Glenn Miller in German 1944 – Phantom Dancer 17 September 2019


This  week’s Phantom Dancer radio show with Greg Poppleton features a set of women jazz singers from 1950s radio and TV including Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Roche and Ella Fitzgerald. And the featured artist is the Glenn Miller Orchestra in German.

In just four years Glenn Miller scored 16 number-one records and 69 top ten hits—more than Elvis Presley (38 top 10s) and the Beatles (33 top 10s)

Miller received the first gold record for 1.2 million sales of Chattanoga Choo Choo in 1942.

Glenn Miller gold record 1942
Glenn Miller gold record 1942

The Phantom Dancer is 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.

This week’s show can be heard over and over again online at radio 2ser.com

The last hour is all vinyl.

GERMAN GLENN MILLER

This description of the Glenn Miller German broadcasts is from An Overview, from Glenn Miller Declassified” by Dennis M. Spragg © 2017, Potomac Books, University of Nebraska Press:

“A new venture in psychological warfare was the appearance of leading American entertainers and bands on Music for the Wehrmacht (Musik für die Wehrmacht), (over ABSIE, the American Broadcasting Station in Europe, based in London) for which William Klein wrote German-American continuity.

DER BINGLE

During September 1944 Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore recorded programs and standby (reserve) recordings during their tours of England and the Continent. The American Band of the Allied Expeditionary Forces (ABAEF) pianist Pvt. Jack Rusin accompanied Crosby, who was nicknamed “Der Bingle” by German troops listening to Music for the Wehrmacht. Irene Manning and Morton Downey followed them. Others appearing in the series during the latter third of 1944 were Marlene Dietrich, M1C Sam Donahue and the U. S. Navy Dance Band of the Allied Liberation Forces and even Spike Jones and his City Slickers.

Glenn Miller and the Andrew Sisters 1940
Glenn Miller and the Andrew Sisters 1940

NEW ZEALAND

Musical projection of America was furthered notably by the appearance on Music for the Wehrmacht of musical programs with Maj. Glenn Miller and the ABAEF in a series of weekly broadcasts with German continuity. This series instantly became a highlight of the ABSIE schedule and received significantly favorable comment. Interesting evidence of the global audience for Music For The Wehrmacht was received when a listener from New Zealand reported in detail about one of the Glenn Miller broadcasts.

Glenn Miller and Irene manning
Glenn Miller and Irene Manning

DEATH THREATS

A female announcer identified as Ilse Weinberger hosted many of the Music for the Wehrmacht programs. In OWI photographs, Gloria Wagner is the announcer seen with Glenn Miller and others recording programs in this series. In addition to full-time announcer Wagner (who hosted other
programs) the ABSIE German Desk had two other staff members handle female announcing duties using the “Ilse” pseudonym. Among ABSIE’s well-known German voices was Gottfried “Golo” Mann, son of Thomas Mann and the reporter mentioned in these scripts. All of the ABSIE staff were American citizens and included SHAEF military and OWI civilian personnel. Wagner, Mann, ABSIE contributor Marlene Dietrich and other ABSIE on-air personnel were subject to enemy death threats.

WEHRMACHT MUSIK

Six complete episodes of Music for the Wehrmacht were recorded and broadcast by the ABAEF. Program 7 was scheduled for broadcast December 20, 1944 but only the start of the episode was recorded. Any additionally planned programs or repeats were cancelled following the announcement of Miller’s disappearance December 24, 1944.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is Episode 3 of the 1940s Republic Serial, Radar Men From the Moon:
Enjoy!

