Sydney Festival 2020 – ‘The Rivoli’ – Greg Poppleton and Dance Makers Collective


Sydney Festival 2020, Dance Makers Collective present the world premiere of ‘The Rivoli‘ in the beautiful, late Victorian Granville Town Hall with Greg Poppleton’s 1920s -30s Sydney Festival trio, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo with Cazzbo Johns on sousaphone.

Come to the show: 8pm, Tues 22 Jan – Sat 25 January 2020. Granville Town Hall. TICKETS

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s swing jazz trio: vocals, banjo, sousaphone
Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s swing jazz trio: Greg Poppleton vocals, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone

‘The Rivoli’ is a celebration of social life before social media, when to meet was to talk, laugh and move to music together.

From the early 1930s to the late 1960s, the Rivoli Dance Palace on Church St, Parramatta was Western Sydney’s favourite dance hall. It was demolished in 1973 to make way for an office development. Now nothing remains of ‘The Riv’ except the stories of the people who danced there.

Dancers rehearsing a routine with band instruments in background
Dancers rehearsing a routine with band instruments in background

Dance Makers Collective brings those stories to life in a tribute to the rituals of social dance and the human drive toward belonging and togetherness.

Staged in the heritage-listed Granville Town Hall, The Rivoli invites you and your favourite dance partner to be swept into an immersive exploration of mid-century nightlife, desire and social connection.

The show includes performances by the Greg Poppleton Trio: Greg Poppleton (vocals) Cazzbo Johns (sousaphone) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo)

Dance Makers at rehearsal
Dance Makers at rehearsal for ‘The Rivoli’ in Granville Town Hall with the band instruments in the background

SYDNEY FESTIVAL

Sydney Festival is a major arts festival in Australia’s largest city, Sydney that runs for three weeks every January, since it was established in 1977. The festival program features in excess of 100 events from local and international artists and includes contemporary and classical music, dance, circus, drama, visual arts and artist talks. The festival attracts approximately 500,000 people to its large-scale free outdoor events and 150,000 to its ticketed events, and contributes more than A$55 million to the economy of New South Wales.

The Festival has a history of presenting Australian premieres and many of Australia’s most memorable productions such as Cloudstreet have resulted from Sydney Festival’s commitment to nurture local artists. It has brought many of the world’s great artists to Sydney for the first time including: Ariane Mnouchkine and Thèâtre du Soleil (Flood Drummers), Robert Wilson (The Black Rider), Robert Lepage (Far Side of the Moon, The Andersen Project, Lipsynch), George Piper Dances, Netherlands Dance Theatre, James Thiérrée (Junebug Symphony, Au Revoir Parapluie), Philip Glass, Ian McKellen (Dance of Death), Batsheva Dance Company, National Theatre of Scotland (Black Watch, Aalst), Christopher Wheeldon Company, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Al Green, Katona Jozsef Theatre, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, The National, Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom.

Come to the show: 8pm, Tues 22 Jan – Sat 25 January 2020. Granville Town Hall. TICKETS

Frankie Laine, Mel Torme, Jo Stafford on Live 1940s Radio – Phantom Dancer 14 January 2020


Your feature artists on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton – your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio – are singers Frankie Laine, Mel Torme and Jo Stafford from live 1940s radio. The last hour is all vinyl.

You can hear The Phantom Dancer online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

frankie laine

FRANKIE LAINE

Frankie Laine (born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio) was an American singer, songwriter and actor whose career spanned nearly 75 years.

He first sang in 1930 with a marathon dance company. His final performance was “That’s My Desire” in 2005. Often billed as “America’s Number One Song Stylist”, his other nicknames include “Mr. Rhythm”, “Old Leather Lungs”, and “Mr. Steel Tonsils”. His hits included “That’s My Desire”, “That Lucky Old Sun”, “Mule Train”, “Jezebel”, “High Noon”, “I Believe”, “Hey Joe!”, “The Kid’s Last Fight”, “Cool Water”, “Rawhide”, and “Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain”.

He sang well-known theme songs for many movie Western soundtracks, including 3:10 To Yuma, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Blazing Saddles, although his recordings were not charted as a country & western. Laine sang an eclectic variety of song styles and genres, stretching from big band crooning to pop, western-themed songs, gospel, rock, folk, jazz, and blues.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer, The Velvet Fog, Mel Torme, sings two songs including one when aged 17 in front of Chico Marx’s Orchestra on a CBS Fitch Bandwagon.

mel torme

MEL TORME

Melvin Howard Tormé was nicknamed “The Velvet Fog”. He was an American musician, singer, composer, arranger, drummer, actor, and author. He composed the music for “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells.

