Jazzy Birthday Party – Greg Poppleton Quartet


Two snaps of Greg Poppleton with his 1920s quartet.

We were playing at the birthday party of a famous artist, for whom we’ve had the great pleasure of playing before.

The party was in a house. It was a thrill to see so many guests on the dance floor.

Noise restrictions meant that the music volume had to be capped at 80 dB while playing to 160 guests in a reverberant space.

We pride ourselves at always playing at a volume where people can talk easily. Keeping to the restrictions while still being dynamic, musical and entertaining was easy and fun.

Greg Poppleton while singing Irving Berlin's 1927 song, Blue Skies.
Greg Poppleton while singing Irving Berlin’s 1927 song, Blue Skies.
Greg Poppleton 1920s band: Geoff Power sousaphone and cornet, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Glenn Henrich alto sax, baritone sax and clarinet.

Enquiries – Have Greg Poppleton at your party – contact Tony Jex 61 2 9567 7171  |   04407 941 263
tony@ozmanagement.com

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Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson – 12 Feb 2019 Phantom Dancer


THE HIPSTER

Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton. The stride and boogie pianist claimed to have invented the word ‘hipster’. His stellar career nosedived in 1946 after he released the drug song ‘Who Put The Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy’s Ovaltine?’. That same song brought him out of obscurity when ‘discovered’ by Dr Demento in 1985 after which he released three albums.

PHANTOM DANCER

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 12 Feb) and past Phantom Dancers at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

harry the hipster gibson

HARRY ‘THE HIPSTER’ GIBSON

was a jazz songwriter, stride and boogie woogie pianist, who sang in a large style that pitched the story out to his audience.

Born Harry Raab, he began his musical career in the late 1920s playing stride piano in Dixieland jazz bands in Harlem. He added barrelhouse boogie to his repertoire in the 1930s, and was discovered by Fats Waller in 1939. Waller brought him down to 52nd Street Manhattan jazz clubs where he became famous and changed his surname to Gibson.

AHEAD

Gibson’s songwriting was considered ahead of its time in the early 1940s. His singing and piano was also unique, his piano in particular taking on a ‘frantic’ quality.

CLASSICAL

At the same time as playing in 52nd Swing Street clubs, Gibson attended the strictly classical Juilliard School of music where he excelled.

We missed out last week, but on this week’s Phantom Dancer Gibson will play live on a 1944 Blue Network Eddie Condon jazz concert, Bix Beidebeck’s difficult piano pieces ‘Candlelight’ and ‘In a Mist’.

harry the hipster gibson

HIPSTER

Gibson grew up near Harlem, New York City. So his use of black jive talk was not an affectation but his uptown New York dialect. In his autobiography, Gibson claimed he coined the term hipster between 1939 and 1945 when he was performing on Swing Street when he started using “Harry the Hipster” as his stage name.

NAUGHTY

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear the 1946 Musicraft recording that sent his career plunging – ‘Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy’s Ovaltine’. His own drug use didn’t help.

BEATLES

In the 1960s Gibson saw the huge success of the Beatles and switched to rock and roll. By the 1970s, he was playing hard rock, blues, bop, novelty songs and a few songs that mixed ragtime with rock and roll. His hipster act became a hippie act. His old records were revived on the Dr. Demento radio show, particularly ‘Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy’s Ovaltine’, which was included on the 1975 compilation album Dr. Demento’s Delights.

His comeback resulted in three more albums: Harry the Hipster Digs Christmas, Everybody’s Crazy but Me, and Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy’s Ovaltine (Delmark, 1989). Those two include some jazz, blues, ragtime, and rock and roll songs about reefer, nude bathing, hippie communes, strip clubs, male chauvinists, “rocking the 88s”, and Shirley MacLaine.

In 1991, shortly before his death, Gibson’s family made a biographical movie short on his life and music called Boogie in Blue, published as a VHS video that year.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week has Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson give a school music lesson about how to ‘Keep the Beat’ in this 1944 soundie. Pay attention!