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
Community Radio Network Show CRN #404

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 September 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
and Saturdays  5 – 5:56pm + 23 stations across Australia

Set 1
Big Bands on Air From The Palladium Ballroom 1949-61
Let’s Dance
Benny Goodman Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Mar 1949
Walkin’
Harry James Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Nov 1959
It Took Ten Days Blues
Jerry Gary and His Band of Today
’One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Jan 1961
Set 2
Strange and Wonderful 1938 – 1960 Radio Transcriptions
Theme + The Sound of Music
Felicia Saunders with Harry Sosnik and the Savings Bonds Orchestra
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
3 Apr 1960
Theme + In A Little Spanish Town
The Master Radio Canaries
’Hartz Mountain Pet Food Canaries’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1949
I’m Wild About Horns on Automobiles
Hoosier Hot Shots
’Alka-Seltzer Radio Spot’
NBC Transcriptions, Chicago
1938
Set 3
1920s-30s Women Pop Singers
He’s So Unusual
Helen Kane
Comm Rec
New York City
14 Jun 1929
I Can’t Write The Words
Mildred Hunt (voc) Philco Orchestra
’Philco Hour’
WABC CBS NY
1931
After You’ve Gone + Got A Bran’ New Suit
Kay Thompson (voc) Dodge Orchestra
’Dodge Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Set 4
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye on 1940s Radio
Theme + Kiss Me Sweet, Kiss Me Simple
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Laura Leslie and Don Cornell
’Chrysler Showroom’
Radio Transcription
1949
Swanee River
Sammy Kaye Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
So In Love + My Gal Sal + Theme
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Tony Alamo
’Chrysler Showroom’
Radio Transcription
1949
Set 5
Women Jazz Singers 1950s Radio & TV
Intro + Fine & Mellow
Billie Holliday
’The Sound of Jazz’
WCBS CBS TV NY
8 Dec 1957
My Gentleman Friend
Sarah Vaughan
’Concert Recording’
Apollo Theatre NY
17 Aug 1950
All Of Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Betty Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Ridin’ High
Ella Fitzgerald (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Texaco Swing Into Spring’
WRCA TV NBC NY
9 Apr 1958
Set 6
Cab Calloway on Live 1940s Radio From Cafe Zanzibar NYC
Do I Care? No, No
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Mar 1940
Minnie The Moocher (theme) + The Very Thought Of You
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Sep 1944
The More I See You
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
10 Jul 1945
Lammar’s Boogie + Coastin’ With JC
Cab Calloway Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 July 1946
Set 7
Early Radio Jazz and Dance
Blue Melody Blues
Tiny Parham and his Musicians
Comm Rec
Chicago
1 Feb 1929
Me
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman and Dave Marshall
’Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
1931
Happy Feet
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys, Brox Sisters
’King of Jazz’
Film Soundtrack
1929
Is It Spain + A Most Remarkable Girl
The Dixie Two-Steppers (voc) The Dixie Tenor
’Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
1929
Set 8
Glenn Miller Broadcasting to Germany 1944
Intro + Here We Go Again
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra
Radio Transcription
American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)
Abbey Road Studios
London
Oct-Nov 1944
Now I Know
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra (voc) Johnny Desmond
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Begin the Beguine
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra (voc) Irene Manning
Radio Transcription
American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)
Abbey Road Studios
London
Oct-Nov 1944
Great Day + Close
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra
Radio Transcription
American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)
Abbey Road Studios
London
Oct-Nov 1944

Stan Kenton with Lee Konitz and Maynard Ferguson – Phantom Dancer 3 September 2019


Listen to Benny Goodman from live 1920s radio and Stan Kenton with Lee Konitz and Maynard Ferguson from live 1950s radio as two of the highlights on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV has been presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney, and now online, since 1985.

Hear today’s show online at radio 2ser.com

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is episode 5 of the 1940s Republic serial, Radar Men From The Moon.
Enjoy!

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 #402

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 September 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

