Glenn Miller in German 1944 – Phantom Dancer 17 September 2019


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

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

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

Glenn Miller gold record 1942
Glenn Miller gold record 1942

The Phantom Dancer is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton on Radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985.

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

The last hour is all vinyl.

GERMAN GLENN MILLER

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

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

DER BINGLE

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

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

NEW ZEALAND

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

Glenn Miller and Irene manning
Glenn Miller and Irene Manning

DEATH THREATS

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

WEHRMACHT MUSIK

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

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

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

Thank you.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream
Community Radio Network Show CRN #404

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

Thank you.

 

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #402

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

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

Julius Sumner Miller and Toys – Phantom Dancer 27 August 2019


Another classic Phantom Dancer, this week, from 2015.

I can’t make it to the studio because I walk so much I have bursitis in one knee. I’m hoping that I can hobble to the studio with the long promised Dolly Dawn feature by next week. 

In the meantime, enjoy this PD from 2015.

See the play list and Video of the Week of your weekly non-stop 2 hour swing jazz mix, below.

Hear the show online at 2ser.com

And there’s more than a year of non-stop swing jazz mixes from live 1920s-60s radio and TV archived at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/  for you, too.

Cole Porter, Fats Waller, and Jan Savitt’s Orchestra at the opening of a radio station in 1937 feature on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton

As this week’s Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, recorded at ABC-TV in Sydney in 1969, Julius Sumner Miller investigates ‘The Physics of Toys’ Part 2. This is program 29 in the series, ‘Dramatic Demonstrations In Physics’. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #400

2SER Tuesday 27 Aug 2019
12 noon – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

Set 1
Open + Panamania
Leith Stevens Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
T’ain’t What You Do It’s The Way How You Do It
Freddy Monroe (Frankie Masters) Orchestra
‘Streamlined Interview’
WJSV CBS Washington
21 Sep 1939
Ad + Flight of a Hay Bag
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
2 Feb 1936
Set 2
There’s a Small Hotel
Teddy Stauffer and his Original Teddies (voc) Billy Toffel
Comm Rec
Berlin
30 Sep 1936
Ad + You’re The Top + Ad
Cole Porter
‘Fleischman Yeast Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Dec 1934
Open + Hold Me + Idolising + Cuban Love Song
Larry Taylor (voc) with Orchestra
‘Melody Lane’
Radio Transcription
1936
Set 3
Cirribirribin (Open) + Noodlin’
Harry James Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
AFRTS Re-broadcast
27 Nov 1959
Instrumental
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NY
12 Aug 1950
Prelude to a Kiss + Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestrs
Basin Street
CBS NY
KNX Los Angeles Aircheck
16 Apr 1956
Set 4
No. 10 Ritchie Drive
Gene Krupa Trio
‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jan 1945
Joshua Fought The Battle of Jericho
Paul Laval’s Woodwinds
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue
28 Jul 1941
I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling
Wild Bill Davison
‘This Is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
24 May 1947
Set 5
Tenderly
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Open + Walkin’
Miles Davis All-Stars
‘Bandstand USA’
Birdland
WOR Mutual New York
3 Jan 1959
Set 6
Nola
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
18 Oct 1935
It Had to Be You
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
25 Nov 1938
Open + Boogie Woogie Maxixe
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
25 Mar 1940
Rigmarole + Close
Jan Savitt Orchestra
KYW Studio Launch
Philadelphia
14 Sep 1937
Set 7
You Go To My Head
Billie Holliday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WMEX Boston
Late 1953
Open + Bensonality
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jun 1952
Every Tub
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Cherokee
Art Tatum (piano) Murray MacEachern Orchestra
Aircheck
Los Angeles
1952
Set 8
Sheik of Araby
Benny Goodman Sextet
Aircheck
Los Angeles
12 Aug 1940
Rachel’s Dream
Benny Goodman
Esquire Jazz Concert
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue Network
18 Jan 1944
Stop Beatin’ ‘Round The Mulberry Bush
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
Coleman Hawkins Orchestra
WABC CBS NY
Savoy Ballroom, Harlem
1940

Dolly Dawn – Inspiration for Ella Fitzgerald – Phantom Dancer October 2019


DOLLY DAWN

When you listen to Ella Fitzgerald you hear Dolly Dawn? Why? Because Dolly Dawn was a big influence on Ella Fitzgerald’s singing style. Dolly Dawn is this week’s Phantom Dancer presented by Greg Poppleton.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 27 August 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

FOCUS

Dolly Dawn was one of the first vocalists to become the sole focus of a band. When Walter Winchell coined the term ‘canary’ for female singers, he was referring to her.

