Ernest Hutcheson – Australian Pianist & Julliard President – Phantom Dancer 31 January 2023


Ernest Hutcheson is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist in a broadcast from 1936. He was an internationally renowned concert pianist born in Australia and was president of Juilliard, the prestigious Arts school in New York City.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

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ERNEST

From his bio on the Steinway pianos’ website…

Ernest Hutcheson (1871-1951) was an Australian pianist, composer and teacher. Born in Melbourne, he toured as a child prodigy at the age of five. He later traveled to Leipzig and entered the Leipzig Conservatory at the age of fourteen to study with Carl Reinecke, Bernhard Stavenhagen, and Bruno Zwintscher. Prior to the outbreak of World War I he taught at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin, but in 1914 he settled in New York, where he made his U.S. debut.

He is believed to have been the first pianist to play three concertos of Ludwig van Beethoven in a single concert: his performances of Beethoven’s third, fourth and fifth with the New York Symphony Orchestra in the Aeolian Hall in 1919.

JUILLIARD

Hutcheson had studied under Carl Reinecke (who studied with Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt), Bernhard Stavenhagen (a pupil of Liszt) and Bruno Zwintscher (who studied under Moscheles, among others). He would become Dean and then President of the Juilliard School, teaching eminent pianists that included Bruce Hungerford and Abram Chasins. He wrote two important books, “The Literature of the Piano” and “The Elements of Piano Technique,” and it is thanks to Hutcheson’s support that Gershwin was able to have the seclusion he required at Chautauqua Institution in order to meet the deadline to finish his Piano Concerto in F.

He became a member of the faculty at the Juilliard School, and successively Dean (1926–1937) and President (1937–1945) of the school. At Juilliard, he championed the use of radio musical broadcasts in education.

Hutcheson was also associated with the Chautauqua School of Music in Western New York State. Hutcheson provided a much needed refuge for George Gershwin at Chautauqua while composing and refining the Piano Concerto in F. Thanks to Ernest Hutcheson’s kind offer of seclusion for Gershwin at Chautauqua where his quarters were declared off limits to everyone until 4 p.m. daily, Gershwin was able to successfully complete his piano concerto on time.

You’ll hear him broadcasting from Chautauqua in the clip above. (I prefer his piano interpretation of the Emporer Piano Concerto to Walter Gieseking in 1944)

Ernest Hutcheson wrote concertos for piano; 2 pianos; and violin, and many solo piano works, such as a transcription of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. His music has been little heard in concert or on recordings, but his Australian compatriot Ian Munro has recorded some of his piano pieces.

Hutcheson wrote important books The Literature of the Piano, The Elements of Piano Technique, and Elektra, by Richard Strauss: a Guide to the Opera with Musical Examples from the Score, among others.

24 JANUARY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #582

107.3 2SER Tuesday 31 January 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
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 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Les Brown
Mexican Hat Dance
Les Brown Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bowman Field KY
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
This I Love Above All
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Gordon Drakes
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bowman Field KY
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Butch Stone
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bowman Field KY
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
It Had to Be You + Mush Head Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bowman Field KY
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
Set 2
Charlie Barnet
Redskin Rhumba (theme)  + Charleston Alley
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Dec 1959
But Beautiful
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Lynn Franklyn
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Dec 1959
Moonglow
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Dec 1959
Fair and Warmer
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Dec 1959
Set 3
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Take the A-Train (theme) + Love Letters
Duke Ellington Orchestra (tb) Lawrence Brown
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Main Stem
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Fishing for the Moon + Riff’n’Drill
Duke Ellington Orchestra (tp) Rex Stewart
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
The Kissing Bug + Close
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Joya Sherill
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 4
Ernest Hutcheson
Finale Mendelsohn Concerto in Gm
Ernest Hutcheson (piano) NBC Symphony Orchestra
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
18 Oct 1936
Spinning Song
Ernest Hutcheson (piano)
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
18 Oct 1936
Set 5
Bob Crosby
Summertime (theme) + Boogie Woogie Maxixe
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
29 Apr 1940
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NYC
11 Jul 1939
Reminiscin’ Time
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
29 Apr 1940
You Turned the Tables on Me + But None Like You
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day & Tommy Mercer
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
Set 6
Miff Mole Trombone
Big Butter and Egg Man
Miff Mole and his Nixieland Six
‘For the Record’
WEAF NBC NYC

Keep Smilin’ at Trouble
Eddie Condon Group (tb) Miff Mole
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
20 Sep 1944
Peg o’ my Heart
Miff Mole and his Nixieland Six
Comm Rec
Chicago
26 Jun 1928
Impromptu Ensemble
Eddie Condon Group (tb) Miff Mole
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
9 Sep 1944
Set 7
Cab Calloway Records
A Minor Breakdown
Cab Calloway Orchestra
Comm Rec
NYC
10 Dec 1937
Vuelva
Cab Calloway Orchestra Comm Rec
NYC
17 Oct 1939
Azure
Cab Calloway Orchestra
Comm Rec
NYC
23 Mar 1938
Fifteen Minutes Intermission
Cab Calloway Orchestra
Comm Rec
NYC
27 Jun 1940
Set 8
Modern Jazz on 1959 Radio
Open +Sid’s Ahead
Miles Davis
‘Bandstand USA’
The Spotlight
Washington DC
Mutual Network
Feb 1959
In a Prescribed Manner Buddy Rich Birdland
WABC ABC NYV
7 Nov 1959

Bud Freeman Schoolboy Jazz Star – Phantom Dancer 24 Jan 2023


Bud Freeman was an American jazz musician, bandleader and composer. He is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Bud Freeman was one of the first tenor saxophonists in jazz along with Coleman Hawkins.

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SCHOOL

Freeman was one of the young musicians inspired by New Orleans ensembles and the innovations of Louis Armstrong to synthesize the Chicago style in the late 1920s.

He was one of the ‘Austin High Gang’.

One hundred years ago, in 1922, five kids from Austin High School in Chicago, Illinois formed a little band: Jim Lanigan on piano, Jimmy McPartland on cornet, his older brother Dick McPartland on banjo and guitar, Frank Teschemacher on alto saxophone, and Bud Freeman on C-melody tenor saxophone.

Bud was the greenhorn of the group and the only one who did not also play the violin. At the time, their ages ranged from Jimmy McPartland, who was fourteen, to Jim Lanigan and Dick McPartland, seventeen. Teschemacher was sixteen and Freeman was slightly younger.

