Lenny Herman and 1950s Lounge Music – Phantom Dancer 4 Oct 2022


Lenny Herman accordionist and xylophonist led what was dubbed ‘The Mightiest Little Band in the Land’ in the 1940s and 50s. For fans of 1950s Lounge Music albums, here’s one of those bent easy listening orchestras live on 1948 and 1957 radio as this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

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LENNY

Lenny was a ‘best-seller on stereophonic tape’ (he released songs on reel-to-reel tape) and a band with bright party-like LP album covers from the 1950s beloved of record bin hunters with a penchant for the staidly wacky.

The Lenny Herman Quintet that you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer airchecks:

Lenny Herman – Accordion, Vibraphone, And Vocals
Alan Shurr – Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, And Vocals
Charles Shaw – Piano, Celeste, And Organ
Earl “Gumpy” Comfort – Violin, String Bass, And Vocals
Stan Scott – Drums

Lenny Herman’s legacy has been dumped on from great heights by contemporary music reviewers such as Eugene Chadbourne who wrote in All-Music:

“Lenny Herman is sometimes described as a jazz bandleader of the ’40s and ’50s, yet his band bus was really more of a bandwagon, using the latter word in terms of a fad or flavor of the day.

He got in early on [sic], covering “Daddy’s Little Girl” in 1947, and not with the shroud that might have really been appropriate with this anthem of treacle. Alternate publications of the sheet music for this song featured photographs of artists who recorded it; the version with the Lennie Herman Quintet describes the group as “Latin-American.” Despite this stylistic designation the small combo was also featured on a recording of “Grandfather’s Clock” the year before.

Herman also took charge of much larger groups, building a reputation as a big-band leader that eventually eclipsed that of the quintet, if a word as mighty as “eclipsed” can be used to describe something more like a radar blip than a super nova.

He recorded orchestra sides such as “When You Fall in Love” for Decca and a nifty red vinyl 45 entitled “Mightiest Lil’ Band in the Land.” During the early ’50s Herman was on the front line of the new trends in commercial children’s music, waving a diaper like a flag of surrender.

He used the quintet to cut “Percy the Pale Faced Polar Bear” in 1951 and eventually had enough tracks for tots and tykes to tote up the early-’60s Family Album LP, also featuring singer Ginny Gibson. The 1957 Dance Party showcases Herman’s talents on both accordion and xylophone, the set list consisting mostly of Tin Pan Alley hits.”

The reviewer, Eugene Chadbourne, and his Electric Rake…

HERMAN

Lenny gets a fairer review in musicbio.org:

“Although generally uncelebrated during his career being a band head, Lenny Herman made a substantial contribution towards the dance band music of NY, USA, from the first 50s onwards.

Located in hotels like the Astor, Edison, Roosevelt, Waldorf-Astoria and New Yorker, his small band, frequently dubbed ‘The Mightiest Small Music group In The Property’, etched an absolute impression over the night time dancers of these establishments with music such as for example ‘No Foolin’’.

Led by Herman’s accordion playing, the music group, which hardly ever numbered a lot more than ten and sometimes significantly less than eight, also discovered engagements additional afield in Philadelphia (the Warwick Resort), Atlantic Town (the Straymore Resort), Virginia Seaside (the Cavalier Resort) and Dallas (the Baker Resort).

With the middle-60s the music group had moved completely towards the Lake Tahoe region, where the right now five or six solid ensemble gained its living playing to combined audiences in the resort hotels.”

So now enjoy Lenny Herman on this week’s Phantom Dancer in airchecks from 1948 and 1957…

4 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 4 October 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Tex Beneke
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Uncle Remus
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Tex Beneke, Jenny O’Conner and the Mellowlarks
‘March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Falling Leaves
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Somewhere in the Night
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Gary Stevens
‘March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Give Me Five Minutes More + Moonlight Serenade (theme) Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Tex Beneke
‘March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Set 2
Your Hit Parade
Intro + I’m Gunna Love That Guy + It’s Gotta Be This or That
Joan Edwards
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Oct 1945
I’ll Buy That Dream
The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Oct 1945
On The Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe
Dick Todd
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Oct 1945
Set 3
Latin Rhythms
My Shawl (theme) + In a Little Spanish Town
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
Roseland Ballroom
WABC ABC NY
1958
Rhumba
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
Roseland Ballroom
WABC ABC NY
1958
Besume
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
Roseland Ballroom
WABC ABC NY
1958
Rhumba
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
Roseland Ballroom
WABC ABC NY
1958
Set 4
Lenny Herman
Cecilia
Lenny Herman Quintet
Golden Thread Room
Hotel New Yorker
WCBS CBS NYC
1957
Kisses Are Better Than Roses
Lenny Herman Quintet (voc) Alan Shurr
Golden Thread Room
Hotel New Yorker
WCBS CBS NYC
1957
Don’t Forbid Me
Lenny Herman Quintet (voc) The Hermanaires
Golden Thread Room
Hotel New Yorker
WCBS CBS NYC
1957
Noon Balloon to Rangoon + In Ol’ Kalua (theme)
Lenny Herman Quintet
Hotel Astor
WNBC NBC NYC
25 Jun 1948
Set 5
Western Swing
Does My Baby Love Me, Yes Sir!
Jimmie Revard and his Oklahoma Playboys
Comm Rec
San Antonio TX
14 Sep 1937
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
W. Lee O’Daniel (voc) Texas Rose
Comm Rec
Dallas TX
15 May 1938
Sam the Old Accordian Man
Adolph Hofner and His Texans
Comm Rec
Dallas TX
13 Feb 1940
Get Hot
W. Lee O’Daniel
Comm Rec
San Antonio TX
21 Nov 1936
Set 6
Tommy Dorsey
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Bob Allen
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
11 Feb 1941
I Dream of You
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Bob Allen
‘For the Record’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
17 Apr 1944
Always in My Heart
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra
‘Raleigh Show’
Capitol Theatre
WJSV CBS Washington DC
18 Aug 1942
Losers Weepers
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
26 Nov 1940
Set 7
Lester Young
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Three Little Words
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NYC
5 Sep 1956
How High the Moon
Lester Young Jam Session (voc) Ella Fitzgerald ‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
27 Nov 1948
Set 8
Blues & Cool
Empty Bed Blues + Love My Baby + Improvised Blues + Theme
Johnny Otis Orchestra and Jubilee All-Stars (voc) Ivie Anderson + Joe Turner
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
I’ll Remember April
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Aircheck
Jan 1954

Chiemi Eri and 1950s Japanese Jazz – Phantom Dancer 27 Sept 2022


Chiemi Eri was a Japanese actor and singer of folk songs and jazz. She is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, on which she even sings a Turkish folk song.

