Jim Davidson, 1939-57 Electric Guitar, Non-Stop Swing Mix – 26 June Phantom Dancer


Jim Davidson was an Australian swing band leader and second-in-charge of light entertainment at the BBC in the 1950s. He also worked in the same soap factory I did.

And that electric guitar scene in one of those Back To The Future movies sounds embarrassingly lame and pig-ignorant compared to the real electric guitar breaks played on live 1930s-50s radio you’ll hear this week by Charlie Christian, Mary Osbourne, Tal Farlow and Les Paul.

I’m Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer, band-leader and your Phantom Dancer every week over radio 2SER 107. 3 Sydney, 23 Australian radio stations, and online.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

On air every Tuesday, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney from 12:04-2pm, the Phantom Dancer is recorded for re-broadcast. You can hear all Phantom Dancer episodes online at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– has a set of Benny Goodman from 1939 radio including the sextet with Charlie Christian on electric guitar. There’s also a set of electric guitar from live 1940s-50s radio including some 1945 hot guitar work by Mary Osbourne who later in this week’s Phantom Dancer mix inaudibly backs Billie Holiday singing on 1958 TV. And this week’s feature, a set of 1930s commercial recordings by Sydney swing maestro Jim Davidson. See the full mix play list below…

Jim Davidson with the ABC Dance Band and Wireless Chorus presenting 'Colour Canvas' from the Studios at 96 Market Street, Sydney, October, 1939
Jim Davidson with the ABC Dance Band and Wireless Chorus presenting ‘Colour Canvas’ from the Studios at 96 Market Street, Sydney, October, 1939

JIM DAVIDSON
Quoting from Jeff Brownrigg’s article, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, (MUP), 2007

“James Hutchinson (Jim) Davidson (1902-1982), band leader, was born on 6 August 1902 at Balmain, Sydney, second son of Alexander Davidson, a restaurant cook from New Zealand, and his English-born wife Mabel, née Walker. Jim described his father, of Scottish descent, as hard, stern and unsmiling. His maternal grandfather encouraged his interest in music, taking him to hear the American bandmaster John Philip Sousa on his Australian tour of 1911. Davidson took up the cornet, joining his school cadet band and a local church band. After leaving school at 14, he found work with the soap manufacturer Lever Bros Pty Ltd. His days, however, were a means to an end and nights were given over to music. Replacing his cornet with a drum kit, he played in dance band and cinema pit ensembles.

On 8 February 1928 Davidson married Gertrude Madeline Kitching at St Thomas’s Church of England, Rozelle; they were to be divorced in 1935. He had joined Jimmy Elkins’s dance orchestra in the mid-1920s and after it disbanded in 1928 he played at the Ambassadors restaurant until it was destroyed by fire in 1931. Following engagements at the Ginger Jar and a significant concert at Hillier’s Café in August 1932—sometimes described as the first jazz concert in Sydney—Davidson opened the winter season of 1933 at Sydney’s Palais Royal dance hall, which drew crowds of 10,000 a week. Further successful seasons followed in 1934 and 1936. A regular Thursday evening 2UE live radio broadcast from the Royal augmented his audience. The Columbia recording company made sound recordings of his most popular pieces; Davidson claimed that a 78-rpm disc of `Shuffle Off to Buffalo’ and `Forty Second Street’ sold 95,000 copies. He and his orchestra also played a six-month season at the Palais de Danse at St Kilda, Melbourne, in 1933. At a formal `Dress Night’, when patrons were encouraged to dress as elegantly as the musicians, who routinely wore evening dress, Davidson met Marjorie McFarlane, an artist. They were married with Presbyterian forms at Scots Church, Melbourne, on 7 June 1935.

While in Melbourne, having signed a contract with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Davidson enlarged his orchestra and performed over the national network to all States. Broadcasting from Sydney from 1936, Jim Davidson’s ABC Dance Band, with the trumpeter Jim Gussey, the vocalist Alice Smith and the trombonist and arranger George Trevare, became the most popular in the country. It presented dance programs on Friday and Saturday evenings and played for other ABC shows including `Out of the Bag’ and `A.B.C. Parade’. In 1937-39 the band made three interstate tours, with a variety of artists including Bob Dyer, Tex Morton and Gladys Moncrieff. Davidson was a strict but encouraging leader who inspired great loyalty in his players.

