Women In Jazz on Live 1940s-50s Radio and TV – Phantom Dancer Radio Mix 17 July


Women instrumentalists in jazz from live 1940s-50s radio feature in a set on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Every Tuesday The Phantom Dancer non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio is brought to you by authentic jazz deco singer and actor, Greg Poppleton

The Phantom Dancer is recorded live-to-air at 107.3 2SER Sydney, Tuesdays 12:04 – 2pm. It’s re-broadcast on 23 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

You can hear this week’s Phantom Dancer online at 2ser.com after the show. And that’s where you’ll find lots of past Phantom Dancer swing jazz mixes, too.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– has 8 sets including live swing and jazz by Lucky Millinder, The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Loyce Whiteman, Louis Prima, Miles Davis and more. See the full play list below…

WOMEN IN JAZZ

In fact, this week’s Phantom Dancer has a set of women jazz instrumentalists on live 1940s-50s radio. You’ll hear:

VIVIEN GARRY

Jazz double bassist and band leader

Vivien Garry

ANNA MAE WINBURN

Singer and bandleader of the all-women International Sweethearts of Rhythm

Anna Mae Winburn

HAZEL SCOTT

Trinidad-born child prodigy jazz and classical pianist and singer with her own 1950s TV and radio shows.

Hazel Scott

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Hazel Scott, Charlie Mingus and Rudy Nichols sing and play ‘Foggy Day’ and ‘Autumn Leaves’ for a 1955 TV spot for the March of Dimes raising money to find a vaccine/cure for polios.

17 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #322

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 July 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Swing on the 1945 ‘One Night Stand’ Radio Series
Open + St Louis Breakdaown
Lucky Millinder Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Savoy Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
17 Jul 1945
How Deep Is The Ocean?
Louis Prima Orchestra (voc) Lily Ann Carol
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Sep 1945
I Got Rhythm + Temptation
Tony Pastor Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Jantzen Beach
Portland OR
AFRS Re-broadcast
15 May 1945
Set 2
Modern Jazz on 1950s Radio
Open + From the Land of the Sky Blue Waters
Billy May Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 Dec 1953
Black Velvet
Illinois Jacquet
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
1952
Nature Boy + Ornitholgy
Miles Davis Quintet
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
30 Oct 1957
Set 3
1920s-30s Style
T’ain’t No Sin To Take Off Your Skin and dance Around In Your Bones
Lee Morse
Comm Rec
New York City
1929
Moanin’ Low
Libby Holman
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1929
Procession of the Sardar + Two Guitars (close)
A and P Gypsies
‘A and P Gypsies’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1933
Set 4
Women in Jazz on Radio
Open + A Woman’s Place is in the Groove
Vivien Garry
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
Diggin’ Dyke
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Los Angeles
17 Jul 1945
I’ve Got The World on a String
Hazel Scott (piano)
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
Set 5
Duke Ellington ‘A Date with the Duke’
C Jam Blues
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Paradise Theatre
Detroit
ABC
19 May 1945
Chelsea Bridge
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Apollo Theatre NYC
WJZ ABC NYC
30 Jun 1945
Hollywood Hangover
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Regal Theatre
Chicago
ABC
26 May 1945
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Radio City
WJZ ABC NYC
7 Jul 1945
Set 6
1931-32 Cocoanut Grove
Take It From Me
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) The Three Ambassadors
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove LA
1931
Stardust
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove LA
1932
It’s Love
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove LA
1931
The Sun’s In My Heart
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) The Three Cheers
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove LA
1932
Set 7
1938 Swing Radio Bands
Love Me or Leave Me
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
23 Aug 1938
Open + Murdy Purdy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Aircheck
28 May 1938
One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
Famous Door
WABC CBS NY
Jul 1938
Love Nest
Les Brown Orchestra
Green Room
Hotel Edison
22 Nov 1938
Set 8
Bop Records 1944-45
The Street Beat
Sir Charles Thompson All-Stars
Comm Rec
New York City
4 Sep 1945
Twilight in Teheran
Buck Ram All-Stars
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Sep 1945
Dizzy Boogie
Slim Gaillard
Comm Rec
Hollywood
Dec 1945
Nuts to Notes
Herbie Fields
Comm Rec
New York City
4 May 1945
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You’re Never Too Old! Anita O’Day – Phantom Dancer 10 July 2018 Radio Mix


Anita O’Day is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. 

