Lord Invader 1940s Calypso – Phantom Dancer 7 April 2020


Lord Invader is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. He was a Calypso singer and composer who began performing in the 1930s and recorded in the US from 1941 to 1959. We hear one of his 1941 sides today, introduced by actor Vincent Price. He composed ‘Rum and Coca Cola’, a hit for The Andrew Sisters.

The Phantom Dancer produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton can be heard online from 12:05pm AEST Tuesday 7 April at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

The final hour of the mix is all vinyl.

lord invader

LORD INVADER

Lord Invader was born in Trinidad. He first came to notice in 1937 when he began performing in the capital, Port of Spain.

He competed in the very first  Calypso King competition and recorded for Bluebird records.

The Decca label invited him to New York City in 1941 to record.

He wrote many calypso lyrics, his most famous ‘Rum and Coca-Cola‘, was plagiarised by Morey Amsterdam and became a hit for the Andrews Sisters.

The melody had been previously published as the work of Venezuelan calypso composer Lionel Belasco on a song titled “L’Année Passée,” which was in turn based on a folk song from Martinique. Invader wrote lyrics to the tune.

The song became a local hit and was at the peak of its popularity when Amsterdam visited the island in September 1943 as part of a U.S.O. tour.

lord invader

In 1948, after years of litigation, both plaintiffs won their cases, with Lord Invader receiving an award of $150,000 in owed royalties. However, Morey Amsterdam was allowed to retain copyright to the song. Lord Invader wrote a follow-up song to “Rum and Coca-Cola”, titled “Yankee Dollar”.

In the early 1940s, radio stations in the USA refused to play Lord Invader’s original version on the grounds of its using the trademarked name, and its references to prostitution and alcohol.

Invader later opened a calypso club in Trinidada and toured the U.S, Britain and Europe.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Birdsong had a place on US radio from the mid-1920s into the 1950s.

The show that started it all was American Radio Warblers, a program selling birdseed.

Organist Preston Sellers performed with TEN canaries.

The show ran for almost 30 years, finishing on the Mutual Network from Chicago.

Trill, I mean thrill, to Preston and ‘The Original Feathered Stars of the Air’ in this commercial 78 recording…

7 APRIL PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #431

107.3 2SER Tuesday 7 April 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Mon 2:30 – 3:30am
4NAG Keppel FM 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
7LTN Launceston 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Live 1950s Big Band Swing Radio
Theme + Dancing in the Dark
Jerry Gray and his Band of Today
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
8 Jun 1951
The Song is You
Buddy Morrow Orchestra
‘Let’s Go With Music’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
Jam with Sam + Caravan
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Town Casino
NBC Cleveland OH
17 Sep 1952
Set 2
1930s Calypso, Turkish and Persian Music announced by Vincent Price
New York Subway
Lord Invader
‘The World in Music’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Shake Around
Lord Beginner
‘The World in Music’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Odalisque and Zara
Unknown Turkish then Persian Orchestra
‘The World in Music’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Set 3
1944 Jump and Swing On The Air
That’s The Stuff You Gotta Watch
Buddy Johnson Orchestra (voc) Ella Johnson and Band
Comm Rec
New York City
4 Oct 1944
Accentuate the Positive
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar Cafe NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Mar 44
To Me You Are Beautiful + Flying Home
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Jun 44
Set 4
Dance Bands on ‘One Night Stand’
Oh You Beautiful Doll (theme) + Lullaby of Broadway
Music in the Foster Fashion (voc) Chuck Foster
‘One Night Stand’
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
13 Aug 1945
Let’s Take It Slow
Shep Fields and his New Music
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1943
Medley: A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody / Mandy / All By Myself
Frankie Carle (piano and rhythm)
‘One Night Stand’
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel LA
AFRS Re-brodcast
1951
Set 5
Crooners on 1930s Radio
I’ll Follow You
Bing Crosby
Comm Recording
New York City
28 Oct 1932
Under The Palms
Donald Novis (voc) Gus Arnheim Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
TRANSCO Hollywood
1932
TBA
Rudy Vallee
‘Fleishman Yeast Hour’
WEAF NBC Red New York
1934
I’ve Had My Moments + I’m Not Lazy I’m Dreaming
Russ Columbo
‘Hollywood on the Air’
KECA NBC Blue LA
15 Jul 1934
Set 6
Famous Name Bands on 1940s Radio
Mister Pastor Goes To Town
Tony Pastor Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
Feb 1942
Blue Cellophane
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Downbeat Awards’
Chicago Opera House
Blue Network Chicago
25 Mar 1945
Body and Soul (theme) + Chant of the Groove
Coleman Hawkins Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
Aircheck NYC
1940
Paducah + Clarinet a la King
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Benny Goodman
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield Mass
Blue Network
29 Sep 1943
Set 7
Forgotten Singers from 1939-40 Radio
“I” The Living “I” (Gilbert and Sullivan)
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Ida James
Comm Rec
New York City
8 Apr 1939
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Bea wain (voc) Your Hit Parade Orchestra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Oct 1939
Looking For Yesterdays
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Anita Boyer
Broadcast
New York City
26 Oct 1940
I Cried For You
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Kitty Lane
Trianon Ballroom
WCLE Cleveland OH
9 Apr 1939
Set 8
Radio Bands Inspired by BeBop
Elevation + Heart to Heart (theme)
Elliot Lawrence Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
5 Dec 1947
God Child
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Mar 1949
How High The Moon
Allen Eager
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Jun 1953
Bye Bye Blues
Benny Goodman Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948

1940s Trumpet Players – Phantom Dancer 28 March 2020


1940s trumpet player band leaders: Pippo Barzizza, Charlie Spivak and Randy Brooks, are the Phantom Dancer feature artists kicking off this week’s non-stop live radio mix.