Japanese Jazz TV from 1960 with vocal duo, The Peanut Sisters…

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 27 September) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

Chiemi Eri sings Come On To My House from a Japanese movie…

ERI

Chiemi Eri (江利 チエミEri Chiemi, was born as Chiemi Kubo (久保 智恵美Kubo Chiemi) in Tokyo.

In 1951 she started her singing career at the age of 14 with her recording of “Tennessee Waltz.”

She sang mostly traditional Japanese songs and some American songs such as “Jambalaya” and “Come on-a My House” backed by saxophonist Nobuo Hara’s Orchestra. She sang the latter in three movies.

NHK TV Variety Show from Feb 1965, ‘Let’s Meet in a Dream’…

CHIEMI

Chiemi was one of Japan’s best-known singers in the 1950s-60s-70s and also appeared in numerous television shows from the early 1950s until just before her accidental death in 1984.

She sang with the Count Basie Orchestra and you’ll hear in concert recordings of two songs she sang with Basie, ‘Our Love is Here to Stay’ and ‘The Carioca’.

27 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 27 September 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Tommy Tucker
My Heart Sings
Tommy Tucker Orchestra (voc) Don Brown and the Three Two-Timers
‘Spotlight Bands’
North Chicago
Blue Network
11 Jan 1945
Comin’ Round the Corner
Tommy Tucker Orchestra (voc) Don Brown and the Three Two-Timers
‘Spotlight Bands’
North Chicago
Blue Network
11 Jan 1945
There Goes That Song Again
Tommy Tucker Orchestra (voc) Don Brown
‘Spotlight Bands’
North Chicago
Blue Network
11 Jan 1945
Brass Hat + I Love You (theme) Tommy Tucker Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
North Chicago
Blue Network
11 Jan 1945
Set 2
World Jazz Series
Intro + Drum Boogie
Louis Armstrong + Gene Krupa Trio
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Record Rap
Louis Armstrong
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Unnannounced
Dizzy Gillespie
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Set 3
Meredith Willson conducts
Who’s Dream Are You? (theme) + Ain’t Misbehavin’
Armed Forces Radio Orchestra
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Nagasaki + Ta-Ra-Ra-Bomm-De-Ay + Zing Went the Strings of My Heart
Armed Forces Radio Orchestra
AFRS Hollywood
1944
I’ll Never Be The Same + Rosalita + Talk of the Town
Armed Forces Radio Orchestra
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Melancholy Baby + Tea for Two + Wildflower + Through the Years
Armed Forces Radio Orchestra
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Set 4
Chiemi Eri
Stardust
Chiemi Eri (voc) Hiroshi Watanabe and his Star Dusters
‘Sunday  Jazz Concert’
Sankei Hall, Tokyo 15 Apr 1956
Walking My Baby Back Home
Chiemi Eri (voc) Nobuo Hara and Sharps & Flats
Comm Rec
Tokyo
1953
Uskudara
Chiemi Eri (voc) Nobuo Hara and Sharps & Flats
Comm Rec
Tokyo
1954
Our Love is Here to Stay + Carioca
Chiemi Eri (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
Comm Rec
Tokyo
8 Jun 1963
Set 5
1940s Swing
Gin Mill Special
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Bonne-Intermezzo
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
3 Jan 1947
Jean
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Hotel Claremont
San Francisco
11 Jul 1945
Dinah + Gypsy Love Song
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
16 Jul 1945
Set 6
Eddie Condon
I Got Rhythm
Eddie Condon Group
‘Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
5 Aug 1944
Blues Round My Head
Eddie Condon Group (voc and cl) Woody Herman
‘Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
27 Jan 1945
Back Home Again in Indiana
Eddie Condon Group (tp) Billy Butterfield
‘Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
27 Jan 1945
Wolverine Blues + Ensemble Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
15 Jul 1944
Set 7
Artie Shaw
Non-Stop Flight
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
27 Sep 1938
Snug As a Bug in a Rug
Artie Shaw Orchestra Comm Rec
New York City
17 Mar 1939
This Is It
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
31 Jan 1939
Serenade to a Savage
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Comm Rec
Hollywood
22 Jun 1939
Set 8
Blues & Cool
S.K Blues
Joe Turner (voc) Johnny Otis Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Empty Bed Blues + Love My Baby + Improvised Blues + Theme
Johnny Otis Orchestra and Jubilee All-Stars (voc) Ivie Anderson + Joe Turner
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
I’ll Remember April
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Aircheck
Jan 1954

Johnny Ace: The Tear Beat on the Blue Note – Phantom Dancer 20 September 2022


Johnny Ace, R’n’B star from the early 1950s, known as ‘The Tear Beat on the Blue Note’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 20 September at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

JOHNNY

John Marshall Alexander Jr., known by the stage name Johnny Ace, was an American rhythm-and-blues singer and musician. He had a string of hit singles in the mid 1950s. Ace died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound playing silly-buggers backstage at a concert, aged 25 and had two children.

Born the son of a baptist preacher who allowed no blues in the house. Ace dropped out of high school to join the US Navy. He was reported AWOL for much of his time there.

On discharge he joined Adolph Duncan’s Band as a pianist, playing around Beale Street in Memphis. The network of local musicians became known as the Beale Streeters, which included B. B. KingBobby BlandJunior ParkerEarl Forest, and Roscoe Gordon. Initially, they weren’t an official band, but at times there was a leader and they played on each other’s records.

In 1951 Ike Turner, who was a talent scout and producer for Modern Records, arranged for Ace and other Beale Streeters to record for Turner’s label. Alexander played piano on some of King’s records for RPM Records and backed King during broadcasts on WDIA in Memphis. When King departed for Los Angeles and Bland left the group, Ace took over both Bland’s vocal duties and King’s radio show on WDIA.

David James Mattis, program director at WDIA and founder of Duke Records, claimed that he created the stage name of Johnny Ace: “Johnny” for Johnny Ray and “Ace” for the Four Aces

ACE

Ace signed to Duke in 1952 and released his first recording, “My Song”, an urbane “heart ballad” which topped the R&B chart for nine weeks beginning in September. He began heavy touring, often with Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. In the next two years, Ace had eight hits in a row, including “Cross My Heart”, “Please Forgive Me”, “The Clock”, “Yes, Baby”, “Saving My Love for You” and “Never Let Me Go”.