Set 1
Benny Goodman Swings on 1937-38 Radio
Let’s Dance (theme) + Minnie The Moocher’s Wedding Day
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual NY
21 Oct 1937
Some of These Days
Benny Goodman Quartet
’Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
7 Oct 1946
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South + Camel Hop
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Set 2
Women Vocal Groups on 1940s – 50s Radio
Buttons and Bows
Dinah Shore
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
5 Dec 1948
Motherless Child + Theme
Ethel Waters (voc) Fletcher Henderson (piano)
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
16 Jul 1950
Set 3
The Father of Rock’n’Roll Tenor Sax – Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor
Right Now, Right Now (theme) + Road Runner
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Band
’Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
You Mean Everything To Me + I Almost Lost My Mind
Ivory Joe Hunter (voc and piano) Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Band
’Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
Park Waver + Close
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Band
’Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
Set 4
Stan Kenton Concerts In Miniature NBC 1952
Theme + Bill’s Blues
Stan Kenton Orchestra
’Concert In Miniature’
WRC NBC Washington DC
15 Jul 1952
Blue Moon
Stan Kenton Orchestra with Lee Konitz (as)
’Concert Encores’
NBC
30 Sep 1952
Talk Of The Town + Invention For Guitar and Trumpet
Stan Kenton Orchestra with Maynard Fergusson (tp)
’Concert In Miniature’
Rustic Cabin NJ
NBC
15 Jul 1952
Set 5
Dance Bands on Chicago 1940s Radio
Cherokee
Eddy Howard Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1948
Theme + Baby Don’t Tell Me
Ozzie Nelson Orchestra (voc) Rose Ann Stevens
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
30 Mar 1940
Daddy, Surprise Me
Ray Herbeck and his Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Nov 1948
Medley + So Long For Now (theme)
Eddy Howard Orchestra (voc) EH
Aragon Ballroom
Mutual Chicago
5 Dec 1945
Set 6
Jazz on 1929-1930 Radio
Call Of The Freaks
Red Nichols and his Five Pennies
’Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York
1 Aug 1930
Am I Blue? + Liza
Dixie Two Steppers
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1929
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Ruth Eating (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
’Columbia Tele-Focal Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
Tell Me Who + There’s No Place Like Home (theme)
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Bob Nolan
’Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
25 Jan 1929
Set 7
Sax Stars of the 30s and 40s
Theme + Back In Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Ft Devon Mass.
Blue Network
15 Oct 1945
I’m Confessin’ That I Love You
Lester Young
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Dec 1948
Limehouse Blues
Chu Berry
WNEW Jam Session
New York City
11 Nov 1938
Body and Soul (theme) + Chicago
Coleman Hawkins
Savoy Ballroom
Aircheck
1944
Set 8
Jazz on the Tonight Show
Them There Eyes
Billie Holiday
Tonight Show
NBC Hollywood
1958
My Heart Stood Still
Shorty Rogers Giants
Tonight Show
NBC Hollywood
1958
After You’ve Gone
Roy Eldridge
Tonight Show
NBC Hollywood
1958
Sing, Sing, Sing
Benny Goodman
Tonight Show
NBC NYC
1958

Paper Magnetic Tape for Tape Recorders – Phantom Dancer 30 July 2019


STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE

This week’s Greg Poppleton Phantom Dancer feature has been sent to The Phantom Dancer by Matt who lives in the USA. It’s a WBBM CBS Chicago aircheck of the Woody Herman Orchestra broadcasting from the Palladium Ballroom in Hollywood. Matt has transferred it from the original brittle paper reel-to-reel tape.

The aircheck includes a bop inspired swinger I’ve never heard before called ‘Non-Alcoholic’.

I had thought audio tape had always been ‘plastic’. So this paper tape Matt sent is a revelation to me. I found some information about paper audio tape on Wiki which I’ve edited into a few tantalising paragraphs below…

Thank you, Matt!

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 30 July 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

PAPER RECORDING TAPE

Wax

The earliest known audio tape recorder was a non-magnetic, non-electric version invented by Alexander Graham Bell’s Volta Laboratory and patented in 1886. It employed a 3⁄16-inch-wide (4.8 mm) strip of wax-covered paper that was coated by dipping it in a solution of beeswax and paraffin and then had one side scraped clean, with the other side allowed to harden. It never went into commercial production largely due to the poor sound quality of the tape.

Photoelectric

In 1932, after six years of developmental work, Detroit radio engineer, Merle Dunstan, created a tape recorder that used chemically treated paper tape. During the recording process, the tape moved through a pair of electrodes which immediately imprinted the modulated sound signals as visible black stripes into the paper tape’s surface. The sound track could be immediately replayed from the same recorder unit, which also contained photoelectric sensors, somewhat similar to the various sound-on-film technologies of the era.

