Cole Porter Sings ‘You’re The Top’ in 1934 – Phantom Dancer 16 July 2019


This week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton feature artist is – The Phantom Dancer and Cole Porter.

Presented by my good self, Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer is live every Tuesday on 107.3 2SER from 12:04 (+ 10 GMT).

It’s repeated Saturdays 5-6pm.

The Phantom Dancer is also streamed online at http://www.2ser.com. where you’ll also find an archive of past shows for you to enjoy at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

And it’s heard on radios stations across Australia.

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PHANTOM DANCER STORY

Greg Poppleton began The Phantom Dancer on 2SER back in the days when jazz and swing were dirty words, in July 1985. It was a fifteen minute segment within a program called Cityscope.

In December 1985 it got its own one hour time slot.

It’s continued on 2SER every week since then.

In 2013 it adopted the current non-stop mix format.

In that year it began being sent to radio stations across Australia over CRN (Community Radio Network).

FIRSTS

8 May 1995 First 2SER all-digital broadcast
2002 First 2SER online play list
2013 First non-stop swing jazz radio mix show

AWARDS

1991 BASF Hi-Fi Radio Award
2007 Best Music Program, Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
2013 Best Music Presenter, 2SER Awards
2015 Best Music Program, ArtSound FM Canberra
2016 Finalist, Best Music Program, Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

COLE PORTER

Hear the famous composer singing his own famous composition ‘You’re The Top’ on live 1934 radio on this week’s 2 hour radio mix,

You’ll also hear swing and jazz from live 1920s – 60s radio by Billie Holliday, Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Benny Goodman with Charlie Christian and more in a program that was heard in 2015.

See the play list below…

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, recorded at ABC-TV in Sydney in 1969, Julius Sumner Miller investigates ‘The Physics of Toys’ Part 2. This is program 29 in the series, ‘Dramatic Demonstrations In Physics’. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #393

2SER Tuesday 16 July 2019
12:04pm – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

Set 1
Open + Panamania
Leith Stevens Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
T’ain’t What You Do It’s The Way How You Do It
Freddy Monroe (Frankie Masters) Orchestra
‘Streamlined Interview’
WJSV CBS Washington
21 Sep 1939
Ad + Flight of a Hay Bag
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
2 Feb 1936
Set 2
There’s a Small Hotel
Teddy Stauffer and his Original Teddies (voc) Billy Toffel
Comm Rec
Berlin
30 Sep 1936
Ad + You’re The Top + Ad
Cole Porter
‘Fleischman Yeast Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Dec 1934
Open + Hold Me + Idolising + Cuban Love Song
Larry Taylor (voc) with Orchestra
‘Melody Lane’
Radio Transcription
1936
Set 3
Cirribirribin (Open) + Noodlin’
Harry James Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
AFRTS Re-broadcast
27 Nov 1959
Instrumental
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NY
12 Aug 1950
Prelude to a Kiss + Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestrs
Basin Street
CBS NY
KNX Los Angeles Aircheck
16 Apr 1956
Set 4
No. 10 Ritchie Drive
Gene Krupa Trio
‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jan 1945
Joshua Fought The Battle of Jericho
Paul Laval’s Woodwinds
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue
28 Jul 1941
I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling
Wild Bill Davison
‘This Is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
24 May 1947
Set 5
Tenderly
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Open + Walkin’
Miles Davis All-Stars
‘Bandstand USA’
Birdland
WOR Mutual New York
3 Jan 1959
Set 6
Nola
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
18 Oct 1935
It Had to Be You
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
25 Nov 1938
Open + Boogie Woogie Maxixe
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
25 Mar 1940
Rigmarole + Close
Jan Savitt Orchestra
KYW Studio Launch
Philadelphia
14 Sep 1937
Set 7
You Go To My Head
Billie Holliday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WMEX Boston
Late 1953
Open + Bensonality
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jun 1952/div>
Every Tub
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Cherokee
Art Tatum ℗ Murray MacEachern Orchestra
Aircheck
Los Angeles
1952
Set 8
Sheik of Araby
Benny Goodman Sextet
Aircheck
Los Angeles
12 Aug 1940
Rachel’s Dream
Benny Goodman
Esquire Jazz Concert
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue Network
18 Jan 1944
Stop Beatin’ ‘Round The Mulberry Bush
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
Coleman Hawkins Orchestra
WABC CBS NY
Savoy Ballroom, Harlem
1940

Sammy Kaye Swing and Sway – Phantom Dancer 9 July 2019


SWING AND SWAY

Sammy Kaye, the band leader who went by the memorable tag-line ‘Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye’ is this week’s Greg Poppleton Phantom Dancer feature artist in radio excerpts from 1945 and 1949.

