Xavier Cugat 1940s-50s Radio – Phantom Dancer Show 26 Mar 2019


LATIN

Xavier Cugat, ‘King of the Rhumba’, a leading figure in the spread of Latin music, is your feature artist on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton.

One of his trademark gestures was to hold a chihuahua while he waved his baton in front of his orchestra.

See the full Phantom Dancer play list below of swing and jazz mixed by Greg Poppleton from live 1920s-60s radio below.

PHANTOM DANCER

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Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

Cugat and dog

CUGIE

Xavier Cugat was a Spanish born musician and bandleader. He migrated with his family to Havana, Cuba, at age five in 1905.

CUBA

Cugat studied classical violin. He was a child prodigy. To help pay for his education he was a violinist at the age of nine in a silent movie theatre. He was first chair violinist for the Teatro Nacional Symphonic Orchestra. He drew caricatures when he wasn’t playing.

NEW YORK CITY

Cugat arrived in New York City with his family at age 14. He played violin solos in recitals with Enrico Caruso.

After a stint leading his band in Los Angeles in the 1920s, Cugat took his band to New York for the 1931 opening of the Waldorf–Astoria Hotel.

He then led the Waldorf–Astoria Orchestra for sixteen years, shuttling between New York and Los Angeles for music and film engagements.

MOVIES

Cugat appeared in the films Gay Madrid (1930), You Were Never Lovelier (1942), Week-End at the Waldorf (1945), Bathing Beauty (1944), Holiday in Mexico (1946), A Date with Judy (1948), On an Island with You (1948) and Chicago Syndicate (1955).

LATIN MUSIC

In the 1920s Cugat led a band that played at the Cocoanut Grove, Los Angeles.

Charlie Chaplin, a friend of Cugat’s, visited the Grove wanting to dance the tango. So Cugat added tangos to the band’s set list.

Seeing the popularity of the tango at the Grove, Cugat convinced the owner to hire South American dancers to give tango lessons.

When this also became popular, Cugat made the dancers part of his orchestra. In 1928 he Xavier Cugat and His Gigolos were filmed for a 15 minute Vitaphone short.

Over the years, Cugat’s orchestra included such musical stars as Desi Arnaz, Abbe Lane, Yma Sumac and Miguelito Valdés.

CARTOONS

Xavier Cugat worked for the Los Angeles Times as a cartoonist. His caricatures were nationally syndicated. His older brother, Francis, was also an artist of some note. He painted the cover art for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.

DINER

Cugat owned and operated the Mexican restaurant Casa Cugat, which opened in West Hollywood in the 1940s. The restaurant was frequented by Hollywood celebrities and featured two singing guitarists who would visit each table and play diners’ favorite songs upon request. It closed in 1986.

The restaurant’s exterior and a fanciful depiction of its interior can be found in scenes in the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter in which Cugat has a substantial role playing himself. A brief scene revolving around the restaurant can also be seen in the earlier 1943 film The Heat’s On, also starring Cugat as himself.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is from 1957. Abbe Lane (Cugat’s 4th wife) sings with the orchestra. The Spanish banner on the top right of the screen means ‘Censured under Francoism’. Happy rule breaking!