Iron Oxide

Magnetic tape recording as we know it today was developed in Germany during the 1930s at BASF and AEG in cooperation with the state radio RRG. This was based on Fritz Pfleumer’s 1928 invention of paper tape with oxide powder lacquered to it. The first practical tape recorder from AEG was the Magnetophon K1, demonstrated in Germany in 1935. Eduard Schüller of AEG built the recorders and developed a ring-shaped recording and playback head. It replaced the needle-shaped head which tended to shred the tape. Friedrich Matthias of IG Farben/BASF developed the recording tape, including the oxide, the binder, and the backing material. Walter Weber, working for Hans Joachim von Braunmühl at the RRG, discovered the AC biasing technique, which radically improved sound quality.

German WW2 Tape Recorder

End of Paper Tape

In 1938, S.J. Begun left Germany and joined the Brush Development Company in the United States, where work on magnetic tape recorders continued. This work attracted little attention until the late 1940s when the company released the very first consumer tape recorder in 1946: the Soundmirror BK 401.

Tapes were initially made of paper coated with magnetite powder. In 1947/48 Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company (3M) replaced the paper backing with plastic or polyester and coated it first with black oxide, and later, to improve overall sound quality, red iron oxide.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is from the late 1940s, an unidentified woman reading to paper tape. Enjoy her story!

30 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #397

107.3 2SER Tuesday 30 July 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
One Night Stand Bands on 1945 Radio
Take The A-Train (theme) + Midriff
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
Music for Moderns (theme) + Lullaby of Broadway
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Sep 1945
Candy Kid’s Note to a Classy Chassie + Twilight Time (close)
Vaughan Monroe Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Feb 1945
Set 2
Swinging 60s Radio
Walkin’
Harry James Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Nov 1959
Alright OK You Win
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
14 May 1956
Black Magic + Close
Buddy DeFranco Group
‘The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
1959
Set 3
1935-41 Paris Radio
Radio Cite ID + Open + C’est Gentil
Ray Ventura et ses Collegiens
Poste Parisien
1935
Swing Festival ’41
Django Reinhardt, Aime Barelli, Alix Combelle and more
Radio Paris
26 Dec 1940
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes + All I Do The Whole Day Through Is Dream of You + Close
Guy Berry + Charlotte Duvier & Charles Trenet
‘Le Enfante Terrible’
Poste Parisien
1935
Set 4
Woody Herman on Paper Tape
Swing Low Sweet Clarinet
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Mary-Ann McCall
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
WBBM CBS Chicago
15 Feb 1947
Apple Honey
Woody Herman Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
WBBM CBS Chicago
15 Feb 1947
Non-Alcoholic + Close
Woody Herman Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
WBBM CBS Chicago
15 Feb 1947
Set 5
Teddy Wilson 1944-45
Tiger Rag
Teddy Wilson Sextet
‘Mildred Bailey Show’
WABC CBS NY
19 Jan 1945
Body and Soul
Teddy Wilson Sextet
‘Mildred Bailey Show’
WABC CBS NY
1944
Smiles
Teddy Wilson Sextet
‘Mildred Bailey Show’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jan 1945
Sweet Georgia Brown
Teddy Wilson Sextet
‘Mildred Bailey Show’
WABC CBS NY
8 Dec 1944
Set 6
Red Norvo Vibes
Rockin’ Chair
Esquire All-Stars with Red Norvo (vibes) Mildred Bailey (voc)
‘Spotlight Bands’
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue NY
18 Jan 1944
Clarinet Marmalade
Red Norvo Octet
‘Paul Whiteman Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
8 Mar 1936
Somebody Loves Me
Benny Goodman Sextet with Red Norvo
‘Alistair Cooke Concert’
BBC Transcription
New York City
8 Dec 1945
I Never Knew
Red Norvo Octet
‘Paul Whiteman Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
8 Mar 1936
Set 7
Hal Kemp
When Summer is Gone (theme) + Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Everything I Have is Yours
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Deane Janis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Thanks
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Deane Janis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea + When Summer is Gone (theme)
Hal Kemp Orchestra
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 8
Jubilee Swing 1943 and 1945
Blue ‘n’ Boogie (theme) + Opus X
Billy Eckstine Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Love Me or Leave Me
Billy Eckstine Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Vine Street Boogie
Jay McShann Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS NYC
1943
Jump the Blues + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Jay McShann Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS NYC
1943

Sammy Kaye Swing and Sway – Phantom Dancer 9 July 2019


SWING AND SWAY

Sammy Kaye, the band leader who went by the memorable tag-line ‘Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye’ is this week’s Greg Poppleton Phantom Dancer feature artist in radio excerpts from 1945 and 1949.