On 30 May 1941 Davidson was appointed an honorary lieutenant in the Australian Imperial Force. He produced, directed and led the orchestra in variety shows staged for troops in the Middle East and the South-West Pacific Area. From 1943 he was in charge of the AIF’s concert parties. Rising to temporary lieutenant colonel, he transferred to the Reserve of Officers in October 1947. He applied for the position of director of light entertainment at the ABC but was unsuccessful. Stung by his rejection, he made use of management skills developed in his military command, taking up an offer of work as director of productions for the Tivoli circuit and, soon after, for Harry Wren Enterprises. He managed Australian tours for performers such as Will Mahoney and Evie Hayes and for the British comedian Tommy Trinder.

In 1947 Davidson joined the British Broadcasting Corporation. He arrived in London with his wife the following January. Starting as assistant-head of variety (music), he rapidly advanced to become the second-in-charge of the light entertainment unit. His most important contributions included support for what became the `Goon Show’, which went to air against some resistance on 28 May 1951. Davidson estimated that he had produced 3500 live shows on radio, among them a historic Beatles concert at the Royal Albert Hall in April 1963. He was given a farewell concert there before his retirement in September.

Returning to Australia in 1964, Davidson was disappointed that although Australians remembered his success as a band leader, they were unaware of his achievements in England. He served briefly as a consultant to the ABC but found that old `ghosts’ continued to haunt its corridors. The Davidsons turned to house renovation and gardening, first in Sydney and then in the southern highlands of New South Wales. Survived by his wife, Jim Davidson died on 10 April 1982 at Bowral and was cremated. His memoir, A Showman’s Story (1983), was published posthumously.”

And your Phantom Dancer Vid of the Week?

Jim Davidson and his Australian Broadcasting Commission Dance Orchestra with his 1938 record ‘So Little Time’. Vocals by Alice Smith and Johnny Warren. Jim Davidson broadcast late night over national stations of the ABC.

26 JUNE PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #321

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 June 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 23 other stations.

Set 1
Benny Goodman on 1939 ‘Camel Caravan’
Let’s Dance (theme) + Down By The Old Mill Stream
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Nov 1939
Flying Home
Benny Goodman Sextet (g Charles Christian)
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
9 Sep 1939
Sing, Sing, Sing + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
18 Nov 1939
Set 2
Latin Rhythms
Nachts am Kongo
Teddy Stauffer (voc) Eric Helgar
Comm Rec
Berlin
24 Oct 1938
Dilo
Prado Perez
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
24 Jul 1953
Tanga
Machito with Zoot Sims tenor sax
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Set 3
Electric Guitarists on live 1940s-50s Radio
Open + I’ve Got Plenty of Nothin’
Les Paul Trio
‘Les Paul Show’
AFRS Hollywood
27 May 1945
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Tal Farlow
‘All Star Parade of Bands’
Composer Club
WRCA NBC NYC
23 Apr 1957
Texas Polka + Isle of Capri + Close
Gay Claridge Orchestra (elec g) Mary Osbourne
‘One Night Stand’
Chez Paree Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Aug 1945
Set 4
Jim Davidson Australian Swing
Fair and Warmer
Jim Davidson and his Palais Royal Orchestra (voc) Austral Sisters
Comm Rec
Sydney
7 Sep 1934
She Changed Her Hi-De-Ho For His Yodel-O-Dee-Ay
Jim Davidson and his Palais Royal Orchestra (voc) Male Trio
Comm Rec
Sydney
2 Mar 1934
Marmelade
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
2 Jun 1938
Set 5
1930s Fats Waller
Christopher Columbus
Fats Waller
ComM Rec
New York City 1936
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (theme) + I Simply Adore You
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
5 Jul 1938
You Can’t Be Min and Someone Else’s Too
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club
New York City
18 Oct 1938
Watcha Know, Joe?
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red
Chicago
10 Dec 1940
Set 6
1930s-50s French Swing on Record
Frenchie’s Blues
Freddy Johnson Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
28 Jun 1939
Week-End Stomp
Alix Combelle Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
20 Feb 1940
Le Boogie de Paris
Jacques Helian Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
1946
Mambo Zero
Ruben Calzado
Comm Rec
Paris
1953
Set 7
Billie Holiday on Rdaio
You Better Go Now
Billie Holiday (voc) Percy Faith Orchestra
‘Woolworth Hour’
KNX CBS LA
1956
Billie’s Blues
Billie Holiday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WMEX Boston
Apr 1959
Interview + Fine and Mellow
Billie Holiday
‘Studio 58 The Sound of Jazz’
WCBS TV CBS NY
8 Dec 1957
You Go To My Head
Billie Holiday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
Oct 1953
Set 8
1940s Big Band Radio
Tangerine
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Artistry Jumps
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Hollywood
27 Nov 1945
Bommpsie
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 mar 1949

We Put On A ‘Helluva’ Show. And I Met Mrs Sparkle.


