Dorsey Brothers – 17 December 2019 Phantom Dancer


LAST SHOW OF THE DECADE

Kinda. This week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton is the last mix before the annual Christmas and New Year Phantom Dancer specials. Your feature artist – the fabulous Dorsey’s, Tommy and Jimmy.

Dorsey Brothers band poster

LISTEN

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 17 November 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

DORSEY

The Dorsey Brothers were an American studio jazz band, led by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. They started recording in 1928 for OKeh Records.

BROTHERS

They signed to Decca in 1934, formed a more traditional band and performed live until a falling out in May 1935. Glenn Miller, trombonist with the band in 1934-35, composed four songs for the Dorsey Brothers – “Annie’s Cousin Fannie”, “Dese Dem Dose”, “Harlem Chapel Chimes”, and “Tomorrow’s Another Day”.

dorsey brothers band racoon coats

In 1935, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra had two No. 1 recordings on Decca, including “Lullaby of Broadway” with Bob Crosby on vocals, topping the charts for two weeks and No. 1 for three weeks.

Tommy Dorsey left the orchestra in 1935, ending the group as most band members either followed him or left.

MARK 2

The Dorseys reunited on March 15 1945 to record a V-Disc at Liederkranz Hall in New York City. Released in June 1945, the disc contained “More Than You Know” and “Brotherly Jump”. The songs were performed by the combined orchestras of Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. They reunited again in 1947 for the film The Fabulous Dorseys. In the 1950s, they had a network TV series, Stage Show.

VIDEO

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, the Dorsey Brothers and silent movie with their recording of ‘Is It a Dream?’ from 1928…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #418

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 December 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
1 ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
1944 Swing Bands
Open + Jeep Jockey Jump
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra
‘Uncle Sam Presents’
NBC
12 Feb 1945
Speak Low
Bob Chester Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcastY
8 Oct 1944
How Do I Say I Love You?
Richard Himber Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Aniston, Alabama
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 2
Live Rock’n’Roll on 1950s Radio
Open + The Dripper
Louis Jordan and the Tympani 5
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
9 Jul 1956
Cry Baby
Bonnie Sisters (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Ad + One O’Clock Jump+ Close
King Porter Band
‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX Los Angeles
1956
Set 3
Swing on 1938 Radio
I Want To Be Happy
Frank Coughlan’s Band
Comm Rec
Sydney
Dec 1938
Open + Heart and Soul
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
International Casino
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Nov 1938
Indistinct Title shouted out by the Audience
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
6 Sep 1938
Set 4
1950s All-Star Parade of Bands on NBC Radio
Cheek To Cheek
Billy Taylor Trio
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Composers Club
WRCA NBC NY
7 May 1956
Love Is Just Around The Corner
George Shearing
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
11 Jul 1953
That Old Devil Me
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 5
Jazz and Pop on 1945 Radio
Is There A Story
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1945
Open + Back In Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Fort Devons Mass.
Blue Network
15 Oct 1945
I Wish I Knew
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
16 Aug 1945
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NY
15 Aug 1945
Set 6
Swing Radio from 1938
Blues in D Flat
Seven Pearce Arrows
Demo Rec
Sydney
Sep 1938
Monday Morning
Jan Savitt Top Hatters (voc) Carlotta Dale
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
17 Oct 1938
The Gal From Joe’s
Duke Elligton Orchestra
Cotton Club
WOR Mutual NY
1 May 1938
The Dipsy Doodle
Glenn Miller Orchestra (pre-famous sound)
Paradise Restaurant
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Jun 1938
Set 7
Tommy Dorsey on Radio 1934 – 1955
Open + Is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Ben Mardin’s Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Open + Losers Weepers
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘America Dances’
WABC CBS NY and BBC London
28 May 1940
Buster’s Gang Comes On
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
29 Jan 1945
Tangerine + Close
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer and Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Set 8
Bebop Reeds from 1948-49 Radio
Sax of a Kind
Lee Konitz (as)
‘Bandstand USA’
Carnegie Hall
Voice of America
25 Dec 1949
Indiana
Benny Goodman (cl) Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
Just You Just Me
Lester Young Sextet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
27 Nov 1948

First Radio Wedding 1924 – Phantom Dancer 12 December 2019


WEDDING OF THE YEAR

This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, is ‘the Red-Headed Music Maker’, Wendall Hall. Wendall was an early radio star and was the first to be married live on radio on 4 June 1924 to Marion Martin over WEAF New York.