Check out the full Phantom Dancer play list of swing and jazz mixed from live 1920s-60s radio below.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 9 July 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

sammy kaye

KAYE

Samuel Zarnocay was a Swing Era band leader and composer whose musical style could at times be described as ambient, through in the 1940s-50s was described as ‘sweet’.

GIMMICK

Kaye had a very personable style on stage and was apt to engage in quick conversations with his audience during radio band remotes.

He had an audience participation gimmick called ‘So You Want to Lead a Band?’ where audience members would be called onto stage in an attempt to conduct the orchestra, with the possibility of winning batons.

Kaye was also known for his use of ‘singing of song titles’, which was emulated by Kay Kyser and Blue Barron.

Band members sometimes sang backing vocals on songs as the ‘Kaydettes’.

sammy kaye TV

TV

Sammy Kaye was one of the few Swing Era band leaders who became a fixture on US TV in the 1950s. His TV shows include:

The Sammy Kaye Show CBS (1951–52)
The Sammy Kaye Show NBC (summer 1953)
So You Want to Lead a Band ABC (1954–55)
Sammy Kaye’s Music From Manhattan ABC (1958–59)

SEND UP

In October 1939, Kaye’s sweet band sound was sent-up by Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra with the song ‘The Wrong Idea (Swing and Sweat with Charlie Barnet)’ written by Barnet and Billy May.

FIRE

Sammy Kaye was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week we Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye for the original 1937 record. Swing and Sway!

9 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #394

107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 July 2019
After the 2SER
12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
5pm Saturdays
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Swing Bands on 1946 Radio
Open + Tea For Two
Gene Krupa (voc) Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
As Long As I Live
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) BC
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS re-broadcast
1946
Brooklyn Boogie
Louis Prima Orchestra (voc)FM
‘Spotlight Bands’
Camp Shanks NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Set 2
Corny Cowboys
Sweet Lucy Brown
Frank Coughlan Orchestra
Sydney
Apr 1936
The Girl on the Police Gazette
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
1936
Darktown Strutters’ Ball
Frank Coughlan Orchestra (voc) FS
Sydney
25 May 1937
Set 3
1930s Radio Dance Bands
Open + I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Joe Sanders Nighthawks (voc) JS
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
25 Mar 1937
Open + You’re My Everything
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Pete Fylling
Radio Transcription
1932
I Don’t Want To Get Well + Like The Wind You Are Gone + Close
Kay Kyser Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
6 Feb 1937
Set 4
Sammy Kaye
Open + Kiss Me Sweet
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Laurel Lesley and Don Cornell
‘Chrysler Showroom’
Radio Transcription
1949
Open + Just a Prayer Away
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Billy Williams and Choir
‘Sunday Serenade’
WJZ Blue NY
15 Apr 1945
My Gal Sal + Close
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc)
‘Chrysler Showroom’
Radio Transcription
1949
Set 5
February 1945 Radio
Harvard Blues
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Dickie Wells
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
24 Feb 1945
Contrasts (theme) + King Porter Stomp
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Feb 1945
Wake Up!
Andy Kirk Orchestra
Aircheck
Apollo Theatre
Harlem NYC
21 Feb 1945
Save Your Sorrows
Eddie Heywood Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Set 6
Lee Wiley 1936-38
Robins and Roses
Lee Wiley
WABC CBS NY
17 Jun 1936
Sugar
Lee Wiley
Jam Session
St Regis Hotel
New York City
BBC London
5 Nov 1938
On The Sentimental Side
Lee Wiley
KNX CBS LA
10 Mar 1938
Once In a While
Lee Wiley
KNX CBS LA
10 Mar 1938
Set 7
Radio Transcriptions
The Cradle Song
Les Elgart Orchestra
Radio Transcriptions
1946
Sepulveda
Jimmie Grier Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1946
Dream, Dream, Dream
Les Elgart Orchestra (voc) Terry Parker and the Tune Tellers
Radio Transcription
1946
Coyote Canyon
Jimmie Grier Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1946
Set 8
1950s-60s Jazz
Flat Foot Floogie
Slim Gaillard
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ NY
20 May 1951
I Want a Little Girl
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Dizzy’s Business
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956