26 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #378

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 March 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12:04 – 1pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
Big Bands on 1944-45 Radio
Open + Swinging on a Star
Eddie Oliver Orchestra (voc) The Oliver Twisters
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Aug 1944
Texakana
Denny Beckner Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
Norfolk Va
30 Mar 1944
To Each His Own + Close
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) Ginny Powell
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morocco
Los Angeles
1945
Set 2
12:15 Music at 12:15
Open + My Dog Has Fleas
Dave Rose Orchestra
‘Music at Midday’
Radio Transcription
WOR Mutual NY
10 Aug 1945
Lady of the Evening
Dave Rose Orchestra
‘Music at Midday’
Radio Transcription
WOR Mutual NY
10 Aug 1945
Holiday for Strings
Dave Rose Orchestra
‘Music at Midday’
Radio Transcription
WOR Mutual NY
10 Aug 1945
Fascinating Rhythm
Frean and Rigatti piano duo
‘Music at Midday’
Radio Transcription
WOR Mutual NY
10 Aug 1945
Time On My Hands + Close
Unidentified Orchestra
‘Music at Midday’
Radio Transcription
WOR Mutual NY
10 Aug 1945
Set 3
Yiddish Jazz
Open + The Bridegroom Special
Sam Medoff
‘Yiddish Melodies in Swing’
WHN NY
24 Nov 1940
Zum Gali Gali + Oriental Hora
Barry Sisters (voc) Yiddish Swingtet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NY
1957
Yidel mitn Fiedel + Close
Barry Sisters
‘Yiddish Melodies in Swing’
WHN NY
18 Feb 1945
Set 4
Xavier Cugat
Open + Amor, Amor + Besume Mucho + Besume Mirame
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Del Campo
‘One Night Stand’
Trocadero, Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Feb 1945
Say Si, Si
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Nita Rossa
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Tibirico
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Hotel Last Frontier
NBC Las Vegas
30 Nov 1953
Set 5
Jan Savitt 1938-39 Shuffle Rhythm Radio
Quaker City Jazz (theme) + And The Angels Sing
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters (voc) Bon Bon
Arcadia Restaurant
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
1939
You Go To My Head
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters (voc) Carlotta Dale
Radio Transcription
New York City
25 Aug 1938
Good Morning
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Futuristic Shuffle
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Comm Rec
New York City
22 Jul 1938
Set 6
Sarah Vaughan Radio
Love Me or Leave Me
Sarah Vaughan
‘Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’
WPIX TV NYC
13 Dec 1948
Mean To Me
Sarah Vaughan
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
I Cover The Waterfront
Sarah Vaughan
‘Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’
WPIX TV NYC
13 Dec 1948
Don’t Blame Me
Sarah Vaughan
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Mar 1945
Set 7
Pianist Band Leaders on Radio
Open + If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes
Nat King Cole (voc) NKC
Trocadero
KHJ Mutual-Don Lees Los Angeles
25 Apr 1945
Dont Take Your Love From Me
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Audrey Morris
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier, Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
Go Away Blues
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Hurricane Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
29 Aug 1943
I Give You My Word
Fats Waller Rhythm (voc) Kay Perry
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Set 8
Mod Radio
The Gentle Art of Love (theme) + Nico’s Tempo
Oscar Pettiford
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
26 May 1957
The Man I Love
Patti Page (voc) Benny Goodman Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
A Gem From Tiffany
Shelly Manne Quintet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
1956

Victory Belles All-Women 1940s Radio Show – Phantom Dancer 19 March 2019


VICTORY BELLES

This week I’m thrilled to find for you on The Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton, a 1942 all-woman jazz show I played on the Phantom Dancer over ten years ago. The tape has re-surfaced. This week, enjoy the Victory Belles as your Phantom Dancer featured artists with the Bea Turpin Orchestra and singer Martha Mears (who sang White Christmas with Bing Crosby in the movie, Holiday Inn). See the full play list below.

PHANTOM DANCER

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BACKGROUND

Billboard, 13 Feb 1943 page 7 wrote,

“KNX-CBS is the only net here having an all-girl show. ‘Victory Belles’ uses an all girl ork and comedienne, with Mabel Todd filling the latter spot. Show is produced by Ona Munson. Billy Gould, sound effects, the only man on the program is forced to don Mother Hubbard wig – and cigar – to hold his job on this show.”

