Fred Astaire 1936 US Election – Phantom Dancer 12 January 2021

Fred Astaire – singer – is your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

You’ll hear Fred Astaire (actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, television presenter and considered the most influential dancer in the history of film) singing and tap dancing on a special edition of The Packard Hour radio show. The transcription you’ll hear has a bit of wow and flutter but is still listenable.

The Packard Hour was Fred Astaire’s weekly radio show. The 3 Nov 1936 broadcast was special by bringing in updated reports on returns for the Roosevelt-Landon 1936 US presidential election during the show.

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fred astaire packard hour and 1936 us election results


Fred Astaire often claimed he couldn’t sing. But most critics and songwriters praised his light voice and easy delivery.

Songwriter Burton Lane called him ‘the world’s greatest musical performer.’

Irving Berlin considered Astaire the equal of any male interpreter of his songs—”as good as Jolson, Crosby or Sinatra, not necessarily because of his voice, but for his conception of projecting a song.”

Jerome Kern considered him the supreme male interpreter of his songs.

Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer (with whom Astaire co-wrote ‘I’m Building Up to an Awful Letdown’), admired his unique treatment of their work.

George Gershwin, though a little critical of Astaire’s singing, wrote many of his most memorable songs for him.

Astaire was referenced in lyrics by songwriters Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart and Eric Maschwitz.

He recorded his own song, ‘It’s Just Like Taking Candy from a Baby’ with Benny Goodman in 1940. He had a lifelong ambition to be a successful popular song composer.


He introduced some of the most famous songs of the Great American Songbook,
1. Cole Porter’s: “Night and Day” in Gay Divorce (1932)
2. “So Near and Yet So Far” in You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)
3. Irving Berlin’s “Isn’t This a Lovely Day?”, “Cheek to Cheek”, and “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails” in Top Hat (1935); “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” in Follow the Fleet (1936); and “Change Partners” in Carefree (1938)
4. Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight” in Swing Time (1936)
5. Gershwins’ “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” in Shall We Dance (1937), “A Foggy Day” and “Nice Work if You Can Get it” in A Damsel in Distress (1937), Johnny Mercer’s “One for My Baby” from The Sky’s the Limit (1943), “Something’s Gotta Give” from Daddy Long Legs (1955)
6. Harry Warren and Arthur Freed’s “This Heart of Mine” from Ziegfeld Follies (1946).

fred astaire and adele 1906
He also co-introduced a number of song classics in song duets with his partners.

1. with his sister Adele (the above photo is a 1906 portrait of Fred and Adele Astaire), he co-introduced the Gershwins’ “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” from Stop Flirting (1923), “Fascinating Rhythm” in Lady, Be Good (1924), “Funny Face” in Funny Face (1927)
2. in duets with Ginger Rogers, he presented Irving Berlin’s “I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket” in Follow the Fleet (1936), Jerome Kern’s “Pick Yourself Up” and “A Fine Romance” in Swing Time (1936), along with the Gershwins’ “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” from Shall We Dance (1937)
3. with Judy Garland, he sang Irving Berlin’s “A Couple of Swells” from Easter Parade (1948) 4. with Jack Buchanan, Oscar Levant, and Nanette Fabray he delivered Arthur Schwartz’s and Howard Dietz’s “That’s Entertainment!” from The Band Wagon (1953).


The Packard Show was a radio show that began on the Blue Network in 1934 and moved to CBS in 1935 as 30 minute concert program.

On 8 September 1936 NBC Red re-launched it as a 60 minute variety program with Fred Astaire and Charlie Butterworth as the comical co-star. Astaire missed the first broadcast, leaving Jack Benny and Ginger Rogers to host it.

Trudy Wood a clear voiced soprano was pulled out of the chorus by Astaire for a duet in her second week with the show and went on to become the Packard Hour headliner when Astaire and Butterworth broke for summer vacations.

Astaire didn’t retuen after that Summer off. The sponsor did a quick shuffle and Lanny Ross headlined on the 1937 Packard Hour, re-named, Mardi Gras.

Fred Astaire and Johnny Green, the Packard Hour


The 1936 United States presidential election was the 38th four-yearly US presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 3, 1936.

In the middle of the Great Depression, incumbent Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Republican Governor Alf Landon of Kansas.

Roosevelt won the highest share of the popular and electoral vote since the largely uncontested 1820 election. The sweeping victory consolidated the New Deal.

Since it was such a resounding and swift victory for Roosevelt, reporting the landslide elction returns didn’t make for gripping radio.


Fred took up skateboarding in the 1970s.

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!

Thank you.


Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 January 2021
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National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Frank Sinatra on 1940s Radio
Open + Careless Hands
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
30 Apr 1949
I’ve Heard That Song Before
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
27 Feb 1943
Lost in the Stars
Frank Sinatra
‘Command Performance’
AFRS Hollywood
10 Nov 1946
Set 2
Count Basie on 1956 Radio
Every Day
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
One O’Clock Jump + Blues-o-Rama
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
30 Dec 1956
April in Paris + One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
2 Jul 1956
Set 3
1930s Swing Radio
Open + Old Fashioned Swing
Ted Weens Orchestra (voc) Perry Como
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
Little Gate Special + I Can’t Get Started (theme)
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Madhattan Centre
26 Sep 1938
Rockin’ in  Rhythm + East St Louis Toddle-oo (theme)
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WOR Mutual NY
18 Mar 1937
Set 4
Fred Astaire
Open + A Shine On Your Shoes
Fred Astaire (voc) Johnny Green Orchestra
‘The Packard Hour’
3 Nov 1936
Pick Yourself Up (dance routine)
Fred Astaire (voc) Johnny Green Orchestra
‘The Packard Hour’
3 Nov 1936
A Fine Romance
Fred Astaire and Trudy Wood (voc) Johnny Green Orchestra
‘The Packard Hour’
3 Nov 1936
The Continental + Organ Grinders Swing + Close
Fred Astaire (voc) Johnny Green Orchestra
‘The Packard Hour’
3 Nov 1936
Set 5
1920s – 1930s English Dance Bands
One Little Word Lead To Another
Billy Cotton Orchestra (voc) Sam Browne
Comm Rec
13 Jan 1933
Got a Date with an Angel
Jack Hylton Orchestra (voc) Pat O’Malley
Comm Rec
14 Oct 1931
The Song is You
Henry Hall BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Les Allen
Comm Rec
4 Apr 1933
Sweet Sue
Carroll Gibbons Orchestra (voc) George Metaxa
Comm Rec
Hayes, Middlesex
31 Oct 1928
Set 6
Eddie Condon Jazz Concerts
Singin’ The Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue Network NY
16 Sep 1944
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue Network NY
I Got Rhythm
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue Network NY
25 Nov 1944
Sweet Lorraine
Eddie Condon Group (voc) Red McKenzie
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue Network NY
14 Oct 1944
Set 7
Swing on 1940s Radio
Open + Sugarfoot Stomp
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield Mass
Mutual Network
29 Sep 1943
Saturday Night
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Patti Thomas
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
11 Feb 1945
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jul 1946
Song of India
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
12 Feb 1945
Set 8
Modern Sounds on 1950s Radio
Charlie Parker – Dizzy Gillespie Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
31 Mar 1951
Two Headed Blues
Erroll Garner Trio
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
Dec 1953
If I Were a Bell
Buddy Rich Quintet (voc) Dave Lambert Singers
7 Nov 1958

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