12 FEBRUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #374

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

Set 1
1944-46 Radio Big Bands
Racing with the Moon (theme) + Candy Hop
Vaughan Monroe Orchestra (voc) VM
‘One Night Stand’
Blackhawk Restaurant
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
6 Feb 1945
Accentuate the Positive
Frankie Masters Orchestra (voc) Frankie Masters, Phyllis Miles and the Girl Quartet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Blue Network
1945
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto #2
Freddy Martin Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Jan 1946
Set 2
Count Basie Rock’n’Roll
(Theme and close) One O’Clock Jump + Little Pony + Why Not? + The Moon is Green + Tpp Close For Comfort (voc) Joe Williams
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
16 Jun 1956
Heading Home + As Long As I’m Moving
Shirley Gunter
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
16 Jun 1956
In Self-Defence
The Flairs
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
16 Jun 1956
Set 3
Woody Herman 1947 – 50s Radio
Open + I’ve Got News For You
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH
‘Just Jazz’
Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
1947
Ad + The Goof and I
Woody Herman Third Herd
‘Monitor’
Basin Street
WRCA NBC NY
26 Jun 1955
Mambo the Most
Woody Herman Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Peony Park
WOW NBC Omaha Nebraska
1948
Set 4
Jazz Inspired Arabic Music
(Open and Close) Coca Cola Ad
Unknown
Cairo 1950
Rhumba
Hanan and Fairouz
Comm Rec
Beirut
1950s
Swing
Hanan and Fairouz
Comm Rec
Beirut
1950s
Set 5
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson 1944 – 46
Who Put The Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy’s Ovaltine?
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
8 Feb 1946
Candlelight + In a Mist
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
10 Jul 1944
Who’s Goin’ Steady With Who?
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
8 Feb 1946
Set 6
Eddie Condon 1944 Blue Network
Rosetta
Eddie Condon group with Muggsy Spanier and Miff Mole
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
16 Sep 1944
Memphis Blues
Eddie Condon group with Muggsy Spanier and Miff Mole
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
16 Sep 1944
There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Eddie Condon group with Muggsy Spanier and Miff Mole (voc) Red McKenzie
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
16 Sep 1944
I’d Do Anything For You
Eddie Condon group with Muggsy Spanier and Miff Mole
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
16 Sep 1944
Set 7
1930s Count Basie
Texas Shuffle
Count Basie Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
22 Aug 1938
Swing It, Brother, Swing
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Billie Holliday
Aircheck
Savoy Ballroom
Harlem NYC
30 Jun 1937
Darn That Dream
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Helen Humes
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Red Boston
20 Feb 1940
St Louis Blues
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
8 Feb 1937
Set 8
1932 Dance Music
Gnaedige Frau, komm und spiel mit mir
Hans Albers
Movie
‘Quick’
Berlin
1932
Try Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Don Redman Orchestra (voc) DR
Comm Rec
New York City
26 Feb 1932
Linda
earl Burtnett Orchestra (voc) Jess Kirkpatrick
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1932
On the Alamo / My Ideal / I’ll Get By + Egyptian Shimmy
Anson Weekes Orchestra
Radio Transcription
San Francisco
1932

Swing Harp on 1940s-50s Radio – Phantom Dancer 5 February 2018


SWING HARP

The first woman to play swing harp was Adele Girard. We hear her and 1950s jazz harpist Betty Glamann as the Phantom Dancer feature artists on this week’s Phantom Dancer radio mix.

There’s also a set of Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson from 1944 Muzak and radio recordings, a set of 1930s Ella Fitzgerald radio, and two hours of non-stop swing and jazz mixed live by me from 1920s-60s radio recordings and vinyl.

PHANTOM DANCER

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 5 Feb) and past Phantom Dancers at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

betty glamann

BETTY GLAMANN

Betty Glamann Voorhees was a jazz and classical harpist who began learning harp at age ten. She graduated from a music conservatory and for three years was harpist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

She then played with Spike Jones in 1948 and founded the Smith-Glamann Quintet in 1955. That same year Duke Ellington wrote music for her and had her in his orchestra, as did Marian McPartland and then Oscar Pettiford in whose band we hear her in 1957 radio broadcasts. She recorded on the Kenny Dorham album Jazz Contrasts in 1957 and was involved in a Michel Legrand recording session with John Coltrane and Miles Davis. She played with Eddie Costa in 1958 and with the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1960. She recorded one album under her own name, Swinging on a Harp and was in the Steve Allen Show TV orchestra.

Adele Girard

ADELE GIRARD

Adele Beatrice Girard was the first woman to play jazz harp. Only Casper Reardon had played jazz harp before her.