In November 1954, Ace ranked No. 16 on the Billboard 1954 Disk Jockey Poll for R&B Favorite Artists.

In December 1954, he was named the Most Programmed Artist of 1954, according to the results of a national poll of disc jockeys conducted by the U.S. trade weekly Cash Box.

Early in 1955, Duke Records announced that three of his 1954 recordings, along with Thornton’s “Hound Dog“, had sold more than 1,750,000 copies.

“Pledging My Love” was a posthumous R&B number 1 hit for ten weeks beginning February 12, 1955. As Billboard bluntly put it, Ace’s death “created one of the biggest demands for a record that has occurred since the death of Hank Williams just over two years ago.”

Soon after Ace’s death, in early 1955, Varetta Dillard recorded ‘Johnny Has Gone’ for Savoy Records. She incorporated many of Ace’s song titles in the lyrics. This was the first of the many teen tragedy records that were to follow in the later 50s and early 1960s

20 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 September 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Les Brown  
Leap Frog (theme) + Long Ago and Far Away
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Butch Stone
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Going My Way
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Gordon Drake
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Bizet Has His Day + Leap Frog (theme)
Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Set 2
Woody Herman  
Blue Flame (theme) + The Magpie
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Apple Honey
 
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Caldonia
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Woody Herman
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Set 3
Stan Daugherty  
Blue Days (theme) + Just Anybody
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
Half a Love
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
A1 in the Army and A1 in my Heart + Few and Far Between
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
A Heavenly Hideaway + Blue Days (theme)
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
Set 4
Johnny Ace 1954 R’n’B  
Don’t You Know
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Never Let Me Go
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
No Money
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Pledging My Love + Let’s Go (close)
Johnny Ace + The Routers (on Let’s Go, 1962)
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Set 5
Women Singers on 1940s Radio  
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Ginny Simms
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC NYC
1 Mar 1947
There’s a Small Hotel
Ella Logan
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Long Ago and Far Away
Elizabeth Rogers (voc) Russ Morgan Orchestra
Garden Court
Hotel Claremont
San Francisco
11 Jul 1945
Santa Catalina
Dorothy Collins (voc) Raymond Scott Orchestra
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
16 Sep 1947
Set 6
1930s – 40s Australian Swing  
Pink Elephants
Jim Davidson and his Palais Royale Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
6 Jun 1933
Jungle Jive
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Hang Your Heart on a Hickory Limb
Jim Davidson and his Australian Broadcasting Commission Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jul 1939
There Goes That Song Again
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Set 7
Radio Trad Jazz  
Strut Miss Lizzie
Graeme Bell and his Dixieland Jazz Band (voc) Roger Bell
3AW
Melbourne
1949
St Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
Blue Note
WLS ABC Chicago
11 Dec 1948
Royal Garden Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1950
Hindustan
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NYC
4 Jul 1939
Set 8
1930s Dance Bands  
The Very Thought of You (theme) + Flowers for Madame
Ray Noble Orchestra (voc) Al Bowlly
‘Coty Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
13 Mar 1935
The Continental
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1935
When Gimbal Hits the Cymbal
Joe Haymes Orchestra
Grill Room
Hotel Alpen
WABC CBS NYC
29 Jan 1935
Tea for Two + Close
George Hall Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937

Sorcery & Swing Comes to Melbourne 7 October


Sorcery and Swing comes to Melbourne, Friday 7 October. Book Now!

Join us for this Unique Roaring Twenties music and magic Dinner Show.

Bookings & Enquiries: https://www.kelvinclub.com/whats-on or (03) 9654 5711

6.30pm ARRIVAL for 7.00pm START at the Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, Melbourne

FEATURING MAGIC and MUSIC – SORCERY and SWING
Vaudeville brought back to life as you dine in style in the sophisticated Kelvin Club

In singer, Greg Poppleton’s 1920s band, Melbourne’s finest trad musicians…

Ian Smith – sousaphone and cornet
Jason Downes – saxophone and clarinet
Peter Baylor – guitar

The Kelvin Club will be transforming into a “Roaring Twenties” speakeasy for this not-to-be-missed event!

“Moonshine” and canapés served on arrival – together with intimate close-up miracles from The Gentleman Magician.

◆ THE SORCERY… The engaging magic of Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician

◆ THE SWING… The superb 1920s-1930s music of Greg Poppleton and his band

ENJOY DINNER AND DANCING ACCOMPANIED BY THE MUSIC OF “TIN PAN ALLEY” – FEATURING…

Greg Poppleton – Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer
Ian Smith – sousaphone and cornet
Peter Baylor – guitar
Jason Downes – clarinet and alto saxophone

  • Hear the captivating crooning of Greg Poppleton and his band
  • Unique storytelling magic by Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician
  • Fabulous 2-course dinner
  • Authentic speakeasy
  • A glass of authentic sparkling wine ‘Moonshine’ and canapes on arrival

The Great Gatsby never had it so good!

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and The Gentleman Magician Bruce Glen - Sorcery & Magic Show
Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and The Gentleman Magician Bruce Glen – Sorcery & Magic Show

Venue: Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, Melbourne 3000
Time: 6.30pm arrival for 7.00 pm start
Dress Code: 1920s Guys in ties, Girls in pearls
Single Tickets: $95 per person + booking fee
Inclusive of sparkling wine “moonshine” and canapés on arrival, 2-course dinner, entertainment, GST

Bookings & Enquiries: https://www.kelvinclub.com/whats-on or (03) 9654 5711

BRUCE GLEN BIO

Bruce Glen’s Magical Soirées are best described as ‘storytelling magic shows for adults – but not necessarily grown-ups’. They feature cutting-edge magic that seemingly defies the laws of physics – set amid intriguing stories that are guaranteed to leave you wondering. Bruce’s unique performance style has seen him invited to the famed Edinburgh Fringe; Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World Perth.

In 2015, he presented his ‘Imaginary Magic’ show in Sydney (ten sold-out shows) as part of the SMH Spectrum Now Festival. In addition, at sold-out Edinburgh International Magic Festival shows and at the famous London headquarters of The Magic Circle, Bruce left audiences gasping in disbelief – and also wondering if he had actually read their minds!

