Greg Poppleton Makes Jazz Deco Pop! Sydney Rowers 22 April


On Sunday, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, returned with his Jazz Deco music to Sydney Rowing Club. And we’ll be back at there, Sunday 5 August.

Enjoy these photos from the Greg Poppleton Sydney Rowers show. And join the band Mailing List at the end of this article for the free  monthly newsletter…

Greg Poppleton makes jazz deco op

SUNDAY JAZZ

By the beautiful Parramatta River…

Sunday jazz greg poppleton sydney rowing club 22 april

GREG POPPLETON MAKES JAZZ DECO POP!

Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer and band…

greg poppleton sydney 1920s 1930s jazz singer

ALL ABOUT SWING

Cody and Lexie from All About Swing strutted their stuff on the dance carpet.
Other couples joined in when we went Latin with songs like Amapola, El Mansiero, Tea for Two and South of the Border.

all about swing dancers cody and lexieCody and Lexie dancing to Greg Poppleton 1920s 1930s swing jazz band

IN THE GREG POPPLETON BAND: ALTO SAX

Damon Poppleton…

Damon Poppleton alto sax

WASHBOARD AND DRUMS

Adam Barnard…

Adam Barnard drums and washboard

DOUBLE BASS

Dave Clayton, who also joined Greg in a vocal duet on ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas’.

Dave Clayton double bass

GUITAR AND BANJO

Grahame Conlon…

Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo

BOOKINGS

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Website: gregpoppleton.com
Email: tony@ozmanagement.com
Phone: 61 407 941 263

 

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Beautiful Seacliff Wedding in Gerringong


Greg Poppleton and his jazz deco 1920s-30s quartet had the great honour of being part of Marguerite and Andrew’s beautiful wedding reception at Seacliff in Gerringong.

It was especially touching to sing their especially meaningful requested song,  ‘At Last’, as they made their entrance into the reception to family and friends.

Marguerite and Andrew chose the Greg Poppleton jazz deco quartet to play for their 1920s styled reception. And as the photographer said to me, “live music, well played, really lifts the vibe at a wedding. You can feel it.”

Greg poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet
Greg Poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet

The Greg Poppleton band played 1920s instrumentals until dinner. Then Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer serenaded the party with songs from the Jazz Age.

Marguerite and Andrew asked Greg to sing, ‘At Last’, for when they entered the reception to huge whistles and applause.

“At last, my love has come along.
My lonely days are over, and life is like a song…”

‘At Last’ was introduced by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the 1941 movie, Sun Valley Serenade.  Etta James later recorded the most famous version. Beyonce has also sung it in an Etta James tribute.

In Greg Poppleton’s jazz deco quartet were:
– Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer
– Geoff Power, trumpet and siusaphone
– Dr Mark Pinner, clarinet, alto sax and baritone sax
– Grahame Conlon, guitar and banjo

The reception was held in the romantic Seacliff barn, overlooking Weeri Lagoon. Looking at Werri brought back happy memories for me of walking there from Kiama during a recent holiday their with my family.

Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn
Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn

For those of you familiar with the NSW Southcoast, Seacliff is the stunning white farmhouse just at the Princes Highway turnoff into Gerringong.

Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW
Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW

Greg Poppleton booking enquiries:
Email: tony@ozmanagement.com   |   0407 941 263
Web: gregpoppletonmusic.com

 

1920s Soiree


The client is holding a series of parties celebrating the music most associated with the ten decades of the 20th Century.

Who to book for their 1920s soiree to ensure it’s a success?

The band they chose to entertain and represent that roaring decade was Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, because…

Greg Poppleton Makes Jazz Deco Pop!

Greg Poppleton 1920s microphone at 1920s soiree
Greg Poppleton 1920s microphone at 1920s soiree

IMPRESSED

Greg Poppleton brought along his quartet of world-toured jazz musicians. Their authentic, swinging style certainly impressed – and won over a lot of people who had never heard 1920s jazz before.

The smiles, the spontaneous  little dances here and there, all those who stopped to intently listen, and the nice people who came up to compliment the band after each set, told me that the band was fulfilling its brief.

Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer
Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer

THE BRIEF

To provide atmosphere as friends and colleagues met in the courtyard to socialise, network and do business.