She sang with George Hall and his Orchestra from age 16. Though born Theresa Maria Stabile, (she was a cousin of band leader Dick Stabile) she had already given herself the stage name Billie Starr after winning a singing contest at age 14.


George Hall and Harriet Mencken, a writer on The New York Journal-American, came up with the name, Dolly Dawn, for her.

‘She’s as fresh as the dawn and as dimpled as a doll,’ the newspaperwoman said, according to an article in Radio Guide in 1937. Miss Dawn never stopped hating the name, which she thought made her sound like a stripper.

DAWN PATROL

Nevertheless, her relationship with Hall and his wife was so close that they formally adopted her when she was 19. In a ceremony on 4 July 1941, at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, George Hall officially turned the band over to her and became her manager.

NEW YORK – JANUARY 28: Big Band singer Dolly Dawn and orchestra leader George Hall. Dolly models hat fashions. Image dated January 28, 1936. New York, NY. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

The band was renamed ‘Dolly Dawn and Her Dawn Patrol’ and on this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear her introduce herself as a band leader on NBC’s ‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’.

The WW2 draft took most of her band, so from 1942 she continued without the band, appearing in engagements across the US. She continued to record into the 1950s.

She developed a cult following that saw her in scattered club appearances in the 1970s and 80s, particularly in response to the release of a double album of her records with George Hall on the RCA Bluebird label in 1976.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is Dolly Dawn singing with George Hall’s Orchestra in the 1938 short, ‘Hall’s Holliday’. Enjoy!

3 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #401

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

Set 1
1939 – 40 Radio Remotes
Theme + Choppin’ Wood
Woody Herman Orchestra
The Famous Door
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jan 1940
Dardenella
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
25 Oct 1939
The Chinese Lullaby + Close
Teddy Powell Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Blair
The Famous Door
WJSV Washington DC via WABC CBS NY
21 Sep 1939
Set 2
This Is Jazz 1947 Radio
Theme + St Louis Blues + Tin Roof Blues
Wild Bill Davison and more (voc) George Brunies
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
10 May 1947
Chocolate Bar
James P Johnson
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
17 May 1947
Blue Turning Gray Over You + I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling
Wild Bill Davison and more
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
17 May 1947
Set 3
Glenn Miller in German 1944
Long Ago and Far Away
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Johnny Desmond
ABSIE American Broadcasting Station in Europe
Abbey Road Studios
London
30 Oct 1944
Body and Soul
Glenn Miller Orchestra
ABSIE American Broadcasting Station in Europe
Abbey Road Studios
London
27 Nov 1944
Poinciana
Glenn Miller Orchestra
ABSIE American Broadcasting Station in Europe
Abbey Road Studios
London
6 Nov 1944
Set 4
Dolly Dawn
The You and Me That Used To Be
George Hall Orchestra (voc) Dolly Dawn
‘Easy to Remember’
WABC CBS NY
1937
Dolly Dawn Speaks
Dolly Dawn
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
25 Aug 1941
Beethoven Wrote But It Swings
Dolly Dawn and her Dawn Patrol
Comm Rec
15 Feb 1939
52nd Street
George Hall Orchestra (voc) Dolly Dawn
‘Easy to Remember’
WABC CBS NY
1937
Set 5
Novelty Songs on 1930s-40s Radio
The Music Goes Round and Round
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Jack Teagarden
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
12 Jan 1936
Open The Door Richard
The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’
WNBC NBC NY
1 Mar 1947
Swingin’ On A Star
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Tuskagee Alabama
AFRS Re-broadcast
5 Oct 1944
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Ginny Simms
‘Your Hit Parade’
WNBC NBC NY
1 Mar 1947
Set 6
Trad Bands on 1940s Radio
Ollie Outs In Free
Carl Ravazza Orchestra (voc) Carl Ravazza and Band
Radio Transcription
1942
Tain’t Me
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Collins
Radio Transcription
1944
Cancel the Flowers
Carl Ravazza Orchestra (voc) Carl Ravazza
Radio Transcription
1941
The Beard
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1944
Set 7
Cocoanut Grove 1931 – 32 Radio Transcriptions
Do The New York
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
1931
Down Among the Sleepy Pines
Jimmie Grier Orchestra (voc) Jean Shark and the Three Ambassadors
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
1932
Out of Nowhere
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Bing Crosby
‘MJB Coffee Revue’
KFI NBC Orange
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
1931
I Know You’re Lying But I Love It
Jimmie Grier Orchestra (voc) Gogo DeLys and the Four Cheers
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
1932
Set 8
Jazz Piano on Radio
Budo
Bud Powell
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
7 Mar 1953
All The Things You Are
Thelonius Monk
Aircheck
1948
Cherokee
Art Tatum
Radio Transcription
late 1940s
I’ll Remember April
Erroll Garner
Peacock Lane
KFI NBC LA
Mar 1957