Ona Munson
Ona Munson

STORY

Jeannie Gayle Pool in her book, ‘Peggy Gilbert and Her All-Girl Band’ quotes Peggy Gilbert talking about the Victory Belle broadcasts,

“Ona Munson, who was a movie star, she was in Gone With The Wind, you remember? And she had quite a little reputation at that time as a star and she had her own show on CBS. She wanted an all-girl jazz orchestra on it and so we got together…There was actually no leader. A bunch of us just got together and said, “Here we are and this is it.” I was one of them and we were on that for a year. We had a weekly program. 1942, I think, right after the war started. We were at CBS in Hollywood. And what terrific audiences…they would bring fellows in from all over the place around here, in uniform, And it was just a terrific show. I loved it. The girls were such fine musicians. they would cut the stuff. They’d put the arrangements in front of us just before we went on. We’d be lucky if we had time to go through it before the show started. we’d talk through it, usually, and maybe go through a couple of parts of it. And then, away we’d go. Accompanying acts and doing our own thing.”

Side note: Munson introduced the song ‘You’re the Cream in My Coffee’ in the 1927 Broadway musical ‘Hold Everything’.

Martha Mears singing 'White Christmas' with Bing Crosby in the movie 'Holiday Inn'.
Martha Mears singing ‘White Christmas’ with Bing Crosby in the movie ‘Holiday Inn’.

EIGHT JILLS OF JIVE

“We had some fine musicians. we had Jane Sager on trumpet; and we had Pee Wee [Naomi Preble] on trombone;…Katherine Cruise on first alto: I was on first tenor, clarinet and vibes; Dody Jeshke on drums and Bea Turpin on piano.”

There would have been a double bass player and singer.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is not the Victory Belles, but a breathtaking climb up the radio 2UW tower in Sydney, 1944. Happy clambering!

19 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #377

107.3 2SER Tuesday 19 March 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12:04 – 1pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
Mod 1950s Radio
Lover Come Back To Me
Bud Powell
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
7 Feb 1953
Cool Blues
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Hi Hat Club
WCOP Boston
Indiana
Lester Young
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NY
22 Dec 1956
Set 2
Duke Ellington 1942-47 Radio
Feeling A Little Tomorrow Like I Feel Today
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Ciro’s Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Jul 1947
I Wonder Why?
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
‘Spotlight Bands’
Buffalo NY
Blue Network
27 Nov 1943
Poco + Take The A Train (theme)
Duke Ellington Orchestra
El Patio Ballroom
Lakeside
KLZ CBS Denver CO
15 Jul 1942
Set 3
Singin’ Sam
Open + Ol’ King Cole
Singing Sam
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
What’s It Gonna Get Ya? + Hortence
Singing Sam
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
A Brownbird Singing + Close (Coca Cola Waltz)
Singing Sam
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Set 4
Women’s Radio ‘Victory Belles’
Open + Ten Little Soldiers
Bea Turpin Eight Jills of Jive (voc) The Music Maids
‘Victory Belles’
KNX CBS LA
12 Dec 1942
When You And I Were Young, Maggie
Bea Turpin Orchestra
‘Victory Belles’
KNX CBS LA
12 Dec 1942
When You And I Were Young, Maggie (voc) Mabel Todd
Bea Turpin Orchestra
‘Victory Belles’
KNX CBS LA
12 Dec 1942
I Came Here To Talk For Joe
Bea Turpin Orchestra (voc) Martha Mears
‘Victory Belles’
KNX CBS LA
12 Dec 1942
Set 5
Bunny Berrigan 1934-36 Radio
I Can’t Get Started (theme) + My Melancholy Baby
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Broadcast
mid-1939
Moonshine over Kentucky and Heigh Ho
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WOR Mutual NY
3 May 1938
Familiar Moe
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WCLE Cleveland OH
9 Apr 1939
Deed I Do
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Bunny Berrigan
Mutual Network
Boston
20 Sep 1939
Set 6
Billie HolidayRadio
You Better Go Now
Billie Holiday (voc) Percy Faith Orchestra
‘Woolworth Hour’
KNX CBS LA
1954
I Cover The Waterfront
Billie Holiday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
29 Oct 1951
I’ll Get By
Billie Holiday
‘Spotlight Bands’
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue NY
18 Jan 1944
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Billie Holiday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
Oct 1953
Set 7
1930s Radio Transcriptions
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Red Nichols Orchestra (voc) The Songcopators
Radio Transcription
NYC
30 Nov 1936
Panama
Hal Kemp Orchestra
Radio Transcription
NYC
14 Dec 1934
Never Should Have Told You
Red Nichols Orchestra (voc) The Songcopators
Radio Transcription
NYC
30 Nov 1936
Blue Moon
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Bob Allen
Radio Transcription
NYC
14 Dec 1934
Set 8
Dorsey Brothers 1956 Radio
You Are My First Love
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NY
1956
I Could Have Danced All Night
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Too Close For Comfort
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Too Young To Go Steady
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Stadtler
WCBS CBS NY
1956