SOUND

So the music was low, yet energetic. People could talk easily and come and go as they please. The owner of the bar and restaurant next to the courtyard thanking us as both he and we packed up said it all.

The band was largely acoustic with two 100W speakers for the vocals and banjo, mixed wirelessly via ipad. Guitar and double bass used a small amp each and the clarinet and alto sax did not need to be mic’d at all to be heard clearly.

BOOKINGS

Enquire about having Greg Poppleton for your event and celebration.

Greg Poppleton jazz deco band. Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo / Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer / Dave Clayton double bass obscured / Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax.
Greg Poppleton jazz deco band. Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo / Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer / Dave Clayton double bass obscured / Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax.

23 April 2018 Phantom Dancer – Bea Wain First To Record ‘Over The Rainbow’


You’ll hear some very loving and touching words on today’s Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer, presented every week by actor, Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer goes live from 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday after the noon news.

It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV sent to 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 24 April), and past Phantom Dancers, online at radio 2ser.com

In the mix this week, live 1930s-60s radio by Bob Crosby, Sammy Kaye, Al Trace, Larry Clinton and Bea Wain. See the full play list below.

THOSE TOUCHING WORDS?

“Beautiful, Bea Wain, beautiful.”

Who’s Bea Wain? She’s one of the greatest singers of the Swing Era and my absolute favourite.

Who said those words? You’ll hear them on today’s Phantom Dancer in the Bea Wain set, incidentally.

It was Andre Baruch, award-winning network radio announcer, who said them spontaneously as the announcer for the 1939 ‘Your Hit Parade’ after Bea Wain sang, ‘O, You Crazy Moon’.

They were married in 1938 and remained together until his death 53 years later. Bea Wain died last August aged 100.

THE UNSUNG SINGING GREAT

Bea Wain began singing on local radio at age six. She lived in the Bronx. Her accent disappeared when she sang. She had four No. 1 hits. And she never had a singing lesson.

She also had her name shortened from Beatrice to Bea by some unknown radio exec, to save space on record labels.

Quoting from her New York Times obituary,
“I never wanted anybody to teach me how to sing,” she said in an interview with Sara Fishko for the New York public radio station WNYC in 2013. “I had piano, elocution and dancing lessons, but never singing lessons.”

And she went on to sing professionally past the age of 90.

THE BIG BREAK

Was a big band arranger and in 1938 was forming a swing band with big RCA – NBC promotion. You’ll hear the band broadcasting ‘The RCA Campus Club’ from the Glen island Casino on today’s Phantom Dancer. The singer he hired to front this important band was Bea Wain.

How’d he find her.

She was in the chorus for the Kate Smith Radio Show. She stepped forward for an eight bar solo. That was enough for Clinton. She was hired. Again quoting from her NYT obit:

“The impeccable Wain never fails to captivate us as Clinton’s brassmen play natty little curlicues around her,” Will Friedwald wrote in his book “Jazz Singing: America’s Great Voices From Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond” (1990).Bea wain

OVER THE RAINBOW

In 1939 Billboard magazine’s college poll voted her the most popular female vocalist. Ella Fitzgerald was second.

In 1938 she was the first to record ‘Over The Rainbow’ from the film, ‘The Wizard of Oz’. MGM, which owned the rights, stopped the record from being issued until after the film, and Judy Garland’s version (who sang it in the movie) was released.

Wain’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ is the Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. It’s interesting to hear the first-ever version, totally untouched by Garland’s version.

Wain said in a 1988 interview, that when Helen O’Connell, a fellow big band singer, was asked how it felt to be a part of music history, she replied, “If I knew it was history, we would have paid more attention.”

HIT RECORDS

In a short recording career of just a few years (she got tired of touring and the poor recording fees and rarely made records after 18 months with the Clinton band), Bea Wain had four hit records, all with Larry Clinton’s Orchestra .
1. Heart and Soul, which she introduced in the short ‘A Song is Born’ announced by Andre Baruch
2. Deep Purple
3. Cry, Baby, Cry
4. My Reverie, an up-tempo version of the Debussy piano piece ‘Reverie’ with lyrics by Larry Clinton.

‘My Reverie’ became Bea Wain’s theme song but, quoting from her New York Times obituary, “it was almost scrapped when Debussy’s heirs learned, to their horror, that the music had been adapted for a pop audience with a brisk tempo and lyrics.