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

Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer, brings you The Phantom Dancer every week.

It’s live every Tuesday on 107.3 2SER Sydney from 12:04-2pm, during which time it’s recorded for re-broadcast over 23 radio stations and online.

You can hear all Phantom Dancer episodes online now at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK

The Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton has a set of John Coltrane for you, a set of Stan Kenton 1940s radio transcriptions, a set of ‘Dixieland Swing’ from live 1930s radio, and this week’s Phantom Dancer feature, Anita O’Day, from 1944-1960 radio and TV.

See the full play list below…

FEATURED ARTIST – ANITA O’DAY

Anita O’Day left an unhappy childhood to dance in danceathons where she’d sometime sing for tips. She said her influences were Martha Raye, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

A botched tonsilectomy as a child during which her uvula was removed meant she couldn’t hold long notes. So she developed a rhythmic, staccato approach to singing that was perfect for uptempo swing songs.

A call from Gene Krupa to join his band in 1941 was her entre to popularity. She was with Krupa for a year. Sick of the travel and one night stands she left the band to strike out on her own. She returned to Krupa in 1945 then joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

TABBY THE CAT

In the Stan Kenton band she had her two big hits. We’ll hear these on today’s Phantom Dancer as radio transcriptrions, ‘Tabby The Cat’ and ‘I’m Going Mad For A Pad’.

These two hits cemented her repuation as a unique jazz singer with a swingingly rhythmic style.

Her jazz reputation grew in the 1950s with albums and festivals. She appeared on TV on one of the Timex Jazz Specials heard on previous Phantom Dancers.

RONALD REAGAN

In 1960 she was introduced by Ronald Reagan opening a ‘Ford Star Time’ TV show backed by Gene Krupa. We’ll hear this appearance on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Anita O’Day had a hiatus during the ’60s resuming her career to critical acclaim in 1970. She appeared in movies and on TV and was still performing into the 21st century.

Her final album, released when she was in her eighties, was the aptly named ‘Indestructible’.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Hear Anita O’Day at the height of her powers in this week’s Phantom Dancer feature video with Gene Krupa and Roy Eldridge:

10 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #322

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 July 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Women Band Sings on 1945-47 Radio
The Best Man
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Betty Perry
‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jan 1947
Snap Your Fingers
Buddy Morrow Orchestra (voc) Helen Leigh
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
12 May 1946
I’m Not Having It
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Set 2
John Coltrane on Radio
Open + Song of Praise
John Coltrane Quartet
‘Portraits in Jazz’
Half Note
WABC-FM NY
7 May 1965
Set 3
1930s European Dance Bands
Pot Pourri aus dem Film ‘Frauen im Metropol’
Adolf Steimel Organum Tanz-Orchester
Comm Rec
Berlin
5 Sep 1940
Flat Foot Floogie
Teddy Stauffer Orchestra (voc) Billy Toffel
Comm Rec
Berlin
24 Nov 1938
Vous Avez un Beau Chapeau, Madame
Ernst van’t Hoff Orchestra (voc) Band
Comm Rec
Hilversum
1939
Set 4
Stan Kenton Radio Transcriptions
Memphis Lament
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Red Dorris
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Oct 1941
Flamingo
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Red Dorris
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Oct 1941
Night
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Red Dorris
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
20 Sep 1941
Set 5
Anita O’Day
Open + Drum Boogie
Anita O’Day (voc) Gene Krupa Orchestra
‘Ford Star Time’
CBS TV
9 Feb 1960
Tabby The Cat
Anita O’Day (voc) Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Dec 1944
Open + I’d Do It All Over Again
Anita O’Day (voc) Gene Krupa Orchestra
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NYC
15 Aug 1945
I’m Going Mad For A Pad
Anita O’Day (voc) Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Dec 1945
Set 6
1930s Dixieland Swing
Will You Won’t You Be My Baby
Louis Armstrong
Comm Rec
Paris
Oct 1934
Intro + In A Minor Mood + Dogtown Blues
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Swing Concert’
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
18 May 1937
Honeysuckle Rose + Basin Street Blues (close)
Bunny Berrigan
Aircheck
New York City
12 Mar 1936
Set 7
Count Basie Blue Room 1944-45
Harvard Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
27 May 1944
Bangs
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1944
Jumpin’ At The Woodside
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
5 May 1944
Avenue C
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
31 Jan 1945
Set 8
Charlie Parker
Dark Shadows
Charlie Parker as, Errol Garner piano, Red Callender bass, Doc West drums voc Earl Coleman
Comm Rec
Los Angeles
19 Feb 1947
Moose The Mooch + Lullaby of Birdland
Charlie Parker as, John Lewis piano, Curley Russell bass, Kenny Clarke drums
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
9 May 1953
Hot House
Charlie Parker as, Miles Davis tp, Al Haig piano, Tommy Potter bass, Al Haig drums
‘Art Ford Show’
Birdland
WMCA NY
12 Dec 1948

