Johnny Ace: The Tear Beat on the Blue Note – Phantom Dancer 20 September 2022


Johnny Ace, R’n’B star from the early 1950s, known as ‘The Tear Beat on the Blue Note’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 20 September at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

JOHNNY

John Marshall Alexander Jr., known by the stage name Johnny Ace, was an American rhythm-and-blues singer and musician. He had a string of hit singles in the mid 1950s. Ace died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound playing silly-buggers backstage at a concert, aged 25 and had two children.

Born the son of a baptist preacher who allowed no blues in the house. Ace dropped out of high school to join the US Navy. He was reported AWOL for much of his time there.

On discharge he joined Adolph Duncan’s Band as a pianist, playing around Beale Street in Memphis. The network of local musicians became known as the Beale Streeters, which included B. B. KingBobby BlandJunior ParkerEarl Forest, and Roscoe Gordon. Initially, they weren’t an official band, but at times there was a leader and they played on each other’s records.

In 1951 Ike Turner, who was a talent scout and producer for Modern Records, arranged for Ace and other Beale Streeters to record for Turner’s label. Alexander played piano on some of King’s records for RPM Records and backed King during broadcasts on WDIA in Memphis. When King departed for Los Angeles and Bland left the group, Ace took over both Bland’s vocal duties and King’s radio show on WDIA.

David James Mattis, program director at WDIA and founder of Duke Records, claimed that he created the stage name of Johnny Ace: “Johnny” for Johnny Ray and “Ace” for the Four Aces

ACE

Ace signed to Duke in 1952 and released his first recording, “My Song”, an urbane “heart ballad” which topped the R&B chart for nine weeks beginning in September. He began heavy touring, often with Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. In the next two years, Ace had eight hits in a row, including “Cross My Heart”, “Please Forgive Me”, “The Clock”, “Yes, Baby”, “Saving My Love for You” and “Never Let Me Go”.

In November 1954, Ace ranked No. 16 on the Billboard 1954 Disk Jockey Poll for R&B Favorite Artists.

In December 1954, he was named the Most Programmed Artist of 1954, according to the results of a national poll of disc jockeys conducted by the U.S. trade weekly Cash Box.

Early in 1955, Duke Records announced that three of his 1954 recordings, along with Thornton’s “Hound Dog“, had sold more than 1,750,000 copies.

“Pledging My Love” was a posthumous R&B number 1 hit for ten weeks beginning February 12, 1955. As Billboard bluntly put it, Ace’s death “created one of the biggest demands for a record that has occurred since the death of Hank Williams just over two years ago.”

Soon after Ace’s death, in early 1955, Varetta Dillard recorded ‘Johnny Has Gone’ for Savoy Records. She incorporated many of Ace’s song titles in the lyrics. This was the first of the many teen tragedy records that were to follow in the later 50s and early 1960s

20 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #564

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 September 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Les Brown  
Leap Frog (theme) + Long Ago and Far Away
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Butch Stone
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Going My Way
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Gordon Drake
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Bizet Has His Day + Leap Frog (theme)
Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Set 2
Woody Herman  
Blue Flame (theme) + The Magpie
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Apple Honey
 
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Caldonia
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Woody Herman
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Set 3
Stan Daugherty  
Blue Days (theme) + Just Anybody
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
Half a Love
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
A1 in the Army and A1 in my Heart + Few and Far Between
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
A Heavenly Hideaway + Blue Days (theme)
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
Set 4
Johnny Ace 1954 R’n’B  
Don’t You Know
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Never Let Me Go
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
No Money
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Pledging My Love + Let’s Go (close)
Johnny Ace + The Routers (on Let’s Go, 1962)
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Set 5
Women Singers on 1940s Radio  
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Ginny Simms
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC NYC
1 Mar 1947
There’s a Small Hotel
Ella Logan
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Long Ago and Far Away
Elizabeth Rogers (voc) Russ Morgan Orchestra
Garden Court
Hotel Claremont
San Francisco
11 Jul 1945
Santa Catalina
Dorothy Collins (voc) Raymond Scott Orchestra
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
16 Sep 1947
Set 6
1930s – 40s Australian Swing  
Pink Elephants
Jim Davidson and his Palais Royale Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
6 Jun 1933
Jungle Jive
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Hang Your Heart on a Hickory Limb
Jim Davidson and his Australian Broadcasting Commission Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jul 1939
There Goes That Song Again
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Set 7
Radio Trad Jazz  
Strut Miss Lizzie
Graeme Bell and his Dixieland Jazz Band (voc) Roger Bell
3AW
Melbourne
1949
St Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
Blue Note
WLS ABC Chicago
11 Dec 1948
Royal Garden Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1950
Hindustan
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NYC
4 Jul 1939
Set 8
1930s Dance Bands  
The Very Thought of You (theme) + Flowers for Madame
Ray Noble Orchestra (voc) Al Bowlly
‘Coty Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
13 Mar 1935
The Continental
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1935
When Gimbal Hits the Cymbal
Joe Haymes Orchestra
Grill Room
Hotel Alpen
WABC CBS NYC
29 Jan 1935
Tea for Two + Close
George Hall Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937

Dinah Washington Forged Her Own Path – Phantom Dancer 6 September 2022


Dinah Washington, The Queen of the Blues, the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

As an artist, she was one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century.

  • Beloved, because she had a great voice.
  • Controversial, because she didn’t seek approval from ‘the gatekeepers’. And as you’ll hear in her Birdland radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer, she didn’t hold back from telling radio announcers to shut up or stop being corny.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 6 September at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/. This episode is a Phantom Dancer Classic which first went to air on 30 March 2021.

DINAH

Dinah Washington was the stage name of Ruth Lee Jones.

She was a jazz singer but also sang blues, R&B, and pop music.

As a child she sang gospel music in church and played piano, directing her church choir in her teens and sang lead with the first female gospel singers formed by Sallie Martin, co-founder of the Gospel Singers Convention. She joined the gospel choir after she won an amateur contest at Chicago’s Regal Theater, singing, ‘I Can’t Face the Music’.

HAMPTON

At 15, she started singing in clubs. By 1941–42 she was performing at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago with Fats Waller.

She was playing at the Three Deuces, a jazz club, when a friend took her to hear Billie Holiday at the Garrick Stage Bar. Club owner Joe Sherman was so impressed with her singing of “I Understand”, backed by the Cats and the Fiddle, who were appearing in the Garrick’s upstairs room, that he hired her. During her year at the Garrick, she sang upstairs while Holiday performed downstairs room. Sherman gave her her stage name.