A child prodigy, Torme first performed professionally at age 4 with the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, singing “You’re Driving Me Crazy” at Chicago’s Blackhawk restaurant.

He played drums in the drum-and-bugle corps at Shakespeare Elementary School. From 1933 to 1941, he acted in the radio programs The Romance of Helen Trent and Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy. He wrote his first song at 13. Three years later his first published song, “Lament to Love,” became a hit for bandleader Harry James.

From 1942 to 1943 he was a member of a band led by Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers. He was the singer, drummer, and also did some arrangements. In 1943, Tormé made his movie debut in Frank Sinatra’s first film, the musical Higher and Higher. His appearance in the 1947 film musical Good News made him a teen idol.

In 1944 he formed the vocal quintet Mel Tormé and His Mel-Tones, modeled on Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers. The Mel-Tones, which included Les Baxter and Ginny O’Connor, had several hits fronting Artie Shaw’s band and on their own, including Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love?” The Mel-Tones were among the first jazz-influenced vocal groups.

jo stafford

JO STAFFORD

Jo Elizabeth Stafford was an American traditional pop music singer and actor. Her career spanned the late 1930s to the early 1980s. Admired for the purity of her voice, she originally underwent classical training to become an opera singer before following a career in popular music, and by 1955 had achieved more worldwide record sales than any other female artist. Her 1952 song “You Belong to Me” topped the charts in the United States and United Kingdom, the record becoming the first by a female artist to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Born in Coalinga, California, Stafford made her first musical appearance at age 12. While still at high school, she joined her two older sisters to form a vocal trio named the Stafford Sisters, who found moderate success on radio and in film. In 1938, while the sisters were part of the cast of Twentieth Century Fox’s production of Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Stafford met the future members of the Pied Pipers and became the group’s lead singer. Bandleader Tommy Dorsey hired them in 1939 to perform back-up vocals for his orchestra.

In addition to her recordings with the Pied Pipers, Stafford featured in solo performances for Dorsey. After leaving the group in 1944, she recorded a series of pop standards for Capitol Records and Columbia Records. Many of her recordings were backed by the orchestra of Paul Weston. She also performed duets with Gordon MacRae and Frankie Laine. Her work with the United Service Organizations giving concerts for soldiers during World War II earned her the nickname “G.I. Jo”. Starting in 1945, Stafford was a regular host of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) radio series The Chesterfield Supper Club and later appeared in television specials—including two series called The Jo Stafford Show, in 1954 in the U.S. and in 1961 in the U.K.

Jo Stafford film and TV clips make up your Video of the Week. The first clip is introduced by Ronald Reagan and includes a live version of ‘Temtayshun’, with Jo Stafford as ‘Cinerella G Stump’ singing a quarter tone out and taking no spaces like all of our great indie singers (but back then it was considered a joke).

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.