Speakeasy House Party


The Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s Trio played for a speakeasy themed house party. We went down so well we were handsomely tipped at the end by the generous host.

There was such an array of creative, talented, fun-loving people at the party who danced to Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s vocals with Grahame Conlon banjo and guitar and Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet.

Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz at a house party
Dancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s jazz at a house party

We set up in a corner of the lounge room, loading in and setting up very carefully so as not to knock anything in the house.

We used a small PA for the vocal mic and banjo. The guitar was played through a small amp. The trumpet and sousaphone did not need to be mic’d at all.

And I supplied intermission music including 1930 radio broadcasts by the Philco Orchestra and 1933 Cocoanut Grove broadcasts by the Phil Harris Orchestra.

Greg Poppleton, authentic jazz deco singer with trumpet
Greg Poppleton, authentic jazz deco singer with trumpet

The overall effect was a balanced 1920s-30s sound that was not loud. Guests could talk easily where the band played. Some were even sitting on couches right next to me as I sang. That’s how the photo above was taken.

Dancing the Charleston to Greg Poppleton's swing at a house party
Dancing the Charleston to Greg Poppleton’s swing at a house party

And as always I sang personally to every guest who wanted to engage (which was everyone). No-one felt left out.

I had a bad case of (non-contagious) laryngitis, so my singing was sounding somewhere between Tom Waits and Rochester from the ‘Jack Benny Show’. I wish had recorded some of it. The show must go on!

A blur of action with Geoff Power sousaphone and Grahame Conlon banjo in the Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio
A blur of action with Geoff Power sousaphone and Grahame Conlon banjo in the Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio

Some of the guests sang, too. ‘Dark Eyes’ and ‘Mission to Moscow’ were sung with much love by a duet of friends in Russian. An international opera tenor did a beautiful version of ‘Autumn Leaves’. And a former back-up singer for punk bands joined me on ‘Lili Marleen’.

Grahame Conlon with his jazz guitar playing the 1936 hit 'The Way You Look Tonight' in Greg Poppleton's trio
Grahame Conlon with his jazz guitar playing the 1936 hit ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ in Greg Poppleton’s trio

Book the 1920s – 1930s trio for your house party through OzManagement- www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

Swing Dancing To Greg Poppleton


Greg Poppleton returned to Penrith RSL Saturday 30 June for another of his popular 1920s – 1930s jazz shows of swinging songs in English, German, Spanish and Italian.

And Greg will be back at Penrith RSL for dancers, Saturday 10 November, 2-5pm. FREE.

Swing dancers Sue Ann and Sandy pose with singer Greg Poppleton, Dave Clayton double bass and Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Swing dancers Sue Ann and Sandy pose with singer Greg Poppleton, Dave Clayton double bass and Damon Poppleton alto sax.

