Sarah Vaughan Was Not A Jazz Singer – 10 Oct Subscriber Drive Phantom Dancer

The Tuesday October 10 and 18 Phantom Dancers will be part of the annual 2SER Subscriber Drive.

The Phantom Dancer, which I’ve presented since 1985 on 2SER, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

On-air and online, 107.3 2SER Sydney after the 12 noon news. Hear the show any time online at the 2SER website.

And for both Subscriber Drive Phantom Dancer shows, you’ll hear some of the greats of jazz, including Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong and Harry James, from live 1920s-60s radio, broadcasting money songs and songs to inspire you to support the Phantom Dancer with your $$$$.


Donations are tax deductible. Subscriptions cost as little as a coffee a month and now can be direct debited monthly.

Call the Phantom Dancer during the 2SER Subscriber Drive, 02 9514 9500 or online to give your financial support.


2SER is a grassroots, community-funded Sydney station and we couldn’t deliver to you the stories, ideas and music that we do each and every day, seven days a week, year-round without the support of listeners just like you. 2SER has supported The Phantom Dancer since December 1985.

‘Supporter Drive’ is 2SER’s annual fundraiser.

In order for 2SER to remain independent, once a year we go on air and ask our listeners to dig deep and financially support the station. 2SER gets no funding from the government, we are limited in the amount of sponsorship we can take, and the rest of funds come from a variety of projects and grants.

The revenue raised through Supporter Drive is vital for the survival of 2SER

Each year, we ask our listeners for money to help us keep making great radio. We ask them to become a supporter or make a tax deductible donation.

The financial support from our listeners helps pay for our equipment and maintenance, and is an important part of our budget. It helps to ensure that we are free of commercial influences and it also gives our listeners a sense of ownership of the station; which is a great thing because without them we wouldn’t have a station.

There’s no prizes, no gimmicks, but we need your support to keep 2SER 107.3 on air in Sydney. If you’d like to help then head to and give what you can.


Over the last two weeks I’ve described some of the ‘classical’ background of Fats Waller and Harry James.

This week I’m playing a song from a 1953 NBC broadcast by Sarah Vaughan, an extraordinary singer who had NO classical background, but a singer with a vocal instrument acclaimed as being suited for opera, though she chose not to train in that genre.

Vaughan’s New York Times obituary stated, “[Sarah was a] singer who brought an operatic splendour to her performances of popular standards and jazz.”

Her voice which remained resonant and supple throughout her illustrious career, spanned soprano to female baritone with no difficult intervals. Musicologist Henry Pleasants noted that Vaughan ranged from a soprano high C down to contralto low D.

She used a hand held microphone to add ternary dynamics to her voice.

As to being a jazz singer?

Sarah avoided classifying herself as one. In a 1982 interview for Down Beat she said,
“I don’t know why people call me a jazz singer, though I guess people associate me with jazz because I was raised in it, from way back. I’m not putting jazz down, but I’m not a jazz singer…I’ve recorded all kinds of music, but (to them) I’m either a jazz singer or a blues singer. I can’t sing a blues – just a right-out blues – but I can put the blues in whatever I sing.”

Here’s Sarah singing rock/doo-wop/cha-cha in 1959 and having a laugh during the song. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #282

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 October 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Jazz Women on Radio support 2SER
Open + I Get A Kick Out Of You
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
29 Mar 1953
Cry Me A River
Julie London
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Thank You
Frances Faye
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
5 Mar 1956
Set 2
Loosen the Purse Strings with 1940s Swing
Theme + Always
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Buddy Moreno and Band
’March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
Got a Penny, Jenny?
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) June Christy
Radio Transcription
Dec 1945
Give Me Twenty Nickels For a Dollar
Nat King Cole
’King Cole Trio Time’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1 Mar 1947
Set 3
1930s Dance Bands Donation Jamboree
Frank Coughlan Orchestra (voc) FC
’Featuradio radio Transcription’
Jul 1937
The Coat and The Pants Do All of the Work
Bob Dyer
Comm Rec
5 Sep 1940
I’m Shooting High
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Congress Hotel
20 Jan 1936
Set 4
Swing Bands on 1943-46 Radio
Singin’ In The Rain
Cliff Edwards (uke and voc)
Comm Rec
Los Angeles
28 May 1929
Let a Little Pleasure Interfere With Business
Philco Orchestra (tp) Bob Effros
’Philco Show’
That’s A’Plenty + Say It With Music (theme)
Red Nichols Orchestra
’Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
27 Aug 1929
Set 5
Money Songs on 1940s Swing Radio
Get Some Cash For Your Trash
Fats Waller
Garrick Stare Var Theatre
2 Feb 1942
Million Dollar Smile
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
16 Oct 1944
This Is Worth Fighting For
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Saunders
’Treasury War Bond Show’
Radio Transcription
Mar 1942
Three Cent Stomp
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Feb 1949
Set 6
1930s Dance Bands Want You To Subscribe
You’re The Top
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
Radio Transcription
New York
14 Dec 1934
The Gold Diggers Song
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
28 Jul 1933
You’ve Stayed Away Too Long
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
The Moon Is A Silver Dollar
Gray Gordon Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
New York
Set 7
Glenn Miller Says, “It’s Great to Donate”
Outside Of That I Love You
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton and Tex Beneke
‘Chesterfield Show’
Masonic Auditorium
CBS Detroit
26 Jun 1940
Sold American
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
8 Mar 1939
Open + Flying Home
Glenn Miller Orchestra
’I Sustain the Wings War Bond Rally’
Chicago Theatre
WBBM CBS Chicago
10 Jun 1944
The Moon Is A Silver Dollar
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
18 Apr 1939
Set 8
Bop and Post Bop Appeals For Your Dough Off 1945-64 Radio
I Want Every Bit Of It
Ruuberlegs Williams (voc) Clyde Hart’s All-Stars including Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker
Comm Rec
New York
Jan 1945
A Gem From Tiffany
Shelly Manne Quintet
Basin Street
To Each His Own
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1964

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