14 JANUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #419

107.3 2SER Tuesday 14 January 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
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 on 1950s Radio
One O’Clock Jump + Sixteen Men Swinging
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Sitting In The Sun
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) JoAnn Greer
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC LA
12 Oct 1953
Capital Idea + (theme)
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Magnolia Room
Hotel Claridge
WMC NBC Memphis
19 Jun 1953
Set 2
Swing Dance Bands on 1942-44 Radio
Open + Abraham
Chico Marx Orchestra (voc) Mel Torme
‘Fitch Band Wagon’
Blackhawk Restaurant
WBBM CBS Chicago
20 Dec 1942
Was It Like That?
Lionel Hampton Orchestra (voc) Dinah Washington
‘One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Jun 1944
Open + Ain’t Misbehavin’
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
20 May 1943
One Night Stand + Close (Coca Cola Waltz in 4/4 Swing)
Denny Beckner Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Norfolk, Virginia
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Mar 1944
Set 3
Navy Star Time Singers 1952 Radio
Baby, That Ain’t Right
Frankie Laine (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Mel Torme (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
I’ll Get By + Close
Jo Stafford (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
Set 4
1946 Radio Swing
Instrumental
Harry James Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands ‘
El Patio Playhouse
KHJ Mutual LA
13 Apr 1946
Begin The Beguine
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 jun 1946
Blue Moon + Summertime
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Dec 1946
Set 5
1934 – 36 Radio Bands
There’s Something In The Air
Red Nichols Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Robins and Roses
Lee Wiley (voc)
WABC CBS NY
17 Jun 1936
Christopher Columbus
Isham Jones Orchestra
WOR Mutual NY
13 Mar 1936
Goodbye
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Feb 1935
Set 6
Big Bands 1942-45 Radio
McGhee Special
Andy Kirk and his 12 Clouds of Joy
Comm Rec
New York City
14 Jul 1942
Open + Smiles
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
Slip Of The Lip
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Fourth War Loan Drive’
WEAF NBC NY
1 May 1943
One O’Clock Jump (open) + Unidentified Time
Johnny Otis Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Set 7
Sweet Bands on 1930-40s Wireless
You Are My Dream
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Glass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
It Was Just One Of Those Things
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles
13 May 1946
Words Of Love
Eddy Howard Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
5 Dec 1945
It’s A Whole New Thing
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
New York City
1938
Set 8
Bop Inspired Radio
Moppin’ The Blues
Pete Brown Quintette
Comm Rec
New York City
11 Jul 1944
A Minor Thing + In Your Own Sweet Way
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
High On An Open Mike
Fats Navarro (tp) Bill Harris (tb) Alen Eager, Charlie Ventura (ts) Ralph Burns (piano) Al Valente (g) Chubby Jackson (b) Buddy Rich (d)
‘Saturday Night Swing Session’
WNEW NY
12 Apr 1947
Fine and Dandy
Slim Gaillard Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
2 Jun 1951

First Nighters Feature – Latest From 3MGB Radio Mallacoota – Phantom Dancer 7 Jan 2020


First nighters for the first Phantom Dancer of 2020 – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Hear excepts from the 1939 radio premier of Morton Gould’s ‘American Symphonette #2’, the first all African-American Variety show on NBC in 1948, and Duke Ellington introducing his Shakesphere suite over CBS from the 1957 Ravinia Festival

3MGB Radio Mallacoota plays The Phantom Dancer every week. Mallacoota has faced some of the worst of the 2019 – 2020 bushfires where the sky turned red and the Navy is now in the process of evacuating people from the town.

Map showing warning areas near bushfires in Victoria, Australia. The areas with a black line and grey fill are designated for evacuation. The red lines indicate “emergency warning”. The arrow points toward Mallacoota, Victoria. The width of the largest emergency warning area is approximately 204km (110 miles), east to west. Map by Vic Emergency, Dec. 31, 2019
Map showing warning areas near bushfires in Victoria, Australia. The areas with a black line and grey fill are designated for evacuation. The red lines indicate “emergency warning”. The arrow points toward Mallacoota, Victoria. The width of the largest emergency warning area is approximately 204km (110 miles), east to west. Map by Vic Emergency, Dec. 31, 2019

The ABC (the Australian national broadcaster) has just posted news from 3MGB volunteer, Francesca Winterson, 2 Jan…

“Francesca Winterson is a volunteer at Mallacoota’s community radio station 3MGB, and plenty of you were concerned about her safety earlier in the week. We’ve been able to have a long chat with her this morning.

She said misinformation had been spreading on Facebook.

“I think people are starting to get incredibly anxious because they have been isolated for so long but they have to accept that right at the moment there’s absolutely nothing we can do,” she told ABC Gippsland.

“Some people have been able to get back into their homes. I was one person fortunate enough that at the moment my house is standing.”
Ms Winterson said water supplies had been restored but power was still out and the only road out of town was still closed.

Paramedics had been brought in by police helicopter and only people with acute medical emergencies were being airlifted out, she said, as the town waits for a navy ship docked nearby to start evacuating people.

But amid the chaos people were doing what they could to help.

“There’s a lot of smiles, a lot of waves,” she said.

“Yes there are some people who are incredibly anxious but basically the community is pulling together and that’s what we’ve got to do. We all have to pull together, reach out to other people, offer them accommodation, offer them a shower.

“We’re a strong little town and most of the people that come here have been coming here for a long time and they love Mallacoota so they’ll help us.”