It’s free, it’s fun, it’s informal. And there was plenty of dancing. Swing dancers are always welcome with a good sized dance floor.

Gary & Deborah dancing to Greg Poppleton
Gary & Deborah dancing to Greg Poppleton

Greg is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer.

Unlike other jazz singers who find jazz after a journey through rock, opera or miming to a parent’s record collection of snappy-fingered Vegas crooners, Greg’s 1920s-30s vocals are authentic and original.

He fell in love with the music age three. That’s when he first heard Louis Armstrong.

Dancing to Greg Poppleton with Bob Gillespie drums, Damon Poppleton alto sax, Dave Clayton double bass and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.
Dancing to Greg Poppleton with Bob Gillespie drums, Damon Poppleton alto sax, Dave Clayton double bass and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.

 

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer

Critics in Australia and the U.S are unanimous in saying that “Greg Poppleton captures the essence of the 1920s-1930s with uncanny accuracy.”

He has over 1.2 million total YouTube views for his four albums. That makes him Australia’s most listened to YouTube jazz singer without TV exposure.

He returned to Penrith RSL, Saturday 30 June, with his Jazz Deco band.

Greg Poppleton with Dave Clayton on double bass
Greg Poppleton with Dave Clayton on double bass
Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band instruments on stage
Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band instruments on stage

In the band was Greg’s up-and-coming 15 year old jazz alto saxophonist son, Damon Poppleton.

Grahame Conlon, who was in Ricky May’s band was on guitar.

Blue Mountains double bassist, Dave Clayton, who was in Mic Conway’s Hiccup Band played double bass.

And Penrith local, Bob Gillespie, who played in Maynard Ferguson’s English Orchestra, was musical director for Lovelace Watkins and was drummer for the 1990s Australian tour band of the original Glenn Miller Orchestra, was on drums.

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton

Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco band will be back for more 1920s jazz, 1930s swing and dancing at,
Penrith RSL
8 Tindale St, Penrith
Saturday 10 November 2-5pm. FREE!

Free parking. Dance floor. Bar, bistro and child friendly.
PLUS grow 2″ taller, increase your attractiveness, ensure promotion at work, boost your confidence, stimulate hair growth and increase your IQ!

Contact Greg through OzManagement for your event: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

1930 Philco Hour – 3 July Phantom Dancer


Dance band music for one of America’s leading radio manufacturers in 1930 features on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV, presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer since 1985.

On air every Tuesday, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney from 12:04-2pm, the Phantom Dancer is recorded for re-broadcast over 23 radio stations and online.

You can hear all Phantom Dancer episodes online now at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– has a set of 1930s Western swing records, a set of Louis Armstrong of 1950s radio, a set of Lester Young from 1956 radio and this week’s feature – ‘The Philco Hour’ from 1930-31.

See the full mix play list below…

RISE AND FALL

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear the ‘Philco Orchestra’ from the ‘Philco Hour’ radio series of 1930- 31.

Beginning as a battery manufacturer, then as a battery supplier for radios, then as a power unit supplier for radio, by the mid 1920s Philco was building its own radios.

Its research and development department made many improvements in radio home receiver technology throughout the 1930s.

These improvements in combination with aggressive advertising in print and sponsored radio programming such as the ‘Philco Hour’, made Philco rise from third most popular U.S radio brand in 1929 to number one 1939.

Philco developments in sound quality and the aesthetic appeal of their radio units included:

– 1930: superheterodyne tubes for clearer reception (as the Philco announcer explains in this week’s Phantom Dancer mix)
– 1930: tone control. A listener could change their radio sound to brilliant, bright, mellow, or deep frequencies.
– 1930: smaller, cheaper car radios
– 1934: the first true high fidelity radio receiver on the market
– 1936: automatic tuning – listeners could assign their favorite stations to presets.
– 1939: mystery control, the first wireless remote control made for radios.

Philco was also a pioneer in television broadcasting. It launched experimental station W3XE in 1932 and was selling Philco TVs in 1939.

But in 1960, it filed for bankruptcy.

