Bordas – 22 Jan Phantom Dancer Radio Mix


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.


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.

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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.



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


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


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
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
I’m Wild About Horns on Autos + Close
Hoosier Hot Shots
‘Alka-Seltzer Show’
WLS NBC Blue Chicago
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’
9 Sep 1952
I Didn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night
Arthur Prysock
‘Stars in Jazz’
9 Sep 1952
Serenade in Blue + Perdido + Close
Sarah Vaughan (voc) Dizzy Gillespie
‘Stars in Jazz’
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
AFRS Hollywood
Wham + For Dancers Only
Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
1 Mar 1929
Set 6
1930s British Dance Bands
Begin the Beguine
Joe Loss Orchestra (voc) Chick Henderson
Comm Rec
Young and Healthy
Billy Cotton Orchestra (voc) Alan Breeze
Comm Rec
11 Mar 19334
I Cover The Waterfrobt
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Peggy Mann
Comm Rec
Some of These Days
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
27 Sep 1932
Set 7
Women Singers with Benny Goodman
I Hate To Talk About Myself
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
22 Aug 1935
Gotta Get Some Shuteye
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
‘Camel Caravan’
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
Benny Goodman Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
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
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
18 May 1957

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