Top Women Stars on 1940s Radio – Phantom Dancer 12 March 2019


TOP WOMEN STARS

They were some of the biggest stars in the business from the 1940s onwards. They are this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artists with Greg Poppleton. Read on to discover one unusual fact about each of these three great singers, Jo Stafford, Georgia Gibbs and Dinah Shore.

Plus, Fletcher Henderson shows us how to write a swing band arrangement with the Benny Goodman Orchestra on a 1938 Camel Caravan.

PHANTOM DANCER

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online immediately after the 12 March 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
You can hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

jo stafford

JO STAFFORD

In 1950, Stafford began working for Voice of America (VOA), the U.S. government broadcaster transmitting programmes overseas to undermine the influence of communism. She presented a weekly show that aired in Eastern Europe, and Collier’s magazine published an article about the program in its April 21, 1951 issue that discussed her worldwide popularity, including in countries behind the Iron Curtain. The article, titled “Jo Stafford: Her Songs Upset Joe Stalin”, earned her the wrath of the U.S. Communist Daily Worker newspaper, which published a column critical of Stafford and VOA.

Georgia Gibbs

GEORGIA GIBBS

Her key attribute was tremendous versatility and an uncommon stylistic range from melancholy ballad to uptempo swinging jazz and rock and roll.

In her 2006 book, ‘Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair With 50s Pop Music’, Newsweek music critic Karen Schoemer wrote: “What really turned me around, though, were her R&B covers … Georgia was the rare fifties canary with a genuine flair for rock and roll … by the time I was through listening … I had a healthy new respect for Georgia, and a sense of indignation over her neglect by critics.”

Dinah Shore

DINAH SHORE

After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman, and both Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her own to become the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success. She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, spanning 1940–1957, and after appearing in a handful of feature films, she went on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows from 1951 through 1963 and hosting two talk shows in the 1970s.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is an hour Dinah Shore TV Show from 1960 featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Prado Perez and Al Hirt. Happy televiewing!

12 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #376

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 March 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12:04 – 1pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1940s Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
Flying Home (theme) + Star Dust
Lionel Hampton (vibraharp) and Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Jun 1944
Major and a Minor
Tiny Bradshaw Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
16 Apr 1945
Old Man River + Close
Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
21 Aug 1944
Set 2
Benny Goodman 1935-38 Radio
Makin’ Whoopee
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
23 Feb 1935
One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Madhattan Room
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Blue Skies
Benny Goodman Orchestra (Fletcher Henderson gives a lesson on arranging)
‘Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Sep 1938
Set 3
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
I’d Love It
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
Comm Rec
6 Nov 1929
Rocky Road
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers (voc) Don Redman
Comm Rec
6 Nov 1929
Miss Hannah
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers (voc) Don Redman
Comm Rec
6 Nov 1929
Set 4
1940s Women Vocal Stars
Open + I May Be Wrong
Jo Stafford
‘Supper Club’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Good, Good, Good + My Baby Said Yes
Georgia Gibbs
‘Georgia Gibbs – Paul Whiteman Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Jul 1945
Medley + Close
Dinah Shore
‘Showtime’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 5
Glen Gray 1934-36 Radio
Old Man River
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1934
Zonky
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Dec 1935
Black Jack
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1934
Truckin’ + Weary Blues
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
2 Jan 1936
Set 6
Louis Armstrong 1937 – 44 Radio
St Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
‘Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
1937
Theme + If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Dallas TV
AFRS Re-broadcast
17 Aug 1943
Swinging on a Star
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Tuskagee Alabama
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Oct 1944
Set 7
Duke Ellington 1950s Radio
All of Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Boy Meets Horn
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
30 Jun 1951
Take The A-Train
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
The Happening + Got To Go
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
8 Jun 1951
Set 8
Hip Savoy Sides from 1945
Seventh Avenue
Clyde Hart’s All-Stars
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
The Street Beat
Sir Charles Thompson All-Stars
Comm Rec
NYC
4 Sep 1945
That’s The Blues
Rubberlegs Williams
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
Poppity Pop
Slim Gaillard
Comm Rec
NYC
Dec 1945