You can hear more of the 1930s ‘Philco Hour’ here as your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week:

3 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #321

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 July 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Swing Ballads on 1946-47 Radio
Walking Stick
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ ABC NY
22 Sep 1947
Come Rain Come Shine
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra (voc) Frances Glenn
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1946
Might As Well Be Spring
Art Mooney Orchestra (voc) Johnny Darcy
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Set 2
1950s Big Band Radio
Theme + I’m Walkin’
Johnny Richards Orchestra
‘ABC Dancing Party’
WABC ABC NY
1957
Take The A Train (theme) + Caravan
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
16 Apr 1956
On The Alamo
Georgie Auld (ts) Orchestra with Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1952
Set 3
Philco Orchestra 1930-31 Radio
Open + Cinderella Brown
Philco Orchestra
‘Philco Program’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Boy! Oh! Boy! I’ve Got It Bad
Boswell Sisters
‘Philco Program’
WABC CBS NY
1931
I Don’t Mind Walking In The Rain
Philco Orchestra
‘Philco Program’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Set 4
1930s Radio Swing
I Can’t Get Started (theme) + O Ya Ya
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Manhattan Centre
WNEW NYC
26 Sep 1939
Hallelujah + A Fine Romance
Johnny Green Orchestra (voc) Fred Astaire and Trudy Wood
‘Packard Hour 1936 Election Special’
KFI NBC Red LA
11 Mar 1936
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Louis Armstrong with Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
14 Oct 1939
Set 5
Louis Armstrong Trad Jazz 1940s-50s Radio
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (theme) + Indiana
Louis Armstrong
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
12 Dec 1954
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Louis Armstrong
Wintergarden Theatre
WNBC NBC NYC
19 Jun 1947
Fine and Dandy
Louis Armstrong
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
7 May 1950
Royal Garden Blues
Louis Armstrong
‘Damon Runyon Memorial Concert’
Blue Note
ABC Chicago
11 Dec 1948
Set 6
Early ’40s Dance Bands
Slow and Easy
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1941
The Lion and the Mouse
Glen Gray and the Casa loma Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel New Yorker
New York City
May 1944
Saturday Night
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Patti Thomas
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
11 Feb 1945
Knock Me A Kiss + Close
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Roy Eldridge
Aircheck
13 Nov 1942
Set 7
1930s Western Swing on Records
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
Texas Rose (voc)
Comm Rec
San Antonio
22 Dec 1938
Does My Baby Love Me, Yes Sir
Jimmie Revard and hos Oklahoma Playboys
Comm Rec
San Antonio
14 Sep 1937
Who’s Sorry Now?
W. Lee O’Daniel
Comm Rec
Dallas
30 Sep 1935
I Never Felt So Blue
Adolph Hofner and his Texans
Comm Rec
San Antonio
25 Oct 1938
Set 8
Lester Young on 1956 Radio
Lullaby of Birdland + Lester Leaps In
Lester Young
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Aug 1956
Three Little Words
Lester Young
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
5 Sep 1956

Jim Davidson, 1939-57 Electric Guitar, Non-Stop Swing Mix – 26 June Phantom Dancer


Jim Davidson was an Australian swing band leader and second-in-charge of light entertainment at the BBC in the 1950s. He also worked in the same soap factory I did.

And that electric guitar scene in one of those Back To The Future movies sounds embarrassingly lame and pig-ignorant compared to the real electric guitar breaks played on live 1930s-50s radio you’ll hear this week by Charlie Christian, Mary Osbourne, Tal Farlow and Les Paul.

I’m Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer, band-leader and your Phantom Dancer every week over radio 2SER 107. 3 Sydney, 23 Australian radio stations, and online.