Photos Greg Poppleton Band Show 27 July 2019


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

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

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

Enjoy these photos from the July show…

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Hit of the Week – Phantom Dancer Show 6 August 2019


CARDBOARD RECORDS

This week’s Greg Poppleton Phantom Dancer feature is a set of famous cardboard records from 1931. These are Hit of the Week cardboard records.

ONLINE

The Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 6 August 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm and Saturday 5 – 5:55pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

ONE SIDED

Hit of the Week was a US record label founded in 1930 that sold low-priced records made of resin coated cardboard rather than the usual shellac.

After August 1931 they were extended play discs advertised with ‘up to twice the playing time of the average record’.

They also used two long outdated industry practices not used since before 1910:

1. some of the records had the songs announced or contained advertising about ‘Hit of the Week’ records. (The company that brought out Hit of the Week records also produced low cost advertising discs).

2. All of the records were recorded on one side only.

The playing side of the cardboard records was coated with Durium, a lightweight synthetic resin. The unrecorded side was uncoated and the unprotected cardboard absorbed moisture from the air. Therefore the discs have a propensity to curl. They now often require the use of a clip or weight around the turntable spindle to keep them flat during play.

Apart from some low-frequency rumble due to their texture, Hit of the Week audio fidelity was equal to or better than most ordinary shellac records., as you’ll hear in Set 4 of this week’s Phantom Dancer.

A few releases had the performer’s portrait printed on the uncoated paper side, or were imprinted there with advertising matter. They were issued in flimsy rice paper sleeves, few of which have survived.

A new issue featuring a current hit song was released every week. They were sold at newsstands. Previous issues could be obtained by mail order. Retailing for 15 cents each, later raised to 20 cents, Hit of the Week records were by far the lowest-priced records in the US at that time.

BOOM AND BUST

The first regular issue was released in February 1930.

By mid 1930, up to half a million copies of each week’s issue were produced. But sales quickly slumped as the Depression worsened.

In March 1931 the company went into receivership and in May it was purchased by the Erwin, Wasey & Company advertising agency. They debuted a new format debuted in August, featuring two songs or dance tunes on each single-sided disc and a total playing time of about five minutes, but the label remained unprofitable.

The final Hit of the Week issue was released in June 1932.

After the demise of the label, some limited use was made of smaller (often only four inches in diameter) records made of the same material, mostly for giveaway advertising novelties. Specimens of one of the most common advertising records, which invited the recipient to come see the new 1932 Chevrolet automobile, are usually found with a mailing label and postage on the uncoated back side.