Check out the full Phantom Dancer play list of swing and jazz mixed from live 1920s-60s radio below.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 9 July 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

sammy kaye

KAYE

Samuel Zarnocay was a Swing Era band leader and composer whose musical style could at times be described as ambient, through in the 1940s-50s was described as ‘sweet’.

GIMMICK

Kaye had a very personable style on stage and was apt to engage in quick conversations with his audience during radio band remotes.

He had an audience participation gimmick called ‘So You Want to Lead a Band?’ where audience members would be called onto stage in an attempt to conduct the orchestra, with the possibility of winning batons.

Kaye was also known for his use of ‘singing of song titles’, which was emulated by Kay Kyser and Blue Barron.

Band members sometimes sang backing vocals on songs as the ‘Kaydettes’.

sammy kaye TV

TV

Sammy Kaye was one of the few Swing Era band leaders who became a fixture on US TV in the 1950s. His TV shows include:

The Sammy Kaye Show CBS (1951–52)
The Sammy Kaye Show NBC (summer 1953)
So You Want to Lead a Band ABC (1954–55)
Sammy Kaye’s Music From Manhattan ABC (1958–59)

SEND UP

In October 1939, Kaye’s sweet band sound was sent-up by Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra with the song ‘The Wrong Idea (Swing and Sweat with Charlie Barnet)’ written by Barnet and Billy May.

FIRE

Sammy Kaye was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week we Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye for the original 1937 record. Swing and Sway!

9 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #394

107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 July 2019
After the 2SER
12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
5pm Saturdays
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Swing Bands on 1946 Radio
Open + Tea For Two
Gene Krupa (voc) Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
As Long As I Live
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) BC
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS re-broadcast
1946
Brooklyn Boogie
Louis Prima Orchestra (voc)FM
‘Spotlight Bands’
Camp Shanks NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Set 2
Corny Cowboys
Sweet Lucy Brown
Frank Coughlan Orchestra
Sydney
Apr 1936
The Girl on the Police Gazette
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
1936
Darktown Strutters’ Ball
Frank Coughlan Orchestra (voc) FS
Sydney
25 May 1937
Set 3
1930s Radio Dance Bands
Open + I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Joe Sanders Nighthawks (voc) JS
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
25 Mar 1937
Open + You’re My Everything
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Pete Fylling
Radio Transcription
1932
I Don’t Want To Get Well + Like The Wind You Are Gone + Close
Kay Kyser Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
6 Feb 1937
Set 4
Sammy Kaye
Open + Kiss Me Sweet
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Laurel Lesley and Don Cornell
‘Chrysler Showroom’
Radio Transcription
1949
Open + Just a Prayer Away
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Billy Williams and Choir
‘Sunday Serenade’
WJZ Blue NY
15 Apr 1945
My Gal Sal + Close
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc)
‘Chrysler Showroom’
Radio Transcription
1949
Set 5
February 1945 Radio
Harvard Blues
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Dickie Wells
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
24 Feb 1945
Contrasts (theme) + King Porter Stomp
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Feb 1945
Wake Up!
Andy Kirk Orchestra
Aircheck
Apollo Theatre
Harlem NYC
21 Feb 1945
Save Your Sorrows
Eddie Heywood Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Set 6
Lee Wiley 1936-38
Robins and Roses
Lee Wiley
WABC CBS NY
17 Jun 1936
Sugar
Lee Wiley
Jam Session
St Regis Hotel
New York City
BBC London
5 Nov 1938
On The Sentimental Side
Lee Wiley
KNX CBS LA
10 Mar 1938
Once In a While
Lee Wiley
KNX CBS LA
10 Mar 1938
Set 7
Radio Transcriptions
The Cradle Song
Les Elgart Orchestra
Radio Transcriptions
1946
Sepulveda
Jimmie Grier Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1946
Dream, Dream, Dream
Les Elgart Orchestra (voc) Terry Parker and the Tune Tellers
Radio Transcription
1946
Coyote Canyon
Jimmie Grier Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1946
Set 8
1950s-60s Jazz
Flat Foot Floogie
Slim Gaillard
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ NY
20 May 1951
I Want a Little Girl
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Dizzy’s Business
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956

Jean Sablon on 1954 Radio – Phantom Dancer 2 July 2019


CHANSON

This week’s Greg Poppleton Phantom Dancer feature artist is French singer Jean Sablon in radio transcriptions from 1954.