GREG POPPLETON BIO

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer with band. Recent performance highlights: 2020 Sydney Festival, resident band Great Art Deco Ball, resident 1920s band Gin Mill Social.

Greg Poppleton brings the era to life with a dazzling Hollywood experience. Think vintage glamour, prohibition and speakeasies. He also appears in the movies Moulin Rouge! and Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Ted Fio Rito Cocoanut Grove 1934 – Phantom Dancer 13 September 2022


Ted Fio Rito, band leader, composer and pianist, under the radio pseudonym ‘Vincent Valsanti’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist in a 1934 Cocoanut Grove radio transcription.

Since I’ve been playing radio transcriptions made in 1934 of ‘Valsanti’ from the Cocoanut Grove Los Angeles over the past three weeks, here’s a little about the Ted Fio Rito / Valsanti / Cocoanut Grove story along with videos from the era.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 13 September at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

 

COCOANUT GROVE

The Cocoanut Grove at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel was a lavishly appointed club – part of the massive 23-acre Ambassador resort, which also included four restaurants, a bowling alley, a billiard room, a shopping plaza, and even a movie theater – decorated in Moroccan style and featured full-sized palm trees reportedly salvaged from Rudolph Valentino’s film “The Sheik.” In addition to the decor, which also offered a night sky filled with stars (thanks to about 1000 small light bulbs), an elevated stage, and both dining and dancing room for several hundred patrons, customers came for the smooth musical entertainment provided by a series of dance orchestras and popular vocalists – many of whom would later go on to star careers in radio, recordings, and the film industry.

In the 1980 book, “Are the Stars Out Tonight?”, former Ambassador PR Director, Margaret Tante Burk, recalls the Grove’s opening night:

“…on the night of April 21, 1921… the new club officially opened its Moroccan style, gold leaf and etched palm tree doors… The Cocoanut Grove was aptly named, guests agreed as they were escorted by the maître de and captains down the wide plush grand staircase… Overhead, soaring about the room were cocoanut trees of papier mache, cocoanuts and palm fronds which had been rescued from the sandy beaches of Oxnard where they had served as atmosphere of the 1921 classic, The Sheik. Swinging from their branches were stuffed monkeys blinking at the revelers with their electrified amber eyes. Stars twinkled in the blue ceiling sky, and on the southernmost wall hung a full Hawaiian moon presiding over a painted landscape and splashing waterfall.”

Ray West Orchestra in 1930…

Due to the foresight of Abe Frank, the manager of both the hotel and the Grove, in the mid-1920s the Ambassador had been equipped with a small radio studio, allowing the music of the various orchestras to be broadcast and enjoyed well outside the confines of the nightclub. From the late 1920s well into the 1960s, live “remote” programs broadcast from the Cocoanut Grove were a popular feature of nighttime radio, allowing millions of people to enjoy the music they would otherwise be unable to afford to hear in person. These broadcasts, aired live nightly for two full hours, only increased the reputation of the Grove as “the place to be” when it came to top notch West Coast entertainment.

From the beginning, the Cocoanut Grove’s glamorous atmosphere attracted the top names in Hollywood for dining, dancing, and mingling. This celebrity connection was always well-publicized by the Ambassador and for a very good reason, too: tourists coming to Los Angeles for a vacation wanted to see the stars and there was no place where the stars came out quite so regularly as the Ambassador Hotel. On an average evening, it was common to see such well-known celebrities as Joan Crawford, Jack Oakie, or Jean Harlow coming to see Bing Crosby or Russ Columbo sing with Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra or dance to Jimmie Grier’s band as they accompanied Loyce Whiteman, The Three Ambassadors (Martin Sperzel, Jack Smith, and Al Teeter), or popular tenor Donald Novis. Even though there was a nationwide depression, Hollywood stars and executives still needed to be entertained — and the Cocoanut Grove was often their first choice.

From 1930 to 1943, six Academy Awards ceremonies were hosted at the hotel. As many as seven U.S. presidents stayed at the Ambassador, from Hoover to Nixon, along with heads of state from around the world.

It was the place to be even in the 1960s…

In 1968, the Ambassador Hotel was the scene of the shooting of Bobby Kennedy.

Due to the decline of the hotel and the surrounding area, the Ambassador Hotel was closed to guests in 1989. In 2001, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) purchased the property with the intent of constructing three new schools within the area. After subsequent litigations to preserve the hotel as a historic site, a settlement allowed the Ambassador Hotel to be demolished in 2005.

VALSANTI

Ted Fio Rito used the pseudonym ‘Valsanti’ for these Cocoanut Grove transcriptions because of an existing recording contract.

Fio Rito was a pianist, hammond organist and the composer of such classic tunes as, “I Never Knew,” “Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye,” “Laugh, Clown, Laugh,” “Roll Along, Prairie Moon” and “Alone at a Table for Two.”

He started his career as a pianist with a series of bands led by Harry Yerkes, then moved to Chicago in 1921 to join Dan Russo’s band. The following year, he joined with Russo to become the co-leader the Oriole Terrace Orchestra, which he eventually took over when Russo departed in 1928.

Before coming to the Cocoanut Grove in mid-1933, Fio Rito had spent a number of years touring the East Coast and Midwest, including many engagements in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Cincinnati. An early radio enthusiast, Fio Rito’s band was frequently heard on the air from various nightspots – preparing him well for the regular broadcasts scheduled to emanate from the Grove during his stay.

Musically, the orchestra that Fio Rito brought to the Grove was sweet, smooth and clever, playing highly danceable music accented with temple blocks, rapid triplets, and even an occasional solo on the Hammond organ by its talented leader.

Due to an existing recording contract, Theodore Salvatore Fiorito’s singers also adopted pseudonyms for these transcriptions. Muzzy Marcellino, Fio Rito’s guitarist and primary vocalist, sings as Jack Howard. Howard Phillips sings under the name of Bill Thomas, and Fio Rito’s vocal trio The Debutants appear as The Three Keys. 

Watch Ted Fio Rito from the Cocoanut Grove in this 1934 Paramount short ‘Star night atthe Cocoanut Grove’ also featuring Mary Pickford and Bing Crosby. You’ll hear the extreme high and low four octave voice of Jimmy Durante’s future comic foil Candy Candido in what is thought to be his earliest film performance….