What do you do?

The venue you’re playing at has been undercut by not one, but two, nearby venues.

Audience numbers are down.

What do you do?

Well, if you’re Greg Poppleton at Mosman Bowling Club today, you put on a ‘helluva’ show for the club and the beautiful people who came to see and hear us.

Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco singer channeling the spirits of the 1920s and 1930s
Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco singer channeling the spirits of the 1920s and 1930s

You put on an intimate show – singing to each of the 40 guests individually -from the stage and table by table.

You bring people together and get the audience singing.

You tell personal stories, weave in an amazing anecdote about a song or two or three, and you sing a request or two that brings a tear to the eyes of the requesters.

Greg Poppleton and an over the shoulder shot of some of the audience at Sunday Jazz in Mosman Bowling Club
Greg Poppleton and an over the shoulder shot of some of the audience at Sunday Jazz in Mosman Bowling Club

And you have a swinging band:

Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon – banjo and guitar
Dave Clayton – double bass
Adam Barnard – drums and washboard

The Greg Poppleton swing rhythm section. Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Dave Clayton double bass, and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo
The Greg Poppleton swing rhythm section. Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Dave Clayton double bass, and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo

In short, you create a ‘helluva’ show with great musicians that makes everyone happy. In fact, everybody left today with a smile and a desire to come back for more. Many left clutching a Greg Poppleton CD sold to them by Bev Evans. A CHILDHOOD HERO.

Having a special occasion? GREG POPPLETON MAKES JAZZ DECO POP!

The Copasetic 1920s – 1930s Jazz Singer and Band are absolutely the Bee’s Knees. 1.17 Million Total YouTube views. We’ll make your special occasion sparkle, too.  Enquire now.

Mosman Bowling Club presents a different top notch jazz band for your enjoyment on the first Sunday of every month, 2 – 4:30pm. And they welcome new players and members, too. Get in touch.

A guest photo. Greg Poppleton and Dave Clayton . double bass singing, 'Yes, We Have No Bananas'.
A guest photo. Greg Poppleton and Dave Clayton . double bass singing, ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas’.

MRS SPARKLE
Bev Evans was Mrs Sparkle in the Mr Sheen ads. Her talent made the ads hugely successful. As a result, she became Australia’s leading hand and placement model.

I used to watch Mrs Sparkle on TV as a very little kid and marvel at how natural she was while being incredibly precise in her movements. I’ve been in 60 TV commercials myself and looking natural while being ‘big’ as a TVC requires is a rare skill.

And I loved the music. Little did I know then that the song was ‘Mr Gallagher and Mr Sheen’, written in 1922. No, I’m not a ‘make-a-quick-buck-off-the-Great-Gatsby-movie’ blow-in. I’ve loved the music of the 1920s and 1930s eversince I first saw Louis Armstrong on TV when I was three years old.

Here’s  Mrs Sparkle selling Mr Sheen on 1960s TV

Hot 1920s Jazz – Hot Show – Over 40C (+100F) In The Shade


Yep, it was hot, hot, hot and windy at Jazz at the Pines in Dural today, music-wise and weather-wise.

It’s autumn here, but the temperature at today’s Greg Poppleton Jazz At The Pines show reached 40 celsius. That’s over 100 F.

The show was booked out. We learnt today from the organisers that Greg Poppleton is the most popular band that plays Jazz at the Pines. As always we play a mix of sings from the 1920s and 30s including some sung in German, Spanish and Italian.

We’ll be back at Jazz at the Pines, Sunday 19 March 2019. So Book Early.

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s singer and Geoff Power trumpet at Jazz at the Pines
Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s singer and Geoff Power trumpet at Jazz at the Pines

But the weather was so hot and sunny, some people decided not to risk sunburn or heatstroke.

But under the shady pines, all was fine.