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

On air every Tuesday, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney from 12:04-2pm, the Phantom Dancer is recorded for re-broadcast. You can hear all Phantom Dancer episodes online at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– has a set of Benny Goodman from 1939 radio including the sextet with Charlie Christian on electric guitar. There’s also a set of electric guitar from live 1940s-50s radio including some 1945 hot guitar work by Mary Osbourne who later in this week’s Phantom Dancer mix inaudibly backs Billie Holiday singing on 1958 TV. And this week’s feature, a set of 1930s commercial recordings by Sydney swing maestro Jim Davidson. See the full mix play list below…

Jim Davidson with the ABC Dance Band and Wireless Chorus presenting 'Colour Canvas' from the Studios at 96 Market Street, Sydney, October, 1939
Jim Davidson with the ABC Dance Band and Wireless Chorus presenting ‘Colour Canvas’ from the Studios at 96 Market Street, Sydney, October, 1939

JIM DAVIDSON
Quoting from Jeff Brownrigg’s article, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, (MUP), 2007

“James Hutchinson (Jim) Davidson (1902-1982), band leader, was born on 6 August 1902 at Balmain, Sydney, second son of Alexander Davidson, a restaurant cook from New Zealand, and his English-born wife Mabel, née Walker. Jim described his father, of Scottish descent, as hard, stern and unsmiling. His maternal grandfather encouraged his interest in music, taking him to hear the American bandmaster John Philip Sousa on his Australian tour of 1911. Davidson took up the cornet, joining his school cadet band and a local church band. After leaving school at 14, he found work with the soap manufacturer Lever Bros Pty Ltd. His days, however, were a means to an end and nights were given over to music. Replacing his cornet with a drum kit, he played in dance band and cinema pit ensembles.

On 8 February 1928 Davidson married Gertrude Madeline Kitching at St Thomas’s Church of England, Rozelle; they were to be divorced in 1935. He had joined Jimmy Elkins’s dance orchestra in the mid-1920s and after it disbanded in 1928 he played at the Ambassadors restaurant until it was destroyed by fire in 1931. Following engagements at the Ginger Jar and a significant concert at Hillier’s Café in August 1932—sometimes described as the first jazz concert in Sydney—Davidson opened the winter season of 1933 at Sydney’s Palais Royal dance hall, which drew crowds of 10,000 a week. Further successful seasons followed in 1934 and 1936. A regular Thursday evening 2UE live radio broadcast from the Royal augmented his audience. The Columbia recording company made sound recordings of his most popular pieces; Davidson claimed that a 78-rpm disc of `Shuffle Off to Buffalo’ and `Forty Second Street’ sold 95,000 copies. He and his orchestra also played a six-month season at the Palais de Danse at St Kilda, Melbourne, in 1933. At a formal `Dress Night’, when patrons were encouraged to dress as elegantly as the musicians, who routinely wore evening dress, Davidson met Marjorie McFarlane, an artist. They were married with Presbyterian forms at Scots Church, Melbourne, on 7 June 1935.

While in Melbourne, having signed a contract with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Davidson enlarged his orchestra and performed over the national network to all States. Broadcasting from Sydney from 1936, Jim Davidson’s ABC Dance Band, with the trumpeter Jim Gussey, the vocalist Alice Smith and the trombonist and arranger George Trevare, became the most popular in the country. It presented dance programs on Friday and Saturday evenings and played for other ABC shows including `Out of the Bag’ and `A.B.C. Parade’. In 1937-39 the band made three interstate tours, with a variety of artists including Bob Dyer, Tex Morton and Gladys Moncrieff. Davidson was a strict but encouraging leader who inspired great loyalty in his players.

On 30 May 1941 Davidson was appointed an honorary lieutenant in the Australian Imperial Force. He produced, directed and led the orchestra in variety shows staged for troops in the Middle East and the South-West Pacific Area. From 1943 he was in charge of the AIF’s concert parties. Rising to temporary lieutenant colonel, he transferred to the Reserve of Officers in October 1947. He applied for the position of director of light entertainment at the ABC but was unsuccessful. Stung by his rejection, he made use of management skills developed in his military command, taking up an offer of work as director of productions for the Tivoli circuit and, soon after, for Harry Wren Enterprises. He managed Australian tours for performers such as Will Mahoney and Evie Hayes and for the British comedian Tommy Trinder.