Source – ABC Blog

You can hear The Phantom Dancer online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

FIRST NIGHTERS

Every week The Phantom Dancer brings you a feature artist. This week, it’s feature programs. Excerpts from three historic first nighters with some explaination about why they are so important below…

morton gould

AMERICAN SYMPHONETTE No.3 RADIO PREMIER – WOR MBS New York City / CBC CANADA, 1939

Joseph Stevenson writes,
“This 1939 composition is one of the most convincing classical attempts to create a jazz spirit. It succeeds in doing so without the presence of any jazz players or use of improvisation. Nevertheless, jazz devices of coloration are used, such as wire brushes on drums, glissandi and lip slurs, and chord voicings that are common to jazz arrangements of the time. In addition, the themes (and their scales and harmonies) are jazz- and blues-derived. So successful was Gould in devising “jazz” themes for this symphonette that the second movement, “Pavane” has been widely quoted in actual jazz performances by such masters as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and Glenn Miller. The outer two movements of this three-movement piece are marked “Moderately fast” and “Very fast–Racy,” respectively. Incidentally, you have heard and are quite familiar with the theme of the Pavane, whether you know it or not. Outstanding listening. Gould is notable for creating excellent music, perfectly crafted, seemingly almost commercial in intent and yet, when really listened to, revealing unusual breadth. I always conclude listening to this piece believing that it is a true masterpiece without even trying to be. Wonderfully ingratiating music.”

savoy ballroom

‘SWINGTIME AT THE SAVOY’ WNBC NBC NY, 28 Jul 1948

New York Times headline: “The News of Radio; All-Negro Variety Show, ‘Swingtime at the Savoy,’ Will Bow Tonight on NBC”

“An all-Negro variety show, entitled “Swingtime at the Savoy,” will have its premiere at 8 o’clock tonight on NBC. The regular cast will include Lucky Millinder and his orchestra, Miller and Lee, comedians; Jackie (Moms) Pabley, comedienne, and the King Odem Quartet.” New York Times, 28 July 1948

ravinia festival

RAVINIA FESTIVAL – DUKE ELLINGTON SHAKESPHERE SUITE PREMIER, CBS 1 JUL 1957

The Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States, with a series of outdoor concerts and performances held every summer from June to September. In Ravinia Park’s first summer of 1905, it hosted the New York Philharmonic, and the prairie style Martin Theater dates from this time period. It has been the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) since 1936. Located in Highland Park, Illinois, the festival operates on the grounds of the 15 ha Ravinia Park, with a variety of outdoor and indoor performing arts facilities – Wiki

“In 1957, Duke Ellington premiered the latest in what would become a series of suites based on various subjects and inspirations. This one, inspired by the plays of William Shakespeare, had its U.S. premier at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and was broadcast (much, but not all of it) via CBS Radio on July 1st, with the performance already underway. An album of the suite was planned and recorded, slated for release in November of 1957, but apparently the stereo version was scrapped and only the mono version was available until 1999. The world premier of the piece was given at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where Ellington and his band were scheduled to play for two nights. It was there that Ellington got the idea to do a suite based on Shakespearean themes, and along with his co-writer Billy Strayhorn, worked on the suite to be premiered the following year at the festival. So the actual world premier of most of Such Sweet Thunder took place at Stratford around June 30 1957, but it wasn’t complete and no recording of it exists.” Gordon Skene.

Now, tirelessly searching YouTube for a swingy, jazzy, instructive, or ‘weird and wonderful’ Video of the Week, I’ve found this for your ocular delectation, a whole set of soundies by the 1940s all-women swing orchestra, International Sweethearts of Rhythm, recently featured on your Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. 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.