I’m In A Comedy


Below are photos by Mark Chew taken on set during the making of the short comedy, The End, The Beginning (instagram @the_end_the_beginning_film). It’s a playful view of a teenager finding purpose in a world being shut down by climate change. directed by Archie Chew, written by Sam Herriman.

I play Gregory Gregory Senior, father, bibliophile, bookseller and survivalist.

Film and TV agent: anthony@benchmarkcreative.com.au
Actor Website: gregpoppleton.com

Here are two clips of my character Gregory Gregory Snr proudly showing you around his home.

The first runs 16 seconds.
The second runs 1’18 seconds.

In the role of Gregory Gregory Senior.
In the role of Gregory Gregory Senior

 

With my on-screen family (Finn Dunne and Ruby Teys) rehearsing being wrapped in plastic (that's the whitish sheen we are behind)
With my on-screen family (Finn Dunne and Ruby Teys) rehearsing being wrapped in plastic (that’s the whitish sheen we are behind)

 

On set in Collector
Waiting on set in Collector Memorial Hall

 

Being made up by Jade on set in the Collector Memorial Hall for 'The End, The Beginning'. Email nearvously@gmail.com
Being made up by Jade on set in the Collector Memorial Hall for ‘The End, The Beginning’. Email nearvously@gmail.com

 

On set in the town of Collector NSW. Left is film producer Alicia Easaw-Mamutil. Right, reading my prop book by the front door of the house is me.
On set in the town of Collector NSW. Left is film producer Alicia Easaw-Mamutil. Right, reading my prop book by the front door of the house is me.

“The End, The Beginning” tracks the relationship between a teenage girl (Skye) and her father (Finn). Based in the postcard town of Collector this absurd, comical romp follows Skye as she and the townspeople come to grips with the knowledge that the world is ending due to climate change. Our film playfully examines what it means to be a young person searching for purpose. Skye initially views her father as a villain however our film concludes when she finally sees her fathers vulnerability and ultimately his humanity.

Film and TV agent: anthony@benchmarkcreative.com.au
Actor Website: gregpoppleton.com

Kid Ory 1949-55 Radio – Phantom Dancer 5 March Radio Show


FEATURE

One of the most influential musicians in early jazz, Kid Ory is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, in a series of broadcasts from 1949 and 1954.

PHANTOM DANCER

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You can hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

Kid Ory

KID ORY

Kid Ory was born in 1886 and began playing music on homemade instruments. By his teens he was leading a well-regarded band in southeast Louisiana. He was one of the most influential trombonists of early jazz.

In New Orleans in the 1910s, Ory’s band included such leading jazz stars as King Oliver, Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Noone and Louis Armstrong.

TAILGATE

Ory was a banjo player during his youth, and it is said that his ability to play the banjo helped him develop ‘tailgate’, a particular style of playing the trombone with a rhythmic line underneath the trumpets and cornets.

LOS ANGELES

Ory moved to Los Angeles in 1919 and in 1921 recorded the first jazz records there. The Ory broadcasts you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer come from Los Angeles in 1949 and San Francisco in 1954.

BENNY GOODMAN

Ory moved to Chicago in 1925 where he was very active. He worked and recorded with Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Oliver, Johnny Dodds, Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. He mentored Benny Goodman and, later, Charles Mingus.