The boys, like many other students from their high school, frequented an ice cream parlor across the street known as “The Spoon and the Straw.” One of them would feed a nickel to the automatic phonograph and one day they discovered a record by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. They were so enthralled by the sound of such authentic jazz that they played the record over and over. Then and there, they named their band “The Blue Friars,” after The Friar’s Inn on the Chicago Loop where the Rhythm Kings played.

They went and heard King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band live, rounding off their identity with New Orleans jazz.

Sometimes the Austin High Gang played at Lewis Institute, which Dave Tough attended, and he added his drums to the little band. Later, Jim Lanigan picked up the bass through Chink Martin’s playing and soon became the band’s bassist; Teschemacher also began practicing the clarinet, his style showing traces of the glissandi from violin playing. Dave found Floyd O’Brien playing trombone at a University of Chicago jam session. Then, recruiting him and pianist Dave North, they named themselves Husk O’Hare’s Wolverines and were ready to play professionally. They got a job at White City, a large dance hall of Chicago’s south side amusement park, where they played until their disbandment at the end of the White City engagement.

In 1927, Eddie Condon recorded the Austin High Gang as the “Mackenzie-Condon Chicagoans”. These recordings catapulted the young musicians into the spotlight and they all subsequently developed acclaimed careers in New York, playing and recording with established musicians like Jack Teagarden, Pee Wee Russell, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. Of the original Austin High Gang, Jimmy McPartland and Bud Freeman sustained the longest careers in jazz

EEL

By the 1930s, Bud Freeman was working in New York City, typically in the company of ex-Chicagoans, especially Eddie Condon, in whose band Freeman recorded a noted solo, “The Eel” (1933).

By then he had developed a fluent, romantic style featuring sinuous legato melodies. His tenor saxophone sound was especially distinctive—full and smooth, with a rough edge and a large vibrato—and he played with a robust, at times almost violent swing.

Along with a Chicago friend, drummer Dave Tough, Freeman played in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey (1936–38) and Benny Goodman (1938) before embarking on a freelance career as bandleader and soloist.

He formed the Summa Cum Laude Orchestra (1939–1940) which you’ll hear live from Chicago on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Freeman led a U.S. Army dance band based in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, then lived in New York and Chile.

He often reunited with Condon and other former Chicagoans in concert. Among his notable albums are The Bud Freeman All-Stars and the 1957 Cootie Williams–Rex Stewart album, The Big Challenge, which brought together Freeman and his great tenor saxophone rival, Coleman Hawkins.

After touring with the World’s Greatest Jazz Band (1969–71), Freeman lived in England (1974–80) and performed there and in Europe; thereafter he was based in Chicago.

He wrote two short volumes of reminiscences, You Don’t Look Like a Musician (1974) and If You Know of a Better Life, Please Tell Me (1976), and an autobiography, Crazeology (with Robert Wolf, 1989).

The Eel…

24 JANUARY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #582

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 January 2023
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
Glenn Miller
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Ain’t You Coming Out?
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton + Tex Beneke
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
The Lamp is Low
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
The Isle of Golden Dreams
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
The Pagan Love Song + Moonlight Serenade (theme) Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc)
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
Set 2
Kay Kyser
Hallelujah
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Band
Radio Transcription
1934
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Glee Club
Radio Transcription
1934
How Do I Know It’s Sunday?
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Art Wilson and Band
Radio Transcription
1934
Simple Symphony
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 3
Selling Scholls
Open + What is This Thing Called Love?
Melodyland Orchestra
‘Ambassadors of Melodyland’
Radio Transcription
1931
Fallen Arch Story
Announcer
‘Ambassadors of Melodyland’
Radio Transcription
1931
Where the Golden Daffodils Grow + Close
Melodyland Orchestra
‘Ambassadors of Melodyland’
Radio Transcription
1931
Set 4
Bud Freeman
Theme + I Ain’t Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll
Bud Freeman’s Summa cum Laude Orchestra
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
Secrets in the Moonlight
Bud Freeman’s Summa cum Laude Orchestra
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
Shake Down the Stars + Medley + Sierra Sue
Bud Freeman’s Summa cum Laude Orchestra
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
The Long Blues
Bud Freeman and Roy Eldridge
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1957
Set 5
Dance Bands
Open + It Was Just One of Those Things
Russ Morgan Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
13 May 1946
In a Magic Garden
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Garden Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
Apr 1944
Monday Morning
Jan Savitt’s Top Hatters (voc) Carlotta Dale
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
17 Oct 1938
Creepy Weepy
Raymond Scott Orchestra
‘Music Depreciation’
KHJ Don Lee Mutual Los Angeles
1940
Set 6
Muggsy Spanier 1953
Relaxin’ at the Trouro (theme) + Royal Garden Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
18 Oct 1953
Riverside Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Muggsy Spanier
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
25 Oct 1953
That’s a’Plenty + Close
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953
Set 7
Dutch and Belgian Swing
A Strange Fact
De Ramblers with Coleman Hawkins
Comm Rec
Hilversum Holland
26 Apr 1937
Washington Squabble
Fud Candrix Orchestra Comm Rec
Blankenberghe
Belgium
27 Jun 1938
Crazy Rhythm
De Ramblers with Coleman Hawkins
Comm Rec
Hilversum Holland
28 Apr 1937
The Oldest Swinger in Harlem
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Comm Rec
Brussels Belgium
22 Nov 1940
Set 8
1950s Swing
Theme + Dizzy’s Blues
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NYC
Jun 1956
Two Handed Blues
Erroll Garner Trio
Storyville
WHDH Boston
Dec 1953
Tangerine + Close
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer and Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NYC
Dec 1955

The King’s Jesters – Phantom Dancer 17 Jan 2023


The King’s Jesters, billed as America’s ‘biggest little band’ is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artists. They were a vocal group who accompanied themselves on guitar, banjo and other instruments and with orchestra. They were household names in the 1930s and early 1940s.

You’ve heard them previously on The Phantom Dancer featured as a male vocal trio with Ben Bernie’s Orchestra on 1942 episodes of the weekday ‘Ben Bernie’s War Workers’ Program’.

Here’s a 1938 Standard radio transcription ofThe King’s Jesters…

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The King Jesters’s singing for Paul Whiteman in the early 1930s…

START

The King’s Jesters began as a comic vocal trio that also played instruments along with an accompanist.

They were John Ravencroft – sax and clarinet, Francis “Fritz” Bastow – banjo and guitar, George Howard – drums and vibraphone, along with Ray McDermott – piano, accordion, and arranger.

They were hired by Paul Whiteman to replace The Rhythm Boys and sang with him from 1930 to 1931.

When they left Whiteman, they added vocalist Marjorie Whitney and called her their queen. These five were the core of the King’s Jesters.