The Phantom Dancer produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton can be heard online from 12:05pm AEDST Tuesday 31 March at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

Two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985.

In this week’s mix hear Jo Stafford and a set of women pop singers on 1930s-50s radio, a set of Dizzy Gillespie radio and a set of 1940s radio swing bands lead by trumpet players Barzizza, Spivak and Randy Brooks.

The last hour is all vinyl.

PIPPO BARZIZZA

With his friend and rival Cinico Angelini, Pippo Barzizz became the pre-eminent Italian swing and jazz band leader in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Beginning with his Blue Star Orchestra, then with Orchestra Cetra in the 1930s (which recorded 7,000 sides), and his Orchestra Moderna in the 1950s (which included a young Ennio Morricone), Barzizza broadcast regularly on EAIR, the national Italian radio, and then its post-war successor, RAI, intil 1954.

He composed songs and film soundtracks. His treatise on musical exercises, “Barzizza’s method” was published in 1952.

Pippo composed songs such as “Domani”, “Sera”, (a beautiful piece “with a harmony almost too high for that period”) and solo orchestra songs as “Do sol la si do” and his extraordinary “Adagio”.

pippo barzizza

CHARLIE SPIVAK

Spivak’s band was one of the most successful in the 1940s and survived until 1959.

Spivak’s experience playing with jazz musicians had little effect on his own band’s style, which was straight dance music, made up mainly of ballads and popular tunes. Spivak himself (known as “Cheery, Chubby Charlie”) had been noted for his trumpet’s sweet tone and his strength for playing lead parts, rather than for any improvisational ability. He was also known as “The Man Who Plays The Sweetest Trumpet In The World”.

Charlie Spivak

RANDY BROOKS

Brooks began on trumpet at age six, and by eleven was touring with Rudy Vallee. He then worked with Claude Thornhill, Bob Allen, Bernie Cummins, Art Jarrett, and Les Brown before founding his own band in 1944. John Benson Brooks (no relation) contributed arrangements to the ensemble, and Stan Getz played in it in 1946. Among his hits for Decca Records were “Tenderly”, “Harlem Nocturne” and “The Man With The Horn”, but his swing-based style and large ensemble were out of step with the times, and his success eroded toward the end of the decade.
He was married to singer and band leader, Ina Ray Hutton.

randy brooks

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Pippo Barzizza leading and conducting the RAI TV Orchestra on his compositions “Il Boscaiolo” and “Sera” on the 60th Anniversary RAI TV broadcast of 1986.
Enjoy!

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

31 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #430

107.3 2SER Tuesday 31 March 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Mon 2:30 – 3:30am
4NAG Keppel FM 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
7LTN Launceston 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Swing Bands of Trumpet Playing Leaders on 1940s Radio
Non Hai Piu La Veste A Fiori Blu
Alberto Rabagliati e Quartetto Vocale Hot (voc) Pippo Barzizza Orchestra
Comm Rec
Cetra, Rome
1946
Open + Stomping Room Only
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
1947
Perdido + Theme
Randy Brooks Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Jul 1945
Set 2
Mickey Mouse Bands On 1950s – 60s Radio
Open + Tea For Two
Leon Kellner Orchestra
Blue Room
Roosevelt Hotel
WWL CBS New Orleans
1964
Mississippi Mud
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Al Galante and Band
Aragon Ballroom
Aragon Ballroom
WBBM CBS Chicago
Dec 1950
Little Girl + Goodnight My Love + Drifting and Dreaming (Close)
Orrin Tucker Orchestra (voc) OT
Boulevarde Room
Stevens Hotel
ABC Chicago
1951
Set 3
Women Pop Singers on 1930s-50s Radio
More Than You Know
Jo Stafford (voc) Victor Young Orchestra
’Your Melody Hour’
KFI NBC Los Angeles
5 Aug 1951
If This Is Love, I Don’t Want Love
Kay Thompson
’Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Brahm’s Lullaby + Close
Ginny Simms + Chorus (voc) Cookie Fairchild Orchestra
’Personal Album’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Set 4
Crooners on 1940s Radio
Open + Careless Hands
Frank Sinatra and The Hit Paraders (voc) Alex Stordahl Orchestra
’Your Hit Parade’
KFI NBC LA
30 Apr 1949
Open + Let’s Have Another Cup Of Coffee + Rise and Shine
Gordon MacRae
’The Railroad Hour’
KFI NBC Los Angeles
7 Aug 1950
Lucky Ol’ Sun
Dick Haymes and The Andrew Sisters (voc) Jerry Gary Orchestra
’Club 15’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
23 Sep 1949
Set 5
Dizzy Gillespie on 1940s-50s Radio
Lady Byrd
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Aircheck
Apollo Ballroom
Harlem NY
22 Jan 1947
Manteca
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Stockholm
Radio Sweden
2 Feb 1948
Doodlin’
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jul 1956
Jam Session
Dizzy Gillespie with Orchestra
Rex Theatre
RTF Paris
Feb 1953
Set 6
Piano Playing Band Leaders on the Air
If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes
Nat King Cole Trio
Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
26 Apr 1945
Body and Soul
Teddy Wilson Orchestra
’America Dances’
BBC London via WABC CBS NY
1939
Every Tub
Count Basie Orchestra
’Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Flying Home
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Set 7
1930s Radio Jazz and Dance Bands
Black and Blue Rhythm
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
26 Sep 1933
Crazy Rhythm
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
’Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red
New York City
8 Dec 1934
Dardenella
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
’Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
31 Oct 1936
Haunting Me
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1935
Set 8
Trad Bands on Radio
Beale Street Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1950
Heebie Jeebies
Eddie Condon Group
’Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
9 Sep 1944
I’m Confessin’
Hot Lips Page
’Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM New York City
1950
That’s A Plenty
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953

The Thrasher Sisters – Phantom Dancer Radio 24 March 2020


The Thrasher Sisters, Trio Lescano and The Andrew Sisters, three women harmony vocal trios from the 1940s, are this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artists for your self-isolating pleasure.