She began learning harp at age fourteen but her first professional music job was as a singer for the Harry Sosnik orchestra in Chicago in 1933. She was nineteen. When Sosnik learned she could play harp, he bought her one. She performed with the Dick Stabile orchestra in New York City in 1935 and in 1936 with the Three Ts, the Teagarden brothers (Jack and Charles) and Frankie Trumbauer at the Hickory House in New York City. She replaced harpist Casper Reardon, who had been hired for a Broadway show.

When the Ts toured, Girard worried that she would be unable to continue payments on her first harp. She asked the proprietor of the Hickory House to keep her on, and he introduced her to Joe Marsala. In 1937 she wed Marsala and became a member of his jazz band. which included Eddie Condon and Buddy Rich. The Marsalas worked in the house band at Hickory House for ten years.

Girard had perfect pitch and could improvise any tune on the spot. Among her fans were James Bond author Ian Fleming and Harpo Marx, who asked her for lessons.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is a 1940s soundie of ‘Harp Boogie’ by Adele Girard with her Trio. Enjoy!

5 FEBRUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #373

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

Set 1
1946-50 Radio Swing Bands
Theme + Let’s Dance
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
12 Dec 1950
Seems Like Old Times
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra (voc) Bobby Sherwood
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jul 1946
Out of Nowhere
Gene Krupa Orchestra (ts) Charlie Ventura
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
31 Mar 1946
Set 2
Sarah Vaughan
Open + I Get a Kick Out of You
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
WNBC NBC NY
26 Mar 1953
Open + The Nearness of You
Sarah Vaughan
‘All Star Parade of Jazz’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
You’re Mine You
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
WNBC NBC NY
1 Apr 1953
Set 3
Club Hangover 1954
Deep Forest (theme) + St Louis Blues
Earl Hines and his Esquire All-Stars
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Jan 1954
Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Ralph Sutton Quartet
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
7 Sep 1954
St Louis Blues + Relaxin’ At The Touro (Close)
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
27 Nov 1954
Set 4
Hawaiian Music
Moana Loa + Royal Hawaiian Hotel Theme + Lehi Lehi Oe + Close
Keeamoku Louis
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Radio Transcription
Honolulu Hawaii
1934
Kila Kila Holiakala + Close
Johnny Pineapple
Polynesian Village
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
31 Dec 1957
Hawaiian War Chant
Harry Owens Orchestra
‘Songs of the Islands’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
One O’Clock Jump + Kansas City Stride
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
27 May 1944
Set 5
1930s Ella Fitzgerald
You Ya Hunchin’ + The Starlit Hour
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra (voc) EF
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
26 Feb 1940
Rhythm and Romance
Chick Webb Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Comm Rec
New York City
1936
Is There Somebody Else?
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra (voc) EF
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Mar 1940
Chewin’ Gum
Chick Webb Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Red Boston
4 May 1939
Set 6
Shep Fields Rippling Rhythm 1939-40
Caravan
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
It Never Entered My Mind
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
One Never Knows, Does One?
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Robert Goday
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
English Country Garden
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Set 7
Swing Harp
Lover
Joe Marsala Orchestra (harp) Adele Girard
Log Cabin Farm
Armouk NY
WEAF NBC NY
30 Oct 1942
The Gentle Art of Love (theme) + Nica’s Tempo
Oscar Pettiford Band (harp) Betty Glamann
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
26 May 1957
Solid Geometry For Squares
Joe Marsala Orchestra (harp) Adele Girard
Log Cabin Farm
Armouk NY
WEAF NBC NY
23 Oct 1942
I Remember Clifford + Not So Sleepy
Oscar Pettiford Band (harp) Betty Glamann
‘One Night Stand’
Birdland
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Jun 1957
Set 8
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson 1944
Handsome Harry The Hipster
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson
Comm Rec
New York City
21 Apr 1944
Candlelight + In a Mist
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
10 Jul 1944
4F Ferdinand, The Frantic Freak
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson
Comm Rec
New York City
21 Apr 1944

World’s First Electric Guitarist (1923) – Phantom Dancer Show 29 Jan 2018


FIRST ELECTRIC GUITARIST

On this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton we hear from the world’s first electric guitarist, Alvino Rey, at the peak of his popularity in 1942. He invented the world’s first amplified guitar at age 15 in 1923.

There’s also a set of Claude Hopkins 1935 radio transcriptions, a Duke Ellington extended work from live 1945 radio and much more live 1920s-60s radio swing and jazz.