But when Larry Clinton sent them his recording, Wain recalled, they replied, “If this girl sings it, O.K”

MR AND MRS MUSIC

After the World War Two, during which Bea Wain sung in Army Camps and her husband, Andre Baruch served overseas, the couple became ‘Mr and Mrs Music,’ a daily program on WMCA, New York, on which they doubled as disc jockeys and interviewers.

bea wain and andre baruch

 

They continued on radio when they moved to Palm Springs in 1973 and retired from being DJs in 1980.

After that, Bea Wain sang on TV and in clubs, (there’s a 1983 TV medley of her 1938-39 hits on YouTube).

Quoting from the Wiki article on Wain, she told Christopher Popa in a 2004 interview, “Actually, I’ve had a wonderful life, a wonderful career. And I’m still singing, and I’m still singing pretty good. This past December, I did a series of shows in Palm Springs, California, and the review said, “Bea Wain is still a giant.” It’s something called Musical Chairs. I did six shows in six different venues, and I was a smash. And I really got a kick out of it.”

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week the first recording of ‘Over The Rainbow’ sung by Bea Wain in 1938 but not released until after the ‘Wizard of Oz’ (in which the song features) came out in 1939. Enjoy this original take wholly uninfluenced by Judy Garland…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #313

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 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 and Sway with Sammy Kaye
Theme + Elmers Tune
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Three Kaydettes
‘Spotlight Bands’
Washington DC
Blue Network
31 Jan 1942
Ad + It’s a Great Feeling
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Kaydettes
‘Sammy Kaye Showreel’
Radio Transcription
1949
Medley: How Deep is the Ocean? + I’m In The Mood For Love + Avalon + Close
Sammy Kaye Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Set 2
Bob Crosby
Open + Mama Why Don’t You Dance With Me
Bob Crosby and The Modernaires (voc) Jerry Gray Orchestra
‘Club 15’
KNX CBS LA
25 Nov 1947
Don’t Forget Tonight Tomorrow
Bob Crosby (voc) Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hollywood Palladium
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Muskrat Ramble
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1950
Set 3
WGN Parade of Bands Home Recordings
Open + Isn’t It Romantic
Al Trace and his Shuffle Rhythm
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Marie + Linger Awhile
Ted Fio Rito Orchestra
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Chez Paree
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Bella Bella Marie + Medley: In My Dreams + I Love You So Much It Hurts
Jimmy Featherstone Orchestra (voc) JF and Peggy Murdoch
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Set 4
Bea Wain
East of the Sun
Bea Wain (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Jul 1938
Try, Try Again
Bea Wain and Band (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Jul 1938
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Bea Wain
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Oct 1939
Set 5
Swing Trumpet Stars on Ballads
Cirribirribin (theme) + You’re In Love With Someone Else
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Hotel Astor Roof
WABC CBS NY
28 Aug 1942
Oh What It Seemed To Be
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Mitchell
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Goodnight, Good Neighbour
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Daye
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Feb 1945
Clouds
Henry Busse Orchestra (voc) Carl Grayson
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1935
Set 6
Hal Kemp and Skinnay Ennis Sells Beauty Creme
When Summer Is Gone (theme) + You’ve Got Me Crying Again
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Last Year’s Girl
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
It’s Only A Paper Moon + Ad
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
I Couldn’t Tell Them What To Do
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 7
1950s-60s Radio Swing Bands
One O’Clock Jump + Blee Blop Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Cohn’s Alley
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Peony park
WOW NBC Omaha
1954
Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Flashback From The Future
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Aircheck
24 Oct 1965
Set 8
Mickey Mouse Bands Live and Transcribed
Romance (theme) + We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Ray Herbeck and his Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
24 Nov 1947
I’ll See You In My dreams
Jan Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1941
Would It Make Any Difference To You?
Carl Ravazza Orchestra (voc) CR
Radio Transcription
1943
Can’t We Be Friends?
Johnny Mesner Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939

Saving A Big Band Show For A Client


Initially the client wanted a big band. They’d already advertised the show as ‘Swing Era’, ‘Glenn Miller’,  ‘Big Band’.

But a budget blow-out meant that the client needed a smaller band urgently – a band that could still create a big sound and a dynamic show through an energetic singer and front man.