Jean Sablon on 1954 Radio – Phantom Dancer 2 July 2019


CHANSON

This week’s Greg Poppleton Phantom Dancer feature artist is French singer Jean Sablon in radio transcriptions from 1954.

See the full Phantom Dancer play list of swing and jazz mixed from live 1920s-60s radio below.

ONLINE

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

SABLON

Jean Sablon, known as the French Bing Crosby, came form a musical family.

His father, Charles , was a composer, as was Jean’s brother André. His sister was singer and actress Germaine Sablon. Jacques Sablon was his nephew.

jean sablon

Jean Sablon studied piano at the Lycée Charlemagne in Paris. He left before graduating to enrol at the Paris Conservatoire to study singing.

He began performing in the cabarets of Paris at the age of 17 in 1923. He was accompanied on his first record by the popular pianist/composer Mireille.

He was the first cabaret singer to use a microphone in his stage act. In the 1920s he spent time in Brazil where his recordings remain popular today.

jean sablon allee

Sablon is credited with arranging Reinhardt’s debut in a fashionable cabaret in 1933. He is also recognised for his talents as a lyricist and a composer. Sablon appeared in a number of motion pictures and television films performing as a vocalist or pianist, his last being in 1984 when he sang “April in Paris” in Mistral’s Daughter, the popular American TV miniseries filmed in France.

In 1937, he won the Grand Prix du Disque for the song “Vous qui passez sans me voir”, written for him by Charles Trenet and Johnny Hess, and which we’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

That same year, he went to the United States, where he sang on live radio broadcasts for CBS and made several records in English. He returned to Paris in 1939 but, with the German occupation of France in World War II, he went back to America for the duration.

jean sablon poster

From 1946-1947 the CBS radio network presented The Jean Sablon Show. Sablon was accompanied by an orchestra led by Paul Baron.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is Jean Sablon in 1933 singing Mimi. Phantom Dancer listeners will know this song from the 1933 Phil Harris Cocoanut Grove broadcast version I’ve played in the past. Enjoy!

2 JULY PLAY LIST

 

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #393

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 July 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Woody Herman
Blue Flame (theme) + Red Top
Woody Herman Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
I’ll Walk Alone
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
18 Oct 1944
Apple Honey
Woody Herman Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
17 Jul 1945
Set 2
Mod Sounds
The Squirrel
Miles Davis (tp) Lucky Thompson (sax)  Shelly Manne (d)
‘All Star Jazz Session’
WPIX TV NY
17 Jan 1949
Open + The Dart Game
Shelly Manne
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
21 Apr 1956
Lover + Artistry in Rhythm + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘The Concert in Miniature’
The Million Dollar Ballroom
WTMJ NBC
Milwaukee
10 Jun 1952
Set 3
Benny Goodman Camel Caravan
Let’s Dance (theme) + Scatterbrain
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
18 Nov 1939
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Louise Tobin
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
14 Oct 1939
Roll ‘Em + Goodbye (close)
Benny Goodman Orchestra (piano) Fletcher Henderson
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Nov 1939
Set 4
Jean Sablon
Open + Vous qui passez sans me voir
Jean Sablon (voc) Roger Roger Orchestra
‘Paris Star Time’
French Broadcasting System in North America
Paris
1954
Sur le Pont d’Avignon + Dinner For One, Please James
Jean Sablon (voc) Roger Roger Orchestra
‘Paris Star Time’
French Broadcasting System in North America
Paris
1954
Paris, tu n’as pas changé + Bouillabaisse + Close
Jean Sablon (voc) Roger Roger Orchestra
‘Paris Star Time’
French Broadcasting System in North America
Paris
1954
Set 5
Trad Radio
Salty Dog
The Southern Jazz Group
Aircheck
Adelaide
18 Jun 1949
You’re Some Pretty Doll
Muggsy Spanier
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NYC
22 Mar 1947
Charlie My Boy
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band (voc) Pat O’Connor and Charlie Teagarden
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1950
Squeeze Me
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
11 Apr 1953
Set 6
Garber and Gordon
Star Dust
Jan Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
It Seems Like Old Times
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Lady Be Good
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Fritz Heilbron
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Annabelle
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Set 7
Sweet Bands on Radio
Miss Otis Regrets
King Sisters
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1947
By Heck
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Forever Pops’
ABC Radio
1948
Funiculi Funicula
Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Mildred Bailey Show’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jan 1945
Tiss Me Or You Dotta Det Out + I’ll Get By + Close
Ray Herbeck and his Rhythm with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
24 Nov 1947
Set 8
Bop Big Bands
Tiny’s Blues + Father Knickerbocker
Chubby Jackson
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 Mar 1949
Perdido
Terry Gibbs All-Stars
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ NY
5 Mar 1949
Dizzy’s Business
Dizzy Gillespie
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956