Here are The King’s Jesters on a 1932 LP released by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in 1932…

BREAK

The King’s Jesters were discovered by Ray McDermott. He managed them and set up an audition for Paul Whiteman, the leading orchestra leader of the 1920s, while he was touring with his band in Cincinnati.

Whiteman named them The King’s Jesters. They toured and recorded with the Whiteman band from 1931 – 32, replacing Whiteman’s famous Rhythm Boys which had included Bing Crosby.

AFTER

In 1932, after leaving Paul Whiteman, The King’s Jesters formed a new band of seven members: Fritz Bastow, George Howard and John Ravencroft, Ray McDermott who was the piano accompanist, Jimmy Awad on trumpet, Bob Casey on string bass, and singer, Marjorie Whitney, who you’ll hear this week singing, ‘Same Old Lines’, and with George Howard on ‘I’ll Love You Coast to Coast’.

The King’s Jesters broadcast daily over NBC from the Hotel Morrison in Chicago.

In June 1936 The King’s Jesters begin playing at the Bismark Hotel in Chicago, from where you’ll hear them on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Their repertoire mixed instrumental fox trots for dancing and and vocal harmony numbers.

Pianist Ray McDermott died of pneumonia in 1937. The King’s Jesters and band then opened a new floor show in the Blue Fountain Room at the La Salle Hotel.

In July 1937, The King’s Jesters were on the front cover of the July 3, 1937 issue of the trade music bible, Billboard. They were billed as “America’s Biggest Little Band.”

After their months-long engagement at the La Salle Hotel in 1937, The King’s Jesters moved to the Fairview Hotel & Dance Gardens in Chicago.

Their 1937 show included songs like ‘Turkish Delight’,’The Deacon Steps Out’, sung with the ‘Peck-in’ dance introduced in ‘New Faces of 1937’ and ‘Today I am a Man’. Their queen, Marjorie Whitney, had a number of songs to herself, which include ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ and ‘There’ll be Changes Made’.

BENNY GOODMAN

The King’s Jesters band made two guest radio appearances with Benny Goodman and his orchestra on July 7, 1941, and one on July 24, 1941.

They appeared in the Sir Francis Drake hotel in San Francisco; William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh; LaSalle hotel in Chicago; the Carlton hotel in Washington, and the Philadelphia hotel in Philadelphia. For all these spots they broadcast over the NBC and Mutual.

The King’s Jesters stopped performing in 1962.

17 JANUARY PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #581

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 January 2023
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
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
Champagne Music
Champagne Music (theme) + Annabelle
Lawrence Welk Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Lick Pier
Ocean Park Ca
KNX CBS LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1951
Wang Wang Blues
Lawrence Welk Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Lick Pier
Ocean Park Ca
KNX CBS LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1951
In The Mood
Lawrence Welk Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Lick Pier
Ocean Park Ca
KNX CBS LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1951
Wonder Why? + Close Lawrence Welk Orchestra (voc) Dick Dale
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Lick Pier
Ocean Park Ca
KNX CBS LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1951
Set 2
Kay Kyser
You Ought to Be in Pictures
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Art Wilson
Radio Transcription
1934
Liza
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Vieni Su
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Glee Club
Radio Transcription
1934
Rhapsody in Rain
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 3
More Breakfast Radio
Open Theme
Unidentified Orchestra
‘Breakfast with Bill’
WNAC Yankee Network Boston
5 Jan 1950
Chicago
Guy Lombardo Orchestra
‘Breakfast with Bill’
WNAC Yankee Network Boston
5 Jan 1950
Good News
Unannounced Orchestra
‘Breakfast with Bill’
WNAC Yankee Network Boston
5 Jan 1950
Dixie + Close
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘Breakfast with Bill’
WNAC Yankee Network Boston
5 Jan 1950
Set 4
The King’s Jesters
Changes (theme) + I’ll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs
The King’s Jesters Orchestra
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1936
Medley: Serenade in the Night + Love, What Are You Doing to My Heart?
The King’s Jesters Orchestra
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1936
Same Old Lines
The King’s Jesters Orchestra (voc) Marjorie Whitney
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1936
It’s Still Being Done + I Love You From Coast to Coast + Swingin’ on the Swanee Show + Close
The King’s Jesters Orchestra (voc) Marjorie Whitney and George Howard
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1936
Set 5
Hopkins and Eldridge
Minor Jive
Roy Eldridge Orchestra
Aircheck
Arcadia Ballroom
New York City
1939
Chasing My Blues Away
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Roy Eldridge Orchestra
Aircheck
Arcadia Ballroom
New York City
1939
Lazybones
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Set 6
Charlie Barnet
Theme + Back in Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Ft Devon Mass.
Mutual Network
15 Oct 1945
I Like To Riff
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Peanuts Holland
‘For the Record’
WEAF NBC NYC
11 Sep 1944
Gulf Coast Blues
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1944
Keep the Home Fires Burning
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For the Record’
WEAF NBC NYC
11 Sep 1944
Set 7
Cotton Club
O, Babe! Maybe Some Day
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
24 Mar 1938
Harlem Speaks
Duke Ellington Orchestra Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
18 Mar 1937
Riding on a Blue Note
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WOR Mutual NYC
1 May 1938
Caravan
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
18 Mar 1937
Set 8
Count Basie
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Why Not?
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Aug 1952
Andy’s Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
Avadon Ballroom
KHJ Don Lee Network
Los Angeles
Jun 1946
Hittin’ 12
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC NYC
31 Dec 1965

Flip Philips Sax from Swing to Stravinsky – Phantom Dancer 10 January 2023


Flip Philips is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist in a broadcast from 1953 with Hank Jones (p/org) and Buddy Rich (d).

Joseph Edward Filippelli aka Flip Philips was a jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinettist who played swing, big band and Stravinsky.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

You’ll also hear Louis Armstrong this week with a set from 1945 radio and a set of his 1920s small groups.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 10 January) and weeks of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

FLIP

During the 1930s, Phillips played clarinet in a restaurant in Brooklyn. After that he was a member of bands led by Frankie Newton, Red Norvo, Benny Goodman, and Wingy Manone. He changed to tenor sax in his late 20s.
He was a regular soloist for the Woody Herman band in the middle 1940s and for the next ten years performed with Jazz at the Philharmonic.
Flip retired to Florida, but after fifteen years he returned to music, recording again and performing into his 80s.

He never lost the knack. On his final recording, made as the new millennium approached, he easily held his own alongside two of today’s big names, with a rounded, breathy tone that never weakened.