Thank you to everyone who made it and lasted the distance. We even had a couple of sound failures earlier on with the hot, gusty winds. Lucky my trusty 1920s megaphone and an opera trained voice provided all the vocal amplification until a wind-loosened cable to the speakers was fixed.

I took a picture of the band.
– Geoff Power trumpet and trombone
– Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo
– Ian Baker tuba
– Lawrie Thompson drums

I asked them to forgo the usual suit and ties. It was 40C after all.

Greg Poppleton band, Jazz At The Pines. Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer (behind the camera) Geoff Power tp/tb, Grahem Conlon g/bj, Ian Baker tuba, Lawrie Thompson drums.
Greg Poppleton band, Jazz At The Pines. Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer (behind the camera) Geoff Power tp/tb, Grahem Conlon g/bj, Ian Baker tuba, Lawrie Thompson drums.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer. To book Greg for your event, contact Tony at OzManagement:
0407 941 263
info@ozmanagement.com

Greg Poppleton Album Interview By Radio Legend Bob Rogers


An updated post from January 2017 which has suddenly gained a lot of interest here:

Bob Rogers is an iconic Australian radio and TV broadcaster.

He has been in radio 75 years.

Earlier this year Bob interviewed me about my latest album of 1920s – 1930s songs, Back In Your Own Backyard. Buy CDs on band website. Mp3s at Bandcamp.

Bob Rogers at 2SM Radio
Bob Rogers at 2SM Radio

We talked about my  latest  album of songs from the 1920s and 1930s, ‘Back In Your Own Backyard’, now at Bandcamp / CDBaby / iTunes.

Bob played two tracks from the album. It’s rare, and a great honour, for an independent jazz band to be played on Sydney commercial radio, let alone by Australia’s radio legend.

backyard-full1920s - 1930s songs on Back In Your Own Backyard by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters-front
The fourth album of 1920s – 1930s songs on Back In Your Own Backyard by Greg Poppleton. Available at Bandcamp / CDBaby / iTunes

Back in 2012, Bob Rogers played  my entire ‘Doin’ The Charleston’ album of songs from the 1920s and 1930s.

That album has a version of the iconic 1920s song, The Charleston, and a version of the equally iconic 1920s Australian song, ‘Road to Gundagai‘. (Album now on Bandcamp / CDBaby / iTunes).

The second album of 1920s - 1930s songs by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Doin' The Charleston.
The second album of 1920s – 1930s songs by Greg Poppleton, Doin’ The Charleston. Available now at Bandcamp / CDBaby / iTunes

Bob Rogers began radio as a panel operator on 3XY Melbourne in 1942. His first DJ show was in Hobart a few years later. He then went to Brisbane and made a hit of Slim Dusty’s ‘Pub With No Beer’.

He presented Australia’s first Top 40 show on Sydney’s 2UE from 1958 to 1962 and was Australia’s top radio DJ for the next 8 years.

In 1962 he joined 2SM Sydney which jumped to number 1.

In 1964 Rogers was chosen to represent 2SM on The Beatles’ tour through Europe, Asia and Australia. Rogers became known as the Fifth Beatle.

He returned to 2UE and presented his morning radio show with a new format of provocative commentary, gossip and music. His programme became the go-to interview show for Australian and international celebrities including Frank Sinatra.

The Bob Rogers Show, a late night TV variety show, ran for five years on the Seven Network.

In November 1995, Rogers joined Sydney radio station 2CH.

According to the Nielsen radio ratings survey, Bob Rogers’ Morning show became the fourth most heard radio programme in Sydney in that particular time slot – no mean feat for an easy listening station in Sydney to achieve a greater audience share than a talkback station.

His Saturday 2CH show is rated No. 1 in Sydney.

Bob Rogers with The Beatles.
Bob Rogers with The Beatles.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with band. To book, contact Tony Jex at OzManagement

24 May Phantom Dancer + 24 Jumping Minutes with the all women International Sweethearts of Rhythm


I’m acting in a film today, so I won’t be in the studio.

I hope you’ll enjoy a ‘classic’ Phantom Dancer mix. It was the 200th show for the Community Radio Network.

It’s now online at radio 2SER

The Phantom Dancer, which I’ve been presenting on 107.3 2SER Sydney since 1985 is your non-stop 2 hour swing and jazz mix from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

Today’s Phantom Dancer includes:
– a set of Duke Ellington trombonist’s Juan Tizol compositions,
– a set of Cuban rhythms by Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnez,
– 2 sets of rare mid-1930s swing, a set of bop singers,
– a set of Bix Beidebecke including what is said to be the first ever recorded jazz ballad,
– a set of the great jazz singers Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McCrae and Billie Holliday,
– excerpts from a discussion about life on Mars from 1948…
…All from live 1920s-60s radio and TV broadcasts.