In 1947 Davidson joined the British Broadcasting Corporation. He arrived in London with his wife the following January. Starting as assistant-head of variety (music), he rapidly advanced to become the second-in-charge of the light entertainment unit. His most important contributions included support for what became the `Goon Show’, which went to air against some resistance on 28 May 1951. Davidson estimated that he had produced 3500 live shows on radio, among them a historic Beatles concert at the Royal Albert Hall in April 1963. He was given a farewell concert there before his retirement in September.

Returning to Australia in 1964, Davidson was disappointed that although Australians remembered his success as a band leader, they were unaware of his achievements in England. He served briefly as a consultant to the ABC but found that old `ghosts’ continued to haunt its corridors. The Davidsons turned to house renovation and gardening, first in Sydney and then in the southern highlands of New South Wales. Survived by his wife, Jim Davidson died on 10 April 1982 at Bowral and was cremated. His memoir, A Showman’s Story (1983), was published posthumously.”

And your Phantom Dancer Vid of the Week?

Jim Davidson and his Australian Broadcasting Commission Dance Orchestra with his 1938 record ‘So Little Time’. Vocals by Alice Smith and Johnny Warren. Jim Davidson broadcast late night over national stations of the ABC.

26 JUNE PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #321

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 June 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Benny Goodman on 1939 ‘Camel Caravan’
Let’s Dance (theme) + Down By The Old Mill Stream
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Nov 1939
Flying Home
Benny Goodman Sextet (g Charles Christian)
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
9 Sep 1939
Sing, Sing, Sing + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
18 Nov 1939
Set 2
Latin Rhythms
Nachts am Kongo
Teddy Stauffer (voc) Eric Helgar
Comm Rec
Berlin
24 Oct 1938
Dilo
Prado Perez
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
24 Jul 1953
Tanga
Machito with Zoot Sims tenor sax
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Set 3
Electric Guitarists on live 1940s-50s Radio
Open + I’ve Got Plenty of Nothin’
Les Paul Trio
‘Les Paul Show’
AFRS Hollywood
27 May 1945
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Tal Farlow
‘All Star Parade of Bands’
Composer Club
WRCA NBC NYC
23 Apr 1957
Texas Polka + Isle of Capri + Close
Gay Claridge Orchestra (elec g) Mary Osbourne
‘One Night Stand’
Chez Paree Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Aug 1945
Set 4
Jim Davidson Australian Swing
Fair and Warmer
Jim Davidson and his Palais Royal Orchestra (voc) Austral Sisters
Comm Rec
Sydney
7 Sep 1934
She Changed Her Hi-De-Ho For His Yodel-O-Dee-Ay
Jim Davidson and his Palais Royal Orchestra (voc) Male Trio
Comm Rec
Sydney
2 Mar 1934
Marmelade
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
2 Jun 1938
Set 5
1930s Fats Waller
Christopher Columbus
Fats Waller
ComM Rec
New York City 1936
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (theme) + I Simply Adore You
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
5 Jul 1938
You Can’t Be Min and Someone Else’s Too
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club
New York City
18 Oct 1938
Watcha Know, Joe?
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red
Chicago
10 Dec 1940
Set 6
1930s-50s French Swing on Record
Frenchie’s Blues
Freddy Johnson Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
28 Jun 1939
Week-End Stomp
Alix Combelle Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
20 Feb 1940
Le Boogie de Paris
Jacques Helian Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
1946
Mambo Zero
Ruben Calzado
Comm Rec
Paris
1953
Set 7
Billie Holiday on Rdaio
You Better Go Now
Billie Holiday (voc) Percy Faith Orchestra
‘Woolworth Hour’
KNX CBS LA
1956
Billie’s Blues
Billie Holiday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WMEX Boston
Apr 1959
Interview + Fine and Mellow
Billie Holiday
‘Studio 58 The Sound of Jazz’
WCBS TV CBS NY
8 Dec 1957
You Go To My Head
Billie Holiday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
Oct 1953
Set 8
1940s Big Band Radio
Tangerine
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Artistry Jumps
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Hollywood
27 Nov 1945
Bommpsie
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 mar 1949

Personal Hygiene Film For Young Girls (c 1920) – Phantom Dancer 19 June


It’s Phantom Dancer time Tuesday on radio and online – your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio with Greg Poppleton.