PHILIPS

Between 1944-46 he starred in Herman’s First Herd.

Headhunted by Herman, he became known for his contributions to the songs, The Good Earth, Apple Honey, Northwest Passage and many more.

Few musicians in the band were influenced by the new bebop sounds, but Herman’s knack of commissioning such talented young composer/ arrangers as Neal Hefti and Ralph Burns got the First Herd recognised as being in step with postwar progress.

Igor Stravinsky was impressed enough to write his Ebony Concerto specifically for the Herd; the story goes that, at a rehearsal, Phillips, apparently not the quickest of sight-readers, was told by Stravinsky, “What you are playing is very nice, but what I have written is much better.”

When the pressure of being continuously on the road caused Herman to disband at the end of 1946, Phillips worked with small groups, often featuring another ex-Herman star in trombonist Bill Harris, and joined Norman Granz’s JATP for concerts and tours.

During much of the next decade, he toured with Jazz At The Philharmonic (JATP), then at its peak as a high-profile roadshow, in which big-toned tenors were expected to egg the crowd on by indulging the instrument’s capacity to emit honks, squeals and earthshaking belches. One of the tunes used to bring the entertainment to a climax was Perdido, and a suitably rabble-rousing solo by Phillips, recorded at a JATP concert, linked the piece to him long after the event.

During this period, he often shared the stage with other top tenors, notably Lester Young and Ben Webster. They might have inspired his lighter touch on, respectively, blues and ballads, though Phillips was always able to adapt to his surroundings – with both Herman and JATP, he probably felt the need to blow at full throttle much of the time.

Here’s Flip Philips blowing at age 80

LATER

After joining Benny Goodman for a European tour in 1959, he decided to give up full-time playing. With his wife Sophia, he settled in Florida, making a living from non-musical jobs. He managed a beachside housing development and indulged his hobbies of golf and wood work. He also took up the bass clarinet.

But, by 1970, the jazz climate had altered in his favour. Bands were increasingly being formed by players of the past, and Phillips rejoined Herman for a gig at the Newport festival. He was a natural attraction at jazz parties run by wealthy aficionados.

The arrival of musicians whose styles harked back beyond bebop, let alone beyond John Coltrane, found Phillips joining Scott Hamilton on two-tenor dates. He often teamed up with guitarist Howard Alden, a fixture on the neo-swing scene.

Phillips thrived musically, showing he had lost nothing over the years, while adding the ease of expression that comes when you don’t have to prove yourself to anyone. On his last record, made at the age of 84, he sounds ultra-relaxed in the company of Joe Lovano, himself a poll-winning tenor, and James Carter. (From All About Jazz).

Highly recommend this thoroughly researched history of Flip Philips http://www.jazzarcheology.com/artists/flip_phillips.pdf

10 JANUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINE

Community Radio Network Show CRN #579

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 January 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
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 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Louis Armstrong
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Barrelhouse Bessie from Basin Street
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Peanut Vendor
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Coquette Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Set 2
Tito Puente Mambo King
Esy
Tito Puente Orchestra
Birdland
WABC NYC
1953
Babarabatiri
Tito Puente Orchestra (voc) Vincent Chico Valdes
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
1953
Ron Kan Kan
Tito Puente Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
1953
Set 3
Eddie Condon
I Found a New Baby
Eddie Condon Jazz Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
What Is There to Say?
Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Jazz Me Blues
Eddie Condon Jazz Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 4
Flip Philips
Three Little Words
Flip Philips (ts) Hank Jones (p/org) Buddy Rich (d)
Bandbox
WMGM NYC (?)
19 Jan 1953
Carioca
Flip Philips (ts) Hank Jones (p/org) Buddy Rich (d)
Bandbox
WMGM NYC (?)
19 Jan 1953
Sweet Lorraine
Flip Philips (ts) Hank Jones (p/org) Buddy Rich (d)
Bandbox
WMGM NYC (?)
19 Jan 1953
Bugle Call Rag
Flip Philips (ts) Charlie Shavers (tp) Hank Jones (p/org) Buddy Rich (d)
Bandbox
WMGM NYC (?)
19 Jan 1953
Set 5
1940s Women Swing Singers
Baby Boogie
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra (voc) Rosalind Patton
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
2 Dec 1947
Hollywood Bowl
Tony Pastor Orchestra (voc) Rosemay & Betty Clooney, Tony Pastor
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
Jun 1946
Beg Your Pardon
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Dinah Shore
‘Dinah Shore Show’
KNX CBS LA
4 May 1948
You Turned the Tables on Me + But None Like You
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day & Tommy Mercer
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
Set 6
Louis Armstrong 1920s
That’s When I’ll Come Back To You
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven (voc) Louis Armstrong & Lil Hardin
Comm Rec
Chicago
13 May 1927
Savoyages’ Stomp
Caroll Dickenson’s Savoyagers
Comm Rec
Chicago
5 Jul 1928
Too Busy
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Four (voc) Lillie Delk Christian
Comm Rec
Chicago
26 Jun 1928
Basin Street Blues
Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five (voc) Earl Hines & Mancy Cara
Comm Rec
Chicago
4 Dec 1928
Set 7
Ella Fitzgerald
Open + Who Ya’ Hunchin’?
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
26 Feb 1940
You Hit The Spot
Chick Webb Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald Radio Transcription
1936
It’s a Blue World
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Savoy Ballroom
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
4 Mar 1940
Rhythm & Romance
Chick Webb Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Radio Transcription
1936
Set 8
1950s Big Band Radio
Open + Dream a Little Dream of Me
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Patty Ryan
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1955
Limelight Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Moonlight Gardens
WLW NBC Cincinnati
26 Aug 1952
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
Hotel Astor Roof
WCBS CBS NYC
25 May 1953

Britain’s 1940s Radio Sweethearts Interview Greg Poppleton


Britain’s ‘1940s Radio Sweethearts’ interview Greg Poppleton about his latest album, https://www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/20s-30s-tin-pan-alley-vol-2/ on the Harry & Edna Wireless Show

Every week they have a good natter about the current British vintage scene & play ‘tip top’ gramophone tunes.

On air now is their interview with me about Tin Pan Alley Vol 2 and they spin a few tunes from the album. LISTEN HERE

Available via internet streaming, podcast, internet and FM radio

You can get Greg’s newest album, ’20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Vol. 2′ now on…

APPLE MUSIC: https://music.apple.com/us/album/tin-pan-alley-vol-2/1515196327

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Greg-Poppleton/e/B001LI794A

BANDCAMP: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/1fWRX8EF00yiI9xYgYRVnA

Harry & Ednagreg poppleton Sydney 1920s jazz band singer

Waltzing Matilda – Phantom Dancer 3 January 2023


Waltzing Matilda in swing from World War 2 is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 3 January) and weeks of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

WALTZING

Waltzing Matilda is a bush ballad described as Australia’s unofficial national anthem.

