St James Infirmary – Phantom Dancer 20 Aug 2019


Here’s your Phantom Dancer radio show play list and a special album preview for Tuesday 20 August – and if you missed it on the radio you can now hear it ONLINE at 2SER.COM

Your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

Presented by Greg Poppleton on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985.

In this week’s mix you’ll hear singer Libby Holman on 1929 radio, Lee Wiley singing on 1930s-40s radio, a set of Erroll Garner, Sauter and Finegan, and Lester Young on 1950s radio and a set of Benny Goodman’s swing band on-air 20 – 27 October 1937 from New York’s Madhattan Room.

The last hour is all vinyl.

And at the end of the show, enjoy a preview of St James Infirmary from my new album 20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Vol. 1. Release date is 11 Oct 2019.

Live-streamed and archived online at 2ser.com, your Phantom Dancer is heard on over 23 radio stations.

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
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #265

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 August 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Singers of the Big Band Era
Open + When You’re Out In Your Stanley Steamer
Bob Crosby, Margaret Whiting and The Modernaires (voc) Jerry Gray Orchestra
’Club Fifteen’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
2 Apr 1947
San Fernando Valley
Johnny Mercer (voc) Paul Weston Orchestra
’Johnny Mercer’s Music Shop’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Hollywood
Jun 1944
I Close My Eyes and There You Are + Begin The Beguine (close)
Lena Romay
’Personal Album’
AFRS Hollywood
Los Angeles
1945
Set 2
Progressive Jazz on 1950s Radio
Polkadots and Moonbeams
Lester Young
’Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NY
22 Dec 1956
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Love For Sale
Erroll Garner
’All Star Parade of Bands’
WRCA NBC NY
24 Jul 1953
Horseplay
Sauter and Finegan
’All Star Parade of Bands’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Sep 1953
Set 3
Benny Goodman from the Madhattan Room October 20-27 1937
Let’s Dance (theme) + When Buddha Smiles
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
27 Oct 1937
One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Jam Session + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
23 Oct 1937
Set 4
Early Jazz and Radio
Florida Rhythm
Ross Deluxe Syncopators
Comm Rec
Savannah Ga
27 Aug 1927
Moanin’ Low
Libby Holman
’Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1929
Balling The Jack and Walking The Dog
Red Nichols Orchestra
’Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York City
25 Aug 1930
Set 5
Lee Wiley Sings on 1930s-40s Radio
Theme + Robins and Roses
Lee Wiley
WABC NY
17 Jun 1936
Sugar
Lee Wiley
’Jam Session with Alistair Cooke’
Hotel St Regis NY
BBC London
5 Nov 1938
Wherever There’s Love
Lee Wiley
’Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
23 Sep 1944
I’ve Got a Crush on You
Lee Wiley
’Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
5 Aug 1944
Set 6
Swing Bands On 1940s Radio
The Beard
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1944
Melancholy Lullaby (theme) + Old Man River
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
Southgae Ca
KECA ABC LA
1944
Theme + Quiet Riot
Buddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Toni Arden
’Sotlight Bands’
Quonset, Rhode Island
Mutual
25 Jan 1946
Besume Mucho
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel NYC
1944
Set 7
Modern Jazz on 1950s-60s Radio
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Charlie Shavers Quintet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Intro + Walkin’
Miles Davis
’Bandstand USA’
WOR Mutual NY
3 Feb 1959
Set 8
Early Radio Singers
Sharing
Andy Sannella Orchestra (voc) Ralph Kirbery
Hit of the Week Records
New York City
Jun 1932
More Than You Know + Time On My Hands
Russ Colombo
’Hollywood On The Air’
KECA Los Angeles
5 Jun 1933
St Louis Blues
Loyce Whitman
’Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Zaz-Zuh-Zah
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
New York City
2 Nov 1933
St James Infirmary
Greg Poppleton
New Album
20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Vol. 1
Release date 11 Oct 2019

Photos Greg Poppleton Band Show 27 July 2019


One of the Greg Poppleton band’s regular shows is at Penrith RSL.

Greg Poppleton sings in authentic 1920s – 1930s style.

Greg Poppleton booking enquiries tony@ozmanagement.com
Website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Enjoy these photos from the July show…

Greg Poppleton hitting the big final note on the 1930s classic, 'The Way You Look Tonight'.
Greg Poppleton hitting the big final note on the 1930s classic, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’.