The Phantom Dancer produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton can be heard online from 12:05pm AEDST Tuesday 17 March at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

More on the Andrew Sisters and Trio Lescano in future Phantom Dancers – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-50s radio with Greg Poppleton. Today’s story, read on, is about The Thrasher Sisters.

Well, it’s short and sweet and comes from a Billboard record review, 23 March 1946. Here it is…

thrasher sisters review

In this week’s mix you’ll also hear a set of Women Singers and Headliners on 1930s-40s Radio and dance bands from live 1937 radio.

Mary Jane Thrasher’s obit is quoted here for the LA Times. It tells Mary’s story and the story of the sisters,

“January 22, 1924 – February 23, 2014 Mary Jane, a loving big sister and Auntie, as well as a talented singer and painter, passed away peacefully in Monterey Park on February 23, 2014, at the age of 90. Mary Jane’s vitality and positive attitude was truly an inspiration, and her hearty laughter and warm, loving personality will be missed by all who knew her. Challenged with macular degeneration and severe hearing loss, she never complained or let her physical limitations darken her mood or her enjoyment of life. Separated from her two younger sisters and parents due to the challenges of the Depression, Mary Jane was raised by her father’s mother on the plains of South Dakota, along with her younger sister, Betty. Grandma Thrasher instilled the foundation for both Mary Jane and Betty’s inner strength and determination as single women throughout their entire lives. As Mary Jane approached her teen years, the family was reunited, and the Thrasher sisters, including youngest sister, Dee, discovered early on that they had a talent for singing, harmonizing together in the style of their favorite radio vocalists, the Boswell Sisters. In 1938, the Thrasher Sisters were hired by Cincinnati radio station WLW to perform on their very own Sunday morning radio program. For the next four years, Mary Jane, Betty, and Dee appeared on the show every weekend. A sample of the Thrasher Sisters’ exquisite harmonies can be found on YouTube.com (“Fountains of Fun” WLW 1942). In 1942, the family moved to Los Angeles, and the Thrasher Sisters were booked on a number of popular radio and TV programs. In 1949, noted band leader Jerry Fielding offered to mentor them and guide their career. He promptly changed their name to the Morgan Sisters, and booked them for a six-month engagement at the Pearl City Tavern near Honolulu, Hawaii. While on the island, the Morgan Sisters also participated in a number of recording sessions. Two of the songs they recorded in Hawaii can also be heard today on YouTube.com – “My Waikiki Girl” and “Fish and Poi.” In 1954, the Morgan Sisters broke up when youngest sister Dee left the group to marry Danny Barcelona, a young Hawaiian drummer she had met in Honolulu, and who later became a member of Louis Armstrong’s All Stars. In the late 1950’s, Mary Jane and Betty began working at the Los Angeles Times, where they continued to perform over the years at company events until their retirement in 1988. Mary Jane leaves behind her sister, Betty…”

The last hour is all vinyl

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens. The double bass player is brilliant, using the instrument chordally and percussively at once. Enjoy!

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

Thank you.

24 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #429

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 March 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Mon 2:30 – 3:30am
4NAG Keppel FM 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
7LTN Launceston 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Swing Bands on mid-1940s Radio
Poinciana (Open) + Rise and Shine/I Want To Be Happy
Garwood Van Orchestra
Starlight Room
Hotel Chase
St Louis
Mutual Network
9 Aug 1944
Walking Stick
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ ABC NYC
22 Sep 1947
I Hear You Screaming + Moonlight Serenade (close)
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
2 Oct 1946
Set 2
Swing Bands on 1959-1961 Radio
It Took Ten Days Blues
Jerry Gary and his Band of Today
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC Los Angeles
30 Oct 1959
Redskin Rhumba (Open) + Skyliner
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC Los Angeles
12 Sep 1959
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
El Patio Ballroom
KCBS CBS San Francisco
20 May 1961
Set 3
Early Radio Music
All Muggled Up
Blue Steele Orchestra
Comm Rec
Memphis
15 May 1930
Ooh That Kiss
The Nehi Quartet
’Nehi Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1931
Land of Sunset Dreams + Melancholy Moon + It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More (theme)
Wendall Hall
’The Pineapple Picador’
KTSP NBC Minneapolis
2 Apr 1931
Set 4
Women Singers in 1938-39 New York City Swing Bands
Bluebirds in the Moonlight
Marion Hutton (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue
7 Dec 1939
East of the Sun
Bea Wain (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
’RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Feb 1940
When I Go A-Dreaming
Helen Forrest (voc) Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1938
Set 4
Women Vocal Trios On Air
Il Pinguino Innimorato
Trio Lescano and Silvana Fires (voc) Pippo Barzizza Orchestra
Cetra, Rome
1940
I’ve Got No Strings
Andrew Sisters (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
’Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
13 Feb 1940
Shoo Shoo Baby
Thrasher Sisters (voc) Phil Davis Orchestra
’Fountain Of Fun’
WLW Cincinnati
21 Nov 1943
Set 5
Women Singers and Headliners on 1930s-40s Radio
I Wish I Were Twins
Valaida Snow (voc) Billy Mason Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
18 Jan 1935
From The Land of the Sky Blue Water
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
It’s Funny To Everyone But Me
Helen Ward (voc) Bob Crosby Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
18 Jul 1939
My Baby Said Yes
Irene Day (voc) Charlie Spivak Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Feb 1945
Set 6
Swing on 1937 Radio
Cosmic Rhythm
Seger Ellis and his Choirs of Brass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
Russian Swing
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Marek Windheim and Alexander Chorus
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Aug 1937
St Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
’Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
Swing It, Brother, Swing
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Billie Holliday
Savoy Ballroom
Aircheck NYC
30 Jun 1937
Set 7
Early 1930s Radio Jazz and Dance Bands
Cheer Up and Ballyhoo
Eddie Cantor (voc) Phil Spitalny’s Music, Bob Effros (tp) Joe Venuty (violin)
Hit of the Week Record
New York City
Oct 1931
Dinah
Freddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Bob Effros (tp)?
’Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Do The New York
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
’Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (1920s and 1940s version)
’Forever Pops’
ABC Chicago
1950
Set 8
Bop on Radio
Katzenjammer’s Ball
Jack Allen’s Original Katzenjammers
Comm Rec
Sydney
23 Feb 1950
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Three Little Words
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
5 Sep 1956
Cheryl
Charlie Parker Quintet
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1 Jan 1949