Lionel Hampton came to hear Dinah at the Garrick and invited her to join his orchestra

She made her recording debut singing Evil Gal Blues, written by Leonard Feather (who wrote Blow Top Blues you’ll hear Dinah sing in this week’s show, live on 1952 radio) and backed by Hampton and musicians from his band. Both that record and its follow-up, ‘Salty Papa Blues’, made the Billboard “Harlem Hit Parade” in 1944.

In December 1945 she made a series of twelve recordings for Apollo Records, 10 of which were issued, featuring the Lucky Thompson All Stars.

She stayed with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra until 1946.

SOLO

Her first solo recording, Fats Waller’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”, was another hit. Between 1948 and 1955, she had 27 R&B top-10 hits, making her one of the most popular and successful singers of the period.

‘Am I Asking Too Much?’ (1948) and ‘Baby Get Lost’ (1949) reached Number 1 on the R&B chart. Her version of Johnny Green’s 1930s hit, ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (1950) crossed over to reach Number 22 on the US pop chart.

Her hit recordings included blues, standards, novelties, pop covers, and even a version of Hank Williams’ ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ (R&B Number 3, 1951). At the same time as her biggest popular success, she also recorded sessions with many leading jazz musicians, including last week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley and Ben Webster.

In 1950, Dinah Washington performed at the sixth avalcade of Jazz concert held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Also featured on the same day were Lionel Hampton, PeeWee Crayton’s Orchestra, Roy Milton and his Orchestra plus Tiny Davis and Her Hell Divers. 16,000 were reported to be in attendance and the concert ended early because of a fracas while Lionel Hampton played ‘Flying High’.

Washington returned to perform at the twelfth Cavalcade of Jazz also at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in 1956. Performing that day were Little Richard, The Mel Williams Dots, Julie Stevens, Chuck Higgin’s Orchestra, Bo Rhambo, Willie Hayden & Five Black Birds, The Premiers, Gerald Wilson and His 20-Piece Recording Orchestra and Jerry Gray and his Orchestra.

In 1959, she had her first top ten pop hit, with a version of ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’. She followed it up with a version of Irving Gordon’s ‘Unforgettable’ and then two highly successful duets in 1960 with Brook Benton, ‘Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)’, which you’ll hear on this week’s show from a 1960 aircheck and ‘A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)’. Her last big hit was ‘September in the Rain’, in 1961.

She won the Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance, 1959, for ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’.

6 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #562

107.3 2SER Tuesday 6 September 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
One Night Stand Radio  
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + I Know That You Know
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Sep 1945
I’m In Love With Someone
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Glagys Tell
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1944
Poinciana
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Oct 1945
Set 2
Jimmy Grier  
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Just Friends
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Save The Last Dance For Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
The More You Hurt Me The More You Make Me Care + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Margaret Lawrence
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 3
1950s Jazz Radio  
Open + Without a Word of Warning
Arnett Cobb
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Jul 1952
Open + Small Hotel / All The Things You Are / Rose Room
Larry Green
Starlight Roof
Hotel Chase
KMOX CBS St Louis
1958
Open + Too Marvelous
Erroll Garner
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
6 May 1956
Set 4
Dinah Washington  
No Love, No Nothin’
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Traianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Mixed Emotions + Blow Top Blues
Dinah Washington
‘The Birdland Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
21 Jun 1952
You’ve Got What It Takes
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
Aircheck
WKBW Buffalo NY
1960
Set 5
Erskine Hawkins Commercial Discs  
Rockin’ Rollers’ Jubilee
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
12 Sep 1938
No Soap
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
14 May 1939
A Study in Brown
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Oct 1938
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Dolores Brown
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Dec 1939
Set 6
1930s Swing Radio  
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
KFI NBC Red
22 Aug 1935
You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
Kiss Me Again
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
You Do The Darndest Things, Baby
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jan 1937
Set 7
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1956  
Intro + Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Ridin’ Around in the Rain
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Sunny Side of the Street
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Just For Taking Bows
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 8
Carson Robinson Buckaroos  
Careless Love (theme) + Home on the Range
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie + Down on the Levee
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Goin’ Back to my Good Ol’ Texas Home + Golden Slippers
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wabash Moon + Boots and Saddles + Close
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939

Dinah Washington Forged Her Own Path – Phantom Dancer 25 January 2022


Dinah Washington, The Queen of the Blues, the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

As an artist, she was one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century.

  • Beloved, because she had a great voice.
  • Controversial, because she didn’t seek approval from ‘the gatekeepers’. And as you’ll hear in her Birdland radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer, she didn’t hold back from telling radio announcers to shut up or stop being corny.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 25 January at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/. This episode is a Phantom Dancer Classic which first went to air on 30 March 2021.

 

DINAH

Dinah Washington was the stage name of Ruth Lee Jones.

She was a jazz singer but also sang blues, R&B, and pop music.

As a child she sang gospel music in church and played piano, directing her church choir in her teens and sang lead with the first female gospel singers formed by Sallie Martin, co-founder of the Gospel Singers Convention. She joined the gospel choir after she won an amateur contest at Chicago’s Regal Theater, singing, ‘I Can’t Face the Music’.

HAMPTON

At 15, she started singing in clubs. By 1941–42 she was performing at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago with Fats Waller.

She was playing at the Three Deuces, a jazz club, when a friend took her to hear Billie Holiday at the Garrick Stage Bar. Club owner Joe Sherman was so impressed with her singing of “I Understand”, backed by the Cats and the Fiddle, who were appearing in the Garrick’s upstairs room, that he hired her. During her year at the Garrick, she sang upstairs while Holiday performed downstairs room. Sherman gave her her stage name.

Lionel Hampton came to hear Dinah at the Garrick and invited her to join his orchestra

She made her recording debut singing Evil Gal Blues, written by Leonard Feather (who wrote Blow Top Blues you’ll hear Dinah sing in this week’s show, live on 1952 radio) and backed by Hampton and musicians from his band. Both that record and its follow-up, ‘Salty Papa Blues’, made the Billboard “Harlem Hit Parade” in 1944.

In December 1945 she made a series of twelve recordings for Apollo Records, 10 of which were issued, featuring the Lucky Thompson All Stars.

She stayed with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra until 1946.

SOLO

Her first solo recording, Fats Waller’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”, was another hit. Between 1948 and 1955, she had 27 R&B top-10 hits, making her one of the most popular and successful singers of the period.

‘Am I Asking Too Much?’ (1948) and ‘Baby Get Lost’ (1949) reached Number 1 on the R&B chart. Her version of Johnny Green’s 1930s hit, ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (1950) crossed over to reach Number 22 on the US pop chart.

Her hit recordings included blues, standards, novelties, pop covers, and even a version of Hank Williams’ ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ (R&B Number 3, 1951). At the same time as her biggest popular success, she also recorded sessions with many leading jazz musicians, including last week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley and Ben Webster.