 

 

13 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #563

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 September 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Swing Bands One Night Stand Radio  
Theme + Song of the Wanderer
Buddy Morrow Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 Mar 1946
16:00 On The Clock
Shep Field and His New Music
‘One Night Stand’
Copacabana NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1944
Come Rain Come Shine + Close
Hal McIntyre Orchestra (voc) Frankie Lester
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
15 May 1946
Set 2
1950s-60s Jazz Radio  
Jazz Connoisseur
Harry James Orchestra (dms) Buddy Rich
Moonbowl
Freedomland
WNEW NYC
1962
The Theme
Miles Davis Sextet
‘Treasury of Music’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
AFRTS Re-broadcast
25 Aug 1959
 
 
 
Set 3
Benny Goodman in Chicago  
Let’s Dance (theme) + Farewell Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 Jan 1936
Soft Spring
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
10 Aug 1941
King Porter Stomp + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Feb 1936
Set 4
Vincent Valsanti (Ted Fio Rito)  
Serenade of Love (theme) + Flirtation Walk
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
When You’re in Love
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Two Cigarettes in the Dark
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Phil Thomas
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Were You Foolin’? + I’ll Take an Option on You + Serenade of Love (theme)
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard and The Three Blue Keys
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Set 5
1930s German Swing  
Darf ich bitten?
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Sep 1936
Ja und nein
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Aug 1939
Aus lauter Liebe
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Peter Igelhoff
Comm Rec
Berlin
Jul 1937
Oh! Aha!
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Rudi Schuricke Terzett
Comm Rec
Berlin
Feb 1939
Set 6
Early Dorseys  
Theme + On The Beach at Bali Bali
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exhibition
KRLD CBS Dallas Tx
11 Aug 1936
Sandman (theme) + Is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Weary Blues
Eddy Howard Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exhibition
KRLD CBS Dallas Tx
4 Aug 1936
Farewell Blues
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘Chrysler Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 7
Sweet Music  
Romance (theme) + We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Ray Herbeck Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
24 Nov 1947
For You
King Sisters
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jun 1945
Sweet Lorraine
Frank Sinatra
‘Frank Sinatra Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Nov 1946
What is This Thing Called Love?
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Eugenie Baird
‘Forever Pops’
ABC Chicago
1947
Set 8
1930s Fats Waller  
Yacht Club Swing (theme) + Whatcha Know, Joe?
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Pent Up in a Penthouse
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
WABC CBS NY
14 Oct 1938
Sto Beating ‘Round The Mulberry Bush
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
I Had To Do It
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
WABC CBS NY
18 Oct 1938

Dinah Washington Forged Her Own Path – Phantom Dancer 6 September 2022


Dinah Washington, The Queen of the Blues, the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

As an artist, she was one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century.

  • Beloved, because she had a great voice.
  • Controversial, because she didn’t seek approval from ‘the gatekeepers’. And as you’ll hear in her Birdland radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer, she didn’t hold back from telling radio announcers to shut up or stop being corny.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 6 September at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/. This episode is a Phantom Dancer Classic which first went to air on 30 March 2021.

DINAH

Dinah Washington was the stage name of Ruth Lee Jones.

She was a jazz singer but also sang blues, R&B, and pop music.

As a child she sang gospel music in church and played piano, directing her church choir in her teens and sang lead with the first female gospel singers formed by Sallie Martin, co-founder of the Gospel Singers Convention. She joined the gospel choir after she won an amateur contest at Chicago’s Regal Theater, singing, ‘I Can’t Face the Music’.

HAMPTON

At 15, she started singing in clubs. By 1941–42 she was performing at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago with Fats Waller.

She was playing at the Three Deuces, a jazz club, when a friend took her to hear Billie Holiday at the Garrick Stage Bar. Club owner Joe Sherman was so impressed with her singing of “I Understand”, backed by the Cats and the Fiddle, who were appearing in the Garrick’s upstairs room, that he hired her. During her year at the Garrick, she sang upstairs while Holiday performed downstairs room. Sherman gave her her stage name.

Lionel Hampton came to hear Dinah at the Garrick and invited her to join his orchestra

She made her recording debut singing Evil Gal Blues, written by Leonard Feather (who wrote Blow Top Blues you’ll hear Dinah sing in this week’s show, live on 1952 radio) and backed by Hampton and musicians from his band. Both that record and its follow-up, ‘Salty Papa Blues’, made the Billboard “Harlem Hit Parade” in 1944.

In December 1945 she made a series of twelve recordings for Apollo Records, 10 of which were issued, featuring the Lucky Thompson All Stars.

She stayed with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra until 1946.

SOLO

Her first solo recording, Fats Waller’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”, was another hit. Between 1948 and 1955, she had 27 R&B top-10 hits, making her one of the most popular and successful singers of the period.

‘Am I Asking Too Much?’ (1948) and ‘Baby Get Lost’ (1949) reached Number 1 on the R&B chart. Her version of Johnny Green’s 1930s hit, ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (1950) crossed over to reach Number 22 on the US pop chart.

Her hit recordings included blues, standards, novelties, pop covers, and even a version of Hank Williams’ ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ (R&B Number 3, 1951). At the same time as her biggest popular success, she also recorded sessions with many leading jazz musicians, including last week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley and Ben Webster.

In 1950, Dinah Washington performed at the sixth avalcade of Jazz concert held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Also featured on the same day were Lionel Hampton, PeeWee Crayton’s Orchestra, Roy Milton and his Orchestra plus Tiny Davis and Her Hell Divers. 16,000 were reported to be in attendance and the concert ended early because of a fracas while Lionel Hampton played ‘Flying High’.

Washington returned to perform at the twelfth Cavalcade of Jazz also at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in 1956. Performing that day were Little Richard, The Mel Williams Dots, Julie Stevens, Chuck Higgin’s Orchestra, Bo Rhambo, Willie Hayden & Five Black Birds, The Premiers, Gerald Wilson and His 20-Piece Recording Orchestra and Jerry Gray and his Orchestra.

In 1959, she had her first top ten pop hit, with a version of ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’. She followed it up with a version of Irving Gordon’s ‘Unforgettable’ and then two highly successful duets in 1960 with Brook Benton, ‘Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)’, which you’ll hear on this week’s show from a 1960 aircheck and ‘A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)’. Her last big hit was ‘September in the Rain’, in 1961.

She won the Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance, 1959, for ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’.