Wendall Hall NBC

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 10 November 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

WENDALL

This week’s Phantom Dancer goes back to the earliest radio of the 1920s – 39s for its feature artist. Wendall Hall was an American country singer, vaudeville artist, songwriter, pioneer radio performer, Victor recording artist and ukulele player.

Wendall Hall pretzel party

RAIN

In 1923, Hall released the song “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’,” which sold over two million copies in the United States. It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. The song is also considered the first musical hit on radio. He wrote “Underneath the Mellow Moon” and “Carolina Rose”. Hall also wrote songs with Carson Robison and Art Gillham.

1920s RADIO STAR

Hall began his career in 1922 Chicago as a song plugger for Forster Music. He traveled around the US and stopped in towns to play in music stores, theaters, and radio. In vaudeville he began singing and playing the xylophone. He found the ukulele to be more portable and quickly became an expert with that instrument. In January, 1924 he signed with the National Carbon Company to host the Eveready Hour a pioneer commercially sponsored variety program on WEAF in New York. On November 4, 1924 the program was on a pre-network 18 station “hook-up” to broadcast election returns with entertainers Will Rogers, Carson Robison, Art Gillham, and the Waldorf Astoria Orchestra. Eveready even painted their batteries with a red top to cash in on Hall’s popularity. In 1929 Wendell Hall hosted the Majestic Music Hour and a few years later Gillette’s Community Sing. He made a few musical short films.

On a 1925 European tour he was broadcast over a 21 station hook-up, the largest ever attempted up to that time.

After his radio days were over, Wendell Hall wrote commercials for radio.

wendall hall sheet music

TAROPATCH

Hall performed on a variety of stringed instruments, including the standard ukulele, the taropatch ukulele, banjo, and the hybrid banjolele, as well as the tiple. Like so many of the other performers during the era, Hall was a big fan of the instruments created by the C.F. Martin & Company, particularly their Taropatch. Like other performers, he was unsuccessful in obtaining an endorsement deal with Martin, but in response to his letter offering to endorse their product, Martin offered their 20% discount for professional performers and to inlay his name in the head of the instrument.

UKULELE

He published an instruction book, Wendell Hall’s Ukulele Method, with Forster Music in 1925, that was edited by May Singhi Breen. He also marketed a series of custom ukuleles through the Regal Musical Instrument Company of Chicago, with his picture on the head of The Red Head Ukulele and banjolele with red tuning pegs that became collectors’ items for several generations afterward

With the resurgence of the uke’s popularity in the 1950s, Hall was able to land a radio show on WBKB five days a week, the home of the Griff Williams Show which is your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #417