In 1950, Dinah Washington performed at the sixth avalcade of Jazz concert held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Also featured on the same day were Lionel Hampton, PeeWee Crayton’s Orchestra, Roy Milton and his Orchestra plus Tiny Davis and Her Hell Divers. 16,000 were reported to be in attendance and the concert ended early because of a fracas while Lionel Hampton played ‘Flying High’.

Washington returned to perform at the twelfth Cavalcade of Jazz also at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in 1956. Performing that day were Little Richard, The Mel Williams Dots, Julie Stevens, Chuck Higgin’s Orchestra, Bo Rhambo, Willie Hayden & Five Black Birds, The Premiers, Gerald Wilson and His 20-Piece Recording Orchestra and Jerry Gray and his Orchestra.

In 1959, she had her first top ten pop hit, with a version of ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’. She followed it up with a version of Irving Gordon’s ‘Unforgettable’ and then two highly successful duets in 1960 with Brook Benton, ‘Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)’, which you’ll hear on this week’s show from a 1960 aircheck and ‘A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)’. Her last big hit was ‘September in the Rain’, in 1961.

She won the Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance, 1959, for ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’.

25 JANUARY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINECommunity Radio Network Show CRN #528

107.3 2SER Tuesday 25 January 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
One Night Stand Radio  
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + I Know That You Know
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Sep 1945
I’m In Love With Someone
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Glagys Tell
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1944
Poinciana
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Oct 1945
Set 2
Jimmy Grier  
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Just Friends
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Save The Last Dance For Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
The More You Hurt Me The More You Make Me Care + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Margaret Lawrence
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 3
1950s Jazz Radio  
Open + Without a Word of Warning
Arnett Cobb
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Jul 1952
Open + Small Hotel / All The Things You Are / Rose Room
Larry Green
Starlight Roof
Hotel Chase
KMOX CBS St Louis
1958
Open + Too Marvelous
Erroll Garner
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
6 May 1956
Set 4
Dinah Washington  
No Love, No Nothin’
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Traianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Mixed Emotions + Blow Top Blues
Dinah Washington
‘The Birdland Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
21 Jun 1952
You’ve Got What It Takes
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
Aircheck
WKBW Buffalo NY
1960
Set 5
Erskine Hawkins Commercial Discs  
Rockin’ Rollers’ Jubilee
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
12 Sep 1938
No Soap
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
14 May 1939
A Study in Brown
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Oct 1938
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Dolores Brown
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Dec 1939
Set 6
1930s Swing Radio  
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
KFI NBC Red
22 Aug 1935
You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
Kiss Me Again
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
You Do The Darndest Things, Baby
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jan 1937
Set 7
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1956  
Intro + Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Ridin’ Around in the Rain
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Sunny Side of the Street
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Just For Taking Bows
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 8
Carson Robinson Buckaroos  
Careless Love (theme) + Home on the Range
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie + Down on the Levee
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Goin’ Back to my Good Ol’ Texas Home + Golden Slippers
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wabash Moon + Boots and Saddles + Close
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939

Dinah Washington Forged Her Own Path – Phantom Dancer 21 September 2021


Dinah Washington, The Queen of the Blues, the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature. This is a repeat Phantom Dancer because of the current Covid lockdown in Sydney.

As an artist, she was one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century.

  • Beloved, because she had a great voice.
  • Controversial, because she didn’t seek approval from ‘the gatekeepers’. And as you’ll hear in her Birdland radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer, she didn’t hold back from telling radio announcers to shut up or stop being corny.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

LISTEN HERE – This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 21 September at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

DINAH

Dinah Washington was the stage name of Ruth Lee Jones.

She was a jazz singer but also sang blues, R&B, and pop music.

As a child she sang gospel music in church and played piano, directing her church choir in her teens and sang lead with the first female gospel singers formed by Sallie Martin, co-founder of the Gospel Singers Convention. She joined the gospel choir after she won an amateur contest at Chicago’s Regal Theater, singing, ‘I Can’t Face the Music’.

HAMPTON

At 15, she started singing in clubs. By 1941–42 she was performing at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago with Fats Waller.

She was playing at the Three Deuces, a jazz club, when a friend took her to hear Billie Holiday at the Garrick Stage Bar. Club owner Joe Sherman was so impressed with her singing of “I Understand”, backed by the Cats and the Fiddle, who were appearing in the Garrick’s upstairs room, that he hired her. During her year at the Garrick, she sang upstairs while Holiday performed downstairs room. Sherman gave her her stage name.

Lionel Hampton came to hear Dinah at the Garrick and invited her to join his orchestra

She made her recording debut singing Evil Gal Blues, written by Leonard Feather (who wrote Blow Top Blues you’ll hear Dinah sing in this week’s show, live on 1952 radio) and backed by Hampton and musicians from his band. Both that record and its follow-up, ‘Salty Papa Blues’, made the Billboard “Harlem Hit Parade” in 1944.

In December 1945 she made a series of twelve recordings for Apollo Records, 10 of which were issued, featuring the Lucky Thompson All Stars.

She stayed with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra until 1946.

SOLO

Her first solo recording, Fats Waller’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”, was another hit. Between 1948 and 1955, she had 27 R&B top-10 hits, making her one of the most popular and successful singers of the period.

‘Am I Asking Too Much?’ (1948) and ‘Baby Get Lost’ (1949) reached Number 1 on the R&B chart. Her version of Johnny Green’s 1930s hit, ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (1950) crossed over to reach Number 22 on the US pop chart.

Her hit recordings included blues, standards, novelties, pop covers, and even a version of Hank Williams’ ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ (R&B Number 3, 1951). At the same time as her biggest popular success, she also recorded sessions with many leading jazz musicians, including last week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley and Ben Webster.

In 1950, Dinah Washington performed at the sixth avalcade of Jazz concert held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Also featured on the same day were Lionel Hampton, PeeWee Crayton’s Orchestra, Roy Milton and his Orchestra plus Tiny Davis and Her Hell Divers. 16,000 were reported to be in attendance and the concert ended early because of a fracas while Lionel Hampton played ‘Flying High’.

Washington returned to perform at the twelfth Cavalcade of Jazz also at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in 1956. Performing that day were Little Richard, The Mel Williams Dots, Julie Stevens, Chuck Higgin’s Orchestra, Bo Rhambo, Willie Hayden & Five Black Birds, The Premiers, Gerald Wilson and His 20-Piece Recording Orchestra and Jerry Gray and his Orchestra.

In 1959, she had her first top ten pop hit, with a version of ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’. She followed it up with a version of Irving Gordon’s ‘Unforgettable’ and then two highly successful duets in 1960 with Brook Benton, ‘Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)’, which you’ll hear on this week’s show from a 1960 aircheck and ‘A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)’. Her last big hit was ‘September in the Rain’, in 1961.