PHANTOM DANCER

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop swing and jazz mix of live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer on Radio 2SER, and now online, since 1985.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 18 Dec) and past Phantom Dancers at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

ALVINO REY

Was the stage name of big band leader, electronica and electric guitar pioneer, Alvin McBurney.

Alvin adopted the stage name in 1929 at the start of the Latin music craze in the U.S.

He wanted to be an electronics engineer and was an electronic genius as a kid.

He built his first radio at age 8, in 1916.

In the 1910s he had one of the first, and was the youngest, ham radio broadcaster.

Stringy the Guitar

STRINGY

Alvino was given a banjo as a child and then learnt guitar from age 12 in 1920, listening to records by Roy Smeck. At age 15, in 1923, Rey invented an electrical amplifier for the guitar but didn’t have it patented. He patented several later improvements.
Big Band historian, Christopher Popa, wrote about Rey’s early career in an interview he conducted with the World’s first electric guitarist,

“In 1927, Rey landed a job playing banjo with Cleveland bandleader Ev Jones.
“Yes, I joined the Union when I was 16,” he told me. “I went to Lakewood High School and from there I went to New York and never did come back.”
To capitalize on the popularity of Latin music in New York City during 1929, he added an “o” to his first name and changed his last name to “Rey,” which meant “the King” in Spanish.
He replaced banjoist Eddie Peabody with violinist Phil Spitalny, whose band was appearing at the Pennsylvania Hotel and was heard coast-to-coast over the radio.
“I spent two years in New York with Phil Spitalny and then went to California,” he recalled. “I joined Horace Heidt in San Francisco . . . he had a stage band, sort of like Fred Waring.”
Between 1934 and 1939, Rey was often featured on steel guitar with Heidt and became one of the best-known (and best-paid) sidemen in the country, thanks to Heidt’s weekly radio program.
“And there I met the King Sisters, and I married Luise, one of the sisters,” he reminisced.
Alvino Rey was the first to amplify the guitar.
“Well, that came about around 1930, when I was at NBC in San Francisco,” he explained to me. “And I’ve always been an electronic nut and I’ve been a ham operator and studied electronics. In fact, that was going to be my ambition, to be an electronics engineer, and I just applied the amplification of that to the guitar and string instruments.”
It brought a whole new sound to music.
“That was . . . before it was ever done, I believe. As far as I know, it was the first application to a string instrument,” he noted.
Ironically, some link it to rock and roll.
“Well, it got out of hand with a lot of the big rock groups who make so much racket with it. I didn’t intend it to be used with such volume. I used the idea just to be heard in a band, where the guitar — up until that time — was a soft, romantic background accompanying a singer. And after that, it became sort of an integral part of an orchestra.”

BIG BAND

In August 1939, Rey formed his first swing band with his amplified pedal steel guitar as the featured instrument.

An off-stage vocal microphone plugged into it with a Sonovox made it seem as though the guitar could talk.

That’s ‘Stringy the Guitar’, which you can see below in this week’s Phantom Dancer Video of the Week.

In 1942, Alvino was voted by music critics to be part of the Metronome All-Star Band as the top guitarist in the U.S.

He played in small groups from 1949, backing Elvis Presley in 1961 on Blue Hawaii.

He continued to perform on radio and TV and release albums into the 1980s.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is a 1940s soundy of ‘String the Guitar’ with Alvino Rey’s Orchestra.