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 December 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
1 ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Modernistic 1950s Dance Bands
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + A Melody To The Trees
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Lakeside Ballroom
Dayton OH
WLW NBC Cincinnati
16 Sep 1952
Savings Bonds Ad + The Stars and Stripes Forever
Ralph Flanagan Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NY
1950
Wending My May Back Home + Close
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
‘Jazz Is My Beat’
New York City
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1958
Set 2
Early Live 1930s Ragio
Open + Music In My Fingers
George Shackley Ensemble (voc) Veronica Wiggins
‘Nihi Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1931
Margie + Do You Ever Think Of Me? + Sweet Sue
Jimmie Grier Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
KFI NBC Gold Network LA
1932
Melancholy Moon + Pineapple Ad + It Gonna Rain No More + Aloha Oe
Wendall Hall
‘The Pineapple Picadour’
WMAQ NBC Red
Chicago
2 Apr 1931
Set 3
Super Jive From 1937 – 38 Radio
Dark Forest (theme) + Limehouse Blues
Earl Hines Orchestra
Grand Terrace Room
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Aug 1938
A Study in Blue
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Hotel Park Central
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jul 1939
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South + Camel Hop
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Set 4
1940s Dance Bands
Voglio Fischiettiare (I Like To Whistle)
Nuccia Natali and Vocal Trio with Orchestra
Comm Rec
Cetra
Turin
1940
The Sheik of Araby
Russ Morgan Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Apr 1944
Medley
Art Kassels and his Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Chicago
1947
Set 5
Jazz and Pop on 1940 Radio
It Never Entered My Head
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Open + Down For The Count
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
6 Nov 1940
St Louis Blues
Roy Eldridge
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
21 Apr 1940
Four Beat Shuffle + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Set 6
New Orleans Jazz on Radio
Open + Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
‘New Orleans Movie Opening’
Wintergarden Theatre
WNBC NBC NY
19 Jun 1947
Open + At The Jazz Band Ball
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
30 Sep 1944
I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll
Bud Freeman Summa Cum Laude Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
That’s A’Plenty + Relaxin’ At The Touro (theme)
Muggsy Spanier Dixieland All-Stars
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953
Set 7
Big Bands on 1947 Radio
Who’s Got The Ball?
Harry James Orchestra
The Click
WFIL Philadelphia
22 Dec 1947
Kate
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) The Town Criers
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
6 Dec 1947
Everybody Eats When They Come To My House
Cab Calloway’s Caballiers (voc) CC
‘Guest Star’
New York City
1947
Passion Flower
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Ciro’s Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1947
Set 8
Charlie Parker on WMCA NY 1949
Chasin’ The Bird
Charlie Parker Sextet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Mar 1949
Confirmation
Charlie Parker Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
19 Feb 1949
Scrapple From The Apple
Charlie Parker Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
22 Jan 1949

Rinso Radio – Phantom Dancer 3 December 2019


SOAP

This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, is a brand of laundry detergent. You’ll hear ‘Mrs Goodsort’ talk sternly about it on a 1938 Rinso Show, International Broadcasting Company, Radio Normandy.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 3 December 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

RINSO

Rinso was one of the first mass-marketed soap powders. It was advertised widely with a boast that Rinso contained “Solium, the sunlight ingredient”. In 1936 the sponsored show Rinso Music Hall was recorded in London and broadcast on Radio Luxembourg and Radio Normandie, followed from 1937 to 1939 by the popular Rinso Radio Revue, which you’ll hear an excerpt of on this week’s PD.

A still from this week's Video
A still from this week’s Video

The product’s claim to better rinsing was due to its incorporation of sodium silicate as a builder rather than, or in addition to, the more commonly used sodium carbonate. The hard water calcium precipitate formed with metasilicate tends to be finer and hence less likely to be trapped in cloth than the chalky calcium carbonate.

Rinso was replaced by another Unilever detergent brand, Surf, in its four major markets, including Australia. However, Rinso is still made by Unilever for the Turkish, Asian, and Central American markets. Rinso was launched in Indonesia as the nation’s first detergent brand. As of 2013 Rinso leads the Indonesian detergent market.[3]

Rinso was the sponsor of the 1957 Australian television series Leave It to the Girls.

Sir Edmund Hillary promotes Rinso in New Zealand
Sir Edmund Hillary promotes Rinso in New Zealand

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is a 1943 Rinso ad which incorporates the wartime austerity message to save energy. It’s relevant today in the climate change emergency. Take note…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #416