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

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 2 July 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

SABLON

Jean Sablon, known as the French Bing Crosby, came form a musical family.

His father, Charles , was a composer, as was Jean’s brother André. His sister was singer and actress Germaine Sablon. Jacques Sablon was his nephew.

jean sablon

Jean Sablon studied piano at the Lycée Charlemagne in Paris. He left before graduating to enrol at the Paris Conservatoire to study singing.

He began performing in the cabarets of Paris at the age of 17 in 1923. He was accompanied on his first record by the popular pianist/composer Mireille.

He was the first cabaret singer to use a microphone in his stage act. In the 1920s he spent time in Brazil where his recordings remain popular today.

jean sablon allee

Sablon is credited with arranging Reinhardt’s debut in a fashionable cabaret in 1933. He is also recognised for his talents as a lyricist and a composer. Sablon appeared in a number of motion pictures and television films performing as a vocalist or pianist, his last being in 1984 when he sang “April in Paris” in Mistral’s Daughter, the popular American TV miniseries filmed in France.

In 1937, he won the Grand Prix du Disque for the song “Vous qui passez sans me voir”, written for him by Charles Trenet and Johnny Hess, and which we’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

That same year, he went to the United States, where he sang on live radio broadcasts for CBS and made several records in English. He returned to Paris in 1939 but, with the German occupation of France in World War II, he went back to America for the duration.

jean sablon poster

From 1946-1947 the CBS radio network presented The Jean Sablon Show. Sablon was accompanied by an orchestra led by Paul Baron.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is Jean Sablon in 1933 singing Mimi. Phantom Dancer listeners will know this song from the 1933 Phil Harris Cocoanut Grove broadcast version I’ve played in the past. Enjoy!

2 JULY PLAY LIST

 

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #393

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 July 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Woody Herman
Blue Flame (theme) + Red Top
Woody Herman Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
I’ll Walk Alone
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
18 Oct 1944
Apple Honey
Woody Herman Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
17 Jul 1945
Set 2
Mod Sounds
The Squirrel
Miles Davis (tp) Lucky Thompson (sax)  Shelly Manne (d)
‘All Star Jazz Session’
WPIX TV NY
17 Jan 1949
Open + The Dart Game
Shelly Manne
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
21 Apr 1956
Lover + Artistry in Rhythm + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘The Concert in Miniature’
The Million Dollar Ballroom
WTMJ NBC
Milwaukee
10 Jun 1952
Set 3
Benny Goodman Camel Caravan
Let’s Dance (theme) + Scatterbrain
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
18 Nov 1939
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Louise Tobin
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
14 Oct 1939
Roll ‘Em + Goodbye (close)
Benny Goodman Orchestra (piano) Fletcher Henderson
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Nov 1939
Set 4
Jean Sablon
Open + Vous qui passez sans me voir
Jean Sablon (voc) Roger Roger Orchestra
‘Paris Star Time’
French Broadcasting System in North America
Paris
1954
Sur le Pont d’Avignon + Dinner For One, Please James
Jean Sablon (voc) Roger Roger Orchestra
‘Paris Star Time’
French Broadcasting System in North America
Paris
1954
Paris, tu n’as pas changé + Bouillabaisse + Close
Jean Sablon (voc) Roger Roger Orchestra
‘Paris Star Time’
French Broadcasting System in North America
Paris
1954
Set 5
Trad Radio
Salty Dog
The Southern Jazz Group
Aircheck
Adelaide
18 Jun 1949
You’re Some Pretty Doll
Muggsy Spanier
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NYC
22 Mar 1947
Charlie My Boy
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band (voc) Pat O’Connor and Charlie Teagarden
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1950
Squeeze Me
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
11 Apr 1953
Set 6
Garber and Gordon
Star Dust
Jan Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
It Seems Like Old Times
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Lady Be Good
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Fritz Heilbron
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Annabelle
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Set 7
Sweet Bands on Radio
Miss Otis Regrets
King Sisters
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1947
By Heck
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Forever Pops’
ABC Radio
1948
Funiculi Funicula
Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Mildred Bailey Show’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jan 1945
Tiss Me Or You Dotta Det Out + I’ll Get By + Close
Ray Herbeck and his Rhythm with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
24 Nov 1947
Set 8
Bop Big Bands
Tiny’s Blues + Father Knickerbocker
Chubby Jackson
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 Mar 1949
Perdido
Terry Gibbs All-Stars
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ NY
5 Mar 1949
Dizzy’s Business
Dizzy Gillespie
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956