Doris Day 1930s-40s Radio – 17 March 2020 Phantom Dancer


Doris Day is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist and opens an all vinyl Phantom Dancer today – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-50s radio with Greg Poppleton.

The Phantom Dancer produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton can be heard online from 12:05pm AEDST Tuesday 17 March at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

This week’s all vinyl Phantom Dancer also has Fats Waller on 23 September 1943 radio, a set of Dizzy Gillespie on 1950s radio and live Trad Bands including Eddie Condon and George Wettling. See the play list below

Doris Day
Doris Day

RADIO

Doris Day was born Doris Mary Kappelhoff in 1922.

She began her career as a big band singer with Barney Rapp and his New Englanders in 1939, which is where we’ll first hear her in a broadcast over NBC from Cincinnati.

She reached commercial success in 1945 with two No. 1 recordings, ‘Sentimental Journey’ and ‘My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time’ with Les Brown and his Band of Renown. We’ll also hear from live airchecks with Les Brown from that period.

She left Brown to embark on a solo career and recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967.

In 2011 at age 89, she released her 29th studio album My Heart which contained new material and became a UK Top 10 album and #12 on the Amazon bestseller list.

Doris Day and dance act partner Jerry, 1937
Doris Day and dance act partner Jerry, 1937

MOVIES

Day’s film career began with the film Romance on the High Seas (1948), leading to a 20-year career as a motion picture actress.

She starred in film musicals, comedies and dramas.

She played the title role in Calamity Jane (1953) and starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) with James Stewart. Her best-known films are those in which she co-starred with Rock Hudson including 1959’s Pillow Talk, for which she was nominated an Academy Award for Best Actress.

She worked with James Garner on both Move Over, Darling (1963) and The Thrill of It All (1963), and also starred with Clark Gable, Cary Grant, James Cagney, David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Richard Widmark, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and Rod Taylor.

TV

She became one of the biggest film stars in the early 1960s and ended her movie career in 1968. She then moved to TV, starring in the sitcom The Doris Day Show (1968–1973) during and after which she starred in TV specials.

AWARDS

She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 1960, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures in 1989. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; this was followed in 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award.

ACTIVIST DAY

In 1971, Doris Day co-founded Actors and Others for Animals, and appeared in a series of newspaper advertisements denouncing the wearing of fur, alongside Mary Tyler Moore, Angie Dickinson and Jayne Meadows.

In 1978, Day founded the Doris Day Pet Foundation, now the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). A non-profit charity, DDAF funds other non-profit causes throughout the US that share DDAF’s mission of helping animals and the people who love them.

To complement the Doris Day Animal Foundation, Day formed the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1987, a national non-profit citizen’s lobbying organisation whose mission is to reduce pain and suffering and protect animals through legislative initiatives.

Day actively lobbied the United States Congress in support of legislation designed to safeguard animal welfare on a number of occasions and in 1995 she originated the annual Spay Day USA. The DDAL merged into The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 2006. The HSUS now manages World Spay Day, the annual one-day spay/neuter event that Day originated.

A facility bearing her name, the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center, which helps abused and neglected horses, opened in 2011 in Murchison, Texas, on the grounds of an animal sanctuary started by her late friend, author Cleveland Amory. Day contributed $250,000 towards the founding of the center.

Day was a vegetarian.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is a 1964 interview with Doris Day by Lucille Ball. Enjoy!