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Bing Crosby, Russ Colombo, Rudy Vallee Crooners – Phantom Dancer 18 June 2019


CROONERS

A crooner is a male singer of jazz standards singing in a soft, sentimental side using a microphone to carry the voice. The three most famous crooners of the early 30s, when the style was popular, were Russ Colombo, Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee. You’ll hear them on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton from live 1930s radio broadcasts.

The three crooners were the subject of the 1932 Looney Tunes cartoon ‘Crosby, Columbo and Vallee’.

See 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.

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Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

Russ Colombo

RUSS COLOMBO

Russ Colombo began performing professionally as a violinist at age 13. He would later in his short life (he died in a gun accident at age 26) be a composer, actor, and most famously – crooner.

He wrote his own radio theme song ‘You Call It Madness but I Call It Love’ as well as the standards ‘Prisoner of Love’ and ‘Too Beautiful For Words’.

At the time of his death in 1934, Columbo had just completed work on the film ‘Wake Up and Dream’ and he was on his way to stardom. Other Columbo films were: ‘Woman to Woman’ (with Betty Compton), ‘Wolf Song’ (with Lupe Vélez), ‘The Texan’ (with Gary Cooper) and ‘Broadway Thru a Keyhole’.

The type of singing that was popularized by the likes of Columbo, Rudy Vallee, and Bing Crosby is crooning. Columbo disliked the label but it caught on with the general public. It gained popular credence, despite its initial use as a term of derision for the singers employing their low, soothing voices in romantic songs. Similarly, to reinforce his romantic appeal, Colombo was called ‘Radio’s Valentino’ and ‘The Romeo of Song’.

Columbo’s mother was hospitalized by a heart attack at the time of the Russ’ death. The news was withheld from her by his brothers and sisters for the remaining ten years of her life. Due to her heart condition, it was feared that the news would prove fatal to her (she died in 1944). They used all manner of subterfuges to give the impression that Columbo was still alive, including faked letters from him and records used to simulate his radio program.

Bing Crosby

BING CROSBY

Crosby was he first multimedia star and a leader in record sales, radio ratings and movie grosses from 1931 to 1954.

His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop the crooning style that influenced many male singers who followed him.

In 1948, American polls declared him the “most admired man alive”. That same year, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.

Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O’Malley in the 1944 feature movie ‘Going My Way’ and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The ‘Bells of St. Mary’s’ opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character.

In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of motion pictures, radio, and audio recording.

Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies. He then convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard.

In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses and co-owned a baseball team.

Rudy Vallee

RUDY VALLEE

His given first name was Hubert. He named himself Rudy after saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft. After enlisting in WW1 then being discharged for only being 15, he continued high school where he played drums. He then took up clarinet and saxophone, playing in bands around New England.