 

1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton conducts the band: Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass and Bob Gillespie drums.
1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton conducts the band: Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass and Bob Gillespie drums.

 

Harmonising with Dave Clayton on the 1930s Cab Calloway swinger, 'Jumpin Jive'.
Harmonising with Dave Clayton on the 1930s Cab Calloway swinger, ‘Jumpin Jive’.

 

Greg Poppleton singing 'Tea for Two'.
Greg Poppleton singing ‘Tea for Two’.

Greg Poppleton booking enquiries tony@ozmanagement.com
Website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Back In Your Own Backyard – Free CD Offer


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Free Offer – Enjoy these 4 tracks from the 12 track album ‘Back in Your Own Backyard’, then grab your AUTOGRAPHED COPY of the 12 track ‘Back in Your Own Backyard’ CD at Bandcamp FREE at –https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com/album/back-in-your-own-backyard-free-offer

Cover shipping and handling and I’ll send you the ‘Back in Your Own Backyard’ CD – FREE.

Budd Kopman at All About Jazz (US) said of this album, “It would take an extremely jaded heart not to smile and tap your feet, much less dance around the room, to Greg Poppleton.

But what’s that $1 Bandcamp asks you to pay?

It’s Bandcamp’s lowest allowed list price. I can’t put the price at $0, so I’ve taken $1 off the shipping rates. That way you get the ‘Back in Your Own Backyard’ CD FREE.

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1. 00:00 Cake Walkin’ Babies From Home
2. 02:33 Too Marvellous
3. They Didn’t Believe Me
4. 05:44 I’ll See You In My Dreams
5. 08:21 Egyptian Ella
6. Back In Your Own Backyard
7. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
8. Makin’ Whoopee!
9. Nobody’s Sweetheart
10. Honeysuckle Rose
11. The Lady Is A Tramp
12. Yes, We Have No Bananas!

Greg Poppleton – 1920s – 30s singer
Geoff Power – Sousaphone, Trumpet and Trombone
Paul Furniss – Alto Sax and Clarinet
Grahame Conlon – Spanish Guitar with steel strings
Lawrie Thompson – Drums and Washboard

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“Given the knowledge of the era and the authenticity of performance, Poppleton’s latest release, Back In Your Own Backyard is a real delight. It’s sure to surprise lovers of early jazz that such is happening Down Under, as well as win over “newbies” to the music … It would take an extremely jaded heart not to smile and tap your feet, much less dance around the room, to Greg Poppleton.”— Budd Kopman, All About Jazz (U.S)

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Night and Day Video – Swing Dancers at Sydney’s Central Train Station


Photos and video from the Greg Poppleton band’s third day of playing Tin Pan Alley 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing at the 2019 Transport Heritage Expo, Sydney Central Railway Station…

Enjoy. Band Website – www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s singer holding his megaphone and his Tin Pan Alley band
Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s singer holding his megaphone and his Tin Pan Alley band.

 

Greg Poppleton singing to a swing dancing couple.
Greg Poppleton singing to a swing dancing couple.

 

Swinging to Greg Poppleton's Tin Pan Alley music
Swinging to Greg Poppleton’s Tin Pan Alley music

 

Swing dancers join the band after the show, Suzy and Sandy from Sydney with Steve and from Los Angeles. In the band, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboar
Swing dancers join the band after the show, Suzy and Sandy from Sydney with Steve and from Los Angeles. In the band, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboard.

Band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Coleman Hawkins ‘The Body and Soul of the Saxophone’ – Phantom Dancer 11 June 2019


TENOR SAX

Jazz tenor sax swing and bop pioneer, Coleman Hawkins, is this week’s The Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton. You’ll hear him in a mix of live 1940 – 1950s broadcasts and commercial sides from New York and Hilversum in Holland.

Check out the full Phantom Dancer play list of swing and jazz mixed by Greg Poppleton from live 1920s-60s radio below is ready for your perusal below.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 11 June 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

COLEMAN HAWKINS

Coleman Randolph Hawkins was an American jazz tenor saxophonist in the 1930s – 1960s. In the Swing Era he influenced generations of tenor players and he had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s. Miles Davis said of Hawkins’ playing, “When I heard Hawk, I learned how to play ballads.”