17 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #428

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 March 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Mon 2:30 – 3:30am
4NAG Keppel FM 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
7LTN Launceston 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Swing and Sway with Doris Day on 1939-45 Radio
I’m Happy About The Whole Thing
Doris Day (voc) Barney Rapp and his New Englanders
NBC Cincinatti
17 Jun 1939
Blue Music
Doris Day (voc) Les Brown Orchestra
Peacock Room
Baker Hotel
CBS Dallas
9 Aug 1945
Long Ago and Far Away
Doris Day (voc) Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
7 Jul 1944
I Wish I Knew
Doris Day (voc) Les Brown Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Hollywood
16 Aug 1945
Set 2
Fats Waller 23 Sep 1943 in Story and Song
Reefer Song
Fats Waller
Comm Rec
New York City
23 Sep 1943
Ain’t Misbehavin’ + There’s a Girl in my Life + Honeysuckle Rose
Fats Waller
’Personally, It’s Off The Record’
WABC CBS NY
23 Sep 1943
Set 3
1934 Radio Jazz and Dance
Maniacs’ Ball
Glen Gary and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Intro + It Don’t Mean A Thing
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
’Chrysler Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Song of the Vipers
Louis Armstrong
Comm Rec
Paris
Oct 1934
Swingy Little Thingy
Hal Kemp Orchestra
’Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 4
Bop and Hop On 1940s-50s Radio
A Night In Tunisia
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Mar 1949
Now’s The Time
Howard McGee
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Oct 1951
I’m Glad There’s You
Charlie Ventura (voc) Jackie Kain and Roy Kral
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1949
Set 5
Dizzy Gillespie on 1940s-50s Radio
Lady Byrd
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Aircheck
Apollo Ballroom
Harlem NY
22 Jan 1947
Manteca
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Stockholm
Radio Sweden
2 Feb 1948
Doodlin’
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jul 1956
Jam Session
Dizzy Gillespie with Orchestra
Rex Theatre
RTF Paris
Feb 1953
Set 6
Piano Playing Band Leaders on the Air
If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes
Nat King Cole Trio
Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
26 Apr 1945
Body and Soul
Teddy Wilson Orchestra
’America Dances’
BBC London via WABC CBS NY
1939
Every Tub
Count Basie Orchestra
’Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Flying Home
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Set 7
1930s Radio Jazz and Dance Bands
Black and Blue Rhythm
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
26 Sep 1933
Crazy Rhythm
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
’Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red
New York City
8 Dec 1934
Dardenella
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
’Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
31 Oct 1936
Haunting Me
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1935
Set 8
Trad Bands on Radio
Beale Street Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1950
Heebie Jeebies
Eddie Condon Group
’Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
9 Sep 1944
I’m Confessin’
Hot Lips Page
’Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM New York City
1950
That’s A Plenty
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953

George Wallace 1910s-50s Comedian – Phantom Dancer 10 March 2020


George Wallace, Australian comedian, composer, dancer and singer, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist from live 1940s-50s radio.

Of interest in the comedy selections of George Wallace from 1940s-50s radio is his early 20th century working class Australian accent and WW1 vintage vaudeville stage delivery.

In a 1949 interview, Wallace admitted that he found it hard to adapt his comedic techniques to radio. “The hardest thing, is keeping [my voice] down. After years on the stage where you have to raise your voice to make a point, I found in radio that this only made the mike blast and it took me a long time to break the habit of wanting to shout at it.”

Nonethesless, Wallace’s delivery hasn’t dated and is still funny, in my opinio. The commercial radio actors he’s working with are very much of their time.

The Phantom Dancer produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton can be heard online from 12:05pm AESDT Tuesday 10 March at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

The last hour is all vinyl.

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GEORGE

George Stephenson “Onkus” Wallace died the day I was born.

He was an Australian comedian, vaudevillian, radio personality and film star. During the early to mid-20th century, he was one of the most famous and successful Australian comedians on both stage and screen, with screen, song and revue sketch writing amongst his repertoire.

His father toured in minstrel shows and George junior appeared at age three in a Sydney pantomime. He was in his parents’ song-and-dance act until they divorced. He later busked in Pyrmont, New South Waleswaterfront, worked in his stepfather’s ink factory, and was a farm-hand and canecutter in North Queensland. He then joined a road show at age sixteen.

MOVIES

The 1930s saw George turn his talents to film. He starred in five films, all comedies and was the biggest, if not the biggest, Australian star. Three of these, His Royal Highness (1932), Harmony Row (1933) and A Ticket in Tatts (1934), were directed by F. W. Thring for Thring’s company, Efftee Film Productions.

He said in 1933 that he turned down an offer from Universal to film in the US.

The other two, Let George Do It (1938) and Gone to the Dogs (1939), were directed by Ken G. Hall for Cinesound Productions. Wallace’s contributions to these films extended beyond his performances. He developed the concepts for His Royal Highness, Harmony Row and A Ticket in Tatts by drawing on his stage revues, and co-wrote Let George Do It and Gone to the Dogs. Wallace’s other film work included a 1932 short film, “Oh! What a Night!”, which he is said to have directed unofficially.[8] In later years, he was seen in supporting roles in two dramatic films, The Rats of Tobruk (Charles Chauvel, 1944, Australia) and Wherever She Goes (Michael Gordon, 1953, USA/Australia).

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STYLE

In his physical presentation as well as his performance style, George Wallace differed from international stars of slapstick comedy. For instance, his clothing and speech allude to an Australian working-class type and contrast with Charles Chaplin’s mock-dapper Tramp persona. The fact that Wallace’s performances combine tap-dancing with pratfalls makes him unusual among film comedians anywhere. Moreover, Wallace’s films prefigure developments in Hollywood comedy. An example is the fictional country of Betonia in His Royal Highness, which predates satirical depictions of fictional nations in such celebrated films as The Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup (1933) and Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940). Other aspects of Wallace’s films that are relatively unusual for the period are the comedic treatment of haunted houses in Harmony Row and Gone to the Dogs and scientific experimentation in Gone to the Dogs, which emphasize the resourcefulness of Australian filmmaking in the face of Hollywood’s international dominance.

JUNIOR

George Wallace had one child, George Leonard Wallace (George Wallace Jnr.), who became a famous comedian in his own right. At age two he debuted on stage in his father’s and mother’s vaudeville act joining them in acrobatic poses. He had success on TV in the late 1950s and 1960s. George Wallace Jnr’s television show, Theatre Royal, which originated in Brisbane, won a Logie Award in 1962 and 1963.