She won the Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance, 1959, for ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’.

30 MARCH PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #510

107.3 2SER Tuesday 21 September 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+9 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
4RPH Brisbane Sunday 3 – 4am
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
One Night Stand Radio  
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + I Know That You Know
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Sep 1945
I’m In Love With Someone
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Glagys Tell
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1944
Poinciana
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Oct 1945
Set 2
Jimmy Grier  
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Just Friends
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Save The Last Dance For Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
The More You Hurt Me The More You Make Me Care + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Margaret Lawrence
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 3
1950s Jazz Radio  
Open + Without a Word of Warning
Arnett Cobb
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Jul 1952
Open + Small Hotel / All The Things You Are / Rose Room
Larry Green
Starlight Roof
Hotel Chase
KMOX CBS St Louis
1958
Open + Too Marvelous
Erroll Garner
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
6 May 1956
Set 4
Dinah Washington  
No Love, No Nothin’
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Mixed Emotions + Blow Top Blues
Dinah Washington
‘The Birdland Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
21 Jun 1952
You’ve Got What It Takes
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
Aircheck
WKBW Buffalo NY
1960
Set 5
Erskine Hawkins Commercial Discs  
Rockin’ Rollers’ Jubilee
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
12 Sep 1938
No Soap
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
14 May 1939
A Study in Brown
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Oct 1938
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Dolores Brown
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Dec 1939
Set 6
1930s Swing Radio  
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
KFI NBC Red
22 Aug 1935
You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
Kiss Me Again
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
You Do The Darndest Things, Baby
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jan 1937
Set 7
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1956  
Intro + Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Ridin’ Around in the Rain
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Sunny Side of the Street
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Just For Taking Bows
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 8
Carson Robinson Buckaroos  
Careless Love (theme) + Home on the Range
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie + Down on the Levee
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Goin’ Back to my Good Ol’ Texas Home + Golden Slippers
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wabash Moon + Boots and Saddles + Close
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939

Lester Young Genius Killed By Alcohol – 13 March 2021 Phantom Dancer


Lester Young, jazz tenor saxophonist called ‘The Prez’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist from live 1940s-50s broadcasts. Young was one of the most influential saxophonists, playing “a free-floating style, wheeling and diving like a gull, banking with low, funky riffs that pleased dancers and listeners alike”. Alcohol killed him.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 6 April at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

 

1920s-30s

Lester Young grew up in a musical family. His brother, Lee, was a drummer. (You’ll hear a broadcast by Lester and Lee on this week’s Phantom Dancer). His father lead the family band in which he played trumpet, alto sax, drums and violin.

Joining Walter Page’s Blue Devils Orchestra, Lester switched saxes from alto to tenor. He also doubled clarinet, until his clarinet was stolen at a gig in 1939. (He was given a replacement clarinet in 1957).

One of Young’s key influences was Frank Trumbauer, who was famous in the 1920s Paul Whiteman Orchestra and who played the C-melody saxophone (between the alto and tenor in pitch)

Young moved to Kansas City in 1933 to play in the Count Basie Orchestra. During the 1930s he also played in the bands of Andy Kirk and Fletcher Henderson. He also played in small groups that included pianist Teddy Wilson and singer Billie Holiday who gave him the nickname, Prez.

1940s

Young left the Basie band in late 1940. He played in small groups often with his brother, drummer Lee Young, including more studio sessions with Billie Holiday and Nat “King” Cole in June 1942. 

In December 1943 Young returned to the Basie Orchestra for a 10-month stint before he was drafted into the army during World War II.

PLASTIC REEDS

Lester Young was beginning to make much greater use of a plastic reed in the early 1940s. They gave his playing a heavier, breathier tone. He never abandoned the cane reed, but used the plastic reed a significant share of the time from 1943 until the end of his life. His tone also thickened from this time with a change in saxophone mouthpiece from a metal Otto Link to an ebonite Brilhart. In August 1944 Young appeared alongside drummer Jo Jones, trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison, and fellow tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet in Gjon Mili’s short film Jammin’ the Blues.

In 1946 Young joined Norman Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP), touring regularly with them over the next 12 years. He made many studio recordings under Granz’s supervision, including more trio recordings with Nat King Cole. Young also recorded extensively in the late 1940s for Aladdin Records (1946-7) and for Savoy (1944, ’49 and ’50), some sessions of which included Basie on piano.

 

KILLED BY PLONK

The quality and consistency of Lester Young’s playing ebbed gradually in the latter half of the 1940s.

And from 1951, his playing declined precipitously as his drinking increased. 

He began to rely on a small number of clichéd phrases and reduced creativity and originality, despite his claims that he did not want to be a “repeater pencil” (Young coined this phrase to describe the act of repeating one’s own past ideas. Young also coined the hipster words, ‘cool’ for good and ‘bread’ for money). 

In November 1955 he was admited to hospital a ‘nervous breakdown’.

On December 8, 1957, Young appeared with Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, and Gerry Mulligan in the CBS television special ‘The Sound of Jazz’, performing, ‘Fine and Mellow’. You’ll hear this reunion with Holiday, with whom he had lost contact over the years, on this week’s Phantom Dancer. Young’s solo was brilliant, acclaimed by some observers as an unparalleled marvel of economy, phrasing and extraordinarily moving emotion. Nat Hentoff, one of the show’s producers, later commented, “Lester got up, and he played the purest blues I have ever heard…in the control room we were all crying.”

Young made his final studio recordings and live performances in Paris in March 1959 with drummer Kenny Clarke at the tail end of an abbreviated European tour during which he ate almost nothing and drank heavily. On a flight to New York City, he suffered from internal bleeding due to alcoholism and died in the early morning hours of 15 March, 1959, only hours after arriving back in New York. He was only 49.