6 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #562

107.3 2SER Tuesday 6 September 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
One Night Stand Radio  
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + I Know That You Know
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Sep 1945
I’m In Love With Someone
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Glagys Tell
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1944
Poinciana
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Oct 1945
Set 2
Jimmy Grier  
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Just Friends
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Save The Last Dance For Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
The More You Hurt Me The More You Make Me Care + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Margaret Lawrence
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 3
1950s Jazz Radio  
Open + Without a Word of Warning
Arnett Cobb
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Jul 1952
Open + Small Hotel / All The Things You Are / Rose Room
Larry Green
Starlight Roof
Hotel Chase
KMOX CBS St Louis
1958
Open + Too Marvelous
Erroll Garner
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
6 May 1956
Set 4
Dinah Washington  
No Love, No Nothin’
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Traianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Mixed Emotions + Blow Top Blues
Dinah Washington
‘The Birdland Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
21 Jun 1952
You’ve Got What It Takes
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
Aircheck
WKBW Buffalo NY
1960
Set 5
Erskine Hawkins Commercial Discs  
Rockin’ Rollers’ Jubilee
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
12 Sep 1938
No Soap
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
14 May 1939
A Study in Brown
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Oct 1938
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Dolores Brown
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Dec 1939
Set 6
1930s Swing Radio  
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
KFI NBC Red
22 Aug 1935
You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
Kiss Me Again
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
You Do The Darndest Things, Baby
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jan 1937
Set 7
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1956  
Intro + Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Ridin’ Around in the Rain
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Sunny Side of the Street
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Just For Taking Bows
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 8
Carson Robinson Buckaroos  
Careless Love (theme) + Home on the Range
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie + Down on the Levee
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Goin’ Back to my Good Ol’ Texas Home + Golden Slippers
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wabash Moon + Boots and Saddles + Close
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939

Book Today! Next Sorcery & Swing Dinner Show – Sat 10 September


Sorcery and Swing September 10! Join us for a Unique Roaring Twenties Dinner Show.

6.30pm ARRIVAL for 7.00pm START in the 1920s Cellos Room, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St Sydney.

FEATURING MAGIC and MUSIC – SORCERY and SWING
Vaudeville brought back to life as you dine in style in the glamorous surrounds of Cellos Grand Dining Room.

Cellos, an original 1920s dining room, will return to its heyday, transforming into a “Roaring Twenties” speakeasy for this not-to-be-missed event!

“Moonshine” and canapés served on arrival – together with intimate close-up miracles from The Gentleman Magician.

◆ THE SORCERY… The engaging magic of Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician

◆ THE SWING… The superb 1920s-1930s music of Greg Poppleton and his band

ENJOY DINNER AND DANCING ACCOMPANIED BY THE MUSIC OF “TIN PAN ALLEY” – FEATURING…

Greg Poppleton – Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer
Geoff Power (ARIA nominee) – sousaphone and trumpet
Grahame Conlon (as seen on TV) – guitar and banjo
Damon Poppleton (youngest James Morrison Scholarship winner) – alto saxophone

  • Hear the captivating crooning of Greg Poppleton and his band
  • Unique storytelling magic by Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician
  • Fabulous 3-course dinner
  • Authentic speakeasy
  • A glass of authentic sparkling wine ‘Moonshine’ and canapes on arrival

The Great Gatsby never had it so good!

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and The Gentleman Magician Bruce Glen - Sorcery & Magic Show
Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and The Gentleman Magician Bruce Glen – Sorcery & Magic Show

Venue: Cellos Grand Dining Room, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St City
Time: 6.30pm arrival for 7.00 pm start
Dress Code: 1920s Guys in ties, Girls in pearls
Single Tickets: $150.00 per person + booking fee
Inclusive of sparkling wine “moonshine” and canapés on arrival, 3-course dinner, entertainment, GST and Members’ Discount.
Table of 8: $1100.00 + booking fee
Inclusive of 8 single tickets + as above and 2 complimentary bottles of Silverleaf Sparkling Wine

Bookings & Enquiries: 02 9284 1006 | https://www.thecastlereagh.com.au/events/unique-roaring-twenties-dinner-show/

WE’RE MAKING AN IMPACT – *We have chosen Humanitix as our ticketing partner, contributing to creating a positive impact on the world. Humanitix is making a difference by reinvesting 100% of profits back into helping the world’s most disadvantaged children.

BRUCE GLEN BIO

Bruce Glen’s Magical Soirées are best described as ‘storytelling magic shows for adults – but not necessarily grown-ups’. They feature cutting-edge magic that seemingly defies the laws of physics – set amid intriguing stories that are guaranteed to leave you wondering. Bruce’s unique performance style has seen him invited to the famed Edinburgh Fringe; Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World Perth.

In 2015, he presented his ‘Imaginary Magic’ show in Sydney (ten sold-out shows) as part of the SMH Spectrum Now Festival. In addition, at sold-out Edinburgh International Magic Festival shows and at the famous London headquarters of The Magic Circle, Bruce left audiences gasping in disbelief – and also wondering if he had actually read their minds!

GREG POPPLETON BIO

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer with band. Recent performance highlights: 2020 Sydney Festival, resident band Great Art Deco Ball, resident 1920s band Gin Mill Social.

Greg Poppleton brings the era to life with a dazzling Hollywood experience. Think vintage glamour, prohibition and speakeasies. He also appears in the movies Moulin Rouge! and Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Charlie Shavers Teenage Prodigy – Phantom Dancer 16 Aug 2022


Charlie Shavers was an American jazz trumpeter. He played with Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Sidney Bechet, Midge Williams, Tommy Dorsey. and Billie Holiday. He was also an arranger and composer. One of his songs, “Undecided”, is a jazz standard.

Charlie Shavers and his trumpet on radio in the 1960s…

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 16 August) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

Charlie Shavers on the 1967 WCBS CBS TV NYC show, “Dail M for Music”…

YOUNG SHAVER

Charlie Shavers palyed piano and banjo before switching to trumpet.

Before the age of 16, in the mid-1930s, he was playing in the orchestras of Tiny Bradshaw and Lucky Millinder.

Aged 15, in 1935, he played in the trumpet section of Frankie Fairfax’s Campus Club Orchestra with Dizzy Gillespie and Carl (Bama) Warwick.

In 1936, he joined John Kirby’s Sextet as trumpet soloist and arranger. He was only 16, but gave his birth date as 1917 (he was born in 1920) to avoid child labor laws.

Shavers’s arrangements and solos helped make Kirby’s band one of the most commercially successful and imitated of its day. In 1937, he performed with Midge Williams and her Jazz Jesters.