And the last hour is all vinyl!

If you’re at the computer rather than the radio, The Phantom Dancer is live-streamed Tuesday 12 – 2pm, www.2ser.com. And you can hear past Phantom dancers archived at 2ser.com as well. At 2ser.com, click on Program Guide, then Phantom Dancer in the Tuesday column, and scroll down for the show you want to hear.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week 24 jumping minutes with the all-women swing band, The International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #216

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 May 2016
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12 noon
2SER Sundays 5 – 6pm
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 30 other stations.

Set 1
1930s Swing on the Wireless
Back Room Romp (A Contrapuntal Stomp)
Rex Stewart and his 52nd Street Sompers
Comm Rec
NYC
7 July 1937
Margie
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York
6 Sep 1938
Here Comes Your Pappy Down The Own Dusty Road + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) The Freshman
‘Ford V-8 Revue’
NYC
1936
Set 2
The Songs of Juan Tizol
Zambu
Harry James Orchestra featuring Juan Tizol
Meadowbrook Gardens
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
Feb 1946
Take The A-Train (theme) + Caravan
Duke Ellington featuring Juan Tizol (tb)
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
24 Nov 1952
Perdido + Lullaby of Birdland (theme)
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars In Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 53
Is There Life On Other Planets?
Various Learned Professors
‘University of Chicago Roundtable’
NBC Chicago
1948
Set 3
The Great Jazz Singers of the 1950s on Radio and Tv
Keeps On Raining
Billie Holliday
‘Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
1949
You’re My Thrill
Carmen McCrea
‘All-Star Parade Of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Linger Awhile + Tenderly (Close)
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Sardi’s Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 4
Cuban Rhythms – Cugie and Desi on the Radio
Open + Brazil
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Choir
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Cachita
Desi Arnez Orchestra (voc) DA
Ciro’s
Hollywood
KNX CBS LA
1946
Chiu Chiu + Close
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Nita Rosa
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 5
1944 – 1946 Radio Swing on One Night Stand
Cherokee
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Radio Transcription
21 Jul 1944
Zanzi
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jul 1945
On The Road To Mandalay
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Joplin, Missouri
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Mar 1946
Holiday For Swing + Trinidad
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Set 6
1930s Swing on the Radio
can You Take It?
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York
18 Aug 1933
Let’s Dance (theme) + Te Object Of My Affection
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Buddy Clark
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1934
Zonky
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Dec 1935
Happy As The Day Is Long + Close
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exposition
Dallas
Aug 1936
Set 7
Bix Beidebecke
Singin’ The Bluess
Frankie Trambauer Orchestra Orchestra, Bix Beidebecke (cnt) The 1st recorded jazz ballad?
Comm Rec
New York
4 Feb 1927
In A Mist + Candlelight – both composed by Bix
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson (piano)
‘Eddie Condon’s Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue Network NY
22 Jul 1944
You Took Advantage Of Me
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Bing Crosby (cnt) Bix Beidebecke
Comm Rec
New York
28 Apr 1928
Set 8
Bop Singers On The Air
What’s The Matter Now?
Clyde Hart’s All-Stars (tp) Dizzy Gillespie (voc) Rubberleg Williams
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
Hurry Home + Deedle + Royal Roost Bop
Dave Lambert and Buddy Stewart (voc)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 Mar 1949
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kane and Roy Kral (voc) Charlie Ventura Quartet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NY
1949
Romance Without Finance
Charlie Parker Quintet (voc) Jimmy Butts
Comm Rec
NYC
15 Sep 1944

1920s Great Gatsby Corporate Cruise with Greg Poppleton


Greg Poppleton (1920s Trio) played for a big Great Gatsby themed corporate Harbour Cruise recently staged by Avant Garde Events. Sound by Tony Jex Audio Visual Services.

This is the third major event we have been booked for by Avant Garde. I’ll post some video from earlier events soon. And in keeping with all Avant Garde Events, the night sparkled.

In the trio were Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer, Greg Chilcott sousaphone doubling trombone and Chuck Morgan the triple threat on banjo, ukelele and guitar.