Back In Your Own Backyard – Free CD Offer


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2. 02:33 Too Marvellous
3. They Didn’t Believe Me
4. 05:44 I’ll See You In My Dreams
5. 08:21 Egyptian Ella
6. Back In Your Own Backyard
7. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
8. Makin’ Whoopee!
9. Nobody’s Sweetheart
10. Honeysuckle Rose
11. The Lady Is A Tramp
12. Yes, We Have No Bananas!

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Hear the Birth of the Teen Market – Phantom Dancer 25 June 2019


TEENAGE MARKETING

A window into the birth of the ‘Teen Market’ with a mix of 1943 Frank Sinatra broadcasts and rehearsals for the weekly ‘Your Hit Parade’ radio show on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton.

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

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 25 June 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

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FRANK

After Sinatra left the Tommy Dorsey orchestra he became resident singer on a radio show that had started in 1936 called ‘Your Hit Parade’.

Mainly aimed at housewives aged 25 – 50, producers noticed that when Sinatra started on the show, more and more teenage girls began turning up at the studio for the broadcast.

Pop music wasn’t aimed at the teenage market, yet teenage girls known as ‘bobbysoxers’, wearing white socks rolled down to the ankles, came to swoon to the crooner.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer, we hear some of these Sinatra ‘Your Hit Parade’ broadcasts and rehearsals from 1943, and from his low point in 1949.

Frank Sinatra bobbysoxers

PARAMOUNT

Sinatra sang his first solo concert in 1942 at New York City’s home of big band shows, the Paramount Theatre.

Bobbysoxers queued for blocks to get in. They screamed when Sinatra walked on stage. Sinatra said the stamping, yelling and screaming of 5,000 teenage girls ‘scared him stiff’.

No singer had ever been screamed at en masse with such adulation. Marketing types saw a new market to sell product to – the teen market – and the Paramount stank of urine from all the overly excited girls.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video is a 1943 film promo of Frank Sinatra singing ‘Star Dust’ on Your Hit Parade. Enjoy!

25 JUNE PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #392

107.3 2SER Tuesday 25 June 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday
5 – 6am
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Sweet Bands on 1950s Radio
Open + Let’s Do It
Nat Brandwein Orchestra
Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
WABC ABC New York
1956
Margie
Ray Anthony Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer, Marcie Miller and the Skyliners
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Statler Hotel NYC
AFRS re-broadcast
1952
Happiness Street + Close
Frankie Masters Orchestra (voc)FM
‘One Night Stand’
Conrad Hilton Hotel
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
1955
Set 2
Corny Cowboys
Open + The Chant of the Wanderer
The Plainsmen
‘Call of the Range’
KNX CBS LA
1946
Open + Katy Hill
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
‘Martha White Biscuit Time’
WSM Nashville
Jun 1953
Sugar Hill + Roly Poly
Bob Wills (voc) Tommy Duncan
‘Wake Up Ranch’
KFVD Los Angeles
26 Feb 1949
Set 3
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Open + Little Rock Getaway
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home’
KFI NBC LA
26 May 1950
Dry My Tears
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home’
KFI NBC LA
30 Jun 1950
Lover + If a Nightingale Could Sing Like You
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home’
KFI NBC LA
12 May 1950
Set 4
Frank Sinatra
I’ve Heard That Song Before
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WABC CBS NY
27 Feb 1943
Body and Soul (theme) + Chant of the Groove
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WABC CBS NY
26 Aug 1944
I Love You + Close
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WABC CBS NY
6 May 1944
Set 5
Duke Ellington 1945 Radio
Subtle Slough
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
Paradise Theatre
Detroit
ABC Radio
19 May 1945
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
400 Restaurant
WJZ ABC NY
28 Apr 1945
Hollywood Hangover
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
Regal Theatre
Chicago
ABC Radio
26 May 1945
Jumpin’ Punkins
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
Evansville IN
ABC Radio
16 Jun 1945
Set 6
Guest Star
Remember
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Yvonne Lanauze
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
11 Feb 1951
Red Bank Boogie
Count Basie (piano) Harry Sosnick Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
23 Oct 1949
That’s A’Plenty
Louis Armstrong
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
7 May 1950
Basin Street Blues
Louis Armstrong (voc) LA
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
12 Dec 1954
Set 7
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Concert to the Stars
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1940
Caravan
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1938
From Another World
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
Set 8
Jazz on 1940s-50s TV
South Rampart Street Parade + Hamp’s Boogie Woogie
The Dukes of Dixieland + Lionel Hampton Otchestra
‘2nd Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS TV
30 Apr 1958
Three Little Words
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Floorshow’
WPIX TV NYC
13 Dec 1948
Ridin’ High
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
NBC TV NYC
9 Apr 1958
Up a Lazy River + Close
Louis Armstrong
‘1st Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
NBC TV
30 Dec 1957