The title was Australian slang for travelling on foot (waltzing, from German ‘auf der Walz’) with one’s belongings in a “matilda” (swag) slung over one’s back.

The song tells the story of an itinerant worker, or “swagman”, making a drink of billy tea (the lyrics sung today come from a 1903 re-writing of the original 1895 lyric, to sell Billy Tea) at a bush camp and capturing a stray jumbuck (sheep) to eat.

When the jumbuck’s owner, a squatter (grazier who stole the land from the Aboriginal people and colonial governments), and three troopers (mounted policemen) pursue the swagman for theft, he declares “You’ll never catch me alive!” and commits suicide by drowning himself in a nearby billabong (watering hole), after which his ghost haunts the site.

The original lyrics were composed in 1895 by Australian poet, Banjo Paterson, to suit a tune played by Christina Macpherson. In 1903, Marie Cowan changed some of the lyrics, wrote a completely new variation of the tune and published this as sheet music.

The song was first recorded in 1926 as performed by John Collinson and Russell Callow. There are more recordings of “Waltzing Matilda” than any other Australian song.

MATILDA

The song was first performed on 6 April 1895 by Sir Herbert Ramsay, 5th Bart., at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, Queensland.

The occasion was a banquet for the Premier of Queensland.

A search of hundreds of Australian newspaper titles between 1895 and 1901 reveals only one report of it being sung. However, the cultural critic, A.A. Phillips, born in 1900, recalled being taught it in his childhood.

COPYRIGHT

Paterson sold the rights to Waltzing Matilda and some other pieces to Angus & Robertson for five pounds. In 1903, tea trader James Inglis hired Marie Cowan, who was married to Inglis’s accountant, to alter the song lyrics for use as an advertising jingle for the Billy Tea company, making it nationally famous.

Although no copyright applied to the song in Australia and many other countries, the Australian Olympic organisers had to pay royalties to an American publisher, Carl Fischer Music, following the song being played at the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta.

According to some reports, the song was copyrighted by Carl Fischer Music in 1941 as an original composition.

However, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Carl Fischer Music had collected the royalties on behalf of Messrs Allan & Co, an Australian publisher that claimed to have bought the original copyright, though Allan’s claim “remains unclear”.

Arrangements such as those claimed by Richard D. Magoffin remain in copyright in America. Here’s Johnny Cash singing it…

3 JANUARY PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #578

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 January 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
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 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Jan Garber
Silver Bells
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Roy Cordell
Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
Dec 1950
Stardust
Jan Garber Orchestra
Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
Dec 1950
Once You Find Your Guy
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Gloria Allen

Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
Dec 1950
You’re Just in Love + The Night is Young and You’re So Beautiful + Theme Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Roy Cordell & Gloria Allen

Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
Dec 1950
Set 2
Chicago Jazz
Come On, Get Happy (theme) + You’re Driving Me Crazy
Whitey Berquist and the NBC Orchestra
‘Chicago Jazz’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Jun 1952
I Know That You Know
Art van Damme Quartet
‘Chicago Jazz’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Jun 1952
Stompin’ at the Savoy
The Chicago Wolverines
‘Chicago Jazz’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Jun 1952
St Louis Blues + Johnson Rag + Come On, Get Happy (theme)
Lucille Reid + Whitey Berquist and the NBC Orchestra
‘Chicago Jazz’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Jun 1952
Set 3
Frankie Masters
Theme + The Lady’s in Love With You
Frankie Masters Orchestra
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Boulevarde Room Conrad Hilton
Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Feb 1957
Somebody Somewhere
Frankie Masters Orchestra (voc) Ray MacIntosh
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Boulevarde Room Conrad Hilton
Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Feb 1957
Gad About + Namely Me
Frankie Masters Orchestra (voc) Frankie Masters
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Boulevarde Room Conrad Hilton
Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Feb 1957
Medley: It Might as Well Be Spring / Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year / Paris in the Spring + What a Heavenly Night for Love + Close
Frankie Masters Orchestra (voc) The Swing Masters
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Boulevarde Room Conrad Hilton
Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Feb 1957
Set 4
Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing Matilda
Mart Kenney and his Western Gentlemen (voc) Judy Richards & the Trio
Comm Rec
Montreal
29 Dec 1941
Waltzing Matilda
116th Rhythm Ensemble (voc) Gordon Andrews
Aircheck
Sydney
1944
Waltzing Matilda
Jack White and his Band (voc) jack White and Chorus
Comm Rec
London
27 Feb 1941
Set 5
Australian 1930s Swing
Forty-Second Street
Jim Dividson Palais Royale Orchestra (voc) Cantrell Brothers
Comm Rec
Sydney
6 Jun 1933

Darktown Strutters’ Ball
Frank Coughlin Trocadero Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
25 May 1937
Says My Heart
Jim Dividson Australian Broadcasting Commission Dance  Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith
Comm Rec
Sydney
17 Aug 1938
Harlem Heat
Dudley Cantrell and the Grace Grenadiers
Comm Rec
Sydney
22 Nov 1937
Set 6
Artie Shaw 1939
Nightmare (theme) + Rose Room
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Summer Terrace
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Red
Boston
19 Aug 1939
You’re a Lucky Guy
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Tony Pastor
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NYC
20 Oct 1939
Day In, Day Out
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NYC
19 Oct 1939
Man from Mars + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NYC
21 Oct 1939
Set 7
Early Rock
Let’s Face It
Stan ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
Rock’n’Roll Dance Party
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Tweedlee Dee
La Verne Baker (voc) Count Basie Orchestra Rock’n’Roll Dance Party
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Dance with Me, Henry
Etta James (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
Rock’n’Roll Dance Party
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Woe is Me
Cadillacs (voc) Stan ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
Rock’n’Roll Dance Party
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Set 8
Jazz Moderne
Three Little Words
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Woodyn You Bud Powell
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
21 Mar 1953
Tiger Rag + 52nd Street theme
Charlie Parker
‘Bands for Bonds’
WOR Mutual NYC
20 Sep 1947

New Year Radio Pt 2 – Phantom Dancer 27 December 2022


New Year radio from 1945-71 swing and jazz broadcasts is the play list for this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Happy New Year!

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 27 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

NEW

Each major city in Australia holds New Year’s Eve celebrations, usually accompanied by a fireworks display.