Charlie Shavers on a 1950s Dorsey Brothers Stage Show…

YOUNG BLADE

In 1944, Shavers was playing sessions in Raymond Scott’s CBS staff orchestra, which you’ll here on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

He left John Kirby’s band in 1945 to join Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, with whom he toured and recorded, off and on, until Dorsey died in 1956.

In 1949, he sang and played the hit “The Hucklebuck” with the Dorsey Orchestra. You’ll hear him sing “Mt Daddy’s Got The Gleeks” with the Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra in 1956 on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

He played with the Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra on all “Stage Show” telecasts for CBS in the 1950s.

During this time he also appeared with the Metronome All-Stars and made a number of recordings as trumpet soloist with Billie Holiday.

From 1953 to 1954, he worked with Benny Goodman and toured Europe with Norman Granz’s popular Jazz at the Philharmonic series, where he was a crowd favorite. He formed his own band with Terry Gibbs and Louie Bellson.

Shavers died from throat cancer in New York in 1971 at the age of 50. His friend Louis Armstrong died while Shavers was on his deathbed, and his last request was that his trumpet mouthpiece be buried with Armstrong.

Charlie Shavers with the Benny Goodman Orchestra playing Sing, Sing, Sing on the Sid Caesar TV Show, 1 Nov 1954…

16 AUGUST PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #559

107.3 2SER Tuesday 16 August 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Larry Clinton
Dipsy Doodle (theme) + Shh! Don’t Look Now
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain and Ford Leery
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Night Shades
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Strictly for the Persians
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Get Outta Town + half time announcement Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Set 2
Johnny Messner
Can’t We Be Friends (theme) + Moonlight Masquerade
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) Jack Ryan
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Mamma Maria
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) The 3 Jacks
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Madeleine
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) Jack Ryan
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Pearl Harbour Attack News
WOR News Room
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Set 3
Kay Kyser
I’m Sitting on Top of the World
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Going Home
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Glee Club
Radio Transcription
1934
Jungle Drums
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Who’s Going to Take Me Home?
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Kay Kyser,  Mohan Boag, Sully Mason and Band
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 4
Charlie Shavers
Theme + I Never Knew
Raymond Scott’s Capitivators
‘Morning Music’
WABC CBS NYC
10 Jan 1943
What is this Thing Called Love
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Your Daddy’s Got the Gleeks
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc and tp) Charlie Shavers
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
I Want a Little Girl + Bernie’s Tune
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Set 5
Phil Napoleon
Medley including Ballin’ the Jack
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Runnin’ Wild
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
The Alligator Crawl
Hank Duncan (piano)
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Up a Lazy River + Close
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Set 6
1938-39 Artie Shaw
Nightmare – opening theme +
You’re Mine You
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
20 Oct 1939
Nightmare – mid program theme + My Reverie
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
25 Nov 1938
Moonray
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
22 Oct 1939
Jungle Drums
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
30 Dec 1938
Set 7
Big Stars
You’re Just in Love
Louis Armstrong All-Stars (voc) Louis Armstrong, Thelma Middleton
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
12 Dec 1954
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Octet Aircheck
1950s
Clarinet a la King
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Aircheck
Virginia Beach
3 Sep 1949
Not Really the Blues
Woody Herman Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWL CBS New Orleans
20 Oct 1951
Set 8
1950s Jazz
Theme + Sweet Georgia Brown
Roy Eldridge Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
Mar 1957
When Your Lover Has Gone + Theme
Erroll Garner Trio
Storyville
WHDH Boston
Dec 1953
Little Girl Blue
Shelly Manne Quartet
Basin street
WCBS CBS NYC
1956

Bud Freeman Schoolboy Jazz Star – Phantom Dancer 9 Aug 2022


Bud Freeman was an American jazz musician, bandleader and composer. He is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Bud Freeman was one of the first tenor saxophonists in jazz along with Coleman Hawkins.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 9 August) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

SCHOOL

Freeman was one of the young musicians inspired by New Orleans ensembles and the innovations of Louis Armstrong to synthesize the Chicago style in the late 1920s.

He was one of the ‘Austin High Gang’.

One hundred years ago, in 1922, five kids from Austin High School in Chicago, Illinois formed a little band: Jim Lanigan on piano, Jimmy McPartland on cornet, his older brother Dick McPartland on banjo and guitar, Frank Teschemacher on alto saxophone, and Bud Freeman on C-melody tenor saxophone.

Bud was the greenhorn of the group and the only one who did not also play the violin. At the time, their ages ranged from Jimmy McPartland, who was fourteen, to Jim Lanigan and Dick McPartland, seventeen. Teschemacher was sixteen and Freeman was slightly younger.

The boys, like many other students from their high school, frequented an ice cream parlor across the street known as “The Spoon and the Straw.” One of them would feed a nickel to the automatic phonograph and one day they discovered a record by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. They were so enthralled by the sound of such authentic jazz that they played the record over and over. Then and there, they named their band “The Blue Friars,” after The Friar’s Inn on the Chicago Loop where the Rhythm Kings played.

They went and heard King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band live, rounding off their identity with New Orleans jazz.

Sometimes the Austin High Gang played at Lewis Institute, which Dave Tough attended, and he added his drums to the little band. Later, Jim Lanigan picked up the bass through Chink Martin’s playing and soon became the band’s bassist; Teschemacher also began practicing the clarinet, his style showing traces of the glissandi from violin playing. Dave found Floyd O’Brien playing trombone at a University of Chicago jam session. Then, recruiting him and pianist Dave North, they named themselves Husk O’Hare’s Wolverines and were ready to play professionally. They got a job at White City, a large dance hall of Chicago’s south side amusement park, where they played until their disbandment at the end of the White City engagement.

In 1927, Eddie Condon recorded the Austin High Gang as the “Mackenzie-Condon Chicagoans”. These recordings catapulted the young musicians into the spotlight and they all subsequently developed acclaimed careers in New York, playing and recording with established musicians like Jack Teagarden, Pee Wee Russell, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. Of the original Austin High Gang, Jimmy McPartland and Bud Freeman sustained the longest careers in jazz

EEL

By the 1930s, Bud Freeman was working in New York City, typically in the company of ex-Chicagoans, especially Eddie Condon, in whose band Freeman recorded a noted solo, “The Eel” (1933).

