Miller’s recording, which was the first-ever certified gold record.