Bing Crosby, Russ Colombo, Rudy Vallee Crooners – Phantom Dancer 18 June 2019


CROONERS

A crooner is a male singer of jazz standards singing in a soft, sentimental side using a microphone to carry the voice. The three most famous crooners of the early 30s, when the style was popular, were Russ Colombo, Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee. You’ll hear them on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton from live 1930s radio broadcasts.

The three crooners were the subject of the 1932 Looney Tunes cartoon ‘Crosby, Columbo and Vallee’.

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

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 18 June 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

Russ Colombo

RUSS COLOMBO

Russ Colombo began performing professionally as a violinist at age 13. He would later in his short life (he died in a gun accident at age 26) be a composer, actor, and most famously – crooner.

He wrote his own radio theme song ‘You Call It Madness but I Call It Love’ as well as the standards ‘Prisoner of Love’ and ‘Too Beautiful For Words’.

At the time of his death in 1934, Columbo had just completed work on the film ‘Wake Up and Dream’ and he was on his way to stardom. Other Columbo films were: ‘Woman to Woman’ (with Betty Compton), ‘Wolf Song’ (with Lupe Vélez), ‘The Texan’ (with Gary Cooper) and ‘Broadway Thru a Keyhole’.

The type of singing that was popularized by the likes of Columbo, Rudy Vallee, and Bing Crosby is crooning. Columbo disliked the label but it caught on with the general public. It gained popular credence, despite its initial use as a term of derision for the singers employing their low, soothing voices in romantic songs. Similarly, to reinforce his romantic appeal, Colombo was called ‘Radio’s Valentino’ and ‘The Romeo of Song’.

Columbo’s mother was hospitalized by a heart attack at the time of the Russ’ death. The news was withheld from her by his brothers and sisters for the remaining ten years of her life. Due to her heart condition, it was feared that the news would prove fatal to her (she died in 1944). They used all manner of subterfuges to give the impression that Columbo was still alive, including faked letters from him and records used to simulate his radio program.

Bing Crosby

BING CROSBY

Crosby was he first multimedia star and a leader in record sales, radio ratings and movie grosses from 1931 to 1954.

His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop the crooning style that influenced many male singers who followed him.

In 1948, American polls declared him the “most admired man alive”. That same year, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.

Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O’Malley in the 1944 feature movie ‘Going My Way’ and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The ‘Bells of St. Mary’s’ opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character.

In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of motion pictures, radio, and audio recording.

Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies. He then convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard.

In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses and co-owned a baseball team.

Rudy Vallee

RUDY VALLEE

His given first name was Hubert. He named himself Rudy after saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft. After enlisting in WW1 then being discharged for only being 15, he continued high school where he played drums. He then took up clarinet and saxophone, playing in bands around New England.

From 1924 to 1925 he played with the Savoy Havana Band at the Savoy Hotel in London, where band members discouraged his attempts to become a vocalist.

He returned to the United States, attending the University of Maine for a degree in philosophy from Yale University.

After graduation he formed Rudy Vallée and the Connecticut Yankees. With this band of two violins, two saxophones, a piano, a banjo and drums, he started singing. He had a thin, wavering tenor voice and seemed more at home singing sweet ballads than jazz songs. But his singing, suave manner, and boyish good looks attracted attention, especially from young women. Vallée was given a recording contract, and in 1928 he started performing on the radio.