The Solution:
Call Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer – the client went for the six-piece Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.

After that, no-one in the client group, or the audience, gave the ‘Swing Era’, ‘Glenn Miller’ Big Band a second thought.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader.

He delivered a mix of Jazz Deco swingers and ballads in English, Spanish, German and Italian, with the following band line-up:

Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s-30s singer
Al Davey – trumpet and trombone
Paul Furniss – alto sax and clarinet
Grahame Conlon – swing guitar and banjo
Dave Clayton – double bass
Lawrie Thompson – swing drums
SwingKatz – swing dance lessons and demonstration

The Result:
The audience sang along and filmed and laughed and danced for a two hour show including lunch.

The client said they would definitely book the band again.

Greg Poppleton jazz deco band and SwingKatz swing dancers
Greg Poppleton jazz deco band and SwingKatz swing dancers

Sound:

Because of the size of the room and the number of guests, 130, we provided our own digital sound system.

We created a pleasant sound for the audience mixed by our engineer with ipad via a wireless connection.

This is something we can do for audiences up to 5000 people.

We filled the big band’s shoes and more. Need an exciting band?

Band Enquiries: tony@ozmanagement.com
Band Website: gregpoppletonmusic.com

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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. Below, your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is 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 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 Ballard 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
1939
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

We Put On A ‘Helluva’ Show. And I Met Mrs Sparkle.


What do you do?

The venue you’re playing at has been undercut by not one, but two, nearby venues.

Audience numbers are down.

What do you do?

Well, if you’re Greg Poppleton at Mosman Bowling Club today, you put on a ‘helluva’ show for the club and the beautiful people who came to see and hear us.

Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco singer channeling the spirits of the 1920s and 1930s
Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco singer channeling the spirits of the 1920s and 1930s

You put on an intimate show – singing to each of the 40 guests individually -from the stage and table by table.

You bring people together and get the audience singing.

You tell personal stories, weave in an amazing anecdote about a song or two or three, and you sing a request or two that brings a tear to the eyes of the requesters.

Greg Poppleton and an over the shoulder shot of some of the audience at Sunday Jazz in Mosman Bowling Club
Greg Poppleton and an over the shoulder shot of some of the audience at Sunday Jazz in Mosman Bowling Club

And you have a swinging band:

Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon – banjo and guitar
Dave Clayton – double bass
Adam Barnard – drums and washboard

The Greg Poppleton swing rhythm section. Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Dave Clayton double bass, and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo
The Greg Poppleton swing rhythm section. Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Dave Clayton double bass, and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo

In short, you create a ‘helluva’ show with great musicians that makes everyone happy. In fact, everybody left today with a smile and a desire to come back for more. Many left clutching a Greg Poppleton CD sold to them by Bev Evans. A CHILDHOOD HERO.

Having a special occasion? GREG POPPLETON MAKES JAZZ DECO POP!

The Copasetic 1920s – 1930s Jazz Singer and Band are absolutely the Bee’s Knees. 1.17 Million Total YouTube views. We’ll make your special occasion sparkle, too.  Enquire now.

Mosman Bowling Club presents a different top notch jazz band for your enjoyment on the first Sunday of every month, 2 – 4:30pm. And they welcome new players and members, too. Get in touch.

A guest photo. Greg Poppleton and Dave Clayton . double bass singing, 'Yes, We Have No Bananas'.
A guest photo. Greg Poppleton and Dave Clayton . double bass singing, ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas’.

MRS SPARKLE
Bev Evans was Mrs Sparkle in the Mr Sheen ads. Her talent made the ads hugely successful. As a result, she became Australia’s leading hand and placement model.

I used to watch Mrs Sparkle on TV as a very little kid and marvel at how natural she was while being incredibly precise in her movements. I’ve been in 60 TV commercials myself and looking natural while being ‘big’ as a TVC requires is a rare skill.

And I loved the music. Little did I know then that the song was ‘Mr Gallagher and Mr Sheen’, written in 1922. No, I’m not a ‘make-a-quick-buck-off-the-Great-Gatsby-movie’ blow-in. I’ve loved the music of the 1920s and 1930s eversince I first saw Louis Armstrong on TV when I was three years old.

Here’s  Mrs Sparkle selling Mr Sheen on 1960s TV