By then he had developed a fluent, romantic style featuring sinuous legato melodies. His tenor saxophone sound was especially distinctive—full and smooth, with a rough edge and a large vibrato—and he played with a robust, at times almost violent swing.

Along with a Chicago friend, drummer Dave Tough, Freeman played in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey (1936–38) and Benny Goodman (1938) before embarking on a freelance career as bandleader and soloist.

He formed the Summa Cum Laude Orchestra (1939–1940) which you’ll hear live from Chicago on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Freeman led a U.S. Army dance band based in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, then lived in New York and Chile.

He often reunited with Condon and other former Chicagoans in concert. Among his notable albums are The Bud Freeman All-Stars and the 1957 Cootie Williams–Rex Stewart album, The Big Challenge, which brought together Freeman and his great tenor saxophone rival, Coleman Hawkins.

After touring with the World’s Greatest Jazz Band (1969–71), Freeman lived in England (1974–80) and performed there and in Europe; thereafter he was based in Chicago.

He wrote two short volumes of reminiscences, You Don’t Look Like a Musician (1974) and If You Know of a Better Life, Please Tell Me (1976), and an autobiography, Crazeology (with Robert Wolf, 1989).

The Eel…

9 AUGUST PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 August 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Glenn Miller
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Ain’t You Coming Out?
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton + Tex Beneke
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
The Lamp is Low
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
The Isle of Golden Dreams
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
The Pagan Love Song + Moonlight Serenade (theme) Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc)
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
Set 2
Kay Kyser
Hallelujah
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Band
Radio Transcription
1934
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Glee Club
Radio Transcription
1934
How Do I Know It’s Sunday?
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Art Wilson and Band
Radio Transcription
1934
Simple Symphony
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 3
Selling Scholls
Open + What is This Thing Called Love?
Melodyland Orchestra
‘Ambassadors of Melodyland’
Radio Transcription
1931
Fallen Arch Story
Announcer
‘Ambassadors of Melodyland’
Radio Transcription
1931
Where the Golden Daffodils Grow + Close
Melodyland Orchestra
‘Ambassadors of Melodyland’
Radio Transcription
1931
Set 4
Bud Freeman
Theme + I Ain’t Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll
Bud Freeman’s Summa cum Laude Orchestra
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
Secrets in the Moonlight
Bud Freeman’s Summa cum Laude Orchestra
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
Shake Down the Stars + Medley + Sierra Sue
Bud Freeman’s Summa cum Laude Orchestra
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
The Long Blues
Bud Freeman and Roy Eldridge
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1957
Set 5
Dance Bands
Open + It Was Just One of Those Things
Russ Morgan Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
13 May 1946
In a Magic Garden
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Garden Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
Apr 1944
Monday Morning
Jan Savitt’s Top Hatters (voc) Carlotta Dale
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
17 Oct 1938
Creepy Weepy
Raymond Scott Orchestra
‘Music Depreciation’
KHJ Don Lee Mutual Los Angeles
1940
Set 6
Muggsy Spanier 1953
Relaxin’ at the Trouro (theme) + Royal Garden Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
18 Oct 1953
Riverside Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Muggsy Spanier
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
25 Oct 1953
That’s a’Plenty + Close
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953
Set 7
Dutch and Belgian Swing
A Strange Fact
De Ramblers with Coleman Hawkins
Comm Rec
Hilversum Holland
26 Apr 1937
Washington Squabble
Fud Candrix Orchestra Comm Rec
Blankenberghe
Belgium
27 Jun 1938
Crazy Rhythm
De Ramblers with Coleman Hawkins
Comm Rec
Hilversum Holland
28 Apr 1937
The Oldest Swinger in Harlem
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Comm Rec
Brussels Belgium
22 Nov 1940
Set 8
1950s Swing
Theme + Dizzy’s Blues
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NYC
Jun 1956
Two Handed Blues
Erroll Garner Trio
Storyville
WHDH Boston
Dec 1953
Tangerine + Close
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer and Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NYC
Dec 1955

Sonic Journey ABC Radio – Obscure 1920s-50s Women Jazz Singers


Sonic Journey with Simon Marnie, ABC Radio Sydney, Saturday 3 September, has myself chatting to Simon about obscure women swing and jazz singers who broadcast live on 1920s-50s radio. In between, you’ll hear their songs from those live vintage radio shows. That’s happening 11am – 12 noon, Saturday 3 September, on ‘Weekend Mornings’ over 702 ABC Radio Sydney.

Sonic Journey is a Saturday morning radio institution in Sydney. A journey through music into a guest’s life or a specialist topic on ABC Weekend Mornings.

From 11am – 12 noon on 702 ABC Radio Sydney and across New South Wales, broadcaster Simon Marnie invites guests to bring in the music that influences them. Together they take a conversational Sonic Journey.

ABC is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the national radio and TV network.

Simon Marnie…

simon marniehttps://www.abc.net.au/sydney/programs/weekendmornings

Past Sonic Jouney guests have included musicians, politicians, actors, directors, journalists, scientists, and people in the news.

I’ll be in on Saturday 3 September with a stack of swing and jazz records under one arm. Every record – a radio transcription from 1920s-50s radio.

For the 3 September Sonic Journey, Simon has invited me to talk about women jazz and swing singers who broadcast on 1920s – 50s radio.

In particular, he’s interested in the obscure singers. So be surprised to hear some great female vocalists you may never have heard of.

I last went on a Sonic Journey with Simon on Saturday 7 May with a mix of swing and jazz from live 1929-1940 radio recordings.

On that Sonic Journey you would have heard radio broadcasts and transcriptions by Red Nichols, Ray Miller, Anson Weekes, Ella Fitzgerald, Dolly Dawn, Artie Shaw and more.

Sonic Journey is on the air during the last hour of Simon Marnie’s Saturday ABC Weekend show.

Simon says he loves ABC Radio Saturday Weekends, adding, “Sydney weekends are about leisure, relaxing and fun and this city is one of the best in Australia – we cover as many events as possible to show the diversity of cultures, people and regions that make up the Greater Sydney Region.”

Choon in online, or on your wireless, to 702 AM ABC Radio Sydney, for Sonic Journey hosted by Simon Marnie, with myself bringing in the platters that matter, after the 11am news, Saturday 3 September.

Sonic Journey – Weekends with Simon Marnie, 702 ABC Radio Sydney, 11am-12 noon, Saturday 3 September.

Greg Poppleton and some of his 1920s-30s swing jazz band

greg poppleton 1920s jazz trio