During the Great Depression Ory retired from music and did not play again until 1943. He ran a chicken farm in California. From 1944 to about 1961 he led one of the top New Orleans–style bands of the period which we hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

The Ory band was an important force in reviving interest in New Orleans jazz, making popular 1940s radio broadcasts, including The Orson Welles Almanac program.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is Kid Ory filmed playing Tiger Rag in 1959 at Salle Pleyel in Paris. Enjoy.

5 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #376

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 March 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12:04 – 1pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1940s Dance Bands on Mutual
Open + Melody in F
Benny Kruger Orchestra
WOR Mutual
New York City
28 Apr 1940
Don’t Stop Now + Smoke Rings (theme)
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City
1943
Medley: Little White Lies + Blue Moon + If It’s True + Pagan Love Song + Good Night
Sherman Hayes Orchestra
Martinique Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
1947
Set 2
Dan Donovan
Theme + Mimi
Dan Donovan (voc) Henry Hall BBC Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
1936
A Garden in Granada
Dan Donovan
AVRO Broadcasting Station
Holland
9 Jan 1939
Swing Bolero
Dan Donovan
BBC
London
Apr 1937
Set 3
Harmony Singers
Boogly Woogly Piggy
Deep River Boys
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1939
Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho + Ezekel Saw The Wheel A’Rollin’
Spirit of Memphis Quartet
‘Carnation Milk Show’
WDIA Memphis
16 Dec 1949
The Gaucho Serenade
The Charioteers
‘Supper Club’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Hollywood
1945
Set 4
1950s Kid Ory
Open + Mississippi Mud
Kid Ory
Beverly Cavern
KGFJ Los Angeles
28 Jun 1949
Savoy Blues
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
5 Feb 1955
Dippermouth Blues + Milenburg Joys
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Oct 1954
Set 5
Lee Wiley
Old Folks
Lee Wiley
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
23 Sep 1944
Wherever There’s Love
Lee Wiley
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
5 Aug 1944
Tico Tico
Lee Wiley
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
5 Aug 1944
Sweet and Lowdown
Lee Wiley
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
5 Aug 1944
Set 6
Sweet Bands Radio Transcription
Stardust
Jay Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1940
Listen To My Heart
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Brandon
Radio Transcription
1940
The Siren’s Song
Jay Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1940
Little Brown Jug
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) 3D’s
Radio Transcription
1940
Set 7
Jimmy Dorsey
Contrasts (theme) + Shine On Harvest Moon
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Blue Network
1940
Comes Love
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Helen O’Connell
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WEAF NBC Red
5 Oct 1939
Saturday Night
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Patti Thomas
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
11 Feb 1945
Jumpin’ Jiminy + Close
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
1943
Set 8
Dave Brubeck
Perfume Counter
Dave Brubeck
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Dec 1953
Open + I’m In A Dancing Mood
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Mar 1957
This Can’t Be Love
Dave Brubeck
Aircheck
Jan 1954
All The Things You Are
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956

Phil Harris Academy Award Winner and Band Leader – Phantom Dancer 26 Feb 19


ACADEMY AWARD

Phil Harris was an American jazz musician, singer, actor and comedian. He also made the best live action short Academy Award winner for 1934, ‘So This is Harris!’. He is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist presented by 1920s – 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton.

PHANTOM DANCER

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Phil Harris

PHIL HARRIS

Harris began is career in entertainment as a 16 year old drummer in San Francisco forming the Lofner-Harris Orchestra with Carol Lofner. The orchestra had a residency in the prestigious Hotel St Francis, San Francisco, until 1932 and also toured overseas.

One country the Lofner-Harris Orchestra visted was Australia. In 1927, Harris married actor Marcia Ralston in Sydney.

COCOANUT GROVE

In 1932 – 33, Harris’ orchestra was resident at Los Angeles’ Cocoanut Grove ‘where all the stars come to dance,’ and features in his 1933 short, ‘So This Is Harris!’.

