Greg Poppleton Makes Jazz Deco Pop! Sydney Rowers 22 April

On Sunday, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, returned with his Jazz Deco music to Sydney Rowing Club. And we’ll be back at there, Sunday 5 August.

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Greg Poppleton makes jazz deco op


By the beautiful Parramatta River…

Sunday jazz greg poppleton sydney rowing club 22 april


Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer and band…

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Cody and Lexie from All About Swing strutted their stuff on the dance carpet.
Other couples joined in when we went Latin with songs like Amapola, El Mansiero, Tea for Two and South of the Border.

all about swing dancers cody and lexieCody and Lexie dancing to Greg Poppleton 1920s 1930s swing jazz band


Damon Poppleton…

Damon Poppleton alto sax


Adam Barnard…

Adam Barnard drums and washboard


Dave Clayton, who also joined Greg in a vocal duet on ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas’.

Dave Clayton double bass


Grahame Conlon…

Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo


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See you next time, Sunday 5 August, at Sydney Rowing Club, 613 Great North Road, Abbotsford. 3 – 6pm. FREE!

Beautiful Seacliff Wedding in Gerringong

Greg Poppleton and his jazz deco 1920s-30s quartet had the great honour of being part of Marguerite and Andrew’s beautiful wedding reception at Seacliff in Gerringong.

It was especially touching to sing their especially meaningful requested song,  ‘At Last’, as they made their entrance into the reception to family and friends.

Marguerite and Andrew chose the Greg Poppleton jazz deco quartet to play for their 1920s styled reception. And as the photographer said to me, “live music, well played, really lifts the vibe at a wedding. You can feel it.”

Greg poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet
Greg Poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet

The Greg Poppleton band played 1920s instrumentals until dinner. Then Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer serenaded the party with songs from the Jazz Age.

Marguerite and Andrew asked Greg to sing, ‘At Last’, for when they entered the reception to huge whistles and applause.

“At last, my love has come along.
My lonely days are over, and life is like a song…”

‘At Last’ was introduced by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the 1941 movie, Sun Valley Serenade.  Etta James later recorded the most famous version. Beyonce has also sung it in an Etta James tribute.

In Greg Poppleton’s jazz deco quartet were:
– Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer
– Geoff Power, trumpet and siusaphone
– Dr Mark Pinner, clarinet, alto sax and baritone sax
– Grahame Conlon, guitar and banjo

The reception was held in the romantic Seacliff barn, overlooking Weeri Lagoon. Looking at Werri brought back happy memories for me of walking there from Kiama during a recent holiday their with my family.

Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn
Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn

For those of you familiar with the NSW Southcoast, Seacliff is the stunning white farmhouse just at the Princes Highway turnoff into Gerringong.

Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW
Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW

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1920s Soiree

The client is holding a series of parties celebrating the music most associated with the ten decades of the 20th Century.

Who to book for their 1920s soiree to ensure it’s a success?

The band they chose to entertain and represent that roaring decade was Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, because…

Greg Poppleton Makes Jazz Deco Pop!

Greg Poppleton 1920s microphone at 1920s soiree
Greg Poppleton 1920s microphone at 1920s soiree


Greg Poppleton brought along his quartet of world-toured jazz musicians. Their authentic, swinging style certainly impressed – and won over a lot of people who had never heard 1920s jazz before.

The smiles, the spontaneous  little dances here and there, all those who stopped to intently listen, and the nice people who came up to compliment the band after each set, told me that the band was fulfilling its brief.

Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer
Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer


To provide atmosphere as friends and colleagues met in the courtyard to socialise, network and do business.


So the music was low, yet energetic. People could talk easily and come and go as they please. The owner of the bar and restaurant next to the courtyard thanking us as both he and we packed up said it all.

The band was largely acoustic with two 100W speakers for the vocals and banjo, mixed wirelessly via ipad. Guitar and double bass used a small amp each and the clarinet and alto sax did not need to be mic’d at all to be heard clearly.