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Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio. Greg Poppleton 1920s singer, Greg Chilcott sousaphone and trombone, Chuck Morgan guitar, banjo and ukelele

 

Chuck Morgan has played guitar, banjo and ukelele all over the world. In fact, in Japan he's a famous uke player.
Chuck Morgan has played guitar, banjo and ukelele all over the world. In fact, in Japan he’s a famous uke player.

 

Greg Poppleton is Sydney based. He is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer as well as being a jazz broadcaster, voiceover, film and TV actor.
Greg Poppleton is Sydney based. He is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer as well as being a jazz broadcaster, voiceover, film and TV actor.

 

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Avant Garde events gave the Harbour Cruise boat a subtle 1920s Great Gatsby feel.

 

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Darling Harbour

 

Dancing to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.
Dancing to Greg Poppleton.

 

Approaching the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Approaching the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

Sydney's Great Gatsby Trio - Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters - play for corporate events, weddings and parties.
Sydney’s Great Gatsby Trio – Greg Poppleton – plays for corporate events, weddings and parties.

Book Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer and band for your event. Sydney-based, Greg Poppleton will travel anywhere:
Tony Jex
61 2 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263 | tony@ozmanagement.com

13 October Phantom Dancer Radio Swing Mix. Julius Sumner Miller On Energy And Momentum


Hello Phantom Dancer fans!

It’s the Phantom Dancer Subscriber Drive today. Week 1. Will you support The Phantom Dancer and community radio to keep 2SER on air? Support 2SER Online. Or call The Phantom Dancer 12noon – 2pm today (AEST) 02 9514 9500.

Thank you.

Here is your 13th October Phantom Dancer play list and video of the week (and link to the archived show) 107.3 2SER Sydney 12noon – 2pm.

Hear today’s Subscriber Drive Phantom Dancer online: http://www.2ser.com/component/k2/item/18010-julius-sumner-miller-energy-and-momentum-phantom-dancer-13-october-2015

You can hear The Phantom Dancer live-streamed during the Tuesday broadcast at http://www.2ser.com. This show will also be archived at 2ser.com after the broadcast. To hear the archived show, visit the 2SER website, click Program Guide, then Phantom Dancer, and enjoy your non-stop 2 hour swing jazz mix.

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On this week’s show we open with Australian singer and comedian Nell Fleming and a set of women singers, there’s a set of dance music in Arabic, Yiddish and from Holland, swing bands from live 1939 – 1940 radio, live bop and live dixieland radio including a broadcast excerpts from Adelaide and Melbourne in 1949.

Plus, the last hour of the show is, as always, ALL VINYL.

Professor Julius Sumner Miller 1969 ABC TV Science series, Dramatic Demonstrations in Physics, Episode 5 is your Video of the Week: exciting adventures in Energy and Momentum.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #179

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 October 2015
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
CRN Show: Sunday 2SER 5pm. ArtSound Canberra 7pm, 2RRR Thurs 11am

Set 1
That’s How I Like ‘Em
Nell Fleming
Comm Rec
Sydney
5 Oct 1930
Daydreaming
Les and Larry Elgart Orchestra (voc) Joni James
‘Let’s Go With Music’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
A, You’re Adoreable
Eileen Wilson and The Hit Paraders (voc) Axel Stordahl Orchestra
‘Your Hit Parade’
KFI NBC LA
30 Apr 1949
Set 2
Singing Winds (theme) A Melody To The Trees
Ralph Flanagan Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NY
1950
Thunderbird
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
KFI NBC LA
23 Nov 1953
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Basin Street NY
KNX CBS Los Angeles
16 Apr 1956
Set 3
So It Is
Vincentino
Comm Rec
Hilversum
23 Apr 1949
Rhumba
Hanan and Feyrouz
Comm Rec
Beirut
1950s
Chassidic in America
Moishe Oysher and Florence Weiss
WBBC Brooklyn NY
1938
Set 4
You Gotta Have Love + Medley: Blue Hawaii/I’m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket/Spinning Wheel/Isn’t It A Lovely Day?/I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Everett Hoagland Orchestra (voc) Homer Rose
Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
WOR Mutual NY
30 Mar 1940
The Lamp Is Low
Frankie Masters Orchestra (voc) Marion Forbes
‘Rhythm and Romance’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
You Can’t Escape From Me + Close
Benny Krueger Orchestra
WOR Mutual NY
28 Apr 1940
Set 5
Cirribirribin (theme) + Maybe
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Dick Haymes
Broadcast
Chatterbox Club
Mountainside NJ
early 1940
Solid Geometry For Squares
Joe Marsala Orchestra
Broadcast
Armouk NY
23 Oct 1942
Little Posy
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Boston
9 Jan 1940
At An Arabian House Party
Raymond Scott Quintet
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1940
Set 6
Lady Be Good
Slim Gaillard
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
2 Jun 1951
Symphony Sid Commercial Break
Symphony Sid
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
18 Sep 1948
Passin’ Through
Erroll Garner Trio
Broadcast
Peacock Lane, Hollywood
Mar 1957
Groovin’ High
Charlie Parker
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
19 Feb 1949
Set 7
You’re The Only Star In My Blue Heaven
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle and The Glee Club
Radio Transcription
1940
I Can’t Get Started With You (theme) + My Melancholy Baby
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Broadcast
Jul 1939
In The Mood
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1943
Four In A Bar
Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
Set 8
Tiger Rag
Graeme Bell and his Dixieland Jazz Band
Broadcast
3AW Melbourne
1949
Big Boy
Eddie Condon’s Barefoot Gang
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
29 Jul 1944
Emu Strut
Southern Jazz Group
Broadcast
5AD Adelaide
18 Jun 1949
Panama March + Theme
Wild Bill Davison and band
‘This Is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
19 Apr 1947