Musicians who recorded for Hit of the Week included Gene Austin, Duke Ellington (under the pseudonym “Harlem Hot Chocolates”), Ben Pollack, Eddie Cantor (on a special 25 cent “Durium De Luxe” issue), Morton Downey, and Rudy Vallée. Most of the arrangements were performed by studio musicians in New York, led by Adrian Schubert, Bert Hirsch, Vincent Lopez, Don Voorhees and Phil Spitalny.

Jazz solos by instrumental stars including Bunny Berrigan, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang enlivened some recordings.

Two of the recordings on this week’s Phantom Dancer are tailed with football songs, trying to appeal to the young, male university market.

The vocalists who recorded with the studio bands included several popular radio singers of the day including Ralph Kirbery and Helen Rowland.

In the UK, a similar series was issued on the Durium label with songs by Al Bowlly and more.

VIDEO

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

6 AUGUST PLAY LIST

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

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

Set 1
1945 – 46 Radio Spotlight Bands
Nightmare (theme) + Bedford Drive
Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Santa Ana AFB Ca
Mutual Network
3 Oct 1945
Chickery Chick
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
This Love of Mine + Close
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
17 Jan 1942
Set 2
Cocoanut Grove 1932-34 Radio
Theme + You’re Blase + Sophisticated Lady
Vincent Valsanti aka Ted Fio Rito Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1934
The Vamp
Phil Harris Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1933
Gooby Gear + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmie Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1932
Set 3
1941 Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street
Open + Magic Carpet
Paul Lavalle’s Woodwind 10
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
14 Aug 1941
Flow Gently Sweet Afton
Diane Courtney
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
14 Aug 1941
Twirl Away
Lumel Morgan Trio
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
14 Aug 1941
Home Town Blues
Henry Levine’s Dixieland Octet
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
14 Aug 1941
Set 4
Hit of the Week Records
Me + Football Song
Sam Lanin Orchestra with vocals
Hit of the Week Record
1931
Love Letters in the Sand + Football Song
Sam Lanin Orchestra with vocals
Hit of the Week Record
1931
Pardon Me, Pretty Baby
Sam Lanin Orchestra (voc) Paul Small
Hit of the Week Record
13 Aug 1931
Set 5
Louis Armstrong Big Swing Band on 1940s Radio
Open + I Never Knew
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
Dalls TX
17 Aug 1943
I’ve Got Plenty of Nothing
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Ada Brown
‘Jubilee’
AFRS NYC
1943
Lazy River
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
Dalls TX
17 Aug 1943
It Had To Be You + Close
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Tuskagee Alabama
AFRS Re-broadcast
5 Oct 1944
Set 6
Trad Bands on 1940s Radio
Open + Medley
Bud Freeman Summa cum Laude Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
That’s a Plenty + Relaxin’ at the Trouro
Muggsy Spanier
Home Recording
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
18 Oct 1953
Big Butter and Egg Man
Miff Mole and the Nixieland 6
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NYC
30 Oct 1944
Set 7
Chuck Foster 1938-40 Radio Transcriptions
Oh, You Beautiful Doll (theme)
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) CF
Radio Transcription
1940
I Found My Yellow Basket
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Brandon, CF and The 3 Ds
Radio Transcription
1938
Listen to My Heart
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Brandon
Radio Transcription
1940
How Srrange
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Brandon
Radio Transcription
1939
Set 8
Early Charlie Parker on 1940 and 45 Radio
Honeysuckle Rose
Jay McShann Orchestra (alto sax Charlie Parker)
Radio Transcription
KFBI Witchita Kansas
2 Dec 1940
Floogie Boo + St Louis Blues
Cootie Williams Orchestra (with Charlie Parker)
‘One Night Stand’
Savoy Ballroom
Harlem
AFRS Re-broadcast
12 Feb 1945
I Found a New Baby
Jay McShann Orchestra (alto sax Charlie Parker)
Radio Transcription
KFBI Witchita Kansas
30 Nov 1940

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


STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE

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

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

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

Thank you, Matt!

ONLINE

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

PAPER RECORDING TAPE

Wax

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

Photoelectric

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

Iron Oxide

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

German WW2 Tape Recorder

End of Paper Tape

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

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

VIDEO

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

30 JULY PLAY LIST

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

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

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