7 JANUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #418

107.3 2SER Tuesday 7 January 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
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 on 1930s Radio
Open + Panamania
Leith Stevens Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
Naila (Delibes)
Arnold Johnson Orchestra
Comm Rec (unissued)
Variety Records
New York City
26 May 1937
RCA Radio Ad + Wolverine Blues + Study In Brown (theme)
Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Jul 1938
Set 2
Latin Sounds on 1946-53 Radio
Open + Chiu Chiu
Desi Arnez Orchestra
Ciro’s
KNX CBS LA
1946
Bolero
Sergio Torres Orchestra (voc) unannounced woman singer
‘Chiclets Program’
XEW Mexico City
1949
Chi sas? Chi sas?
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Hotel Last Frontier
NBC Las Vegas
30 Nov 1953
Set 3
1943-44 Swing Radio
Joshua
Richard Himber Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Aniston, Alabama
Blue Network
13 Nov 1943
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Leo Reisman Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
National Press Club
Washington DC
Blue Network
23 Jan 1943
I Got Rhythm + Close
Lenny Conn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
1949
Set 4
Special Music Programs
First Movement
Morton Gould Orchestra
‘American Symphonette No. 3’
WOR MBS/CBC New York City
1939
Open + I’ve Got Rhythm + Money Money (calypso)
Lucky Millinder Orchestra with Noble Sissle and the Hall Sisters
‘Swingtime At The Savoy’
WNBC NBC NY
28 Jul 1948
Circle of Fourths + Jam With Sam
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Ravinia Festival’
WBBM CBS Chicago
1 Jul 1957
Set 5
1939 Radio Singers
We Three
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) Johnny Messner
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Stairway To The Stars
Teddy Wilson Orchestra (voc) Thelma Carpenter
‘America Dances’
CBS NY / BBC London
1939
From The Bottom Of My Heart
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra
‘America Dances’
CBS NY / BBC London
19 Jul 1939
Chew, Chew Your Bubblegum
Chick Webb Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Boton
4 May 1939
Set 6
Traditional Jazz on 1939 – 1951 Radio
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (theme) + Maple Leaf Rag
Wild Bill Davison
‘This Is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
19 Apr 1947
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
18 Jul 1939
Snag It
Henry ‘Red’ Allen Dixielanders
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM NY
1950
There’ll Be Some Changes Made + I Would Do Anything For You
Eddie Condon Group (voc) Red McKenzie
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
16 Sep 1944
Set 7
Benny Goodman On The Air
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jan 1948
Clarinade
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
KECA ABC LA
26 Jan 1946
Sweet Georgia Brown
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield Mass.
Blue Network
29 Sep 1943
Jack Benny-Gary Cooper Skit + One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Jack Benny Show’
WEAF NBC NY
13 Dec 1942
Set 8
Modern Sounds on 1940s-50s Radio
All of Me + VIP’s Boogie
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Town Casino
NBC Cleveland
1952
Hot House
Barry Ulanov’s All Star Modern Jazz Musicians
‘Bands For Bonds’
WOR MBS NY
13 Sep 1947
Painted Rhythm
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
27 Nov 1945
Fine and Dandy
Slim Gaillard Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
2 Jun 1951

Happy New Decade – Did Wynn Foresee Australia Burning? – Phantom Dancer 31 Dec 2019


We started this year  with this New Year show, choc-a-bloc full of New Years swing and jazz from live 1936 – 1966 radio. And because I’m on holidays unable to move with a fractured femur, we’ll end the decade with it, too!

The Phantom Dancer, presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, since 1985 on 107.3 2SER Sydney, is now re-broadcast on over 24 stations of the Community Radio Network across Australia. Hear the show online from midday 31 December 2019 (AEST).

And see the play list below.

OOGIE BOOGIE

This week’s featured ‘artist’ is Wynn the Astrologer

Wynn the astrologer

SEER

This famous 1930s astrologer gives his prognostications for 1937 on this week’s Phantom Dancer. In fact, get ready for disappointment at the end of Set 1, where I play Wynn’s ‘wise words’ (and some musical excerpts) from the 1936 New Year’s Eve Rudy Vallee show.

You’ll hear most of what Wynn had to say about the year ahead. I cut it short for time. Think of the audience for the 1936 radio broadcast, they never got that time Wynn wasted back.

Wynn, born Sidney Kimball Bennett, wrote the stars for the New York Daily News. It seems he didn’t do it for a laugh. He was pompously serious about himself, as you’ll hear.

SPOOKY

His claim to fame was a prediction he made in the NY Daily News in 1932. He ‘foresaw’ financial turmoil for early March of 1933. That’s when President Roosevelt closed the banks for a week as the US struggled with the Great Depression.

wynn the astrologer

UNCANNY

Wynn’s predictions for 1937 are typically vague, and, well, predictable. More interesting is just a short list of what actually happened in 1937 out of the trillions of things Wynn’s charts failed to predict…

  • Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain
  • Bradman scores 270 Aust v England at the MCG, incl 110 singles
  • 2nd of Stalin‘s purge trials; Pyatakov & 16 others sentenced to death
  • DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
  • Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile
  • Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes
  • Mexico nationalizes oil
  • Pope Pius XI publishes anti-nazi-encyclical Mit brennender Sorge
  • Astronomer Fritz Zwicky publishes his research on stellar explosion in which he coins the term “supernova” and hypothesizes that they were the origin of cosmic rays
  • Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye
  • Debut of cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig
  • German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain
  • 1st commercial flight across Pacific operated by Pan Am
  • The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% voted yes
  • San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • Spam, the luncheon meat, is first introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation
  • Japanese & Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge, beginning the Second Sino-Japanese War
  • Buchenwald Concentration Camp opens
  • Isolation of pituitary hormone announced (Yale University)
  • 1st FM radio construction permit issued (W1X0J (WGTR) in Boston MA)
  • Date celebrated as the first International Hobbit Day and the birthdays of Bibo and Frodo Baggins
  • 1st Santa Claus Training School opens (Albion NY)
  • Balinese Tiger declared extinct
  • Dmitri Shostakovitch’s 5th Symphony premieres
  • Clifford Odets’ “Golden Boy” premieres in NYC
  • Japanese troops conquer and plunder Nanjing (Nanjing Massacre)
  • Bill O’Reilly takes 9-41 for NSW against South Australia
  • Constitution of Ireland (Irish: Bunreacht na hÉireann) is enacted and Irish free state is named Eire
  • Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand

Here’s some footage of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile. How did Wynn miss this one? Probably the same way he missed foretelling his own 1926 car accident…(gosh, on today’s Phantom Dancer he warns Rudy Vallee to be ‘careful of cars’, spooky!)

31 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #417

107.3 2SER Tuesday 31 December 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
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
New Years Eve Aboard An Ocean Liner Raymond Scott Quintette Comm Rec
New York
21 Jul 1939
In The Mood Glenn Miller Orchestra ‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
27 Dec 1939
Never Should Have Told You + Predictions for 1937 + Chim Bomba + Close Rudy Vallee and Wynn the Astrologer ‘Royal Gelatin Show’
WEAF NBC Red NY
31 Dec 1936
Set 2
Open + Happy Holidays Bing Crosby (voc) John Scott Trotter Orchestra ‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
30 Dec 1943
Rhapsody In Blue (theme) + Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Paul Whiteman Orchestra and Chorus ‘The Paul Whiteman Show’
WJZ ABC NY
1 Jan 1947
Poinciana + Close Bing Crosby (voc) John Scott Trotter Orchestra ‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
30 Dec 1943
Set 3
Deep Forest (theme) + Dippermouth Blues + When The Saints Go Marching In + Tiger Rag Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
1 Jan 1957
Set 4
Auld Lang Syne + Newport Up + Together + Macarena + You Better Know It Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Grissom and Ozzie Bailey ‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Set 5
Sad Sack Harry James Orchestra (Hollywood) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
One O’Clock Jump Count Basie Orchestra (New York) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Warsaw Concerto Freddy Martin Orchestra (Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Woodchopper’s Ball Woody Herman Orchestra (Meadowbrook Ballroom, Cedar Grove NJ) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Set 6
Open + Stompin’ At The Savoy + Tea For Two Teddy Wilson Trio ‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Embers
WRCA NBC NY
31 Dec 1957
Stompin’ Down Broadway + Opus 1 (close) Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Set 7
Afterthoughts + Canadian Sunset + Soft Summer Breeze + The Man I Love + Begin The Beguine Eddie Haywood Trio ‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Embers
WRCA NBC NY
31 Dec 1957
Set 8
Robin Hood Louis Prima Orchestra (voc) LP ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Gotta Be This Or That Benny Goodman Orchestra (with Slam Stewart b, Red Norvo vibes, Boston) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Let The Zoomers Drool Duke Ellington Orchestra (Evansville, Indiana) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945

Christmas Music on 1930s-50s Radio – Phantom Dancer 24 December


CHRISTMAS

This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, is Christmas songs and Christmas broadcasts in a non-stop mix from live 1930s-50s radio.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 24 December 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

XMAS MUSIC

Music associated with Christmas is thought to have its origins in 4th-century Rome, in Latin-language hymns such as Veni redemptor gentium. By the 13th century, under the influence of Francis of Assisi, the tradition of popular Christmas songs in regional native languages developed. Christmas carols in the English language first appear in a 1426 work of John Awdlay, an English chaplain, who lists twenty five “caroles of Cristemas”, probably sung by groups of ‘wassailers’ who would travel from house to house. In the 16th century, various Christmas carols still sung to this day, including “The 12 Days of Christmas”, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”, and “O Christmas Tree”, first emerged.

