Top Women Stars on 1940s Radio – Phantom Dancer 12 March 2019


TOP WOMEN STARS

They were some of the biggest stars in the business from the 1940s onwards. They are this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artists with Greg Poppleton. Read on to discover one unusual fact about each of these three great singers, Jo Stafford, Georgia Gibbs and Dinah Shore.

Plus, Fletcher Henderson shows us how to write a swing band arrangement with the Benny Goodman Orchestra on a 1938 Camel Caravan.

PHANTOM DANCER

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online immediately after the 12 March 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
You can hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

jo stafford

JO STAFFORD

In 1950, Stafford began working for Voice of America (VOA), the U.S. government broadcaster transmitting programmes overseas to undermine the influence of communism. She presented a weekly show that aired in Eastern Europe, and Collier’s magazine published an article about the program in its April 21, 1951 issue that discussed her worldwide popularity, including in countries behind the Iron Curtain. The article, titled “Jo Stafford: Her Songs Upset Joe Stalin”, earned her the wrath of the U.S. Communist Daily Worker newspaper, which published a column critical of Stafford and VOA.

Georgia Gibbs

GEORGIA GIBBS

Her key attribute was tremendous versatility and an uncommon stylistic range from melancholy ballad to uptempo swinging jazz and rock and roll.

In her 2006 book, ‘Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair With 50s Pop Music’, Newsweek music critic Karen Schoemer wrote: “What really turned me around, though, were her R&B covers … Georgia was the rare fifties canary with a genuine flair for rock and roll … by the time I was through listening … I had a healthy new respect for Georgia, and a sense of indignation over her neglect by critics.”

Dinah Shore

DINAH SHORE

After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman, and both Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her own to become the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success. She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, spanning 1940–1957, and after appearing in a handful of feature films, she went on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows from 1951 through 1963 and hosting two talk shows in the 1970s.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is an hour Dinah Shore TV Show from 1960 featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Prado Perez and Al Hirt. Happy televiewing!

12 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #376

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 March 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12:04 – 1pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1940s Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
Flying Home (theme) + Star Dust
Lionel Hampton (vibraharp) and Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Jun 1944
Major and a Minor
Tiny Bradshaw Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
16 Apr 1945
Old Man River + Close
Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
21 Aug 1944
Set 2
Benny Goodman 1935-38 Radio
Makin’ Whoopee
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
23 Feb 1935
One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Madhattan Room
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Blue Skies
Benny Goodman Orchestra (Fletcher Henderson gives a lesson on arranging)
‘Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Sep 1938
Set 3
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
I’d Love It
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
Comm Rec
6 Nov 1929
Rocky Road
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers (voc) Don Redman
Comm Rec
6 Nov 1929
Miss Hannah
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers (voc) Don Redman
Comm Rec
6 Nov 1929
Set 4
1940s Women Vocal Stars
Open + I May Be Wrong
Jo Stafford
‘Supper Club’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Good, Good, Good + My Baby Said Yes
Georgia Gibbs
‘Georgia Gibbs – Paul Whiteman Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Jul 1945
Medley + Close
Dinah Shore
‘Showtime’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 5
Glen Gray 1934-36 Radio
Old Man River
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1934
Zonky
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Dec 1935
Black Jack
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1934
Truckin’ + Weary Blues
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
2 Jan 1936
Set 6
Louis Armstrong 1937 – 44 Radio
St Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
‘Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
1937
Theme + If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Dallas TV
AFRS Re-broadcast
17 Aug 1943
Swinging on a Star
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Tuskagee Alabama
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Oct 1944
Set 7
Duke Ellington 1950s Radio
All of Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Boy Meets Horn
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
30 Jun 1951
Take The A-Train
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
The Happening + Got To Go
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
8 Jun 1951
Set 8
Hip Savoy Sides from 1945
Seventh Avenue
Clyde Hart’s All-Stars
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
The Street Beat
Sir Charles Thompson All-Stars
Comm Rec
NYC
4 Sep 1945
That’s The Blues
Rubberlegs Williams
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
Poppity Pop
Slim Gaillard
Comm Rec
NYC
Dec 1945

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