13 APRIL PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #485

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 April 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
4RPH Brisbane Sunday 3 – 4am
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
ONS Swing Bands  
Theme + Sunday
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
Oct 1943
Every Time
 Sonny Dunham Orchestra (voc) Mary Ann
‘One Night Stand’
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jul 1945
All Or Nothing At All + Close
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) Ted Travers
‘One Night Stand’
Roosevelt Hotel
Washington DC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Apr 1944
Set 2
Jimmy Grier  
Tired
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Time Alone Will Tell
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
What Did You Do With It? + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Margaret Lawrence
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 3
Glenn Miller Radio  
Wham Re Bop Boom Bam
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
7 Jan 1940
The Man With The Mandolin
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
5 Dec 1939
Tuxedo Junction
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
5 Apr 1940
Set 4
Lester Young  
Benny’s Bugle
Lester and Lee Young Orchestra
Club Capri
KHJ Mutual-Don Lee
Los Angeles
2 Dec 1941
These Foolish Things
Lester Young with Nat King Cole Trio and Buddy Rich
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
20 Mar 1946
Be Bop Boogie
Lester Young
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Dec 1948
Intro + Fine and Mellow
Lester Young (voc) Billie Holiday
‘Seven Lively Arts’
The Sound of Jazz
CBS TV
1957
Set 5
Swing Band Radio Transcriptions  
I’ve Had This Feeling Before
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Radio Transcription
1943
I’m Gonna Lock My Heart and Throw Away the Key
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Ron Kemper
Radio Transcription
1938
Sentimental Jorney
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
Radio Transcription
1944
I’ll See You In My Dreams
Jan Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1938
Set 6
Eddie Condon  
Love Nest
Eddie Condon Group
‘Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
9 Sep 1944
Yesterdays
Eddie Condon Group
‘Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
21 Oct 1944
Keep Smiling at Trouble
Eddie Condon Group
‘Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
30 Sep 1944
Sister Kate
Eddie Condon Group
‘Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
10 Feb 1945
Set 7
Jubilee  
Rockin’ in Rhythm
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Mister Beebe
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) June Richmond
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Save Your Sorrows
Eddie Heywood Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Blues in the Night
Larry Adler
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Set 8
Charlie Parker  
Wahoo
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
30 Jun 1951
Groovin’ High
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
29 Jan 1949
Confirmation
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Feb 1949
Fine and Dandy
Charlie Parker
‘Bands for Bonds’
WOR Mutual NY
13 Sep 1947

Dinah Washington Forged Her Own Path – Phantom Dancer 30 March 2021


Dinah Washington, The Queen of the Blues, the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

As an artist, she was one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century.

  • Beloved, because she had a great voice.
  • Controversial, because she didn’t seek approval from ‘the gatekeepers’. And as you’ll hear in her Birdland radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer, she didn’t hold back from telling radio announcers to shut up or stop being corny.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 30 March at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

DINAH

Dinah Washington was the stage name of Ruth Lee Jones.

She was a jazz singer but also sang blues, R&B, and pop music.

As a child she sang gospel music in church and played piano, directing her church choir in her teens and sang lead with the first female gospel singers formed by Sallie Martin, co-founder of the Gospel Singers Convention. She joined the gospel choir after she won an amateur contest at Chicago’s Regal Theater, singing, ‘I Can’t Face the Music’.

HAMPTON

At 15, she started singing in clubs. By 1941–42 she was performing at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago with Fats Waller.

She was playing at the Three Deuces, a jazz club, when a friend took her to hear Billie Holiday at the Garrick Stage Bar. Club owner Joe Sherman was so impressed with her singing of “I Understand”, backed by the Cats and the Fiddle, who were appearing in the Garrick’s upstairs room, that he hired her. During her year at the Garrick, she sang upstairs while Holiday performed downstairs room. Sherman gave her her stage name.

Lionel Hampton came to hear Dinah at the Garrick and invited her to join his orchestra

She made her recording debut singing Evil Gal Blues, written by Leonard Feather (who wrote Blow Top Blues you’ll hear Dinah sing in this week’s show, live on 1952 radio) and backed by Hampton and musicians from his band. Both that record and its follow-up, ‘Salty Papa Blues’, made the Billboard “Harlem Hit Parade” in 1944.

In December 1945 she made a series of twelve recordings for Apollo Records, 10 of which were issued, featuring the Lucky Thompson All Stars.

She stayed with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra until 1946.

SOLO

Her first solo recording, Fats Waller’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”, was another hit. Between 1948 and 1955, she had 27 R&B top-10 hits, making her one of the most popular and successful singers of the period.

‘Am I Asking Too Much?’ (1948) and ‘Baby Get Lost’ (1949) reached Number 1 on the R&B chart. Her version of Johnny Green’s 1930s hit, ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (1950) crossed over to reach Number 22 on the US pop chart.

Her hit recordings included blues, standards, novelties, pop covers, and even a version of Hank Williams’ ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ (R&B Number 3, 1951). At the same time as her biggest popular success, she also recorded sessions with many leading jazz musicians, including last week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley and Ben Webster.

In 1950, Dinah Washington performed at the sixth avalcade of Jazz concert held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Also featured on the same day were Lionel Hampton, PeeWee Crayton’s Orchestra, Roy Milton and his Orchestra plus Tiny Davis and Her Hell Divers. 16,000 were reported to be in attendance and the concert ended early because of a fracas while Lionel Hampton played ‘Flying High’.

Washington returned to perform at the twelfth Cavalcade of Jazz also at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in 1956. Performing that day were Little Richard, The Mel Williams Dots, Julie Stevens, Chuck Higgin’s Orchestra, Bo Rhambo, Willie Hayden & Five Black Birds, The Premiers, Gerald Wilson and His 20-Piece Recording Orchestra and Jerry Gray and his Orchestra.

In 1959, she had her first top ten pop hit, with a version of ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’. She followed it up with a version of Irving Gordon’s ‘Unforgettable’ and then two highly successful duets in 1960 with Brook Benton, ‘Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)’, which you’ll hear on this week’s show from a 1960 aircheck and ‘A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)’. Her last big hit was ‘September in the Rain’, in 1961.

She won the Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance, 1959, for ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’.

30 MARCH PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #483

107.3 2SER Tuesday 30 March 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
4RPH Brisbane Sunday 3 – 4am
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
One Night Stand Radio  
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + I Know That You Know
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Sep 1945
I’m In Love With Someone
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Glagys Tell
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1944
Poinciana
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Oct 1945
Set 2
Jimmy Grier  
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Just Friends
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Save The Last Dance For Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
The More You Hurt Me The More You Make Me Care + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Margaret Lawrence
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 3
1950s Jazz Radio  
Open + Without a Word of Warning
Arnett Cobb
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Jul 1952
Open + Small Hotel / All The Things You Are / Rose Room
Larry Green
Starlight Roof
Hotel Chase
KMOX CBS St Louis
1958
Open + Too Marvelous
Erroll Garner
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
6 May 1956
Set 4
Dinah Washington  
No Love, No Nothin’
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Traianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Mixed Emotions + Blow Top Blues
Dinah Washington
‘The Birdland Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
21 Jun 1952
You’ve Got What It Takes
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
Aircheck
WKBW Buffalo NY
1960
Set 5
Erskine Hawkins Commercial Discs  
Rockin’ Rollers’ Jubilee
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
12 Sep 1938
No Soap
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
14 May 1939
A Study in Brown
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Oct 1938
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Dolores Brown
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Dec 1939
Set 6
1930s Swing Radio  
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
KFI NBC Red
22 Aug 1935
You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
Kiss Me Again
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
You Do The Darndest Things, Baby
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jan 1937
Set 7
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1956  
Intro + Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Ridin’ Around in the Rain
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Sunny Side of the Street
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Just For Taking Bows
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 8
Carson Robinson Buckaroos  
Careless Love (theme) + Home on the Range
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie + Down on the Levee
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Goin’ Back to my Good Ol’ Texas Home + Golden Slippers
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wabash Moon + Boots and Saddles + Close
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939

Erskine Hawkins 20th Century Gabriel – Phantom Dancer 25 August 2020


Erskine Hawkins, that 20th Century Gabriel, from live 1940s radio is this week’s Phantom Dancer non-stop swing jazz feature artist.

