iPhone Photos: Greg Poppleton Builders Club Show Wollongong 4 February


It was a very full house for Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s – 30s singer, at The Basement, Builders’ Club Wollongong for their weekly Sunday Jazz.

Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass and myself singing return to The Basement, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2:30-5:30pm Sunday 6 May. FREE.

In the third set we enjoyed two sit-ins on Ice Bucket and Jazz Vocals.

Firstly, Bob Gillespie, former musical director for Lovelace Watkins and drummer for the Maynard Ferguson English Orchestra, came up to play the ice bucket.

Then I invited jazz singer, Marie Wilson, who was having a great time in the audience, to come up and sing a few songs.

She’s such a wonderful jazz singer she was booked on the spot to appear at The Basement Wollongong later this year.

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I hope you enjoy the photos. Thanks Grahame for the use of your iPhone…

Greg Poppleton at The Builders Club, Wollongong, Sunday 4 Feb 2018. Greg sings again at The Builders Club, 2:30pm, Sunday 6 May.
Greg Poppleton at The Builders Club, Wollongong, Sunday 4 Feb 2018. Greg sings again at The Builders Club, 2:30pm, Sunday 6 May.

 

Dave Clayton, double bass with Greg Poppleton
Dave Clayton, double bass with Greg Poppleton

 

Bob Gillespie playing the Ice Bucket, accompanied by Grahame Conlon on banjo with Greg Poppleton's band.
Bob Gillespie playing the Ice Bucket, accompanied by Grahame Conlon on banjo with Greg Poppleton’s band.

 

Marie Wilson singing with Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass in the Greg Poppleton band.
Marie Wilson singing with Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass in the Greg Poppleton band.

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27 Feb Phantom Dancer – Hans Albers, The German John Wayne and a Clown Called Quick.


The Phantom Dancer is presented by authentic 1920s – 30s singer, Greg Poppleton. It’s your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

Hear the mix after the 27 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com

This week, The Phantom Dancer, goes to the movies this week. In one of the vinyl sets in the last hour, you’ll hear movie songs by 1930s-40s German film star, Hans Albers.

Why?

I am in the process of memorising the German lyrics for ‘La Paloma’. La Paloma is probably the most recorded Spanish song in history. It has become a quasi-folk song in many cultures. Written by Sebastián Yradier as a contradanza (the progenitor of danzon, mambo and cha cha cha), it was published in Madrid in 1859 as a ‘Cancion Americana con acompañamiento de Piano’.

The lyrics I’m learning are those sung by Hans Albers in the 1943 film ‘Grosse Freiheit Nr 7’. This is one of three films in the Nazi era that celebrated the individual rather than fascist corporatist ideas.

Also in this week’s Phantom Dancer we’ll hear a set of swing from live 1936 radio. Other sets are dedicated to 1940s dance orchestras and there’s two sets of music radio from the 1950s.

 

HANS PHILIPP AUGUST ALBERS…

…was one of the most popular German actors, and singers, of the twentieth century.

He was an actor in theatre and in more than a hundred silent films.

He then starred in the first German talkie Die Nacht gehört uns (The Night is Ours) in 1929. He was the big-mouthed strong man Mazeppa alongside Marlene Dietrich in her star-making film Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) in 1930.

Albers himself hit stardom that same year in the movie, The Copper.

In 1932 he starred in my favourite Albers film, ‘Quick’ in which he plays two roles, one being an English vaudeville clown, speaking German in an English accent.

Many of Albers’ movie songs became huge hits. We’ll hear four of them today on The Phantom Dancer, including ‘Gnaedige Frau komm’ und spiel’ mid mir’ from ‘Quick’. In the film he sings the song after sliding down a giant banjo on a theatre stage, then flying around the theatre until he lands on one of the balconies to serenade his lady love.

Although Albers became Germany’s most popular actor under the Nazi regime, he never supported the Nazis. He instead supported his Jewish girlfriend Hansi Berg. She left for Switzerland, then England in 1939, with Hans Albers continuing to financially support her until they reunited after the war. They stayed together until his death.

Nevertheless, he continued to star in major films during the war in ‘hero’ roles. After 1945, when the occupation powers didn’t want German heroes in German films, he was typecast in wise-aged-man roles.

He remained active in film and theatre until three months before his death due to alcohol related disease in 1960.

TWO PHANTOM DANCER VIDEOS OF THE WEEK!

Your Phantom Dancer ‘Video of the Week’ #1 shows Hans Albers as the singing hero in living Agfacolour.

It’s the song, La Paloma, from the 1943 movie, Grosse Freiheit Nr7. Enjoy…

Your Phantom Dancer ‘Video of the Week’ #2 shows Hans Albers as vaudeville clown, Quick.