29 JANUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #372

107.3 2SER Tuesday 29 January 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1944-45 Radio Swing Bands
Aukd Lang Syne (theme) + All My Love
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (voc) Bill Flanagan
‘One Night Stand’
Grill Room
Hotel Roosevelt NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Oct 1950
Full Moon and Empty Arms
Buddy Morrow Orchestra (voc) Carl Denny
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 May 1946
The Blizzard
Louis Prima Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jul 1946
Set 2
Sammy Kaye
The Belmont Boogie
Sammy Kaye Orchestra
‘The Sammy Kaye Showroom’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1950s
Remember Pearl Harbour
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Trio
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
Washington DC
31 Jan 1942
Sparking + Close
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Four Kaydettes
‘The Sammy Kaye Showroom’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1950s
Set 3
Alvino Rey
Open + Hindustan
Alvino Rey Orchestra (voc) Sparky the Guitar
‘Spotlight Bands’
Paramount Theatre
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
28 Feb 1942
Cash For Your Trash
Alvino Rey Orchestra (voc) Bonnie Rae
‘Spotlight Bands’
Paramount Theatre
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
28 Feb 1942
Deep in the Heart of Texas + Close
Alvino Rey Orchestra (voc) Band
‘Spotlight Bands’
Paramount Theatre
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
28 Feb 1942
Set 4
Count Basie
Station ID and Ads
Station Announcers
KFWB
Warner Brothers
Los Angeles
1946
Ingin’ The Ooh
Count Basie Nonet
Comm Rec
Boston
7 Sep 1954
Low Life
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
2 Jul 1956
One O’Clock Jump + Kansas City Stride
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
27 May 1944
Set 5
Duke Ellington
Excerpts from Black, Brown and Beige: The Work Song + Come Sunday
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
400 Restaurant
WJZ ABC NY
28 Apr 1945
Candy
Duke Ellington Orchestra (vic) Ray Nance
‘A Date With The Duke’
400 Restaurant
WJZ ABC NY
28 Apr 1945
Set 6
Claude Hopkins
Chasing My Blues Away
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
The Traffic Was Terrific
Claude Hopkins Orchestra (voc) Fred Norman
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
You Stayed Away Too Long
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Everybody Shuffle
Claude Hopkins Orchestra (voc) Ovie Alston
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Set 7
Jubilee Small Acts
Trouble Trouble
Betty Roche (voc) Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Mad Monk
Eddie South Trio
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Daddy-O
Timmie Rogers
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Golden Gate Quartet
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Set 8
Benny Goodman Small Groups
Honeysuckle Rose
Benny Goodman Quartet
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
18 Jan 1938
Three Little Words
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cornell University
Blue Network
25 Sep 1943
Stomping at the Savoy
Benny Goodman Sextet
‘Kings of Jazz’
BBC NYC
8 Dec 1945

With A Name Like Poppleton I Must Pop


As Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer, I put on a show, interact with the audience, constantly improvise, spontaneously take risks.

How can I have a name like Poppleton if I don’t Pop!

Look at the band’s 12 January 2019 Unanderra Hotel show (full house) for the Illawarra Jazz Club.

What’s going on in this photo?

Greg Poppleton sings in the Unanderra Hotel toilets

I’d just sung the first chorus of Singing in the Bathtub in the 2nd set of my Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s show on stage at the Unanderra Hotel.

Then I jumped off stage and told the audience, “Everyone sounds good when they sing in the the bathroom. I will now demonstrate.”

So I walked through the audience as the band played on and went to the Gents.

Shelley Rae King, former Illawarra Jazz Club president, raced in to take snaps as I sang the second chorus from the public toilet using the full tiled amplifying bathroom reverb only a 1920s megaphone in a throne room can give.

Meanwhile, the band’s still playing on stage.

And the audience is having a great time – being surprised and entertained.

They’re being entertained by a singer whose voice can fill a 150 people room, off stage from a toilet, with only a megaphone, while a sousaphone, alto sax, banjo and washboard swing on stage without missing a beat.

It’s all sounding so good a swing dance couple join me in the toilet – dancing to the music…

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and swing dancers in toilet

One-by-one the band spontaneously walk off stage, still playing as I sing, to join me in the big porcelain echo chamber.

First Adam Barnard taps in on the washboard. Grahame Conlon strums along on the banjo (which weighs a ton). Damon Poppleton wails in playing alto sax. It gets a bit crowded when Geoff Power on sousaphone joins in…

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and band in the toilets at Unanderra Hotel

Who’d would expect that would happen from a 1920s – 30s singer and band. Here’s a photo taken on stage by one of the audience of Damon, Geoff on cornet and myself a couple of minutes before the first set.

Greg Poppleton 1920s trio

Below, Damon takes his last solo as a 15 year old, with Geoff Power on sousaphone and Grahame Conlon, banjo…

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s Swing Band

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Bordas – 22 Jan Phantom Dancer Radio Mix


SHORT WAVE CHANSON

From the early 1930s there were many claims made by radio stations about the clarity of international short wave broadcasts. A show from AWA’s Sydney station VK2ME to NBC’s WGY Schenectedy NY was hailed as coming through crystal clear. Special programs broadcasting shortwave on AM continued through the 1930s. We hear parts of one such broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton.