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Greg Poppleton jazz deco band. Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo / Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer / Dave Clayton double bass obscured / Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax.
Greg Poppleton jazz deco band. Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo / Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer / Dave Clayton double bass obscured / Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax.

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Greg Poppleton has a broad outlook on life. He tends to see the big picture, rather than the minute details. Greg naturally attracts people from all walks of life who can fit into his larger plans and take over the areas he finds uninteresting. The person with a 9 Life Path is rarely prejudiced or accepts social biases of people. Instead, they evaluate people on the basis of what they can do for the larger cause. They are the true egalitarian.
Greg is imaginative and creative, especially at harmoniously arranging the beauty already potential in the environment. These abilities can lead Poppleton into such fields as interior decorating, landscape art, and photography. But because of his strong social consciousness, Greg Poppleton can be an effective politician, lawyer, judge, minister, teacher, healer, and environmentalist. Vocations that require self-sacrifice and have a clear social impact are common among 9s.
He is often disappointed by the realities of life: the shortcomings of others, or of his own self’s. Somehow, Greg Poppleton does not want to accept the imperfections of the world, a feeling that drives him constantly to try to improve upon it. But rather than be satisfied with his efforts, and those of others, Greg relentlessly pushes on, striving for greater accomplishments. He is often unsatisfied with the results. In short, Poppleton lacks the perspective that would otherwise make it possible for him to enjoy life more fully, and accept its natural limitations.
Greg Poppleton has a controlled enthusiasm and the ability to finish what he starts.
A key to Greg’s personality is the necessity of sacrifice. Greg has to learn to let go of material possessions and relationships, the inherent lesson being that holding on too tightly to anything causes pain.
Money comes to Greg Poppleton through mysterious or unexpected ways: inheritance; the benevolence of someone who was inspired by Poppleton’s work; or a lucky investment. Conversely, if Greg pursues money for its own sake, after giving up on his larger dreams, he is likely to find himself empty handed.
The most successful and satisfying road for a nine is giving; sharing and sacrificing for a larger goal, without expecting anything in return. Greg’s greatest chance at success is to tie his personal fortunes to an endeavor that makes the world a better place for others. Very often, this turns into a highly successful and lucrative enterprise, providing amply for Greg Poppleton and his family. His life rests on the axiom that the more he gives, the bigger his reward.
Greg Poppleton is romantic, but his love is more impersonal. He tends to be focused on his dreams instead.
When Greg is not in harmony with his true nature, he can fall to moodiness, or become aloof, and withdrawn. He can become timid, uncertain, and ungrateful, putting the blame for his troubles on others or the world. Poppleton has a gift for examining his life objectively, and at some distance. He has to be honest with himself. By openly facing his shortcomings, as well as his strengths, he develops equilibrium. Greg Poppleton is thus able to love and better understand himself and all of life.”
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23 April 2018 Phantom Dancer – Bea Wain First To Record ‘Over The Rainbow’

You’ll hear some very loving and touching words on today’s Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer, presented every week by actor, Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer goes live from 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday after the noon news.

It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV sent to 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 24 April), and past Phantom Dancers, online at radio

In the mix this week, live 1930s-60s radio by Bob Crosby, Sammy Kaye, Al Trace, Larry Clinton and Bea Wain. See the full play list below.


“Beautiful, Bea Wain, beautiful.”

Who’s Bea Wain? She’s one of the greatest singers of the Swing Era and my absolute favourite.

Who said those words? You’ll hear them on today’s Phantom Dancer in the Bea Wain set, incidentally.

It was Andre Baruch, award-winning network radio announcer, who said them spontaneously as the announcer for the 1939 ‘Your Hit Parade’ after Bea Wain sang, ‘O, You Crazy Moon’.

They were married in 1938 and remained together until his death 53 years later. Bea Wain died last August aged 100.


Bea Wain began singing on local radio at age six. She lived in the Bronx. Her accent disappeared when she sang. She had four No. 1 hits. And she never had a singing lesson.