Coleman Hawkins

EARLY DAYS

Hawkins took up the saxophone at age 9 after playing piano and cello. By age 14 in 1916 he was playing with local bands.

His first major gig was with Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds in 1921 when he settled in New York City. In 1923 he joined Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra, where he remained until 1934, sometimes doubling on clarinet and bass saxophone. Hawkins’s playing changed significantly during Louis Armstrong’s tenure with the Henderson Orchestra (1924–25). In the late 1920s, Hawkins also participated in some of the earliest interracial recording sessions with the Mound City Blue Blowers. During his time with Henderson he became a star soloist with increasing prominence on records. While with the band, he and Henry ‘Red’ Allen recorded a series of small group sides for ARC (on their Perfect, Melotone, Romeo, and Oriole labels). Hawkins also recorded a number of solo recordings with either piano or a pick-up band of Henderson’s musicians in 1933–34, just prior to his period in Europe. He was also featured on a Benny Goodman session on February 2, 1934 for Columbia, which also featured Mildred Bailey as guest vocalist.

EUROPE

In late 1934, Hawkins accepted an invitation to play with Jack Hylton’s orchestra in London, and toured Europe as a soloist until 1939, performing and recording with Django Reinhardt and Benny Carter in Paris in 1937. You’ll hear one of these sides on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Back in NYC, on October 11, 1939, he recorded a two-chorus solo of the pop standard ‘Body and Soul’, That became a landmark recording of the swing era and his radio theme. You’ll hear a 1940 radio version of it when he lead a big band in this week’s mix

Coleman Hawkins Ramblers

FIRST BOP RECORD

Hawkins always had a keen ear for new talent and styles and he was the leader on what is generally considered to have been the first ever bebop recording session on February 16, 1944 including Dizzy Gillespie, Don Byas, Clyde Hart, Oscar Pettiford, and Max Roach. He maintained his eclectic approach to his music through much of his later career as you’ll hear in the 1950s radio aircheck in this week’s mix.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is Coleman Hawkins playing Lover Man is a film made in the 1950s with Johnny Guaneri, piano; Milt Hinton, bass; Barry Galbrath, guitar and Cozy Cole, drums. Enjoy!

11 JUNE PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #390

107.3 2SER Tuesday 11 June 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6amArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pmand early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
Open + Robin Hood
Louis Prima Orchestra (voc) Louis Prima
‘Spotlight Bands’
Camp Shanks
New York
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Diggin’ Dyke
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
17 Jul 1945
Lover + Close
Gene Krupa Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Set 2
1930-31 Philco Radio Orchestra
Cinderella Brown
Philco Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
Nov 1930
Boy! Oh! Boy! Oh! Boy! I’ve Got It Bad
Philco Orchestra (voc) Boswell Sisters
Radio Transcription
New York City
Nov 1931
Egyptian Ellal
Philco Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
Nov 1930
Set 3
Italian Swing 1930s-40s
Se Io Fossi Un Millionario
Barzizza Orchestra
Comm Rec
late 1930s
E Quel
Trio Lescano
Comm Rec
Cetra
1938
Notte
Norma Bruni (voc) Angelini Orchestra
Comm Rec
Cetra
1939
Set 4
Coleman Hawkins
Bouncing with Bean
Coleman Hawkins Octet
Comm Rec
NYC
1940
Body and Soul (theme) + Chant of the Groove
Coleman Hawkins Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
1940
Strange Fact
Coleman Hawkins with De Ramblers
Comm Rec
Hiversum, Holland
26 apr 1937
Stuffy
Coleman Hawkins
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
4 Sep 1952
Set 5
Erskine Hawkins 1940s Radio
Theme + Where Did You Learn To Love?
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Victory Bells
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Aircheck
Savoy Ballroom NY
Jan 1945
Let’s Boil Awhile
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS NYC
1943
What You Say?
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Aircheck
Savoy Ballroom NY
Jan 1945
Set 6
Benny Goodman Camel Caravans 1937-39
Remember
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
10 Aug 1937
A Home in the Clouds
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
‘Camel Caravan’
Earle Theatre
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
14 Feb 1939
Satan Takes a Holiday
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Aug 1937
Hartford Stomp
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
State Theatre
CBS Hartford Conn.
7 Feb 1939
Set 7
Vic Damone
Sustaining Program
Vic Damone
WOR Mutual NY
18 Mar 1947
Set 8
Gene Krupa Small Groups
Ten Ritchie Drive
Gene Krupa Trio
V-Disc
9 Jun 1945
Wire Brush Stomp
Gene Krupa Trio
‘Spotlight Bands’
Newport RI
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Tenderly + Perdido
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959

Have You Met Miss Jones Video Clip


A video and more photos of the Greg Poppleton Tin Pan Alley 1920s- 30s band at the second day of 2019 Transport Heritage Expo.