POPULAR

Of the top 30 most performed Christmas songs in 2015, 13 (43%) were written in the 1930s or 1940s and 12 (40%) were written in the 1950s and 1960s.

1930s-50s CHRISTMAS SONGS

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 1934
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 1944
“Winter Wonderland” Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith 1934
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! “Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 1945
“The Christmas Song” Mel Tormé, Robert Wells 1944
“Sleigh Ride” Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish 1948
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Johnny Marks 1939/1949
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” Meredith Willson 1951
“White Christmas” Irving Berlin 1940
“Carol of the Bells” Peter J. Wilhousky 1936
“Frosty the Snowman” Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins 1950
“Blue Christmas” Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson 1957
“The Little Drummer Boy” Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone 1941
“Silver Bells” Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 1950
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” Tommie Connor 1952
“Santa Baby” Joan Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer, and Fred Ebb 1953
“Happy Holiday” Irving Berlin 1948

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is the 24 Dec 1955 Christmas edition of the TV show ‘Your Hit Parade’…

24 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #416

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 December 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
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
Let’s Dance (theme) + Jingle Bells
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
25 Dec 1935
Open + It Had To Be You + The Fairy On The Christmas Tree
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) The 3 Sisters
BBC Regional Service
London
25 Dec 1936
Set 2
Open + Maple Leaf Rag
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Theme + Blue Christmas
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Ray Cordell
Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
1950
Weary Blues + Ad
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Set 3
Jingle Bells (open) + The Morning After
Chico Hamilton Quartet
‘Stars In Jazz’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
New York
25 Dec 1958
Wrap your Troubles In Dreams
Chico Hamilton Quartet (voc) Georgia Carr
‘Stars In Jazz’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
New York
25 Dec 1958
Blee Blop Blues + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
16 Dec 1956
Set 4
Happy Holidays + Here We Come a’Caroling + Silent Night
Bing Crosby and the Norman Luboff Choir (voc) Paul Weston Orchestra
‘Christmas Sing With Bing’
KNX CBS LA
24 Dec 1957
Description of Ballarat’s Carols By Candlelight + Joseph Mine, Help Me Cradle The Child Divine
Ted Furlong (station manager 3BA Ballarat) + The Ballarat YWCA Choir
Christmas Sing With Bing’
KNX CBS LA
via 3BA Ballarat
24 Dec 1957
Champagne Cocktail + Close (When Summer Is Gone)
Hal Kemp Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Time’
KNX CBS LA
24 Dec 1937
Set 5
Open + March of the Toy Soldiers
Phil Davis Orchestra
‘Fountain of Fun’
WLW Cinncinnati
19 Dec 1943
Jingle Bells
 Thrasher Sisters
‘Fountain of Fun’
WLW Cinncinnati
19 Dec 1943
Jack-Armstrong Blues
Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1947
Embraceable You
 The Pied Pipers (voc) Harry James Orchestra
‘Command Performance USA’
AFRS
25 Dec 1945
Set 6
Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells
Fats Waller and his Rhythm
Comm Rec
New York
29 Nov 1936
Jingle Bells
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Café Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
27 Dec 1941
Jingle Bells
Dave Brubeck
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
Jan 1954
Jingle Bells (theme) / Half Nelson / White Christmas / Little Willie Leaps
Charlie Parker (as) Kenny Dorham (tp) Al Haig (p) Tommy Potter (b) Max Roach (d)
‘Symphony Side Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
25 Dec 1948
Set 7
Open + March of the Toys
Phil Davis Orchestra
‘Fountain of Fun’
WLW Cincinnati
19 Dec 1943
My Silent Love
Lena Horne (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1945
Embraceable You
The Pied Pipers (voc) Harry James and the Music Makers
‘Command Performance USA’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1945
Yesterdays
Art Tatum (p)
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1947
Set 8
Open + 2 Latin American Christmas Songs
Chiquita
‘Chiquita’
AFRS Hollywood
Dec 1946
O Come All Ye Faithful / Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem / It Came Upon A Midnight Clear / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Frank Sinatra
‘V-Disc Christmas Selections’
New York
1944
Open + Let It Snow + Happy Christmas, Little Friend
Dinah Shore (voc) Frank deVol Orchestra
‘Dinah Shore Show’
WRCA NBC NY
22 Dec 1954

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.