From 1924 to 1925 he played with the Savoy Havana Band at the Savoy Hotel in London, where band members discouraged his attempts to become a vocalist.

He returned to the United States, attending the University of Maine for a degree in philosophy from Yale University.

After graduation he formed Rudy Vallée and the Connecticut Yankees. With this band of two violins, two saxophones, a piano, a banjo and drums, he started singing. He had a thin, wavering tenor voice and seemed more at home singing sweet ballads than jazz songs. But his singing, suave manner, and boyish good looks attracted attention, especially from young women. Vallée was given a recording contract, and in 1928 he started performing on the radio.

He became one of the first crooners. Singers needed strong voices to fill theaters in the days before microphones. Crooners had soft voices that were suited to the intimacy of radio. Vallée’s trombone-like vocal phrasing on ‘Deep Night’ would inspire Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como to model their voices on jazz instruments.

Vallée was one of the first celebrity pop stars. Flappers pursued him wherever he went. His live appearances were usually sold out. Among screaming female fans, his voice failed to project in venues without microphones and amplification, so he often sang through a megaphone.

He was a fan of electronic instruments. He had a theremin in his band at one stage. He introduced the elctric banjo. He was instrumental in developing PA for singers.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is the very dated 1932 Looney Tunes cartoon Crosby, Colombo and Vallee’. Enjoy!

18 JUNE PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #391

107.3 2SER Tuesday 18 June 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Dance Bands on 1939 Radio
Open + Change Partners + Say It Isn’t So + Back to Back
Jerry Livingstone and his Young Men of Manhattan
Miami Room
New York City
via WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Strange Enchantment
Joan Edwards (voc) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
9 Aug 1939
Sweet and Lowdown + Close
Jimmy Walsh Orchestra
Sweets
Oakland
KQW San Franscisco
1939
Set 2
1950s Jazz on Radio
My Sweet Baby (theme) + Land of the Sky Blue Waters
Billy May Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC LA
21 Dec 1953
Open + Without a Word of Warning
Arnett Cobb Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
3 Jul 1952
Bohemia After Dark + Close
Marian McPartland
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Composers’ Club
WRCA NBC NY
23 Apr 1956
Set 3
This is Jazz
Open + Everybody Loves My Baby
Wild Bill Davison
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
3 May 1947
Memphis Blues
George Brunies
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
17 May 1947
Tiger Rag + Close
Albert Nicholas
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
10 May 1947
Set 4
Crooners
Your Time Is My Time (theme) + Sweet Music
Rudy Vallee
‘Fleischmann Yeast Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Dec 1934
Kissable Baby + I Cried For You
Bing Crosby
WABC CBS NY
7 Nov 1931
Rolling in Love + I’ve Had My Moments + I’m Dreaming
Russ Colombo
‘Hollywood on the Air’
KECA Los Angeles
15 Jul 1934
Set 5
Mod Women Singers on 1940s-50s Radio
Who Started Love?
Barbara Jane (voc) Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
Palace Hotel
San Francisco
KQW CBS SF
7 Aug 1945
Confess
Patti Page (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
I’m Glad There’s You
Jackie Cain
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1949
The Echo Said No
Rosalind Patton (voc) Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA
5 Dec 1947
Set 6
Ben Selvin Orchestra
Open + This Is The Missus
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Too Many Tears
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Cheers Up
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Somebody Loves You + Close
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Set 7
1930s – 40s Sweet Band Radio Transcriptions
Doodle Doo Doo (theme) + Candy
Art Kassel Orchestra (voc) Gloria Hart
Radio Transcription
1945
Heart and Soul
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlisle
Radio Transcription
1938
All I Do Is Wantcha
Art Kassel Orchestra (voc) Gloria Hart and Trio
Radio Transcription
1945
You’re The Only Star in My Blue Heaven
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlisle
Radio Transcription
1939
Set 8
1956-57 Rock’n’Roll Radio
Let’s Face It
Sam the Man Taylor Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Party’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1957
Maybeline
Chuck Berry
‘Rock’n’Roll Party’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1956
I Almost Lost My Mind
Ivory Joe Hunter
‘Rock’n’Roll Party’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1957