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

10 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #427

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 March 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Mon 2:30 – 3:30am
4NAG Keppel FM 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Special Shows
Open + Somebody Loves Me
Irving Miller Orchestra
‘Mirth and Madness’
WEAF NBC NYC
Jun 1944
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme) + Smiles
Sy Oliver Orchestra
‘Endorsed by Dorsey’
WOR Mutual NYC
3 Mar 1946
Lady Be Good + Close
Ella Fitzgerald (voc) Ray Brown Trio
‘Swingtime at Savoy’
WNBC NBC NY
28 Jul 1948
Set 2
1950s Progressive Jazz Radio
Open + So What?
Miles Davis
‘Your Treasury of Music’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
25 Aug 1959
Set 3
Benny Goodman 1937 Radio
One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
20 Oct 1937
Open + Blue Skies
Benny Goodman Trio (voc) Audience
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
23 Oct 1937
Dixieland Band + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual NYC
21 Oct 1937
Set 4
George Wallace
Open + Three Little Words + Skit
Edwin Duff (singer) George Wallace Comedian
‘The George Wallace Show’
2GB Macquarie Network Sydney
1950
Brown Slouch Hat
Joan Blake
‘Song of Australia’
ABC Radio
1942
Sophie, The Sort On The Bus
George Wallace
Live on The Tivoli Theatre, Sydney
1940s
Wacko! We’ve Got a Date
George Wallace (voc) Billy O’Flynn’s Legionaire Orchestra and Chorus
Comm Rec
Melbourne
1940
Set 5
Pee Wee Russell
D.A. Blues
Pee Wee Russell (cl) Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concerts’
WJZ Blue NYC
1944
The Blues By Pee Wee Russell
Pee Wee Russell (cl) Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concerts’
WJZ Blue NYC
9 Sep 1944
Pee Wee’s Town Hall Stomp
Pee Wee Russell (cl) Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concerts’
WJZ Blue NYC
1944
Impromptu Ensemble
Pee Wee Russell (cl) Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concerts’
WJZ Blue NYC
9 Sep 1944
Set 6
Eugenie Baird
Suddenly It’s Spring
Eugenie Baird (voc) Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel New Yorker
May 1944
My Buddy
Eugenie Baird (voc) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Forever Pops’
KECA ABC LA
1946
My Heart Tells Me
Eugenie Baird (voc) Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel New Yorker
May 1944
What Is This Thing Called Love
Eugenie Baird (voc) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Forever Pops’
KECA ABC LA
1946
Set 7
1940s Swing Radio
Sleep
Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Trianon Time’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
Aircheck
1944
Blackberry Jam
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Columbus OH
Blue Network
19 Nov 1943
Let’s Dance (theme) + My Guy’s Come Back
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Lisa Morrow
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
KHJ Mutual LA
14 Jan 1946
Smokey Mary + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra
CBS Aircheck
23 May 1942
Set 8
Shep Fields
Country Garden
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1940
Basin St Blues
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Robert Goday
Radio Transcription
1938
From Another World
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1940

Mary Osbourne – Woman Electric Guitar Pioneer – Phantom Dancer 3 March 2020


It’s International Women’s Day this month so this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist from live 1920s-60s radio is electric guitar pioneer, Mary Osbourne. There’s also a set of women singers from live 1930s-40s radio.

You’ll hear Mary’s guitar with Gay Claridge’s big band broadcasting from Chicago in 1944. You’ll also hear her sing from that same broadcast. Then a couple of commercial jazz sides for you spun by jazz critic Leonard Feather in a 1951 edition of his Voice of America series, ‘Jazz Club USA’.

The Phantom Dancer produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actot Greg Poppleton can be heard online from 12:05pm AESDT Tuesday 3 March at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

The last hour is all vinyl.

mary osbourne guitar

MARY

Mary Osborne was born into a musical family. Her mother played guitar and her father made violins.

Her earliest instruments were piano, ukulele, violin and banjo. She first played guitar at age nine.

At ten, she was playing banjo in her father’s ragtime band. She also had her own radio program, which she would continue to perform on twice weekly until she was fifteen.

At twelve she started her own trio of girls to perform in Bismarck, North Dakota. The music she was playing during this time period was largely “hillbilly”, in which the guitar was simply used to accompany her own vocals.

At the age of fifteen, Osborne joined a trio led by pianist Winifred McDonnell, for which she played guitar, double bass, and sang. During this time, she heard Charlie Christian play electric guitar in Al Trent’s band at a stop in Bismarck.

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CHARLIE

She was enthralled by his sound, at first mistaking the electric guitar for a saxophone. She said, “What impressed everyone most of all was his sense of time. He had a relaxed, even beat that would sound modern even today.”

Osborne immediately bought her own electric guitar and had a friend build an amplifier.  She sat in with Christian, learning his style of guitar.  Later, McDonnell’s trio got absorbed into Buddy Rogers’s band, after Rogers heard them play in St. Louis. But within a year of the band moving to New York in 1940, the trio broke up and left Rogers’s band, having found husbands. Osborne married trumpeter Ralph Scaffidi, who encouraged her musical career.

PROGRESSIVE

In the 1940s, Osborne sat in on jam sessions on 52nd Street, where she played with some of the biggest names in jazz and quickly made a name for herself.

In 1941 she went on the road with jazz violinist Joe Venuti. In 1942 she was working freelance in Chicago when she made a recording with Stuff Smith. In 1944, as you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer, she sang and played her electric guitar in the Gay Claridge Orchestra. In 1945 Osborne headlined a performance with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Coleman Hawkins and Thelonious Monk in Philadelphia, to reviews and audiences that praised her specifically. She, Tatum, and Hawkins went on to record in concert in New Orleans.