What’s on?

Well, there’s a set of ‘Sweet Bands’ from live 1930s-40s radio and some early late night Benny Goodman from 1935. The Velvet Fog, Mel Torme, sings two songs including one when aged 17 in front of Chico Marx’s Orchestra on a CBS Fitch Bandwagon and the last hour is all vinyl.

Hear the show after it’s broadcast 19 June online at 2ser.com

Tirelessly searching YouTube for a swingy, jazzy, instructive, or ‘weird and wonderful’ Video of the Week, I’ve found something curiously wonderful – a circa 1920s ‘Women’s Hygiene’ film. It actually is medically educational (and educational as a social history) though the shower scene does verge on the pseudo-educational sexploitation films of the 1950s-60s. Enjoy!

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

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #320

107.3 2SER Tuesday 19 June 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Swing on 1950s Radio
One O’Clock Jump + Sixteen Men Swinging
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Sitting In The Sun
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) JoAnn Greer
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC LA
12 Oct 1953
Capital Idea + (theme)
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Magnolia Room
Hotel Claridge
WMC NBC Memphis
19 Jun 1953
Set 2
Swing Dance Bands on 1942-44 Radio
Open + Abraham
Chico Marx Orchestra (voc) Mel Torme
‘Fitch Band Wagon’
Blackhawk Restaurant
WBBM CBS Chicago
20 Dec 1942
Was It Like That?
Lionel Hampton Orchestra (voc) Dinah Washington
‘One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Jun 1944
One Night Stand + Close (Coca Cola Waltz in 4/4 Swing)
Denny Beckner Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Norfolk, Virginia
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Mar 1944
Set 3
Navy Star Time Singers 1952 Radio
Baby, That Ain’t Right
Frankie Laine (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Mel Torme (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
I’ll Get By + Close
Jo Stafford (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
Set 4
1946 Radio Swing
Instrumental
Harry James Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands ‘
El Patio Playhouse
KHJ Mutual LA
13 Apr 1946
Begin The Beguine
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 jun 1946
Blue Moon + Summertime
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Dec 1946
Set 5
1934 – 36 Radio Bands
There’s Something In The Air
Red Nichols Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Robins and Roses
Lee Wiley (voc)
WABC CBS NY
17 Jun 1936
Christopher Columbus
Isham Jones Orchestra
WOR Mutual NY
13 Mar 1936
Goodbye
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Feb 1935
Set 6
Big Bands 1942-45 Radio
McGhee Special
Andy Kirk and his 12 Clouds of Joy
Comm Rec
New York City
14 Jul 1942
Open + Smiles
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
Slip Of The Lip
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Fourth War Loan Drive’
WEAF NBC NY
1 May 1943
One O’Clock Jump (open) + Unidentified Time
Johnny Otis Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Set 7
Sweet Bands on 1930-40s Wireless
You Are My Dream
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Glass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
It Was Just One Of Those Things
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles
13 May 1946
Words Of Love
Eddy Howard Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
5 Dec 1945
It’s A Whole New Thing
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
New York City
1938
Set 8
Bop Inspired Radio
Moppin’ The Blues
Pete Brown Quintette
Comm Rec
New York City
11 Jul 1944
A Minor Thing + In Your Own Sweet Way
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
Theme
Harold Rumsey Lighthouse Five
Hermosa Beach Ca
‘Monitor’
WRCA NBC NY
12 Jun 1955
High On An Open Mike
Fats Navarro (tp) Bill Harris (tb) Alen Eager, Charlie Ventura (ts) Ralph Burns (piano) Al Valente (g) Chubby Jackson (b) Buddy Rich (d)
‘Saturday Night Swing Session’
WNEW NY
12 Apr 1947
Fine and Dandy
Slim Gaillard Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
2 Jun 1951