Greg and the band played in the beautiful Edwardian Country Concourse at Central. And swing dancers dropped by to twirl and swirl.

Band bookings: https://www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

VIDEO: HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES? (1937) Greg Poppleton at the 2019 Transport Heritage Expo:

We’ll be at the Expo, tomorrow, Monday 10am – 2pm with sousaphone and cornet. Some photos…

Swing dancing to the Greg Poppleton band. you can just see Grahame Conlon's guitar. Greg Poppleton singing, Dave Clayton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Swing dancing to the Greg Poppleton band. you can just see Grahame Conlon’s guitar. Greg Poppleton singing, Dave Clayton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax.

 

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 30s music at Sydney Central Station for Day 2 of the Transport Heritage Expo.
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 30s music at Sydney Central Station for Day 2 of the Transport Heritage Expo.

 

Now that's a clearer picture of Grahame Conlon on guitar with Damon Poppleton alto sax and Dave Clayton double bass in the Greg Poppleton band.
Now that’s a clearer picture of Grahame Conlon on guitar with Damon Poppleton alto sax and Dave Clayton double bass in the Greg Poppleton band.

 

Band booking: https://www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

Swinging at the Transport Heritage Expo – Tin Pan Alley, Dancers and Steam Trains


Greg Poppleton and band returned to the Transport Heritage Expo at Sydney’s Central Station today, Saturday 8 June. It’s their third year entertaining visitors with Tin Pan Alley songs from the 1920s and 1930s to fit the Heritage theme of vintage trains and buses.

Adding to the fun, fantastic and colourful swing dancers came along to dazzle with deft footwork as the band played. Thank you Sue Ann!

Transport Heritage Expo

Greg Poppleton and band will be at the Transport Heritage Expo, Country Concourse at Central Station, Sunday 9 June and Monday 10 June, 10am – 2pm. Free! Dancers welcome. Band bookings: https://www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

And go for a ride on the steam train, Sydney red rattler and the vintage double and single deck buses. The NSW Rail Museum will be operating steam train rides through the city from Central as part of the annual Transport Heritage Expo. It’s a fantastic nostalgic long weekend event for families and transport enthusiasts alike!
https://www.nswrailmuseum.com.au/

Here are some phots of the band, dancers and trains,

Greg Poppleton singing, Geoff Power Cornet, Grahame Conlon guitar at the 2019 Transport Heritage Expo.
Greg Poppleton singing, Geoff Power Cornet, Grahame Conlon guitar at the 2019 Transport Heritage Expo.

 

Posing with Sandy (L) and Sue Ann (R), two of the wonderful swing dancers sliding and gliding to the Greg Poppleton band today.
Posing with Sandy (L) and Sue Ann (R), two of the wonderful swing dancers sliding and gliding to the Greg Poppleton band today. (Thanks Sue Ann for this photo).

 

Geoff Power cornet and sousaphone with Grahame Conlon guitar during a band instrumental.
Geoff Power cornet and sousaphone with Grahame Conlon guitar during a Greg Poppleton band instrumental.

 

Adam Barnard on keyboard during that same instrumental.
Adam Barnard on keyboard during that same instrumental.

 

One of the steam trains at the Transport Heritage Expo.
One of the steam trains at the Transport Heritage Expo.

 

Swing dancing to the Greg Poppleton band at Central Station.
Swing dancing to the Greg Poppleton band at Central Station.

 

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton in the beautiful, Edwardian Era Country Concourse
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton in the beautiful, Edwardian Era Country Concourse

 

Steppin' out as the audience gathers.
Steppin’ out as the audience gathers.

 

Band bookings: https://www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact