The King’s Jesters – Phantom Dancer 2 Aug 2022


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.

2 AUGUST PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #556

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 August 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
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
Paradise Squat + Lullaby of Bordland + Close
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars of Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
14 Jan 1953

Jones and Hare 1920s Vaudeville Radio Duo – Phantom Dancer 26 Jul 2022


Jones and Hare, Billy Jones and Ernie Hare, were a vocal duo who sang novelty songs, popular on radio in the 1920s and continuing on radio up to 1939. Billy Jones (1889-1940) was a tenor and Ernie Hare was a bass/baritone (1883-1939).

Here’s the 1924 recording of Jones and Hare’s radio theme, ‘How Do You Do?’…

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RADIO

Jones and Hare began on radio October 18, 1921 on WJZ (Newark, New Jersey), where they were sponsored by the chain of Happiness Candy stores. Listeners mailed in their comments about the singers on cards supplied to retailers by Happiness Candy. They were billed as the ‘Happiness Boys’.

Beginning August 22, 1923, the Happiness Boys broadcast on New York’s WEAF, moving to NBC from a run from 1926 to 1929.

The duo sang popular tunes, mostly light fare and comic songs, and they engaged in humorous repartee between numbers.

Their theme song was “How Do You Do” (1924). However, only the words to this song were new at that time. The melody had been used for a variety of other songs in the past and is still used in the camp favorite “If You’re Happy and You Know It (Clap Your Hands)”.

By 1928, Jones and Hare were the highest paid singers in radio, earning $1,250 ($20,000 today) a week. They also made highly successful personal appearances in the United States and Europe. (They mention the European tour fondly in their recording of “We Don’t Like It, Not Much”.)

Radio’s “Happiness Boys” changed their identities and allegiance whenever they changed sponsors. For Taystee Bread, for example, Jones and Hare became “The Taystee Loafers”, and for Interwoven Socks they became “The Interwoven Pair.” Regardless of their affiliation, they continued with their songs and jokes through the 1930s.

SONGS

Jones and Hare specialized in comic songs that commented on trends and popular culture.

When the song “Collegiate” swept the country and prompted a host of similar tunes, Jones and Hare countered with “We Ain’t Never Been to College”. Gracious living and social propriety were skewered in Jones and Hare’s “Etiquette Blues”.

America’s fascination with radio triggered the parody “Twisting the Dials”, maybe the first comedy sketch of its kind. Billy and Ernie simulate tuning a radio and getting snatches of random radio programs.

One of their most pointed satires, recorded with full orchestra, was “We Can’t Sleep in the Movies Anymore”. Jones and Hare demonstrate how talking pictures have changed a restful evening in a theater into a noisy onslaught of “sneezes, squawks, and squeals”. The lyrics also note that the actors’ voices seldom matched their silent screen images:

HARE: The sheik is from the ghetto. I thought he came from Spain.
JONES: His voice is high falsetto! And he sounds like he’s in pain!

Jones and Hare kidded the “talkies“, but were featured in A Movietone Divertissement (MGM, 1928) and Rambling ‘Round Radio Row #4 (Warner Brothers/Vitaphone, 1932), both sound short subjects.

The partnership ended with Ernie Hare’s death on March 9, 1939. Hare’s 16-year-old daughter, Marilyn Hare, joined Jones at the microphone, allowing the act to continue as “Jones and Hare” for about a year, until she left to pursue a movie career in Hollywood. You will hear her on this week’s Phantom Dancer in a Saks Furniture Store program from WMCA NYC in 1939.

Two selections from Jones and Hare’s 1934 Taystee Loafers radio series…

19 JULY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 19 July 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
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
The Voice of Experience
Lonesome Old Town (theme) + The Marine Hymn
Ben Bernie and all the Lads
‘Ben Bernie War Workers’ Program’
WMAQ CBS Chicago
15 Sep 1942
Wonder When My Baby’s Coming Home?
Ben Bernie and all the Lads (voc) Gail Robbins
‘Ben Bernie War Workers’ Program’
WMAQ CBS Chicago
15 Sep 1942
My Great Great Great Grandfather
Ben Bernie and all the Lads (voc) Ben Bernie
‘Ben Bernie War Workers’ Program’
WMAQ CBS Chicago
15 Sep 1942
Old Fashioned Swing + Idaho + Goodbye + Lonesome Old Town (close) Ben Bernie and all the Lads (voc) The King’s Jesters
‘Ben Bernie War Workers’ Program’
WMAQ CBS Chicago
15 Sep 1942
Set 2
Stan Kenton
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Young Blood
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1 Jul 1955
The Thrill is Gone
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Ann Richards
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1 Jul 1955
Theme & Variations
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1 Jul 1955
Lullaby of Birdland + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Ann Richards
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1 Jul 1955
Set 3
Selling Dessert
San Francisco
Phil Harris Orchestra
‘Jack Benny Program’
Westen Women’s Club
San Francisco
via KFI NBC Red LA
9 Jan 1938
When the Organ Played at Oh Promise Me
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Kenny Baker
‘Jack Benny Program’
Westen Women’s Club
San Francisco
via KFI NBC Red LA
9 Jan 1938
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Phil Harris Orchestra
‘Jack Benny Program’
Westen Women’s Club
San Francisco
via KFI NBC Red LA
9 Jan 1938
Playout + Close
Phil Harris Orchestra
‘Jack Benny Program’
Westen Women’s Club
San Francisco
via KFI NBC Red LA
9 Jan 1938
Set 4
Jones and Hare
How Do You Do? (theme) + Hot Dogs and Sasparilla
Billy Jones and Ernie Hare (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Taystee Loafers’
Columbia Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
At the End of the Day
Ernie Hare (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Taystee Loafers’
Columbia Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Speak to Me of Love
Gypsy Nina (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Taystee Loafers’
Columbia Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Opera Sketch + Great Day!
Billy Jones and Ernie Hare (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Taystee Loafers’
Columbia Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 5
Billy Jones and Marilyn Hare
We’re on the Air (theme) + You Look Good to Me + Ain’t You Got No Romance
Sam Ross Orchestra
‘Saks Program’
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1939
Since Nelly Came Back From The City
Sam Ross Orchestra (voc) Esmarelda
‘Saks Program’
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1939
They Say + Chopsticks
Sam Ross Orchestra (voc) Marilyn Hare
‘Saks Program’
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1939
My Girl Don’t Love Me + Confidentially + We’re on the Air + There’s No Place Like Home(close)
Sam Ross Orchestra (voc) Billy Jones + duet with Marilyn Hare + Close with Jim Brennan
‘Saks Program’
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1939
Set 6
Valaida Snow
I Wish I Were Twins
Valaida Snow (voc and tp) Billy Mason Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
18 Jan 1935
Dixie Lee
Valaida Snow (voc and tp)
Comm Rec
London
25 Sep 1936
Singing in the Rain
Valaida Snow (voc and tp)
Comm Rec
London
26 Apr 1936
Where is the Sun?
Valaida Snow (voc and tp) Johnny Claes Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
7 Jul 1937
Set 7
Les Brown
Theme + OK for Baby
Les Brown Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Miami FL
Blue Network
10 Aug 1943
We’ll Be Together Again
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Jane Harvey ‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Dec 1945
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
Les Brown Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
KNX CBS LA
Nov 1943
Bizet Has His Day + Leap Frog (theme)
Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Set 8
1950s Jazz
Bensonality
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Open + Sweet Georgia Brown + Embraceable You
Roy Eldridge Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
Mar 1957
All of Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952

Christmas Phantom Dancer Part 1 – 14 December 2021


Christmas songs and Christmas themed 1930s-50s radio features in the first (nationally networked) part of this week’s Phantom Dancer.

LISTEN to this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 14 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

I’m Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer producer and presenter every week on 107.3 2SER radio Sydney since 1985.

First, 1952 TV Christmas greetings from your local, neighbourhood drug dealer…

XMAS MUSIC

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

POPULAR

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

1930s-50s CHRISTMAS SONGS

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

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

14 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 14 DECEMBER 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Let’s Dance (theme) + Jingle Bells
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
25 Dec 1935
Open + It Had To Be You + The Fairy On The Christmas Tree
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) The 3 Sisters
BBC Regional Service
London
25 Dec 1936
Set 2
Open + Maple Leaf Rag
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Theme + Blue Christmas
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Ray Cordell
Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
1950
Weary Blues + Ad
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Set 3
Jingle Bells (open) + The Morning After
Chico Hamilton Quartet
‘Stars In Jazz’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
New York
25 Dec 1958
Wrap your Troubles In Dreams
Chico Hamilton Quartet (voc) Georgia Carr
‘Stars In Jazz’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
New York
25 Dec 1958
Blee Blop Blues + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
16 Dec 1956
Set 4
Happy Holidays + Here We Come a’Caroling + Silent Night
Bing Crosby and the Norman Luboff Choir (voc) Paul Weston Orchestra
‘Christmas Sing With Bing’
KNX CBS LA
24 Dec 1957
Description of Ballarat’s Carols By Candlelight + Joseph Mine, Help Me Cradle The Child Divine
Ted Furlong (station manager 3BA Ballarat) + The Ballarat YWCA Choir
Christmas Sing With Bing’
KNX CBS LA
via 3BA Ballarat
24 Dec 1957
Set 5
Personality
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Cozine Stewart
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
AFRS re-broadcast
1 May 1946
It’s Dawn Again
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
AFRS re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Eelibuj Boogle
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Mister Beebe
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) June Richmond
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Set 6
Let’s Dance (theme) + That Naughty Waltz
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York
6 Nov 1937
Once in a While
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York
6 Nov 1937
Satan Takes a Holiday
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
KNX CBS LA
17 Aug 1937
So Rare
Benny Goodman Trio
‘Camel Caravan’
KNX CBS LA
17 Aug 1937
Set 7
Right as Rain
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jamestown NY
Blue Network
19 Jan 1945
Even Stevens
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jamestown NY
Blue Network
19 Jan 1945
I’d Rather Sleep in a Hollow Log
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Roy Eldridge
Aircheck
CBS
25 Dec 1942
Drummin’ Man + Close
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
Aircheck
CBS
25 Dec 1942
Set 8
Stella by Starlight
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Doodlin’
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Manteca
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Stockholm
Radio Sweden
2 Feb 1948

Little Jack Little – Phantom Dancer 7 December 2021


Little Jack Little is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Born John Leonard
in London, he was a British-born American composer, singer, pianist, actor and songwriter.