This week’s Phantom Dancer features a radio transcription made by the Harris Orchestra in 1933, simulating their live Cocoanut Grove broadcasts. The transcription demonstrates Harris’ friendly singing style and his debonair wit.

JACK BENNY

It was that warm style and wit that got the Harris band the job of providing the music for the Jack Benny radio show in 1936. Harris soon became a cast member, remaining with the show except for a stint with the US Navy during WW2 until 1952 .

He married Alice Faye in 1941 and together they hosted the popular Phil Harris-Alice Faye music and comedy radio show until 1954.

In the 1970s-80s he lead on orchestra in Las Vegas, mostly on the same bill as Harry James.

TV

Harris guested on many TV shows into the 1980s including F-Troop and the Dean Martin Show. He was a close friend of Bing Crosby and after Bing died in 1977, Harris replaced him as commentator for the annual Bing Crosby Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

He was also a voice actor for animated films including Jungle Book (1967) (as Baloo the Bear), The Aristocats (1970), Robin Hood (1973), Tailspin (1989). His last film role was in Rock-a-Doodle (1991).

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is the 1934 Academy Award short film winner, ‘So This Is Harris! which includes Phil singing ‘Lazy River’ just like in this week’s 1933 radio transcription –

26 FEBRUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #375

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 February 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
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and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1940s Swing Bands
Theme + Octave Jump
Bob Chester Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blackhawk Restaurant
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Oct 1944
Theme + Lady in Red
Henry Russell Hollywood Radio City Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
KFI NBC LA
1945
Dispatch From Dogpatch
Henry Busse Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Paladium Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Sep 1944
Set 2
Phil Harris Cocoanut Grove
Theme + Mimi
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) The Three Ambassadors
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Lazy River
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Phil Harris
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Long About Sundown
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Leah Ray
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
You + Theme
Phil Harris Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Set 3
Ray Anthony 1950s Radio
Open + Sweet and Gentle
Ray Anthony Orchestra (voc) June Vallee
‘Let’s Go To Town’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
Martin Kane Theme
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC LA
23 Nov 1953
DC7 + Close
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘Let’s Go To Town’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
Set 4
1930s Australian Dance Bands
This Year’s Kisses
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith
Comm Rec
Sydney
1936
Jamboree
Frank Coughlan Orchestra (voc) Frank Coughlan
Radio Transcription
Sydney
Jun 1937
The Girl on the Police Gazette
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra (voc)
Comm Rec
Sydney
1936
Set 5
Tommy Dorsey
I’ll Never Smile Again
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers
‘America Dances’
BBC London via CBS NYC
28 May 1940
I’ll Never Smile Again
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Stuart Foster and The Sentimentalists
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
24 Jun 1945
Tico Tico
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
24 Jun 1945
Bingo Bango Boffo
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
6 Dec 1947
Set 6
Crooners
Where The Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day
Bing Crosby
Comm Rec
New York City
23 Nov 1931
The Song is You
Les Allen (voc) BBC Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
4 Apr 1933
My Song
Chick Bullock (voc) Phil Spitany Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Sep 1931
Who?
Orlando Roberson (voc) Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
19 Sep 1934
Set 7
Radio Trad
Muskrat Ramble
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
‘Second Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS TV
30 Apr 1958
Charlie, My Boy
Jimmy Dorsey ‘Dorseyland’ Orchestra (voc) Pat O’Connor/Charlie Teagarden
Radio Transcription
New York City
1950
Kansas City Man
Sidney Bechet and Bob Wilbur
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
22 Mar 1947
Shake It and Break It
Graeme Bell Band
3AW Melbourne
1949
Set 8
Dizzy Gillespie
Intro + Blue ‘n’ Boogie
Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
31 Mar 1951
More Than You Know
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Stockholm
Radio Sweden
2 Feb 1948
Night in Tunisia
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jul 1956
Jam Session
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Rex Theatre
Paris Radio
Feb 1953