She also had her name shortened from Beatrice to Bea by some unknown radio exec, to save space on record labels.

Quoting from her New York Times obituary,
“I never wanted anybody to teach me how to sing,” she said in an interview with Sara Fishko for the New York public radio station WNYC in 2013. “I had piano, elocution and dancing lessons, but never singing lessons.”

And she went on to sing professionally past the age of 90.


Was a big band arranger and in 1938 was forming a swing band with big RCA – NBC promotion. You’ll hear the band broadcasting ‘The RCA Campus Club’ from the Glen island Casino on today’s Phantom Dancer. The singer he hired to front this important band was Bea Wain.

How’d he find her.

She was in the chorus for the Kate Smith Radio Show. She stepped forward for an eight bar solo. That was enough for Clinton. She was hired. Again quoting from her NYT obit:

“The impeccable Wain never fails to captivate us as Clinton’s brassmen play natty little curlicues around her,” Will Friedwald wrote in his book “Jazz Singing: America’s Great Voices From Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond” (1990).Bea wain


In 1939 Billboard magazine’s college poll voted her the most popular female vocalist. Ella Fitzgerald was second.

In 1938 she was the first to record ‘Over The Rainbow’ from the film, ‘The Wizard of Oz’. MGM, which owned the rights, stopped the record from being issued until after the film, and Judy Garland’s version (who sang it in the movie) was released.

Wain’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ is the Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. It’s interesting to hear the first-ever version, totally untouched by Garland’s version.

Wain said in a 1988 interview, that when Helen O’Connell, a fellow big band singer, was asked how it felt to be a part of music history, she replied, “If I knew it was history, we would have paid more attention.”


In a short recording career of just a few years (she got tired of touring and the poor recording fees and rarely made records after 18 months with the Clinton band), Bea Wain had four hit records, all with Larry Clinton’s Orchestra .
1. Heart and Soul, which she introduced in the short ‘A Song is Born’ announced by Andre Baruch
2. Deep Purple
3. Cry, Baby, Cry
4. My Reverie, an up-tempo version of the Debussy piano piece ‘Reverie’ with lyrics by Larry Clinton.

‘My Reverie’ became Bea Wain’s theme song but, quoting from her New York Times obituary, “it was almost scrapped when Debussy’s heirs learned, to their horror, that the music had been adapted for a pop audience with a brisk tempo and lyrics.

But when Larry Clinton sent them his recording, Wain recalled, they replied, “If this girl sings it, O.K”


After the World War Two, during which Bea Wain sung in Army Camps and her husband, Andre Baruch served overseas, the couple became ‘Mr and Mrs Music,’ a daily program on WMCA, New York, on which they doubled as disc jockeys and interviewers.

bea wain and andre baruch


They continued on radio when they moved to Palm Springs in 1973 and retired from being DJs in 1980.

After that, Bea Wain sang on TV and in clubs, (there’s a 1983 TV medley of her 1938-39 hits on YouTube).

Quoting from the Wiki article on Wain, she told Christopher Popa in a 2004 interview, “Actually, I’ve had a wonderful life, a wonderful career. And I’m still singing, and I’m still singing pretty good. This past December, I did a series of shows in Palm Springs, California, and the review said, “Bea Wain is still a giant.” It’s something called Musical Chairs. I did six shows in six different venues, and I was a smash. And I really got a kick out of it.”


Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week the first recording of ‘Over The Rainbow’ sung by Bea Wain in 1938 but not released until after the ‘Wizard of Oz’ (in which the song features) came out in 1939. Enjoy this original take wholly uninfluenced by Judy Garland…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #313