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 December 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
1 ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio 6 – 7pm
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 and Dance Bands on 1937 Radio
Let’s Dance (theme) + Minnie The Moocher’s Wedding Day
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual New York City
21 Oct 1937
Am I Blue?
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
September In The Rain + Ad + Close
Jack Hylton Orchestra (voc) Dick Mertre + Ad by ‘Mrs Goodsort’
‘The Rinso Review’
International Broadcasting Company London
Radio Normandy
26 Dec 1937
Set 2
Count Basie on 1954 – 56 Radio
One O’Clock Jump + You For Me
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
American Legion Park, Ephrata Pa
WLAN ABC Lancaster Pa
2 Sep 1954
Sent For You Yesterday
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
‘Fifth Anniversary of Birdland’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
16 Dec 1954
All Right OK You Win
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
9 Dec 1956
Set 3
The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street WJZ NY 1941
Open + Ida
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
30 Jun 1941
The Bullfrog and The Robin
Paul Lavalle Woodwinds
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
30 Jun 1941
Angie Wangie Blues + Close
Paul Lavalle Woodwinds
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
25 Aug 1941
Set 4
Jazz Radio in 1960
Intro + Love Letters
Rodolfo Alchourron Quartet
‘Esto Es Jazz’
LR1 Radio el Mundo, Buenos Aires
28 May 1960
Theme + Sweet and Lovely
Lee Konitz
‘Jazz International’
AFRTS Hollywood
16 Jun 1960
Rhythm A Ning
Thelonius Monk Quintet
‘The World Jazz Series’
Connie Mack Park
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
3 Mar 1960
Set 5
Medium Tempo Swing On 1940s Radio
Bluebirds In The Moonlight
Dick Freeman and his Trocadero Orchestra (voc) Barbara James
Comm Rec
Sydney
Mar 1940
Together
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Frolics Club Miami
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Jul 1944
I Never Knew
Raymond Scott’s Captivators
‘Morning Music’
WABC CBS NY
10 Jan 1943
Shoo Shoo Baby
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 6
Small Groups from the Big Bands on the Radio
Sugar
Mel Powell Trio (from the Glenn Miller Orch.)
Comm Rec
Paris
1945
The Sad Sack
Gramercy 5 (from the Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Santa Ana Ca
ABC Los Angeles
3 Oct 1945
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Benny Goodman Trio
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 jan 1939
Wire Brush Stomp
Gene Krupa Trio
‘Spotlight Bands’
Newport Rhode Island
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Set 7
Swing From 1930s Germany
Musik! Musik! Musik!
Otto Stenzel von der Scala Berlin mit seinem Tanzorchester (voc) Wilfred Sommer
Comm Rec
Berlin
7 Jun 1939
Aus Lauter Liebe
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Peter Igelhoff
Comm Rec
Berlin
Jul 1937
Über die Dächer der großen Stadt
Hans Carste Orchestra (voc) Schuricke-Terzett
Comm Rec
Berlin
1939
Wenn Wir Uns Einmal Wiederseh’n
Joop Carlquist und sein Hawaiian-Tanzorchester
Comm Rec
Berlin
1938
Set 8
Mod Women Jazz Singers On The Air
Once In A While
Sarah Vaughan
‘Jazz Club USA’
Washington DC
25 Dec 1949
Just A’Sittin’ And A’Rockin’
Julie Christie
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Nov 1945
Confess
Patti Page
‘One Night Stand’
Click, Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
My Baby Just Cares For Me + The Lady Is A Tramp
Jaye P. Morgan
‘Second Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS TV
30 Apr 1958

Perry Como Sings 24,000 Ft Above New York – Phantom Dancer 26 Nov 2019


STRATOSPHERE

How many press releases from indie bands have I read that gush about how their pentatonic blatherings blah-de-blah in ‘musical stratospheres’? Too many. This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, is a US crooner recorded singing inthe stratosphere in 1946, Perry Como.

Peery como

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 26 November 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix 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.

And this week’s Phantom Dancer includes performances by Frank Sinatra, Chico Hamilton, Count Basie, Jelly Roll Morton, Jan Savitt, Howard McGee and Bobby Troup who wrote, ‘My City of Sydney’.

There’s a set of Shuffle Rhythm bands from 1930s-40s radio, modern jazz from 1950-60 radio and a broadcast of song with full orchestra from a plane flying 24,000 feet above New York City in 1946. That’s this week’s feature.

Billboard from 30 March 1946 tells it all,

Perry Como

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Perry Como live on his NBC TV Supper Club, 20 Nov 1949. He looks relieved at the end that the show went well. Enjoy!