The most prominent celebration in the country is Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve of two fireworks shows — the evening “Family Fireworks” at 9:00 p.m., and the main fireworks at midnight.

Sydney Harbour Bridge is a focal point of the show, via pyrotechnics launched from the bridge, as well as lighting displays that illuminate it during the show. Fireworks are set off from multiple other pints along the middle of the harbour from barges.

Local Sydney councils also hold firework displays. The northern hill at Sydney Park, 5 km south of the CBD, was a good vantage point, always crowded by thousands of people, to see many of them.

Over the years, local councils have invaded these spontaneous public gatherings by moulding them into uncreative, organised events flattened by mind-numbing, doof-doof, washing-machine rumble. Commercial conformity killing community creativity for “consoomers” to herd in and graze.

Musically, Sydney is a very uncreative place.

It embraces the safe and commercial. The music scene is largely funded by gambling. For rock, doof-doof and rap audiences it’s a race to get drugged or drunk to keep vital against swirling strident soundscapes dead-deafened by deludedly curatorial drones.

YEAR’S

In 1976, the Sydney Committee decided to repackage the failing Waratah Festival into the Festival of Sydney. They agreed that New Year’s Eve should launch the new festival as a ‘big bang affair’. This made New Year’s Eve official in Sydney for the first time.

EVE

Gloucester Park, a racecourse in central Perth, is the largest and most recognized display in the Western Australian city. In Brisbane events are held at Southbank. At night, 50,000 Australians gather at sites around the Brisbane River to watch a fireworks display. In Melbourne, hundreds of thousands of Australians come to the Central Business District to see the fireworks.  In the South Australian capital of Adelaide, events are held at both Rymill Park in the city, Semaphore and at Glenelg beach.

Here’s TV coverage of the Sydney New Year fireworks in 2021. TV coverage of the Sydney fireworks has two embarrassing traditions,

  1. Struggling hosts (with the exception of Lawrence Mooney),
  2. Cringey muzak smothering the exciting atmosphere of the fireworks going off and the cheering of millions.

Millions of dollars are spent on the fireworks. The talent and craft of the pyrotechnicians is extraordinary as you’ll see in the clip. The insta-music soundtrack is like putting a butterfly decal over the Mona Lisa. “Here’s the butterfly decal, everybody! Yay!”

The video is best watched with the sound off…

27 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #577

107.3 2SER Tuesday 27 December 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
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 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Count Basie 1960
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Jingle Bells
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Monitor’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1960
Alright, Okay, You Win
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
‘Monitor’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1960
Jumpin’ at the Woodside
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Monitor’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1960
One O’Clock Jump (extended theme) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Monitor’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1960
Set 2
Woody Herman 1954
Blue Flame + Third Herd
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
31 Dec 1954
Sleepy Serenade
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
31 Dec 1954
Get Outta Town
Woody Herman’s Third Herd (voc) Leah Matthews
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
31 Dec 1954
Apple Honey
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
31 Dec 1954
Set 3
Dorsey Brothers 1954
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme) + Lover
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NYC
31 Dec 1954
Do it Yourself
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NYC
31 Dec 1954
Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight + Happy Days Are Here Again + Well Get It
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (d) Buddy Rich
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NYC
1 Jan 1955
It Happens to Be Me + Stomping Down Broadway
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NYC
1 Jan 1955
Set 4
Sy Oliver & Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines
Theme + Rumble
Sy Oliver Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Riverboat
WNBC NBC NYC
1 Jan 1971
Deep Forest (theme) + Dippermouth Blues
Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
1 Jan 1957
When the Saints Go Marching In
Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
1 Jan 1957
Tiger Rag
Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
1 Jan 1957
Set 5
New Years Eve 1945
Robin Hood
Louis Prima Orchestra (voc) LP
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Salt Lake City
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Gotta Be This or That
Benny Goodman Orchestra with Red Norvo & Slam Stewart
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Boston
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Let the Zoomers’ Drool
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Evansville IN
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Auld Lang Syne
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Gril Room
Hotel Roosevelt NYC
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Set 6
Gene Krupa
Open + Flying Home
Gene Krupa Quartet
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Metropole Cafe
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1965
Dark Eyes
Gene Krupa Quartet
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Metropole Cafe
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1965
Set 7
Dorsey Brothers
Green Eyes
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Jilla Webb & Tommy Mercer
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Flagler’s Drive
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Your Daddy’s Got the Gleeks
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Charlie Shavers
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Stomping Down Broadway
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Set 8
Charlie Parker
Jumping with Symphony Sid (theme) + Be Bop
Charlie Parker
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1 Jan 1949
Slow Boat to China Charlie Parker
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1 Jan 1949
Ornithology
Charlie Parker
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1 Jan 1949

New Year Radio Pt 1 Xmas Radio Pt 2- Phantom Dancer 20 December 2022


New Year radio from NBC’s ‘All-Star Parade of Bands’ 1965-66 and 1970-71 radio plus Swing and jazz programming from the Christmas season is the focus for the first part of this week’s Phantom Dancer.

And a song never before played on The Phantom Dancer gets two live radio airings on this week’s show, ‘Teach Me Tonight’, from live 1954 and 65 radio.

The first part of the Phantom Dancer is nationally networked and will be on radio across Australia from 26 November.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 20 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

1966

I remember waking up New Year morning, 1 January 1966, watching the sun rise next to the neighbour’s camphor laurel from my bed on the back verandah of the house I grew up in.

It was a beautiful yellow orp in a cloudless lapis blue sky. I made a note to my 5 year old self to remember the joy of the moment forever. It was a year of optimism. Then within a few short months, in April of that year, I was fighting for my life.

1969

New Years Eve night 31 December 1969 was what I recall to be a three hour special on a local commercial station (Channel 9) covering the momentous decade that was the 1960s.

I thought at the time the same thing would happen in 1979, 1989 and so on. But no decade has been so optimistically radical since.

Australia did have a bright three years with the progressive Whitlam government 1972-75.

And, since you’ll be hearing Tuxedo Junction live from 1970 radio on this week’s show, it reminds me that in the early 70s, Sydney ABC station 2BL always played Tuxedo Junction sung by a blues singer as its open song after the station came on the air for the morning at 5:45am.

However, by 1979 the country was in the doldrums under the ‘austerity’ of a wealthy farmer prime minister and a suburban lawyer treasurer.