PHANTOM DANCER

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop swing and jazz mix of live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer on Radio 2SER, and now online, since 1985.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 18 Dec) and past Phantom Dancers at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

PARIS BY NIGHT

On 21 March 1939, NBC Blue New York City and Radio-diffusion PTT Paris transmitted a short wave variety show from Paris to New York called ‘Paris By Night’.

The short wave signal became too staticky part way through the broadcast, so in New York City, the orchestra of Norman Clouthier stepped in with a medley of Cole Porter tunes as the techs at RCA Communications worked on getting a clearer signal. They did. And so the broadcast ended with two songs by French ‘Music Hall’ singer Marcelle Bordas.

bordas

BORDAS

Marcelle Bordas, simply known as Bordas in French theatrical tradition, was a theatre milliner whose voice was discovered by French pop singer, Mistinguett.

She made her debut in 1933 at the Casino de Cabourg, went to the Folies Bergère with Jean Sablon, and records her first discs for DISCUM in November 1934.

The period 1935-1945 was her heyday making records, playing nightclubs and cabaret, broadcasting over Paris radio PTT and appearing in the 1937 film Radio Maurice Cloche alongside Damia, Marie Dubas and Fréhel.

During the phoney war she made many tours to French troops on the Maginot Line. She also took part in the great Franco-British gala of 16/04/1940 at the Paris Opera with Grace Field and Jack Hylton.

In 1941 she took over the cabaret, The Marquee, from her friend O’Dett, and lived above that cabaret for 20 years.

She continued singing in Parisan cabaret during the war, but after 1945 her star waned. Her repertoire in the 50s and 60s focused on party songs releasing albums of these songs on the Barclay label. She appeared on TV, toured with Gilbert Bécaud in 1956 and played the Olympia with Charles Aznavour and Dalida

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is a 1935 commercial recording of Bordas singing the Rodgers-Hart song, Blue Moon.

22 JANUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #372

107.3 2SER Tuesday 22 January 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1944-45 Radio Swing Bands
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Jump
Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
16 Apr 1945
Time Waits For No-one
Herbie Fields Orchestra (voc) Carol Kay
‘One Night Stand’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1944
Flying Home
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1944
Set 2
Wacky Radio
Open + The Sound of Music
Felicia Saunders
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
3 Apr 60
Open + In A Little Spanish Town
Singing Canaries
Radio Transcription
1947
I’m Wild About Horns on Autos + Close
Hoosier Hot Shots
‘Alka-Seltzer Show’
WLS NBC Blue Chicago
1938
Set 3
Paris By 1939 Short Wave
I’ve Got You Under My Skin + Easy To Love + I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Norman Clouthier Orchestra
‘Paris By Night’
NBC Blue, Paris Mondiale, PTT
Paris and New York
21 Mar 1939
Tango de Bley + La Madelon
Marcelle Bordas (voc) Wal Berg Orchestra
‘Paris By Night’
NBC Blue, Paris Mondiale, PTT
Paris and New York
21 Mar 1939
Set 4
1950s Birdland Singers
I’m In The Mood For Love
Arthur Prysock
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
I Didn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night
Arthur Prysock
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Serenade in Blue + Perdido + Close
Sarah Vaughan (voc) Dizzy Gillespie
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
21 Apr 1953
Set 5
Jimmy Lunceford
Open + Little John
Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Casa Manana
Culver City Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
Are You Kidding?
Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks Mi
Mutual Network
23 Nov 1945
Holiday For Strings
Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Wham + For Dancers Only
Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Set 6
1930s British Dance Bands
Begin the Beguine
Joe Loss Orchestra (voc) Chick Henderson
Comm Rec
London
1938
Young and Healthy
Billy Cotton Orchestra (voc) Alan Breeze
Comm Rec
London
11 Mar 19334
I Cover The Waterfrobt
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Peggy Mann
Comm Rec
London
1933
Some of These Days
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
27 Sep 1932
Set 7
Women Singers with Benny Goodman
I Hate To Talk About Myself
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
KFI NBC Red LA
22 Aug 1935
Gotta Get Some Shuteye
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
7 Feb 1939
Let’s Dance (theme) + My Guy’s Come Back
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Lisa Morrow
Meadowbrook Gardens
KHJ Mutual-Don Lee LA
14 Jan 1946
Confess
Benny Goodman Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
Set 8
Crazy, Man, Crazy
Bellevue For You
Pete Brown Quintet
Comm Rec
New York City
11 Jul 1944
Indiana
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Never on Sunday
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Jul 1964
Open + Jordu
Stan Getz Quartet
Red Hill Inn
Pennsauken NJ
WCBS CBS NY
18 May 1957