His compositions include “Jealous”, “I Promise You”, “A Shanty in Old Shanty Town” and “You’re a Heavenly Thing”.

LISTEN to this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 7 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

I’m Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer producer and presenter every week on 107.3 2SER radio Sydney since 1985.

LITTLE

Little Jack Little, his stage name derived from his birth name and height, started as a piano player and singer in vaudeville in 1917 aged 17 or 18.

In an article in the New York Times it was explained that, “he would introduce his songs in a soft, almost whispering voice, while executing a series of little arpeggios and other piano embellishments. His radio approach was reminiscent of the arrival of a cheerful songbird.”

JACK

In 1930, Little Jack Little recorded a series of piano/vocal radio transcriptions titled, “Yors Very Truly, Little Jack Little” which evoked the atmosphere of a genial host at home trying out the latest sheet music on the piano.
He continued with this style on radio throughout his career which spanned WW2 (when he also toured USO shows with Jack Bolger) and into the 1950s on TV.

Here’s a list of his 1930s transcriptions, one of which you can enjoy on this week’s Phantom Dancer:
42300 A “ST. LOUIS BLUES”  10-06-30 :12:25

42300 B “LET THEM BE THEIR OWN JUDGES”  10-09-30 :13:35

42300 C “DIZZY FINGERS”  10-11-30 :13:14

42300 D “LOVE YOUR MAGIC SPELL IS  10-13-30 :13:14
EVERYWHERE”

42300 E “INDIAN LOVE CALL”  10-16-30 :13:27

42301 A “THE VOICE OF THE PUBLIC”  10-18-30 :13:21

42301 B “WHEN THE LITTLE RED ROSES GET 10-20-30 :13:16
THE BLUES FOR YOU”

42301 C “TELLING IT TO THE DAISIES” 10-23-30 :13:15

42301 D “LITTLE GYPSY SWEETHEART” 10-25-30 :13:20

53144 A “SWEEPING THE CLOUDS AWAY” 11-03-30 :13:02

53144 B “LUCKY LITTLE DEVIL”  11-06-30 :13:27

53144 C “I’M SAILING ON A SUMBEAM” 11-08-30 :13:15

53144 D “THE MAN FROM THE SOUTH” 11-10-30 :13:27

In 1933 he started his own orchestra (which you can see in the soundie above), playing hotels in New York City, Atlantic City, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago

His wife died in 1948, by the mid-50s he was being treated for hepatitis and was depressed.

In 1956, Little was found dead in bed by a maid. An autopsy revealed that traces of chloral hydrate or barbiturates in his stomach.

He left farewell notes to various people, including, “I know I’m dying and I’m afraid of the suffering I’ll have to go through,” and “All My Friends, Thanks for all the wonderful friendships and good times together. A little advice-take it easy, you’ll last longer. Always, Jack.”

little jack little record

7 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

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

Community Radio Network Show CRN #521

107.3 2SER Tuesday7 DECEMBER 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Horace Heidt
Open + Margie
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
Star Dust
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights (voc) Gene Walsh
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
One of These Days
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
Brazil + Begin the Beguine
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
Set 2
Bell Sisters
Theme + Do It Again
The Bell Sisters
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
A Fool Such As I
The Bell Sisters
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
Glowworm
Frank deVol Orchestra
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
Take Back Your Gold + Close
The Bell Sisters
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
Set 3
 JImmy Dorsey Trad Band
Open + Georgia On My Mind
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
Instrumental
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
Deep in the Heart of Texas + Close
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
Set 4
Little Jack Little
I’m Sailing on a Sunbeam
Little Jack Little
‘Yours Very Truly, Little Jack Little’
Radio Transcription’
New York City
11 Aug 1930
Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love
Little Jack Little
‘Yours Very Truly, Little Jack Little’
Radio Transcription’
New York City
11 Aug 1930
My Wild Irish Rose + I Don’t Need Atmosphere To Fall In Love With You + Close
Little Jack Little
‘Yours Very Truly, Little Jack Little’
Radio Transcription’
New York City
11 Aug 1930
Set 5
Fats Waller
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
3 Dec 1940
You’re The One
Fats Waller (voc) Kay Perry
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Flat Foot Floogie
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club NYC
14 Oct 1938
After You’ve Gone
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club NYC
14 Oct 1938
Set 6
Eddie Condon
Rosetta
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
Memphis Blues
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Eddie Condon (voc) Red McKenzie
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
I Would Do Anything For You
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
Set 7
Miles
Open + Sid’s Ahead
Miles Davis
The Spotlight
Washington DC
Mutual
Feb 1959
Set 8
1940s Swing Radio
I’m Always Chasing Rainbows
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jan 1946
Swanee
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
3 Dec 1945
Hitsum Kitsum Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Quartet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mitchell Field
Long Is NY
Blue Network
15 Jan 1945
Even Stevens
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mitchell Field
Long Is NY
Blue Network
15 Jan 1945

1929 – 31 Radio Phantom Dancer 4 February 2020


Because of a fractured leg I haven’t been able to bring you The Phantom Dancer non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio LIVE.

This week’s 4 February Phantom Dancer on radio and online is the first live mix for the new twenties and the feature artist is earliest jazz radio from transcriptions recorded between January 1929 and 1931.

The Phantom Dancer with actor and 1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton can be heard online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

The last hour is all vinyl.

transcription disc

 

ELECTRICAL TRANSCRIPTIONS

Commercial recordings made ‘electrically’, that is, recording music and voice using microphones, first appeared on the market in 1924. By 1929, they had superceded the original acoustic technology by which sound was recorded onto disc or cylinder using a horn.

In 1928, the first radio programs were transcribed electrically. The sound of these early radio transcriptions were often better than the sound on commercial records.

They were 78 rpm discs which played 5 minutes of programming. As you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer, this often meant the end of a music piece was chopped or quickly faded.

In the first set, you’ll hear the transcription end mid song for the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks, with the orchestra resuming mid-song, slightly fasted and after the musicians had obviously moved to complete the program.

Six five minute discs made up a half-hour show.

transcription disc

 

Here is The Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, the 1930s short ‘Behind the Mike’, showing our radio dramas are made while advertising cars. 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!

4 FEBRUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #422

107.3 2SER Tuesday 4 February 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
 So-A-Tone
Station Open + Sweeter Than Sweet
Studio Orchestra
WENR and W9XR
Chicago
1930
Bless You Sister
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
28 Feb 1929
Kansas  City Kitty  + What a Girl! What a Night! (close)
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
28 Feb 1929
Set 2
Selling Radios
Let a Little Pleasure Interfere with Business
Philco Orchestra
Philco Program
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
Boy! O Boy! I’ve Got It Bad
Philco Orchestra (voc) Boswell Sisters
Philco Program
Radio Transcription
New York City
1931
Singing in the Rain
Philco Orchestra
Philco Program
Radio Transcription
New York City
1931
Set 3
Gypsy Jazz on 1945 Radio
Open + Good For You Bad For Me
Boswell Sisters
Radio Transcription
Continental Broadcasting
Hollywood
1930
A Diet of Love
Connie Boswell
Radio Transcription
Continental Broadcasting
Hollywood
1930
Lazy Louisiana Moon + The One I Love Just Can’t Be Bothered With Me
Boswell Sisters
Radio Transcription
Continental Broadcasting
Hollywood
1930
Set 4
Selling Dependence
Was willst du haben?
George Olsen Music (voc) Ethel Chapee
‘Lucky Strike Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1930
That Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia + Close
George Olsen Music (voc) Hotcha Gardiner
‘Lucky Strike Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1930
Why Do You Suppose?
The Coca Cola Orchestra
‘Coca Cola Top Notchers’
WEEI Boston Aircheck
NBC Red NYC
26 Mar 1930
Set 5
1920s Women Singers
He’s So Unusual
Helen Kane
Comm Rec.
New York City
14 Jun 1929
Pagan Love Song
Annette Hanshaw (voc) Frank Ferrara Hawaiian Trio
Comm Rec
New York City
4 Jun 1929
Hi Diddle-Diddle
Hannah and Dorothea Williams (voc) Charley Straight Orchestra
Comm Rec
Chicago
10 Mar 1926
Moanin’ Low
Libby Holman
‘Bruswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1929
Set 6
Brunswick Brevities
Nobody’s Sweetheart Now
Hotsy-Totsy Gang
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Oct 1929
Harvey
Hoagy Carmichael
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Oct 1929
Mystery Medley
Red Nichols Orchestra
Comm Rec
Chicago
20 Nov 1928
They Didn’t Believe Me
Red Nichols Orchestra (voc) Scrappy Lambert
Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concert’
AFRS Rebroadcast
14 oct 1944
Set 7
Heat
Balling the Jack + Walking the Dog
Red Nichols Orchestra
‘Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York City
25 Aug 1930
Turn on the Heat + Strike Up the Band
Red Nichols Orchestra
‘Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York City
5 Aug 1930
Call of the Freaks
Red Nichols Orchestra
‘Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1 Aug 1930
Black and Blue + Ain’t Misbehavin’
Red Nichols Orchestra
‘Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York City
3 Aug 1930
Set 8
Sunny Meadows
Little by Little + Waiting at the End of the Road
Dixie Two-Steppers
Radio Transcription
1929
Can’t We Be Friends + Moanin’ Low
Dixie Two-Steppers
Radio Transcription
1929
Open + Angry
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows”
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
You’re the Cream in My Coffee
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows”
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929

First Radio Wedding 1924 – Phantom Dancer 12 December 2019


WEDDING OF THE YEAR

This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, is ‘the Red-Headed Music Maker’, Wendall Hall. Wendall was an early radio star and was the first to be married live on radio on 4 June 1924 to Marion Martin over WEAF New York.

Wendall Hall NBC

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 10 November 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

WENDALL

This week’s Phantom Dancer goes back to the earliest radio of the 1920s – 39s for its feature artist. Wendall Hall was an American country singer, vaudeville artist, songwriter, pioneer radio performer, Victor recording artist and ukulele player.

Wendall Hall pretzel party

RAIN

In 1923, Hall released the song “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’,” which sold over two million copies in the United States. It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. The song is also considered the first musical hit on radio. He wrote “Underneath the Mellow Moon” and “Carolina Rose”. Hall also wrote songs with Carson Robison and Art Gillham.

1920s RADIO STAR

Hall began his career in 1922 Chicago as a song plugger for Forster Music. He traveled around the US and stopped in towns to play in music stores, theaters, and radio. In vaudeville he began singing and playing the xylophone. He found the ukulele to be more portable and quickly became an expert with that instrument. In January, 1924 he signed with the National Carbon Company to host the Eveready Hour a pioneer commercially sponsored variety program on WEAF in New York. On November 4, 1924 the program was on a pre-network 18 station “hook-up” to broadcast election returns with entertainers Will Rogers, Carson Robison, Art Gillham, and the Waldorf Astoria Orchestra. Eveready even painted their batteries with a red top to cash in on Hall’s popularity. In 1929 Wendell Hall hosted the Majestic Music Hour and a few years later Gillette’s Community Sing. He made a few musical short films.

On a 1925 European tour he was broadcast over a 21 station hook-up, the largest ever attempted up to that time.

After his radio days were over, Wendell Hall wrote commercials for radio.

wendall hall sheet music

TAROPATCH

Hall performed on a variety of stringed instruments, including the standard ukulele, the taropatch ukulele, banjo, and the hybrid banjolele, as well as the tiple. Like so many of the other performers during the era, Hall was a big fan of the instruments created by the C.F. Martin & Company, particularly their Taropatch. Like other performers, he was unsuccessful in obtaining an endorsement deal with Martin, but in response to his letter offering to endorse their product, Martin offered their 20% discount for professional performers and to inlay his name in the head of the instrument.

UKULELE

He published an instruction book, Wendell Hall’s Ukulele Method, with Forster Music in 1925, that was edited by May Singhi Breen. He also marketed a series of custom ukuleles through the Regal Musical Instrument Company of Chicago, with his picture on the head of The Red Head Ukulele and banjolele with red tuning pegs that became collectors’ items for several generations afterward

With the resurgence of the uke’s popularity in the 1950s, Hall was able to land a radio show on WBKB five days a week, the home of the Griff Williams Show which is your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week…

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

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

Set 1
Modernistic 1950s Dance Bands
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + A Melody To The Trees
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Lakeside Ballroom
Dayton OH
WLW NBC Cincinnati
16 Sep 1952
Savings Bonds Ad + The Stars and Stripes Forever
Ralph Flanagan Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NY
1950
Wending My May Back Home + Close
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
‘Jazz Is My Beat’
New York City
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1958
Set 2
Early Live 1930s Ragio
Open + Music In My Fingers
George Shackley Ensemble (voc) Veronica Wiggins
‘Nihi Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1931
Margie + Do You Ever Think Of Me? + Sweet Sue
Jimmie Grier Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
KFI NBC Gold Network LA
1932
Melancholy Moon + Pineapple Ad + It Gonna Rain No More + Aloha Oe
Wendall Hall
‘The Pineapple Picadour’
WMAQ NBC Red
Chicago
2 Apr 1931
Set 3
Super Jive From 1937 – 38 Radio
Dark Forest (theme) + Limehouse Blues
Earl Hines Orchestra
Grand Terrace Room
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Aug 1938
A Study in Blue
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Hotel Park Central
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jul 1939
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South + Camel Hop
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Set 4
1940s Dance Bands
Voglio Fischiettiare (I Like To Whistle)
Nuccia Natali and Vocal Trio with Orchestra
Comm Rec
Cetra
Turin
1940
The Sheik of Araby
Russ Morgan Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Apr 1944
Medley
Art Kassels and his Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Chicago
1947
Set 5
Jazz and Pop on 1940 Radio
It Never Entered My Head
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Open + Down For The Count
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
6 Nov 1940
St Louis Blues
Roy Eldridge
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
21 Apr 1940
Four Beat Shuffle + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Set 6
New Orleans Jazz on Radio
Open + Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
‘New Orleans Movie Opening’
Wintergarden Theatre
WNBC NBC NY
19 Jun 1947
Open + At The Jazz Band Ball
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
30 Sep 1944
I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll
Bud Freeman Summa Cum Laude Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
That’s A’Plenty + Relaxin’ At The Touro (theme)
Muggsy Spanier Dixieland All-Stars
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953
Set 7
Big Bands on 1947 Radio
Who’s Got The Ball?
Harry James Orchestra
The Click
WFIL Philadelphia
22 Dec 1947
Kate
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) The Town Criers
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
6 Dec 1947
Everybody Eats When They Come To My House
Cab Calloway’s Caballiers (voc) CC
‘Guest Star’
New York City
1947
Passion Flower
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Ciro’s Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1947
Set 8
Charlie Parker on WMCA NY 1949
Chasin’ The Bird
Charlie Parker Sextet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Mar 1949
Confirmation
Charlie Parker Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
19 Feb 1949
Scrapple From The Apple
Charlie Parker Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
22 Jan 1949

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

17 April 2018 Phantom Dancer – Johnny Green Body and Soul


Johnny Green was a U.S composer, songwriter, pianist, band leader and orchestra conductor. His most famous song is ‘Body and Soul’.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we’ll be hearing a few of the 1930s radio orchestras lead by Johnny Green. And below, on your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week you can see a short film simulating a Johnny Green radio broadcast. The short was made in 1935.

This week you’ll also hear sets with Patti Page, Johnny Ray and Erroll Garner from live 1957 TV and some of the great swing bands from the 1930s live on the 1938-39 BBC series, ‘America Dances’.

Produced and presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-1960s radio and TV every week.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 17 April) and past Phantom Dancers online at radio 2ser.com

JOHN ‘JOHNNY’ WALDO GREEN

He won four Academy Awards for his film scores and a fifth for producing a short musical film. And he went by the name of John or ‘Maestro’ in his later years.

As you’ll hear on today’s live 1930s radio broadcasts of Johnny Green and his Orchestra, Green couldn’t help but be self-assured.

He entered Harvard at age 15. You’ll hear him talk today on a 1939 aircheck about his early music schooling and his first song as a kid.

Indeed, by the time he was at Harvard, bandleader Guy Lombardo had heard Green’s Gold Coast Orchestra and hired him to create dance arrangements for his nationally famous Lombardo orchestra.

JAZZ STANDARDS

Green’s first song hit was written for the Lombardo orchestra. It was Coquette (1928), which Green wrote when he was 19.

Two years later, in 1930, Green wrote ‘Body and Soul’ which is now a jazz standard.

In the early 30s he was the radio and recording accompanist and arranger to singers James Melton, Libby Holman and Ethel Merman, and as you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer, Ruth Etting. He was also arranger and conductor for Paramount Pictures.

In this period he also wrote the standards ‘Out Of Nowhere’ (which you’ll hear in play today), ‘Rain Rain Go Away’, ‘I Cover the Waterfront’, ‘You’re Mine You’, ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (his 1934 Oldsmobile show theme song), ‘Easy Come Easy Go’, ‘Repeal The Blues’ and the theme for Max Fleischer’s Betty Boop cartoons.

johnny green record

Nathaniel Shilkret and Paul Whiteman commissioned Green to write larger works for orchestra, including ‘Night Club: Six Impressions for Orchestra with Three Pianos’.

After spending 1933 in London, where he wrote the first musical comedy ever for BBC Radio, Green returned to New York City where, William S. Paley, president of the Columbia Broadcasting System and an investor in New York’s St. Regis Hotel, encouraged him to form what became known as Johnny Green, his Piano and Orchestra.

And he continued to lead his orchestra in top ranking radio shows into the 1940s, backing singers such as Fred Astaire and Alan Jones.

In the early 40s, Green moved to Hollywood. He became one of the people central to changing the overall sound of the MGM Symphony Orchestra.

ACADEMY AWARDS

He was Music Director at MGM from 1949 to 1959 and was nominated for an Oscar thirteen times. He won the award for the musical scores of Easter Parade, An American in Paris, West Side Story, and Oliver!, as well as for producing the short “The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture”, which won in the Short Subjects (One-Reel) category in 1954.

johnny green an american in paris

After leaving MGM, Green guest-conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Denver Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He also continued to compose the occasional filmscore, including the critically acclaimed They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? in 1969. He conducted the orchestra for the 1961 United Artists’ film version of West Side Story, for which he won a Grammy.

Green was a chairman of the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, leading the orchestra through 17 of the Academy Award telecasts.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is a short film from 1935 of a Johnny Green Orchestra broadcast in action, with announcer Harry von Zell. I like the short scene of the ‘old radio listener’ slapping his knee with laughter. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #311

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 April 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Swing Bands on 1944-46 ‘One Night Stand’ Radio
Theme + Boyd’s Nest
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morrocco
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Aug 1946
Begin the Beguine
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1946
A Fellow on a Furlough + Blue Skies
Bob Chester Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Oct 1944
Set 2
1950s Hipster Radio
Bling, Bling!
Machito
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Stuffy
Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
1952
Cherry Blossom + Close
Georgie Auld
‘Here’s To Veteran’s’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
Set 3
Women Pop Singers on the Air
Open + Poor, Poor People of Paris
Giselle McKenzie
‘Airtime’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1945
I Love You, Yes I Do
Ella Mae Morse
‘Here’s To Veteran’s’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
Cry Me A River
Julie London
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Cameo
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 4
Johnny Green on 1930s Radio
Bio + Penny Serenade
Johnny Green Orchestra
‘Fitch Bandwagon’
WEAF NBC Red NY
9 Apr 1939
Out of Nowhere + I Want To Love (theme)
Johnny Green (voc) Ruth Etting
‘Oldsmobile Show’
WABC CBS NY
27 Feb 1934
Row, Row, Row
Johnny Green Orchestra (voc) Ray Bloch Swing 14
‘Rhymo’
WABC CBS NY
26 May 1940
Set 5
Eddy Howard Ballad Singer
Careless (theme) + Thou Swell
Eddy Howard (voc) and his Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
Mutual Network, Chicago
5 Dec 1945
I Wish I Was A Willow
Eddy Howard (voc) Dick Jurgens Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1938
Sailboat in the Moonlight
Eddy Howard (voc) and his Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1939
Medley + So Long For Now (theme)
Eddy Howard (voc) and his Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
Mutual Network, Chicago
5 Dec 1945
Set 6
1950s Radio Swing Bands
Blue Flame (theme) + Hollywood Blues
Woody Herman Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWL CBS New Orleans
1951
Hob Nail Boogie
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Aug 1952
Flager’s Drive
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Summertime
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
Set 7
‘America Dances’ on the BBC
Open + Over The Waves
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘America Dances’
New York City
BBC London
1939
Every Tub + Song of the Wanderer
Count Basie Orchestra
‘America Dances’
New York City
BBC London
1938
Body and Soul
Teddy Wilson Orchestra
‘America Dances’
New York City
BBC London
1939
Two O’Clock Jump + Close
Harry James Orchestra
‘America Dances’
New York City
BBC London
19 Jul 1939
Set 8
‘The Big Record’ TV Show
Intro + I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Patti Page
‘The Big Record’
CBS TV NY
27 Nov 1957
Ad + Cry + Soliloquy of a Fool
Johnny Ray
‘The Big Record’
CBS TV NY
27 Nov 1957
Where or When + Tea For Three
Erroll Garner
‘The Big Record’
CBS TV NY
27 Nov 1957

Phantom Dancer 2 Jan 2018 – Glenn Miller Talks to Germany


Hear your Phantom Dancer #1 for 2018. Greg Poppleton plays you a non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio every week, originating from 107.3 2SER Sydney, with the play list and video of the week published on this blog.

Hear the 2 January 2018 Phantom Dancer online at 2SER.com from Jan 2 till Jan 30.

The Phantom Dancer is as much a first hand social history program as much as it is a music show.

The last set of this week’s Phantom Dancer is a mix of the Glenn Miller Orchestra broadcasting from London in 1944 over ABSIE, the American Broadcasting Station in Europe.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra was actually recorded over six weeks in the Abbey Road Studios, London, and the discs edited into half hour shows for the ‘Wehrmacht Hour’ aimed at German listeners in Europe.

The second half of the hour was news in German, with commentary and satire, by Thomas Mann’s son, Golo, amongst others. The program was popular in Germany. It was even heard on shortwave as far away as New Zealand.

Other American celebrities who performed for ABSIE include Spike Jones, Morton Downey, and as you’ll hear in this short clip, Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore. Enjoy! Read more in Glenn Miller Declassified, Dennis M. Spragg, University of Nebraska Press.

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!

Happy New Year!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #296

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 January 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Cutting Edge Swing From 1945-49 Hollywood Radio
Undercurrent Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
29 Mar 1949
All Too Soon
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra (tp) Skippy Layton
‘One Night Stand’
Avodon Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1946
Tonsillectomy + Close
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morocco
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 2
Organ Music on Radio Normandie and WJSV Washington DC 1937-39
Happy Days Are Here Again (theme) + Here Comes The Sun + The Sun Breaks Through + There’s A Place In The Sun For You + Sunshine Ahead + Ad
Sandy MacPherson (theatre organ) Peggy and Ronny (voc)
‘Rinso Radio Review’
Empire Theatre
London
Radio Normandie
1938
Time On My Hands (theme) + Summertime + Tea For Two
Johnny Saab (Hammond B2 Organ)
‘Let’s Take Time Out’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Set 3
1930s Crooner Dan Donovan on BBC London and AVRO Hilversum
Bye Bye Baby
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Dan Donovan
Comm Rec
London
1936
A Garden In Granada
Dan Donovan (voc) Radio AVRO Orkest
Aircheck
AVRO Radio
Hilversum Holland
9 Jan 1939
Swing Bolero
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Dan Donovan
Radio Broadcast
BBC London
Apr 1937
Set 4
1944 – 51 Dance Bands on the Air
Son Belle
Natalino Otto
Comm Rec
Turin
1948
Open + Side By Side
Orrin Tucker Orchestra (voc) Orrin Tucker
Boulevarde Room
Hotel Stevens
ABC Chicago
1951
Twilight Time
Dean Hudson Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Edison
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Nov 1944
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
What Is This Thing Called Love? + Where The Golden Daffodils Grow
The Ambassadors of Melodyland
’Dr Scholl’s Program’
Radio Transcription
1931
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