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 April 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye
Theme + Elmers Tune
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Three Kaydettes
‘Spotlight Bands’
Washington DC
Blue Network
31 Jan 1942
Ad + It’s a Great Feeling
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Kaydettes
‘Sammy Kaye Showreel’
Radio Transcription
Medley: How Deep is the Ocean? + I’m In The Mood For Love + Avalon + Close
Sammy Kaye Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Set 2
Bob Crosby
Open + Mama Why Don’t You Dance With Me
Bob Crosby and The Modernaires (voc) Jerry Gray Orchestra
‘Club 15’
25 Nov 1947
Don’t Forget Tonight Tomorrow
Bob Crosby (voc) Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hollywood Palladium
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Muskrat Ramble
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
Set 3
WGN Parade of Bands Home Recordings
Open + Isn’t It Romantic
Al Trace and his Shuffle Rhythm
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Marie + Linger Awhile
Ted Fio Rito Orchestra
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Chez Paree
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Bella Bella Marie + Medley: In My Dreams + I Love You So Much It Hurts
Jimmy Featherstone Orchestra (voc) JF and Peggy Murdoch
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Set 4
Bea Wain
East of the Sun
Bea Wain (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
2 Jul 1938
Try, Try Again
Bea Wain and Band (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
2 Jul 1938
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Bea Wain
‘Your Hit Parade’
7 Oct 1939
Set 5
Swing Trumpet Stars on Ballads
Cirribirribin (theme) + You’re In Love With Someone Else
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Hotel Astor Roof
28 Aug 1942
Oh What It Seemed To Be
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Mitchell
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Goodnight, Good Neighbour
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Daye
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Feb 1945
Henry Busse Orchestra (voc) Carl Grayson
Radio Transcription
Set 6
Hal Kemp and Skinnay Ennis Sells Beauty Creme
When Summer Is Gone (theme) + You’ve Got Me Crying Again
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Last Year’s Girl
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
It’s Only A Paper Moon + Ad
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
I Couldn’t Tell Them What To Do
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Set 7
1950s-60s Radio Swing Bands
One O’Clock Jump + Blee Blop Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
14 Jan 1953
Cohn’s Alley
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Peony park
Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
Dec 1955
Flashback From The Future
Duke Ellington Orchestra
24 Oct 1965
Set 8
Mickey Mouse Bands Live and Transcribed
Romance (theme) + We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Ray Herbeck and his Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
24 Nov 1947
I’ll See You In My dreams
Jan Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Would It Make Any Difference To You?
Carl Ravazza Orchestra (voc) CR
Radio Transcription
Can’t We Be Friends?
Johnny Mesner Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City

Saving A Big Band Show For A Client

Initially the client wanted a big band. They’d already advertised the show as ‘Swing Era’, ‘Glenn Miller’,  ‘Big Band’.

But a budget blow-out meant that the client needed a smaller band urgently – a band that could still create a big sound and a dynamic show through an energetic singer and front man.

The Solution:
Call Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer – the client went for the six-piece Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.

After that, no-one in the client group, or the audience, gave the ‘Swing Era’, ‘Glenn Miller’ Big Band a second thought.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader.

He delivered a mix of Jazz Deco swingers and ballads in English, Spanish, German and Italian, with the following band line-up:

Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s-30s singer
Al Davey – trumpet and trombone
Paul Furniss – alto sax and clarinet
Grahame Conlon – swing guitar and banjo
Dave Clayton – double bass
Lawrie Thompson – swing drums
SwingKatz – swing dance lessons and demonstration

The Result:
The audience sang along and filmed and laughed and danced for a two hour show including lunch.

The client said they would definitely book the band again.

Greg Poppleton jazz deco band and SwingKatz swing dancers
Greg Poppleton jazz deco band and SwingKatz swing dancers


Because of the size of the room and the number of guests, 130, we provided our own digital sound system.

We created a pleasant sound for the audience mixed by our engineer with ipad via a wireless connection.

This is something we can do for audiences up to 5000 people.

We filled the big band’s shoes and more. Need an exciting band?

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Hey Troll! We’ve Got Your Picture

A jealous, sad troll is attacking Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge Blog.

What a waste of their time.

Some fool is going through every article they can and marking it one star.


Stephenie Meyer has pictured this sad fool exactly. Enjoy! And may you bring enjoyment and wonder to even more readers, Stephenie!

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