In 1945 Osborne moved back to New York. There she recorded with Mary Lou Williams in 1945, Coleman Hawkins, Mercer Ellington, and Beryl Booker in 1946, and led her own swing trio. You’ll hear two of these sides played by jazz critic Leonard Feather on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Her trio lasted from 1945–1948 and played in clubs on 52nd street, had a year-long engagement at Kelly’s Stables, and made several recordings. Throughout the 1950s, she played with Elliot Lawrence’s Quartet on The Jack Sterling Show, a daily morning CBS radio program, and appeared on the television show Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.

In this week’s PHANTOM DANCER VIDEO, you’ll see her with a band of jazz greats backing Billie Holiday on an Art Ford Tv show.

The last few years of the decade she spent recording, both with Tyree Glenn and as a leader. Shortly after, Osborne felt that she had been doing the same thing musically for too long and wanted a change. In 1962 she started learning Spanish classical guitar under Alberto Valdez-Blaine. She used classical techniques, such as pick-less playing, in her jazz playing.

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BUILDER

In 1968, Osborne moved and settled into Bakersfield, California, where she lived the rest of her life. With her husband, she started the Osborne Guitar Company. She taught music and continued to play jazz locally and in Los Angeles. She played in the Newport and Concord festivals in the early 1970s, and in the Kool Jazz Festival in New York in 1981. In 1989 and 1990, she played at the Los Angeles Classic Jazz Festival, and in 1990 also played at the Playboy Jazz Marathon. In 1991, in what would be her final performances, Osborne returned to The Village Vanguard in New York for a week-long engagement.

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

3 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #426

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 March 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Mon 2:30 – 3:30am
4NAG Keppel FM 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
A Date With The Duke
Take The A-Train (theme) + Carnegie Blues
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
ABC/AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Otto, Play Thar Riff Staccato
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ray Nance
‘A Date With The Duke’
ABC/AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
All At Once + Yesterdays
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Kay Davis
‘A Date With The Duke’
ABC/AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 2
Australian Radio
Brown Slouch Hat
Joan Blake
‘Song of Australia’
ABC Radio
1942
4 Sep 1948
Sahara
Wally Portingale All-in-Fun Revue
‘Army on Parade’
2CH Sydney
0ct 1943
Waltzing Matilda
116th Rhythm Ensemble (voc) Ron Williams
2UE
Sydney
1944
Set 3
Trumpet Playing Band Leaders
Memories of You (theme) + The Wish I Wish Tonight
Sonny Donham Orchestra (voc) Tommy Randall
‘One Night Stand’
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jul 1945
Open + Blue Skies
Lee Castle Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Ice Terrace Room
Newark NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Feb 1934
Eight Bar Riff + Rose Room
Harry James and his Music Makers
‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Sep 1945
Set 4
Mary Osbourne – Pioneer Electric Guitarist
Apple Blossoms in the Rain + Kentucky
Mary Osbourne (voc and eg) Gay Claridge Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Chez Paree, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Sep 1945
Mary’s Guitar Boogle
Mary Osbourne Trio
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
Low Ceiling
Mary Osbourne (eg) Beryl Booker Trio
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
I Love You
Mary Osbourne (eg) Gay Claridge Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Chez Paree, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Sep 1945
Set 5
1944 Swing Radio
I Cover The Waterfront
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
1944
Minnie the Moocher (theme) The Very Thought of You
Cab Calloway Orchestra and voc.
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Sep 1944
The Lion and the Mouse
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker NYC
1944
After You’ve Gone + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS
New York City
21 Jul 1944
Set 6
Louis Armstrong Radio
The Blues
Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller
Aircheck
New York City
Oct 1938
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Louis Armstrong
Wintergarden Theatre
WNBC NBC NY
19 Jun 1947
You’re Just In Love
Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Dec 1954
Royal Garden Blues
Louis Armstrong
‘Damon Runyom Memorial Jazz Concert’
Blue Note
WENR ABC Chicago
11 Dec 1948
Set 7
1930-40ss Women Singers
By The Light of the Silvery Moon
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‘Ruth Etting Show’
WHN NYC
13 Jun 1947
It’s You, You, Darling
Marian Mann (voc) Bob Crosby Orchestra
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker
WOR Mutual NY
25 Mar 1940
Whistling in the Dark
Loyce Whiteman (voc) Gus Arnheim Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1931
There’s a Small Hotel
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Maxine Gray
‘The Lady Esther Serenade’
WABC CBS NY
26 Aug 1936
Set 8
1940s Modern Jazz Radio
C-Jam Blues
International All-Stars
Aircheck
Hollywood
Dec 1947
Back Talk
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘Wild Root Show’
ABC
8 Feb 1946
Manteca
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Radio Sweden
Stockholm
2 Feb 1948

The 1929-45 Teenager – Phantom Dancer 25 February 2020


This week’s Phantom Dancer 25 February mix feature artist from live 1920s-60s radio is The Teenager.

Specifically, we’ll hear three examples from 1929 – 45 radio of music and spoken word aimed at the teenager. You’ll even hear the massed voices of teenagers in a Frank Sinatra broadcast.

The Phantom Dancer with actor and 1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton can be heard online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

The last hour is all vinyl.

HAROLD TEEN

‘Harold Teen’ is a 1929 song celebrating the popular comic book character of the same name first published in 1919, written and drawn by Carl Ed (pronounced “eed”).

Asked in the late 1930s why he had started the strip, Ed answered, “Twenty years ago, there was no comic strip on adolescence. I thought every well-balanced comic sheet should have one.”

Harold Teen 1928 movie poster
Harold Teen 1928 movie poster

The success of the strip led to toys, figurines, pins and other products.

Carl Ed received writing credit for both film adaptations of Harold Teen. Tap dancer Hal Le Roy had the title role in the 1934 movie musical Harold Teen. In the 1928 silent version, Harold was portrayed by Arthur Lake, best known for his many performances as Dagwood Bumstead.