Greg Poppleton has been bringing you The Phantom Dancer every week since 1985.

It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

Hear The Phantom Dancer online from 12:04pm AEST Tuesday 25 August at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/ where you can also hear two years of archived shows.

The finyl hour is vinyl.

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ERSKINE

Erskine Ramsay Hawkins, ‘the 20th Century Gabriel’ was an American trumpeter, composer and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama.

His outstanding hit, ‘Tuxedo Junction’ (1939) written saxophonist and arranger Bill Johnson, has become a jazz standard.

Vocalists who were featured with Erskine’s orchestra include Ida James, Delores Brown, and Della Reese.

Erskine Hawkins was named by his parents after Alabama industrialist Erskine Ramsay. The industrialist was rewarding parents who named their children after him with savings accounts.

At high schoold he played in the band directed by Fess Whatley, a teacher who trained numerous African-American musicians, many of whom populated the bands of famed band leaders such as Duke Ellington, Lucky Millinder, Louis Armstrong and Skitch Henderson (of the NBC Orchestra).

HAWKINS

From 1936 to 1938, he recorded for Vocalion Records as ‘Erskine Hawkins and his ‘Bama State Collegians’. In 1938, he signed with RCA Victor Records and began recording on their Bluebird label as, ‘Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra’.

In the late 1930s Hawkins and his Orchestra were one of the house bands at the Savoy Ballroom. They alternated with the Chick Webb band, and often used Tuxedo Junction as their sign-off song before the next band would take the stage, so that the dancing would continue uninterrupted. Hawkins also engaged in ‘battles of the bands’ with such bandleaders as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Lionel Hampton.

In the mid 1940s, he was transferred to the main RCA Victor label, recording many of his greatest hits for both labels during this decade. He remained with them until 1950 when he switched over to Coral Records. He continued to record for many years.

From 1967 – 93, Hawkins was trumpeter and band leader in the lobby bar and show nightclub at The Concord Resort Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, New York with his last performing group Joe Vitale piano, Dudly Watson bass, Sonny Rossi vocals and clarinet, and George Leary drums.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

A clip of Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra from 1938. Enjoy!

25 AUGUST PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #451

107.3 2SER Tuesday 25 August 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2MCE Bathurst / Orange / Central West NSW Wednesday 9 – 10am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
1950s Big Bands on Radio
Open + Leap Frog +
Les Brown Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC LA
12 Oct 1953
Nina Never Knew
Sauter – Finegan Orchestra (voc) Andy Roberts
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Sep 1953
Scianina Mia + Close
Ralph Flanagan Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS New York City
1950
Set 2
Radio Jazz from the late 1920s
To-Wa-Bac-A-Wa
Louis Dumaine’s Jazzola Eight
Comm Rec
New Orleans
7 Mar 1927
Shut The Door They’re Coming Through The Window
Murray and Scanlon (voc) Colonial Club Orchestra
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York
Nov 1929
Jazz Me Blues
Little Buster and the Corn Poppers (Red Nichols)
‘Dickenson Program’
Radio Transcription
New York
Nov 1929
Set 3
Three Unique Jazz Guitarists on 1930s-50s Radio
Djangology
Django Reinhardt and the Air Transport Command Band
‘AFN Bandstand’
AFN Paris
26 Oct 1945
Chick a la Swing
Carl Kress and Dick McDonough
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
You Don’t Know What Love Is
Tal Farlow (g) Trio
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Composer Club
WRCA NBC NY
23 Apr 1956
Set 4
Holding The 8 Bar Vocal Note on Radio
In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
‘Al Freed Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party’
KFWB CBS Hollywood
1956
Meniana Ae
Harry Owens Orchestra (voc) Eddie Bush
‘Sweet Leilani Time’
Mural Room
Hotel St Francis
KGO NBC San Francisco
1946
Ev’ry Day
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
‘Al Freed Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party’
KFWB CBS Hollywood
1956
I’ll See You In My Dreams
Greg Poppleton (voc) and the Bakelite Broadcasters
‘Back In Your Own Backyard’
Bandcamp
Set 5
1930s Jazz Bands and Singers on the Radio
Minor Mania
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Swinging On The Strings
The Inkspots
WEAF NBC Red NY
9 Aug 1935
One, Two, Button Your Shoe
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NY
18 Mar 1937
St Louis Blues
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Pittsburgh
8 Feb 1937
Set 6
Women Jazz Stars on 1940s-50s Radio
Once In A While
Sarah Vaughan (voc) Jimmy Jones (piano)
‘Jazz Club USA’
Carnegie Hall, New York City
Voice of America
25 Dec 1949
I Cover The Waterfront
Billie Holliday
Storyville Club
WMEX Boston
29 Oct 1951
There’ll Be A Jubilee
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Deed I Do
Lena Horne (voc) Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Hollywood
1944
Set 7
Erskine Hawkins – The 20th Century Gabriel on Radio
Baltimore Bounce
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Dec 1939
Open + Eelibuj Boogie
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Uncle Bud
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
Jun 1942
It’s Dawn Again
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Set 8
Jump Blues on 1944-45 Radio
Hey Lawdy Mama
Miss Rhapsody
Comm Rec
New York City
6 Jul 1944
How High The Moon
Jubilee All-Stars
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Dee Dee’s Dance
Herbie Fields Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
19 Dec 1944
Jam Session Blues
Johnny Otis Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson and Joe Turner
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945

Facebook Live Concert – Greg Poppleton 1920s Songs – 12 August 2020


Facebook Live, Wednesday 12 August, 1:30pm – 2:30pm AEST (8:30 – 9:30 pm PDT). I’ll serenade you live on Facebook Live with 1920s – 30s songs backed by Grahame Conlon on guitar and banjo https://www.facebook.com/WhatsOnWaverley

Facebook live Wed 12 August, Greg Poppleton sings 1920s-30s songs

For 15 years, I’ve been singing the songs of the 1920s – 1930s at a yearly concert held at Bondi Pavilion, right on iconic Bondi Beach.