Photos From The Fathers’ Day Cronulla RSL Show


Happy Fathers’ Day. Hello to everyone who came to Cronulla RSL today. All gentlemen present looked resplendent in their new socks.

Greg Poppleton played for dancers on the new Level 2 stage, looking out over the ocean at Cronulla Beach.

It was a wet and windy day, but inside was cosy and the music was hot. Cronulla used to be such a wide beach even when the tide was in.
It was a wet and windy day, but inside was cosy and the music was hot. Cronulla used to be such a wide beach even when the tide was in.

 

The band playing 'Things Ain't What They Used To Be'. From left to right, Greg Chilcott sousaphone doubling trombone, Damon Poppleton alto sax, Alex Inman-Hislop drums and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.
The band playing ‘Things Ain’t What They Used To Be’. From left to right, Greg Chilcott sousaphone doubling trombone, Damon Poppleton alto sax, Alex Inman-Hislop drums and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.
Yours truly, Greg Poppleton, singing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s. Mugging for a selfie with Alex Inman-Hislop on drums.
Yours truly, Greg Poppleton, singing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s. Mugging for a selfie with Alex Inman-Hislop on drums.

After playing I took the family to the beautiful club bistro with huge ocean views. Salt and pepper squid, Greek Salad and wedges. Yum! And we learnt from the friendly waiter that Cronulla had originally been called Gunnamatta.

We’re looking forward to playing at Cronulla RSL again, Sunday 8 November, 12:30 – 3:30pm.

We’re also available for weddings, parties and all events. Visit the band’s website. Or contact Tony 61 2 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263 | tony@ozmanagement.com.

Lake Parramatta ‘Open For Swimming’ Launch With Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Two shows today for Greg Poppleton. We were even asked to do a third!

Here are some photos I snapped for you at the historic Lake Parramatta ‘Open for Swimming’ Launch. This summer is the first time Lake Parramatta has been open for swimming, complete with Lifeguard patrols, since 1942…

The official launch for swimming in Lake Parramatta. Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters provided the 1930s music. It's the first time the lake has been open for swimming since 1942.
The official launch for swimming in Lake Parramatta. Greg Poppleton  provided the 1930s music. It’s the first time the lake has been open for swimming since 1942.
Sydney's only authentic 1920s and 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, with James Power on trumpet.
Sydney’s only authentic 1920s and 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, with James Power on trumpet.
Nigel Date, guitar.
Nigel Date, guitar.
Ron Nairn, clarinet and baritone sax.
Ron Nairn, clarinet and baritone sax.
With lots of fun activities for the littlies, too, including balloon sculpture, James Power has a balloon sword thrust upon him as Nigel Date watches.
With lots of fun activities for the littlies, too, including balloon sculpture, James Power has a balloon sword thrust upon him as Nigel Date watches.

To book Greg Poppleton for your event, wedding, corporate and birthday party, talk to Tony right now,
T: 02 9567 7171 | M: 0407 941 263 | E: OzManagement