20 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #576

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 December 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
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 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Glenn Miller 1965
Open + Moonlight Serenade (theme) + St Louis Blues March
Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Riverboat
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1965
Teach Me Tonight
Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Joan Shephard
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Riverboat
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1965
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray McKinley
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Riverboat
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1965
Moonlight Serenade (extended theme) Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Riverboat
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1965
Set 2
Glenn Miller 1970
Moonlight Serenade + Tuxedo Junction
Buddy de Franco and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Gull Golden Mile Hotel
Fort Laudedale FL
1 Jan 1970
Set 3
Count Basie 1965
One O’clock Jump (theme) + Splanky
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Pick Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
31 Dec 1965
Auld Lang Syne
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Pick Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1 Jan 1966
Chestnut Street Ramble + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Pick Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1 Jan 1966
Set 4
World’s Greatest Jazz Band
My Inspiration (Theme) Son of a Preacher Man
World’s Greatest Jazz Band (Bobby Hackett, Yank Lawson, Bud Freeman, Ralph Sutton, Carl Fontana, Bob Wilber, Lou McGarity, Billy Butterfield, Wes Johnson Jnr)
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Roosevelt Grill
WNBC NBC NYC
1 Jan 1970
Mercy, Mercy
World’s Greatest Jazz Band
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Roosevelt Grill
WNBC NBC NYC
1 Jan 1970
Spinning Wheel
World’s Greatest Jazz Band
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Roosevelt Grill
WNBC NBC NYC
1 Jan 1970
South Rampart Street Parade
World’s Greatest Jazz Band
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Roosevelt Grill
WNBC NBC NYC
1 Jan 1970
Set 5
Dizzy Gillespie & Jonah Jones
Theme + Soul Kiss
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
London House
WMAQ NBC Chicago
31 Dec 1969
On the Street Where You Live (theme) + Baubles, Bangles and Beads
Jonah Jones Quartet
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Rainbow Grill
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1969
Mack the Knife
Jonah Jones Quartet (voc) Jonah Jones
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Rainbow Grill
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Dec 1969
Set 6
Dinah Shore
Open + Let It Snow
Dinah Shore
‘The Dinah Shore Show’
WRCA NBC NYC
24 Dec 1954
Happy Christmas, Little Friend
Dinah Shore
‘The Dinah Shore Show’
WRCA NBC NYC
24 Dec 1954
Walkin’ Down the Road
Dinah Shore
‘The Dinah Shore Show’
WRCA NBC NYC
24 Dec 1954
Teach Me Tonight + Close
Dinah Shore
‘The Dinah Shore Show’
WRCA NBC NYC
24 Dec 1954
Set 7
Jingle Bells
Let’s Dance (theme) + Jingle Bells
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1936
Jingle Bells
Mel Blanc and The Sportsmen ‘Mail Call’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Jingle Bells
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Tex Beneke and The Modernaires
‘Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
27 Dec 1941
Jingle Bells
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
Jan 1954
Set 8
Charlie Parker
Jumping with Symphony Sid/Jingle Bells (theme) + Half Nelson
Charlie Parker
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
25 Dec 1948
White Christmas Charlie Parker
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
25 Dec 1948
Little Willie Leaps
Charlie Parker
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
25 Dec 1948

Christmas Radio Part 1 – Phantom Dancer 13 December 2022


Christmas radio carols from 1930s – 50s radio plus pop music programming from the season is the focus for the first part of this week’s Phantom Dancer. The first part of the Phantom Dancer is nationally networked and will be on radio across Australia from 19 November.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 13 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

MERRY

According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 2016, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, written by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934, is the most played Christmas song of the last 50 years.

It was first performed live by Eddie Cantor on his Christmas radio show in November 1934. Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded their version in 1935, followed later by a range of artists including Frank Sinatra in 1948.

Long-time Christmas classics still dominate the Christmas charts – such as “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Sleigh Ride” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

The most popular set of these titles—heard over airwaves, on the internet, in shopping malls, in elevators and lobbies, and on the street during the Christmas season—have been composed and performed from the 1930s onward.

CHRISTMAS TOP 5

The most performed Christmas songs in 2015 according to ASCAP…

Rank Song Composers Year
1 Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 1934
2 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 1944
3 Winter Wonderland Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith 1934
4 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 1945
5 The Christmas Song Mel Tormé, Robert Wells 1944

13 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 December 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
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 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Kid Ory
Theme + Maple Leaf Rag
Kid Ory and his San Francisco Jazz Band
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Basin Street Blues
Kid Ory and his San Francisco Jazz Band
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
That’s a’Plenty
Kid Ory and his San Francisco Jazz Band
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Set 2
Jubilee 1944
Jingle Bells (intro) + One O’Clock Jump + Jumping at Ten
Delta Rhythm Boys (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1944
Just a-Sittin’ and a Rockin’
Delta Rhythm Boys (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1944
My Silent Love
Lena Horne
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1944
Set 3
Henry Hall Christmas
Theme + It Had to Be You
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (MC: Oliver Wakefield)
‘Henry Hall Program’
BBC London
21 Nov 1936
The Fairy on the Christmas Tree
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Molly, Marie and Mary
‘Henry Hall Program’
BBC London
21 Nov 1936
Serenade in the Night
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Don Donovan
‘Henry Hall Program’
BBC London
21 Nov 1936
Set 4
Jubilee 1947
Jack Armstrong Blues
Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1947
Rock-a-Bye River + Ring Dem Bells
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1947
The Christmas Song
King Cole Trio
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1947
Jingle Bells + Close
Paul Baron Orchestra + Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1947
Set 5
Bunny Berrigan
Theme + Mr Ghost Goes To Town
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
WEAF NBC Red NYC
31 Jan 1937
Moonshine Over Kentucky + Heigh Ho
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Ruth Gaylor
Paradise Restaurant
WEAF NBC Red NYC
3 May 1938
Swinging & Jumping
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Manhattan Centre
WNEW NYC
24 Sep 1939
Little Gate Special + I Can’t Get Started (theme)
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Manhattan Centre
WNEW NYC
24 Sep 1939
Set 6
1930s-40s English Dance Bands
On The Air
Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Hotel Orpheans (voc) Dorothy Stedeford
Comm Rec
London
7 Nov 1932
The Man Who Comes Around
Nat Gonella and his New Georgians (voc) Nat Gonella, Stella Moya, Jack Wallace
Comm Rec
London
1940
Tony’s Wife
Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Hotel Orpheans
Comm Rec
London
28 Jun 1933
Oh Buddy, I’m in Love
Nat Gonella and his New Georgians (voc) Stella Moya
Comm Rec
London
1941
Set 7
Paper Records
Pardon Me Pretty Baby
Sam Lanin Orchestra (voc) Paul Small
‘Hit of the Week Records’ NYC
Aug 1931
I Found a Million Dollar Baby
Don Voorhees Orchestra ‘Hit of the Week Records’ NYC
10 Sep 1931
Home
Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees (voc) Rudy Vallee
‘Hit of the Week Records’ NYC
Jan 1932
I’m Keeping Company
Hit of the Week Orchestra (voc) Scrappy Lambert
‘Hit of the Week Records’ NYC
Aug 1931
Set 8
Jazz Moderne
I’ll Remember April
Erroll Garner Trio
Peacock Lane
KNX CBS LA
Mar 1957
Dreamin’ Erroll Garner Trio
Peacock Lane
KNX CBS LA
Mar 1957
Flat Foot Floogie
Slim Gaillard
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
28 May 1951