Dorsey Brothers – 17 December 2019 Phantom Dancer


LAST SHOW OF THE DECADE

Kinda. This week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton is the last mix before the annual Christmas and New Year Phantom Dancer specials. Your feature artist – the fabulous Dorsey’s, Tommy and Jimmy.

Dorsey Brothers band poster

LISTEN

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 17 November 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

DORSEY

The Dorsey Brothers were an American studio jazz band, led by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. They started recording in 1928 for OKeh Records.

BROTHERS

They signed to Decca in 1934, formed a more traditional band and performed live until a falling out in May 1935. Glenn Miller, trombonist with the band in 1934-35, composed four songs for the Dorsey Brothers – “Annie’s Cousin Fannie”, “Dese Dem Dose”, “Harlem Chapel Chimes”, and “Tomorrow’s Another Day”.

dorsey brothers band racoon coats

In 1935, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra had two No. 1 recordings on Decca, including “Lullaby of Broadway” with Bob Crosby on vocals, topping the charts for two weeks and No. 1 for three weeks.

Tommy Dorsey left the orchestra in 1935, ending the group as most band members either followed him or left.

MARK 2

The Dorseys reunited on March 15 1945 to record a V-Disc at Liederkranz Hall in New York City. Released in June 1945, the disc contained “More Than You Know” and “Brotherly Jump”. The songs were performed by the combined orchestras of Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. They reunited again in 1947 for the film The Fabulous Dorseys. In the 1950s, they had a network TV series, Stage Show.

VIDEO

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, the Dorsey Brothers and silent movie with their recording of ‘Is It a Dream?’ from 1928…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #418

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 December 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
1 ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
1944 Swing Bands
Open + Jeep Jockey Jump
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra
‘Uncle Sam Presents’
NBC
12 Feb 1945
Speak Low
Bob Chester Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcastY
8 Oct 1944
How Do I Say I Love You?
Richard Himber Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Aniston, Alabama
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 2
Live Rock’n’Roll on 1950s Radio
Open + The Dripper
Louis Jordan and the Tympani 5
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
9 Jul 1956
Cry Baby
Bonnie Sisters (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Ad + One O’Clock Jump+ Close
King Porter Band
‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX Los Angeles
1956
Set 3
Swing on 1938 Radio
I Want To Be Happy
Frank Coughlan’s Band
Comm Rec
Sydney
Dec 1938
Open + Heart and Soul
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
International Casino
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Nov 1938
Indistinct Title shouted out by the Audience
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
6 Sep 1938
Set 4
1950s All-Star Parade of Bands on NBC Radio
Cheek To Cheek
Billy Taylor Trio
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Composers Club
WRCA NBC NY
7 May 1956
Love Is Just Around The Corner
George Shearing
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
11 Jul 1953
That Old Devil Me
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 5
Jazz and Pop on 1945 Radio
Is There A Story
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1945
Open + Back In Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Fort Devons Mass.
Blue Network
15 Oct 1945
I Wish I Knew
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
16 Aug 1945
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NY
15 Aug 1945
Set 6
Swing Radio from 1938
Blues in D Flat
Seven Pearce Arrows
Demo Rec
Sydney
Sep 1938
Monday Morning
Jan Savitt Top Hatters (voc) Carlotta Dale
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
17 Oct 1938
The Gal From Joe’s
Duke Elligton Orchestra
Cotton Club
WOR Mutual NY
1 May 1938
The Dipsy Doodle
Glenn Miller Orchestra (pre-famous sound)
Paradise Restaurant
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Jun 1938
Set 7
Tommy Dorsey on Radio 1934 – 1955
Open + Is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Ben Mardin’s Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Open + Losers Weepers
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘America Dances’
WABC CBS NY and BBC London
28 May 1940
Buster’s Gang Comes On
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
29 Jan 1945
Tangerine + Close
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer and Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Set 8
Bebop Reeds from 1948-49 Radio
Sax of a Kind
Lee Konitz (as)
‘Bandstand USA’
Carnegie Hall
Voice of America
25 Dec 1949
Indiana
Benny Goodman (cl) Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
Just You Just Me
Lester Young Sextet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
27 Nov 1948