This year, with the historic Pavilion being renovated and with social distancing due to Covid, the annual concert is being beamed on Facebook Live.

Over the years at Bondi, a number of audience requests have been added into the band’s song lists. These include You Are My Sunshine, Road to Gundagai and Falling in Love Again.

All these songs are now available to download. Visit the shop

You Are My Sunshine is from the latest album, Tin Pan Alley Vol 2, now on Apple Music and Spotify…

 

Another favourite 1920s song audiences ask for at a Greg Poppleton concert is Carolina in the Morning which is the final track of the new album Tin Pan Alley Vol. 2. Here’s the video.

I hope you can join me on Wednesday 12 August when I’ll sing the songs of the 1920s – 1930s and chat about the songs, too.

Frances Faye – Phantom Dancer 4 August 2020


Frances Faye, cabaret singer and pianist, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Peter Allen credited her as a major influence. He had Faye sing the vocals on the track ‘Just a Gigolo’ on his 1974 album, Continental American.

Personally, I wonder whether the Continental in the name of that album refers to the Continental Baths in New York City where Allen re-launched his career after being rescued by a friend of mine, and Continental Baths owner, Steve Ostrow, who with, Bette Midler, found him unconscious one day on a Long Island beach.

You’ll hear Frances live from a NYC nightclub over NBC in 1956 on this week’s Phantom Dancer. And she’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week in a 1979 performance live on Sydney’s midday weekly variety TV show, ‘The Mike Walsh Show’. (Missed this one, I was either at a Chemical Engineering lecture at uni or on a bus working as a conductor. ‘The Mike Walsh Show’ audience were famously all bussed in ‘little old ladies’.)

frances faye 1950s

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week. Presented and produced by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer’s been on-air over 107.3 2SER Sydney since 1985.

Hear The Phantom Dancer online from 12:04pm AEST Tuesday 4 August at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/ where you can also hear two years of archived shows.

As always, the finyl hour is vinyl.

FRANCES

Frances Faye was a second cousin of actor Danny Kaye, whose TV show I used to watch, laughing my head off, as a toddler in the mid-1960s.
She entered showbiz at age 15 in nightclubs.

She made her solo recording debut in 1936 and appeared in the 1937 Bing Crosby movie, ‘Double or Nothing’ in which she sang ‘After You’. She wrote the song ‘Well All Right’ recorded by the Andrews Sisters.

Her act became famous for including double entendres and references to homosexuality. Faye herself was bisexual and hinted at this frequently in her act, playfully altering pronouns in love songs or weave her girlfriend’s name into lyrics of songs.

She recorded albums for Capitol Records, Imperial Records and the jazz labels Verve and Bethlehem Records.

frances faye 1940s

FAYE

Faye was married twice in the 1940s. In the late 1950s, a woman named Teri Shepherd became her manager and lifelong partner. Shepherd discussed her relationship with Faye in Bruce Weber’s 2001 film Chop Suey.

She was arrested in 1955 on a narcotics charge in Los Angeles. Police alleged she and three men arrested at the same time possessed marijuana.

During the 1960s, Faye suffered a number of health related problems brought on by a hip accident in 1958. She nevertheless continued to tour into the early 1980s. Peter Allen credited her as a major influence.

She returned to film in 1978, playing an elderly cocaine-sniffing madam in the Louis Malle film Pretty Baby. She retired shortly afterwards. At the time of her death in 1991, aged 79, she was living with Shepherd.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

And every week, right here, I find the jazzy or the quirky or both combined from YouTube, just for you, as your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. This week it’s Francis Faye (she’s in today’s Phantom Dancer mix on NBC radio in 1956) live on Sydney TV (The Mike Walsh Show) in 1979 – singing, playing the piano, and being interviewed. Enjoy!

4 AUGUST PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #448

107.3 2SER Tuesday 4 August 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2MCE Bathurst / Orange / Central West NSW Wednesday 9 – 10am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Jubilee Show AFRS Radio 1945-46
Open + Instrumental
Cliff Lang
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
7 Oct 1946
Sentimental Journey
Alvino Rey (steel guitar) and The Armed Forces Radio Service Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Aug 1945
Honeysuckle Rose + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
17 Jul 1945
Set 2
Live Exotica on 1950s Radio
Medley
Frances Faye (voc and piano) with double bass and bongos
‘All Star Parade of Bands’
The Cameo
WRCA NBC NY
5 Mar 1956
Mocambo Mambo + Quiet Village (close)
Martin Denny
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
1959
Night Must Fall + Nightingale + My Shawl (close)
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Last Frontier
NBC Las Vegas
30 Nov 1953
Set 3
Radio Band Leaders Who Made Lounge Records in the 1950s
Open + The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else
Enoch Light and his Light Brigade
‘One Night Stand’
New Park Casino
Palisades Park NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Contrasts (theme) + Georgia On My Mind
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
It’s Delovely + Theme
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Tony Alamo and Barbara Benson
Astor Roof
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
WCBS CBS NY
1951
Set 4
Early 1930s Radio
Virginia
Arthur Rosebery and his Kit-Kat Dance Band (voc) Len Lees
Comm Rec
London
Dec 1929
Open + It’s The Girl
Freddy Rich and the Friendly Five Orchestra (voc) Freddy Rich
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1931
Be Cafeful + Close
Billy Jones and Ernie Hare with the De Marco Sisters
‘Tastee Loafers’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 5
Trad Jazz on 1940s – 50s Radio
Chicago
Jimmy Dorsey’s Dorseyland Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1950
Back and Blue
Muggsy Spanier
‘This Is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
22 Mar 1947
Relaxin’ at the Touro
Muggsy Spanier and Eddie Condon Group incl. Gene Krupa (drums)
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall, New York City
WJZ Blue NY
23 Sep 1944
Canal Street Blues + Bay City (close)
Turk Murphy’s San Francisco Jazz Band
Easy Street
KCBS San Francisco
7 Nov 1958
Set 6
1930s Dance Bands on the Wireless
Hurry Home
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters (voc) Carlotta Dale
Comm Rec
New York City
21 Oct 1938
Old Stamping Ground
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Tony Pastor
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Dec 1938
Back To Back
Teddy Wilson Orchestra (voc) Thelma Carpenter
‘America Dances’
WABC CBS NY and BBC London
1939
In A Mist
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
WABC CBS NY
19 Nov 1938
Set 7
Guy Lombardo at the 1964 New York World Fair
Band Remote
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians
Tiparillo Pavilion
New York World Fair
WCBS CBS NY
1964
Set 8
Bebop Sounds on 1950s Radio
Shaw Nuff
Dizzy Gillespie Rebop Six
Comm Rec
Hollywood
Dec 1945
Night in Tunisia
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jul 1956
A Groovy Little Ditty
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
April 1956
Imagination
Slim Gaillard Quintet (voc) Slim Gaillard
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
2 Jun 1951

Paul Lavalle ‘Symphonic Rhumba’ – Phantom Dancer 30 June 2020


Paul Lavalle composer, arranger, clarinettist and saxophonist, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with two recordings from NBC’s ‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’ radio series.