Gus Arnheim Introduces Bing Crosby – Phantom Dancer 6 December 2022


Gus Arnheim was a popular US band leader, composer and pianist. Bing Crosby first achieved solo popularity singing with the Arnheim band. You’ll hear Bing sing live with Arnheim on live 1931 radio on this week’s Phantom Dancer. Gus Arnheim is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 6 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

GUS

Gus Arnheim was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote the pop hits ‘Sweet & Lovely’ (his radio theme) and I Cried For You amongst others.

He began his professional music career in 1919 playing piano at the Sunset Inn, Santa Monica with fellow future band leaders, Abe Lyman, on drums and, Harry Halstead, on viloin.

He was accompanist to vaudevillian Sophie Tucker.

When Lyman organized a full dance orchestra, Arnheim came along as pianist. He left to start his own group in 1927. Arnheim’s orchestra made at least three film short subjects for Warner Brothers’ Vitaphone Corporation in 1928–29.

Arnheim first recorded for OKeh in 1928–1929. He signed with Victor in 1929 –  1933, then Brunswick 1933 – 1937.

COCOANUT GROVE

During 1928–31, Arnheim had an extended engagement at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles. That’s where you’ll hear him from in 1931 radio broadcasts on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

In 1930, when Paul Whiteman finished filming The King of Jazz for Universal, The Rhythm Boys vocal trio, consisting of Bing Crosby, Harry Barris and Al Rinker decided to stay in California. They signed up with Arnheim’s band.

The Rhythm Boys only recorded one song with Arnheim, “Them There Eyes” (which also happened to be The Rhythm Boys final recording).

Arnheim’s Orchestra backed Crosby on a number of songs released by Victor Records in 1931. These popular records, coupled with Arnheim’s radio broadcasts featuring Crosby’s solo vocals, were a key element to the beginning of Crosby’s popularity as a crooner.

NOTABLE

Between 1930 and 1933, some notable people worked in or with Arnheim’s band:

    • Fred MacMurray played clarinet and tenor sax in 1930-31 and sang on one recording “All I Want Is Just One”.

    • Russ Columbo played violin in 1930 and sang on “A Peach of a Pair”.

  • Future popular bandleader Jimmie Grier was staff arranger during this time. Grier had played lead alto saxophone and clarinet in Arnheim’s band from its founding in 1928.
  • Eddie Cantor and Joan Crawford each recorded a song for Arnheim on July 23, 1931, although the Crawford side (“How Long Will It Last?”) was not issued. Cantor’s side, “There’s Nothing Too Good for My Baby,” was issued but without vocalist credit.

    • Future popular singer Buddy Clark sang with Arnheim in 1932.

    • Shirley Ross sang with Arnheim in 1933

    • Stan Kenton played piano with Arnheim starting in 1937.

Between 1939 and 1944, Mexican American crooner Andy Russell played the drums and sang with Arnheim. Arnheim was the one who suggested that Russell sing bilingually in English and Spanish and change his last name from Rábago to Russell (in honor of Russ Columbo) leading to his first million-selling record “Bésame Mucho”.

Here’s Arnheim on a 1927 Vitaphone music short…

6 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 6 December 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
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 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Xavier Cugat
Theme + Temptation
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Choir
‘Xavier Cugat ‘
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Alma Llanera
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Miguelito Valdés & Choir
‘March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Say Si Si
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Nito Rosa & Choir
‘March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Canta Noche un Amor Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Del Campo & Choir
‘March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Set 2
Dodo
Rose Room + Close
Dodo Marmarosa
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1947
Set 3
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Theme + Little Rock Getaway
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul & Mary Ford Show’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
26 May 1950
Until I Hold You Again
Les Paul (voc) Mary Ford
‘Les Paul & Mary Ford Show’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
26 May 1950
Puttin’ on the Style
Les Paul and Mary Ford (voc) LP and MF
‘Les Paul & Mary Ford Show’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
26 May 1950
What is This Thing Called Love + If a Nightingale Could Sing Like You
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul & Mary Ford Show’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
26 May 1950
Set 4
Gus Arnheim
Sweet and Lovely (theme) + Can’t You Read Between the Lines
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) George Gramlich
‘Cocoanut Grove Show’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Making Faces at the Man in the Moon
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
‘Cocoanut Grove Show’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Dancing with the Daffodils
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove Show’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Out of Nowhere + What is It?
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Bing Crosby & Loyce Whiteman
‘MJB Demi-Tasse Revue’
KFI NBC Gold
Los Angeles
1931
Set 5
Jimmy Dorsey
Contrasts (theme) + Just You, Just Me
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
8 Feb 1943
Jug Music
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC Red LA
20 Oct 1941
Moonlight on the Ganges
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
8 Feb 1943
Mood in Da Groove
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC Red LA
20 Oct 1941
Set 6
1930s English Dance Bands
Young & Healthy
Billy Cotton Band (voc) Alan Breeze
Comm Rec
London
18 Mar 1933
The Gold Diggers’ Song
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
28 Jul 1933
I’ve Had My Moments
Billy Cotton Band (voc) Chips Chippendale
Comm Rec
London
14 Aug 1934
Hylton Stomp
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
12 Oct 1932
Set 7
Ford Startime
Intro by Ronald Reagan _ Drum Boogie
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
‘Ford Startime’
KFI NBC TV
9 Feb 1960
Chatanooga Choo Choo
Tex Beneke & The Modernaires ‘Ford Startime’
KFI NBC TV
9 Feb 1960
South Rampart Street Parade
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Ford Startime’
KFI NBC TV
9 Feb 1960
Big Noise from Winnetka
Ray Bauduc & Bobby Haggart
‘Ford Startime’
KFI NBC TV
9 Feb 1960
Set 8
Ellington 64
Afro Bossa
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Jul 1964
Call Me Irresponsible Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Jul 1964
Hello Dolly
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Jul 1964