26 NOVEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #415

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 November 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
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
Your Hit Parade
Open + Stop Beating Around The Mulberry Bush
Al Goodman Orchestra (voc) The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’
WABC CBS NY
22 Oct 1938
So In Love
Frank Sinatra (voc) Axel Stordahl Orchestra
‘Your Hit Parade’
KFI NBC Hollywood
20 Apr 1949
Moonlight Becomes You + Love Me Or Leave Me
Mark Warnow Orchestra (voc) Barry Wood
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1943
Set 2
Jazz Moderne from live 1952 – 1960 Radio
Open + Route 66
Bobby Troup (voc) Trio
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Cameo
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Without A Song
Wild Bill Davis Trio
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
1952
Sleep + Close
Chico Hamilton Quintet
‘Jazz International’
AFRTS Hollywood
16 Jan 1960
Set 3
The Supper Club broadcasting from a Plane over New York
All Through The Day
Art van Damme Quintet
‘The Supper Club’
TWA Constellation 24,000 Ft’ over New York City
NBC/AFRS
5 Apr 1946
Blue Skies + Got Me A Seat Upon The California Sunbeam + Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief + Temptation
Perry Como and the Satisfiers (voc) Ray Bloch Orchestra
‘The Supper Club’
TWA Constellation 24,000 Ft’ over New York City
NBC/AFRS
5 Apr 1946
Sweet Georgia Brown + I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Art van Damme Quintet
‘The Supper Club’
TWA Constellation 24,000 Ft’ over New York City
NBC/AFRS
5 Apr 1946
Set 4
1930s Swing on the Radio
Bumpy Weather Over Newark
Raymond Scott Quintette
Comm Rec
New York
Apr 1939
There’s a Lull in My Life
Benny Goodman Trio
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
from Pittsburgh
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
Stay in My Arms, Cinderella
Bob Chester Orchestra (voc) Stu Bradon
Mayfair Restaurant
Hotel van Cleve
Dayton OH
21 May 1956
Set 5
Swinging 1944 Radio
Blue Lou
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
21 Apr 1944
Hawaiian War Chant
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KFI NBC LA
Oct 1944
Oh So Good
Glenn Miller Orchestra
ABSIE (American Broadcasting Station in Europe)
London
12 Oct 1944
Keep The Home Fires Burning
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC Red NY
11 Sep 1944
Set 6
Shuffle Rhythm Live on 1935-45 Radio
Futuristic Shuffle
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Radio Transcripotion
New York
22 Jul 1938
Instrumental
Henry Busse Orchestra
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
CBS San Francisco
28 Dec 1944
Quaker City Jazz
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Arcadia Restaurant
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
2 Dec 1938
Sidewalks of Cuba + When Day Is Done (theme)
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1935
Set 7
The Dixie Revival on the Air
Winnin’ Boy
Jelly Roll Morton
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
14 Jul 1940
Big Butter and Egg Man
Miff Mole and his Nixieland Six
Aircheck
30 Oct 1944
Yesterdays
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall NY
WJZ Blue Network
21 Oct 1944
Ride Red Ride + Close
Red Allen Dixielanders
‘Doctor Jazz’
WMGM NY
1950
Set 8
Progressive Jazz Live on the Air, Daddy-o!
Perfume Counter
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Dec 1953
Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (theme) Perdido
Howard McGee
Birdland
WMCA NY
Sep 1951
Little Girl Blue
Stan Getz Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Smoke Signals + The Gentle Art of Love
Oscar Pettiford Band
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
26 May 1957

The Syncopated Times – New Album Review by Dave J Doyle


Thank you Dave Doyle for your write-up about the band and the new album ’20s 30s Tin Pan Alley’ in ‘The Syncopated Times‘.

greg poppleton syncopated times

20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Vol. 1 – “It’s a mix of the very familiar and the lesser-known. “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes” is a particular pleasure, featuring the occasional comedy bird whistle and clearly sung with a big smile. In fact, Greg must have been sore from grinning throughout his studio sessions, if his unwaveringly upbeat tone is anything to go by.” Dave J Doyle, The Syncopated Times, Nov 2019.

Grab your copy of the album now from Apple https://music.apple.com/us/album/20s-30s-tin-pan-alley-vol-1/1477720009

Kay Starr First Nations Jazz Singer – Phantom Dancer 19 Nov 2019


INDIGENOUS

This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, is indigenous US jazz singer, Kay Starr. She began singing on radio as a child and we hear her this week aged 22 singing with Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnet’s orchestras.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 19 November 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

KAY

Katherine Laverne Starks, known professionally as Kay Starr, was a name jazz, pop, and country singer in the 1940s-50s. (She was the original singer of the Roy Acuff song, ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat. Her roots were in jazz and Billie Holiday called her ‘the only white woman who could sing the blues.’

kay starr

CHICKENS

Her aunt Nora was impressed by her 7-year-old niece’s singing and arranged for her to sing on a Dallas radio station, WRR, vocal competition. Starr finishing 3rd one week in a talent contest and placed first every week thereafter. She was given a 15-minute radio show. She sang pop and country songs with a piano accompaniment. By age 10 she was making $3 a night, which was quite a salary during the Great Depression.