He became one of the first crooners. Singers needed strong voices to fill theaters in the days before microphones. Crooners had soft voices that were suited to the intimacy of radio. Vallée’s trombone-like vocal phrasing on ‘Deep Night’ would inspire Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como to model their voices on jazz instruments.

Vallée was one of the first celebrity pop stars. Flappers pursued him wherever he went. His live appearances were usually sold out. Among screaming female fans, his voice failed to project in venues without microphones and amplification, so he often sang through a megaphone.

He was a fan of electronic instruments. He had a theremin in his band at one stage. He introduced the elctric banjo. He was instrumental in developing PA for singers.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is the very dated 1932 Looney Tunes cartoon Crosby, Colombo and Vallee’. Enjoy!

18 JUNE PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #391

107.3 2SER Tuesday 18 June 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Dance Bands on 1939 Radio
Open + Change Partners + Say It Isn’t So + Back to Back
Jerry Livingstone and his Young Men of Manhattan
Miami Room
New York City
via WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Strange Enchantment
Joan Edwards (voc) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
9 Aug 1939
Sweet and Lowdown + Close
Jimmy Walsh Orchestra
Sweets
Oakland
KQW San Franscisco
1939
Set 2
1950s Jazz on Radio
My Sweet Baby (theme) + Land of the Sky Blue Waters
Billy May Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC LA
21 Dec 1953
Open + Without a Word of Warning
Arnett Cobb Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
3 Jul 1952
Bohemia After Dark + Close
Marian McPartland
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Composers’ Club
WRCA NBC NY
23 Apr 1956
Set 3
This is Jazz
Open + Everybody Loves My Baby
Wild Bill Davison
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
3 May 1947
Memphis Blues
George Brunies
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
17 May 1947
Tiger Rag + Close
Albert Nicholas
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
10 May 1947
Set 4
Crooners
Your Time Is My Time (theme) + Sweet Music
Rudy Vallee
‘Fleischmann Yeast Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Dec 1934
Kissable Baby + I Cried For You
Bing Crosby
WABC CBS NY
7 Nov 1931
Rolling in Love + I’ve Had My Moments + I’m Dreaming
Russ Colombo
‘Hollywood on the Air’
KECA Los Angeles
15 Jul 1934
Set 5
Mod Women Singers on 1940s-50s Radio
Who Started Love?
Barbara Jane (voc) Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
Palace Hotel
San Francisco
KQW CBS SF
7 Aug 1945
Confess
Patti Page (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
I’m Glad There’s You
Jackie Cain
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1949
The Echo Said No
Rosalind Patton (voc) Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA
5 Dec 1947
Set 6
Ben Selvin Orchestra
Open + This Is The Missus
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Too Many Tears
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Cheers Up
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Somebody Loves You + Close
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Set 7
1930s – 40s Sweet Band Radio Transcriptions
Doodle Doo Doo (theme) + Candy
Art Kassel Orchestra (voc) Gloria Hart
Radio Transcription
1945
Heart and Soul
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlisle
Radio Transcription
1938
All I Do Is Wantcha
Art Kassel Orchestra (voc) Gloria Hart and Trio
Radio Transcription
1945
You’re The Only Star in My Blue Heaven
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlisle
Radio Transcription
1939
Set 8
1956-57 Rock’n’Roll Radio
Let’s Face It
Sam the Man Taylor Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Party’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1957
Maybeline
Chuck Berry
‘Rock’n’Roll Party’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1956
I Almost Lost My Mind
Ivory Joe Hunter
‘Rock’n’Roll Party’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1957

Night and Day Video – Swing Dancers at Sydney’s Central Train Station


Photos and video from the Greg Poppleton band’s third day of playing Tin Pan Alley 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing at the 2019 Transport Heritage Expo, Sydney Central Railway Station…

Enjoy. Band Website – www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s singer holding his megaphone and his Tin Pan Alley band
Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s singer holding his megaphone and his Tin Pan Alley band.

 

Greg Poppleton singing to a swing dancing couple.
Greg Poppleton singing to a swing dancing couple.

 

Swinging to Greg Poppleton's Tin Pan Alley music
Swinging to Greg Poppleton’s Tin Pan Alley music

 

Swing dancers join the band after the show, Suzy and Sandy from Sydney with Steve and from Los Angeles. In the band, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboar
Swing dancers join the band after the show, Suzy and Sandy from Sydney with Steve and from Los Angeles. In the band, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboard.

Band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com