1930s – 1940s Australian Swing Records – Phantom Dancer 15 January 2019


On this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton – swing and jazz from live 1920s – 60s radio – you’ll hear a set of 1930s-40s Australian swing by Jim Davidson and his ABC Orchestra and George Trevare, both based in Sydney.

George trevare

You’ll also James P Johnson piano mentor to Fats Waller in a 1944 Eddie Condon tribute to Fats Waller, a set of swing bands on Spotlight Bands and Benny Goodman in a set of Camel Caravan shows from 1939.

See the full play list below. Hear the full show now online at 2ser.com

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop 2 hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio every week online and on 2SER radio.

The final hour of the mix is all vinyl.

The Phantom Dancer is live-streamed as the show goes to air on 107.3 2SER Sydney, Tuesdays 12:04 – 2pm  Sydney time.

The show is then archived for you to listen to any time at (with over a year of past Phantom Dancer mixes) at 2ser.com/Phantom_Dancer.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is George Trevare and his Southern Cross 7, “I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover”.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #371

107.3 2SER Tuesday 15 January 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
Swing Bands on 1936-37 Radio
Open + Swing High Swing Low
Peter van Steeden Orchestra (voc) Quartet
‘Town Hall Tonight’
WEAF NBC Red Ny
17 Mar 1937
Goodnight Sweetheart + If You Love Me
Paul Whiteman Orchestra with Ray Noble (voc) The King Singers
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
2 Feb 1936
King Porter Stomp + Goodbye (close)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
Chicago via WEAF NBC Red NY
3 Feb 1936
Set 2
Eddie Condon celebrates Fats Waller on 1944 Radio
The Joint is Jumpin’ + Squeeze Me
Eddie Condon’s Barefoot Gang (voc) Hot Lips Page
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
17 Jun 1944
Willow Tree + Candied Sweets + I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby
James P Johnson (piano)
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
17 Jun 1944
Set 3
Navy Star Time
Open + It’s A Lovely Day Today
Jo Stafford (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
On The Lone Prairie
Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
On The Sunny Side Of The Street + Anchors Aweigh
Frankie Laine (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
Set 4
1940s – 50s Swing Bands on One Night Stand
Summertime (theme) + The Whistler
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hollywood Palladium
AFRS Re-broadcast
12 Mar 1946
I Found A New Baby
Lenny Conn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1952
Rolling Home + I Get A Kick Out Of You
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1952
Set 5
Spotlight Bands Programmes
Nightmare (theme) + Tabu
Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mutual Network, San Diego
12 Sep 1945
Even Steven
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jamestown NY
Blue Network
19 Jan 1945
St Louis Blues
Louis Prima Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mitchell Field, Long Island NY
Blue Network
15 Jan 1945
The Honeydripper + For Dancers Only
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Quartet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks Missouri
Mutual
23 Nov 1945
Set 6
1930s-1940s Australian Swing
Annie Laurie
Jim Davidson and the ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith
Comm Rec
Sydney
2 Jun 1938
Blue Velvet
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Johnny Fitzgerald
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
We’re Off To See The Wizard
Jim Davidson and the ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Band
Comm Rec
Sydney
21 Nov 1939
Der Fuehrer’s Face
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Dick Bentley
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Set 7
Benny Goodman Camel Caravan 1939
And The Angels Sing
Benny Goodman (voc) Martha Tilton
‘Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
2 May 1939
Kingdom of Swing
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
4 Apr 1939
St Louis Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Johnny Mercer
‘Camel Caravan’
Fox Theatre
CBS St Louis
9 May 1939
Sing Sing Sing
Benny Goodman Orchestra featuring Lionel Hampton
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
11 Apr 1939
Set 8
Modern Jazz on 1950s Radio
The Duke (theme) + I’m in a Dancing Mood
Dave Brubeck Quartet
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Basin Street
WRCA NBC NY
Mar 1957
Ad + Hob Nail Boogie
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Aug 1952
Four
Buddy Rich Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Nov 1958