WESTERN

When Starr’s father changed jobs, the family moved to Memphis, where she continued performing on the radio. She sang Western swing music, still mostly a mix of country and pop. While working for Memphis radio station WMPS, misspellings in her fan mail inspired her and her parents to change her name to Kay Starr.

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VENUTI

At 15, she was chosen to sing with the Joe Venuti orchestra. Venuti had a contract to play in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis which called for his band to feature a girl singer, a performer he did not have at the time. Venuti’s road manager heard Starr on the radio and recommended her although she was young and her parents insisted on a midnight curfew.

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BIG BANDS

At 17, in 1939, she worked with Bob Crosby and Glenn Miller, who hired her to replace the ill Marion Hutton. With Miller she recorded ‘Baby Me’ and ‘Love with a Capital You’. They were not a great success, in part because the band played in a key that, while appropriate for Hutton, did not suit Kay’s vocal range.

After finishing high school, she moved to Los Angeles and signed with Wingy Manone’s band. From 1943 to 1945 she sang with Charlie Barnet’s ensemble, which we’ll hear on this week’s show, retiring for a year after contracting pneumonia and later developing nodes on her vocal cords as a result of fatigue and overwork.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is the 1952 hit song ‘Wheel of Fortune’ sung on the Your Hit Parade TV show.

19 NOVEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 19 November 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
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Set 1
Stan Kenton Transcriptions
Artistry in Rhythm + Memphis Lament
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Red Dorris
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
Oct 1941
Underneath the Stars
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
Nov 1941
I Haven’t Got the Heart + Artistry in Rhythm (theme)
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
Oct 1941
Set 2
Women Singers on 1940s-50s Radio
I Enjoy Being a Girl
Vincent Lopez Orchestra (voc) Barbara Barry
‘One Night Stand’
Grill Room
Hotel Taft NYC
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Open + The Trolley Song
Johnny Long Orchestra (voc) Jill Corey
‘Let’s Go With Music’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1955
Cirribirribin (theme) + In Times Like These
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Kitty Kallen
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NY
6 Jun 1944
Set 3
Dixieland Radio
Bugle Call Rag
Red Nichols
Radio Transcription
1953
Kansas City Man
Sidney Bechet and Bob Wilbur
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
19 Apr 1947
Silver Threads Among the Gold + Close
Henry Levine Octet
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue
6 Jan 1941
Set 4
Kay Starr
Share Croppin’ Blues
Kay Starr (voc) Charlie Barnet Orchestra
V-Disc
13 Jul 1944
Honeysuckle Rose
Kay Starr (voc) Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1948
I Can’t Get Started
Kay Starr (voc) Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
Them There Eyes
Kay Starr (voc) Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1948
Set 5
One Night Stand
Embraceable You
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Jewel Hopkins
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Feb 1946
Come And Be My Honey
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Nancye Norman and Band
‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Aug 1944
Unannounced + Take the A Train (close)
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
Set 6
Radio Transcriptions
Quaker City Jazz + And The Angels Sing
Jan Savitt Top Hatters (voc) Bon Bon
Radio Transcription
1939
Slow and Easy
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1939
Masquerade Is Over
Jan Savitt Top Hatters (voc) Bon Bon
Radio Transcription
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Charlie Horse
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1939
Set 7
Swing Bands on 1940s Radio
Paradiddle Joe
Tony Pastor Orchestra
Aircheck
1944
Saturday Night
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Patti Thomas
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Feb 1945
Let’s Blow
Buddy Rich Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
27 Mar 1946
Sentimental Over You (theme) + You’re Driving Me Crazy
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) The Sentimentalists
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
29 Jan 1945
Set 8
1940s-50s Moderne
Shoo Be Doo Be
Rex Theatre
RFI Paris
Feb 1953
B’s Flat
Shelly Manne Quintet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Mar 1956
Confess
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
Little Girl Blue
Stan Getz Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Mar 1956

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