2 August Phantom Dancer plus Laurel and Hardy ‘Blotto’ (1930)


On this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton, your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 60s radio, you’ll hear a set of Louis Armstrong live on 1930s-40s radio, including a radio recording he made with Fats Waller and his Rhythm. We hear from singers Patti Page, Ginny Simms and Frank Sinatra on their own radio features. Julie London also makes a rare 1956 radio appearance. And we’ll finish with a Charlie Parker set from WMCA NY radio in 1949.

See the full play list below.

Hear the show archived at 2ser.com

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop 2 hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio every week online and on 2SER radio.

The final hour of the mix is all vinyl.

The Phantom Dancer is live-streamed as the show goes to air on 107.3 2SER Sydney, Tuesdays 12 – 2pm (12 – 2am GMT) and repeated 5 – 6pm Sundays, http://www.2ser.com

The show is then archived for you to listen to any time at 2ser.com/Phantom_Dancer.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is the Laurel and Hardy (with Anita Garvin) classic, Blotto (1930)

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #225

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 August 2016
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
2SER Sunday 2SER 5 – 6pm
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 30 other stations.

Set 1
1940s Swing Bands Re-Broadcast by Armed Forces Radio
Open + Song of India
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Tommy Dorsey Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jun 1943
Open + Wherever There’s Me There’s You
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra (voc) Jay Johnson and Frances Glenn
‘One Night Stand’
Avodon Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1946
Mabel Mabel + Yerxa
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) Jackie Suerrel
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morocco
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Aug 1946
Set 2
Singing for your Supper
Ad + s’Wonderful + A Girl To Love
Jack Smith then Ginny Simms(voc) Frank deVol Orchestra
‘Tide Show’
KNX CBS LA
11 Feb 1951
Station ID + Theme + I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby
Dinah Shore (voc)
‘The Dinah Shore Show’
WRCA NBC NY
1954
Goin’ Home + Close
Frank Sinatra (voc) Dave Rose Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
20 Dec 1947
Set 3
NBC’s All-Star Parade of Bands
Cool Water
Billy May Orchestra (voc) Bob Moore
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Hollywood Palladium
KFI NBC LA
21 Dec 1953
Rain
Sauter-Finegan Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
9 Dec 1953
Cry Me A River
Julie London
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Cameo
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 4
Harry James on 1943 – 1961 Radio
My Old Flame
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Judy Williams
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
14 Dec 1943
Open + Ultra
Harry James Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1951
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
El Patio Ballroom
KCBS CBS San Francisco
20 May 1961
Set 5
Louis Armstrong on Radio
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Fats Waller and his Rhythm with Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden
Aircheck
New York City
Oct 1938
I’ve Got Plenty of Nothin’
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Ada Brown
‘Jubilee’
AFRS NY
Mar 1943
I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Dallas Tx
Blue Network
17 Aug 1943
It Had To Be You + Theme
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Tuskagee Airfield, Alabama
Blue Network
5 Oct 1944
Set 6
Swing Bands on 1937-38 Radio
Sugar Foot Stomp
Fud Candrix Orchestra
Comm Rec
Blankenberghe Casino, Belgium
27 Jun 1938
One, Two Button Your Shoe
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NY
18 Mar 1937
I’ll Always Be In Love With You
Count Basie Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
Aircheck NY
30 Jun 1937
There’s a Small Hotel + Close
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
‘Norge Programme’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
Set 7
Earliest Recorded Radio from 1929-34
Intro + It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing + Ad
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘Chrysler Show’
New York City
1934
I May Be Wrong
Red Nichols and his Five Pennies (voc) Scrappy Lambert
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
27 Aug 1929
Intro + This Is The Missus
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
What A Day
Eskimo Pie Orchesra
‘Eskimo Pie Orchestra’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
Jul 1929
Set 8
Charlie Parker from Royal Roost on the Symphony Sid Show
How High The Moon
Charlie Parker (as) Flip Philips, Charlie Ventura (ts) Conte Condoli (tp) Bennie Green (tp) Al Haig (piano) Curley Russell, Tommy Potter (b) Ed Shaugnessy(d)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NY
1 Jan 1949
Groovin’ High
Charlie Parker (as) Kenny Dorham (tp) Al Haig (piano) Tommy Potter (b) Max Roach (d)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NY
19 Feb 1949
Oo Bop Sh’Bam
Charlie Parker (as) Kenny Dorham (tp) Al Haig (piano) Tommy Potter (b) Max Roach (d) Band (voc)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NY
22 Jan 1949
Barbados
Charlie Parker (as) Kenny Dorham (tp) Al Haig (piano) Tommy Potter (b) Max Roach (d)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NY
5 Feb 1949