The Phantom Dancer is produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton. The show has been on-air over 107.3 2SER Sydney since 1985.

You can hear it online from 12:04pm AEST Tuesday 30 June at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

The finyl hour is vinyl.

USIFER

Paul Laval from 1938 and Paul Lavalle after the 1940s was the stagename of Joseph Usifer. He made one record in 1938, a sophisticated swing arrangement in the style of Raymond Scott in 1938.

Lavalle won a scholarship to Juilliard and was a student of composition of Joseph Schillinger. He played in many 1930s bands, including one in Havana, Cuba. In 1933 he became an arranger and clarinetist in the NBC house orchestra. His composition Symphonic Rhumba (1939), was broadcast by the NBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski, on December 6, 1942.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll hear two Lavalle originals,’The Bullfrog and the Finch’ and ‘The Angie Wangie Blues’ broadcast over NBC’s Blue Network.

RADIO

Lavalle worked on The Dinah Shore Show (1939–40), The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street (1940–44), Plays for Americans (1942), Highways in Melody, The Stradivari Orchestra (1943), Strictly Business (1940), The Ted Steele Show (1942), and Dough Re Mi (1942-1943).

On radio he collaborated with Victor Borge, Mario Lanza, Robert Merrill and Dinah Shore. In November 1944, his jazz composition ‘Always’ made it to number 29 on the top 40 charts.

Lavalle was selected over several applicants to become the conductor of the Band of America in 1948. They performed on the weekly radio program Cities Service Concerts on NBC Radio for eight years and almost 400 programs. Each program began with the introduction: “Forty-eight states… 48 stars… 48 men marching down the main street of everybody’s hometown! Here comes the Cities Service Band of America, conducted by Paul Lavalle!”

TV

In 1949, Lavalle and the band became one of the first musical groups to appear weekly on television.

On May 18, 1961, Paul Lavalle and the Greatest Band in America joined singer Kay Armen in a 30-minute episode of the ABC-TV series ‘Music For a Spring Night’ entitled ‘Concert in the Park.’ Beginning in 1964, the Band of America toured extensively and also became the official band of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, an engagement that lasted into 1965.

In 1967, he was instrumental in forming the 100-member All-American High School Band (by 1968 known as McDonald’s All-American High School Band) which participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Tournament of Roses Parade

Lavalle guest conducted many orchestras, including the ABC Symphony, CBS Symphony, NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1966 he became the conductor for the Radio City Music Hall Symphony Orchestra, and he returned two years later to serve as director of music and as principal conductor until 1975. In 1981 he began conducting the Wilton, Connecticut, Chamber Orchestra.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Paul Lavalle’s Symphonic Rhumba (1939), broadcast by the NBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski, on December 6, 1942…

30 JUNE PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #443

107.3 2SER Tuesday 30 June 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2MCE Bathurst / Orange / Central West NSW Wednesday 9 – 10am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Swing and Dance Bands on 1937 Radio
Let’s Dance (theme) + Minnie The Moocher’s Wedding Day
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual New York City
21 Oct 1937
Am I Blue?
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
September In The Rain + Ad + Close
Jack Hylton Orchestra (voc) Dick Mertre + Ad by ‘Mrs Goodsort’
‘The Rinso Review’
International Broadcasting Company London
Radio Normandy
26 Dec 1937
Set 2
Count Basie on 1954 – 56 Radio
One O’Clock Jump + You For Me
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
American Legion Park, Ephrata Pa
WLAN ABC Lancaster Pa
2 Sep 1954
Sent For You Yesterday
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
‘Fifth Anniversary of Birdland’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
16 Dec 1954
All Right OK You Win
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
9 Dec 1956
Set 3
The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street WJZ NY 1941
Open + Ida
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
30 Jun 1941
The Bullfrog and The Robin
Paul Lavalle Woodwinds
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
30 Jun 1941
Angie Wangie Blues + Close
Paul Lavalle Woodwinds
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
25 Aug 1941
Set 4
Jazz Radio in 1960
Intro + Love Letters
Rodolfo Alchourron Quartet
‘Esto Es Jazz’
LR1 Radio el Mundo, Buenos Aires
28 May 1960
Theme + Sweet and Lovely
Lee Konitz
‘Jazz International’
AFRTS Hollywood
16 Jun 1960
Rhythm A Ning
Thelonius Monk Quintet
‘The World Jazz Series’
Connie Mack Park
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
3 Mar 1960
Set 5
Medium Tempo Swing On 1940s Radio
Bluebirds In The Moonlight
Dick Freeman and his Trocadero Orchestra (voc) Barbara James
Comm Rec
Sydney
Mar 1940
Together
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Frolics Club Miami
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Jul 1944
I Never Knew
Raymond Scott’s Captivators
‘Morning Music’
WABC CBS NY
10 Jan 1943
Shoo Shoo Baby
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 6
Small Groups from the Big Bands on the Radio
Sugar
Mel Powell Trio (from the Glenn Miller Orch.)
Comm Rec
Paris
1945
The Sad Sack
Gramercy 5 (from the Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Santa Ana Ca
ABC Los Angeles
3 Oct 1945
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Benny Goodman Trio
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 jan 1939
Wire Brush Stomp
Gene Krupa Trio
‘Spotlight Bands’
Newport Rhode Island
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Set 7
Swing From 1930s Germany
Musik! Musik! Musik!
Otto Stenzel von der Scala Berlin mit seinem Tanzorchester (voc) Wilfred Sommer
Comm Rec
Berlin
7 Jun 1939
Aus Lauter Liebe
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Peter Igelhoff
Comm Rec
Berlin
Jul 1937
Über die Dächer der großen Stadt
Hans Carste Orchestra (voc) Schuricke-Terzett
Comm Rec
Berlin
1939
Wenn Wir Uns Einmal Wiederseh’n
Joop Carlquist und sein Hawaiian-Tanzorchester
Comm Rec
Berlin
1938
Set 8
Mod Women Jazz Singers On The Air
Once In A While
Sarah Vaughan
‘Jazz Club USA’
Washington DC
25 Dec 1949
Just A’Sittin’ And A’Rockin’
Julie Christie
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Nov 1945
Confess
Patti Page
‘One Night Stand’
Click, Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
My Baby Just Cares For Me + The Lady Is A Tramp
Jaye P. Morgan
‘Second Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS TV
30 Apr 1958