There was also a Harold Teen radio show mid-day on Saturdays on the Tribune radio station WGN in Chicago. It was mostly a DJ show with Harold and his buddy Shad spinning the latest hits.

Kansas City jazz band pianist Joe Sanders wrote a song about the “Don Juan of comic strip fame”, describing him as a “human love machine” and as “romance personified”. A performance by the Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra can be heard in the March 1, 1929, episode of the Maytag Frolics radio program on this week’s Phantom Dancer

BOBBY SOXERS

Bobby soxer is term for a very zealous fan of 1940s traditional pop music, in particular that of singer Frank Sinatra. We’ll hear them screaming after a Frank song in this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Bobby soxers were usually teenage girls in high schools and colleges, who got their name from the bobby socks that they wore.

Teenage actress Shirley Temple played a stereotypical Bobby socker in the film The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947).

Bobby soxers
Bobby soxers

SEVENTEEN

Turns out, as you’ll hear announced on this week’s Phantom Dancer, that Eddie Condon’s dxieland jazz was ‘OK with teenage USA’.  This reported wisdom came from a newly published magazine, Seventeen, the first magazine aimed at 13-17 year old girls that treated them like adults so they could be sold to.

Helen Valentine (1893-1986) was the founder and editor in chief of Seventeen.

April 1945 Seventeen cover
April 1945 Seventeen cover

In 1944, while serving as promotion director for Mademoiselle magazine at Walter Annenberg’s Triangle Publications, she was asked by Annenberg to help revive a movie magazine.

Although the concept of “teenager” as a distinct demographic segment of the population was a relatively new idea at that time, Valentine instead proposed a magazine for teen-age girls. Noticing the wide popularity of a King Features Syndicate comic strip by cartoonist Hilda Terry that focused on the trials and tribulations of a typical teenager’s life entitled Teena which began running in July 1944, Valentine convinced Annenberg that teenage girls needed a magazine of their own and that the then unserved demographic had the potential to become an important and lucrative new consumer market segment stating that “It was time to treat children as adults.”

The magazine was launched in September 1944 and within a year, Seventeen had a circulation of a million. Seventeen is credited with creating a teen market for clothing manufacturers and other industries.

VIDEO

The Phantom Dancer Video of the Week  is a short clip from the documentary, Teenage, featuring Bobby Soxers. Enjoy!

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

25 FEBRUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #425

107.3 2SER Tuesday 25 February 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Mon 2:30 – 3:30am
4NAG Keppel FM 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Sweet Music
Open + On the Sunny Side of the Street
Frances Langford
‘Swingtime’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Open + Old Shanty Town
Owen Bradley and the Anita Kerr Singers (voc) Lion Oil Orchestra
‘Sunday Down South’
Lion Network.
25 Jul 1954
Sheik of Araby + Time To Say Goodbye (theme)
Russ Morgan Orchestra (voc) Russ Morgan
Club Del Mar
Santa Monica Ca
22 Aug 1959
Set 2
Modern Music Radio
Open + Move
Miles Davis Nonet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Sep 1948
Open + Lady Be Good
Coleman Hawkins
‘Jazz Art Concert’
Theatre DeLys
WNBC NBC NY
4 Oct 1952
Boogie Mysterioso
Mary Lou Williams Quintet
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
Set 3
Selling Oldsmobiles
Open + Roll Out of Bed with a Smile
Johnny Green Orchestra
‘Oldsmobile Program’
WABC CBS NY
20 Feb 1934
Everything I Have Is Yours + After Sundown
Ruth Etting
‘Oldsmobile Program’
WABC CBS NY
20 Feb 1934
Temptation + I Wanna Be Loved (theme)
Johnny Green Orchestra
‘Oldsmobile Program’
WABC CBS NY
20 Feb 1934
Set 4
Aimed at Teenagers
Open + I Found a New Baby
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
Ritz Theatre
WJZ Blue NY
3 Mar 1945
Open + Harold Teen
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
28 Feb 1929
I Love You
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WABC CBS NY
6 May 1944
Set 5
Trad Jazz on Radio
Royal Garden Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1950
Eh, La Bas!
Papa Celestin
‘Dixieland Jamboree’
WDSU ABC New Orleans
1950
Jazz Me Blues
Bob Crosby Bobcats
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
25 Mar 1940
Copenhagen
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Dec 1939
Set 6
Swing Radio
Take The A-Train (theme) + Way Low
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Hurricane Restaurant
Aircheck NYC
28 Aug 1943
Open + Sugarfoot Stomp
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield Ma.
Blue Network
29 Sep 1943
Frantic in the Atlantic
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar
AFRS re-broadcast
16 Jul 1946
Your Father’s Moustache
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘Wild Root Creme Oil Show’
ABC
1 Dec 1946
Set 7
1930s French Swing
Got a Date in Louisiana
Philippe Brun Swing Band
Comm Rec
Paris
8 Mar 1938
Avalon
Michel Warlop Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
2 Mar 1935
What’ll I Do
Fletcher Allen Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
15 Mar 1938
Popcorn Man
Ray Ventura Orchestra (voc) Betty Allen
Comm Rec
Paris
1938
Set 8
1940s-50s Moderne
BeBop
Howard McGee Sextet
Aircheck
Hollywood
29 Apr 1947
Imagination
Slim Gaillard
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
2 Jun 1951
Oo-Ba-Ba-Re-Ba
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
400 Restaurant
New York City
Aircheck
1945
Mulligantawny
Woody Herman Third Hers
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Peony Park
WOW NBC Omaha
1954