It’s the song, La Paloma, from the 1943 movie, Grosse Freiheit Nr7. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #305

107.3 2SER Tuesday 27 February 2018
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
1950s Dance Bands on Radio
Theme + Komonoi Ostrow
Lawrence Welk Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
1955
South
Chuck Cabot Orchestra
Empire Room
Rice Hotel
CBS Houston
Apr 1953
Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World (That’s Where Everything Is) + Will You Still Be Mine? (Theme)
Matt Dennis
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Chi-Chi Club
WRCA NBC NYC
13 Jun 1955
Set 2
Bands on 1936 Radio
Theme + I’ve Got Rhythm
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
13 Feb 1936
Christopher Columbus
Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians (voc) Band
‘Ford Show’
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1936
Hallelujah
Johnny Green Orchestra
‘Packard Hour’
KFI NBC LA
11 Mar 1936
Set 3
Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
Theme + Octave Jump
Bob Chester Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
College Inn
Hotel Sherman, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Oct 1944
Personality + I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme)
Sy Oliver Orchestra (voc) Buddy Moreno
’Endorsed By Dorsey’
WOR Mutual NY
3 Mar 1946
With My Head In The Clouds + Lady Be Good
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra (voc) Johnny Desmond and the Modernaires
’Uncle Sam Presents’
WEAF NBC NY
12 Feb 1944
Set 4
Cocoanut Grove Radio 1933-34
Lady Play Your Mandolin
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) The Playmates
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Making Faces At The Man In The Moon
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1931
Dancing With The Daffodils + Sweet and Lovely (theme)
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Set 5
Hans Albers 1930s movie Hits
Hoppla, jets komm’ ich
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Der Sieger’, 1932
La Paloma
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Grosse Freiheit Nr7’, 1943
Gnaedige Frau, komm’ und spiel’ mit mir
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Quick’, 1932
Goodbye Jonny
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Wasser fuer Canitoga’ (1939)
Set 6
1939 Radio Dance Bands
Way Back In 1939 AD
Gray Gordon Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Concerto for Trumpet
Harry James Orchestra
Chatterbox Club
Mountainside NJ
Aircheck
1940
Scatterbrain
Blue Barron Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Theme + Over The Waves
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘America Dances’
CBS NY and BBC London
1939
Set 7
Swing on 1943 Radio
Take The A-Train (theme) + Way Low
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Hurricane Restaurant
WJZ NBC Blue
28 Aug 1943
Blackberry Jam
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Columbus OH
Blue Network
19 Nov 1943
T’aint What You Think
Les Brown Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Miami FL
Blue Network
10 Aug 19435
Jumpin’ Jiminy + Close
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
Mar 1943
Set 8
1950s – 60s Swing On Radio and TV
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Blee Blop Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Hamp’s Boogie Woogie
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Second Timex All-Star Jazz Concert’
CBS TV
30 Apr 1958
What Is This Thing Called Love + My Funny Valentine
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962

20 Feb 2018 Phantom Dancer – Mechanical TV


In this week’s Phantom Dancer mix there is an obtuse mention of Mechanical TV.  (Hear the show online after the 20 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com)

An announcer from 1930, beginning the WENR Chicago broadcasting day (for two sessions starting 3pm), also mentions a callsign, W9XF Chicago.

That immediately brought to my mind, Mechanical TV. W9XR was a mechanical TV station. What is mechanical TV? Read on…

Here’s a 1926 photo of the person who put mechanical TV to air in the UK. John Logie Baird and I share a striking facial resemblance. Here he is…

Firstly, the Phantom Dancer is presented by authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton.

And when I first saw the picture of John Logie Baird above, I was gobsmacked. It was like I was looking at a photo of myself…

 

RADIO SHOW

The Phantom Dancer is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

You can hear this edition online after the 20 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com

On this week’s Phantom Dancer, you’ll also hear sets of Miles Davis on 1950s radio, Artie Shaw on 1939 radio and trad jazz by Louis Armstrong, Bob Crosby and more from live 1940-50 radio.

 

MECHANICAL TV

Mechanical television uses a mechanical scanning device in a studio to scan a scene and produce the video signal. The receiver, called the televisor, uses similar mechanics to display the transmitted picture.

The mechanical scanning device can be a rotating disk with holes in it or a rotating mirror.

Mechanical TV was used to transmit TV signals from 1925 to 1936. The BBC broadcast a regular mechanical TV service in London. Mechanical TV stations also broadcast in the US, Italy, France, Russia and Japan.

Mechanical TV never produced images of good-enough quality to become popular. The first regular electronic TV service (Fernsender Paul Nipkow) began broadcasting in Berlin in 1935.

After side-by-side testing, the BBC dropped mechanical TV in 1936 for an electronic TV system that lasted into the 1960s.

 

BUILD YOUR OWN TV AND PHONOVISION

A slight adjustment of the rheostats and the picture come in clearly. This photo shows the complete television receiver connected to an ordinary radio set. The picture is seen in the cone.
Science and Invention, November 1928. Volume 16 Number 7. Photo from page 618.

Mechanical TVs we’re offered for sale as ‘build-it-yourself’ home kits.

TV pioneer, John Logie Baird, who produced the BBC’s mechanical TV system, also experimented with colour mechanical TV and ‘Phonovision’.

Phonovision was a graphophone device for recording mechanical TV programs to disc – sort of like a 1920s microgroove videodisc.

A number of these one-sided discs survive. I played a recording of one on The Phantom Dancer way back in 1992.

One from 1928 famously shows a woman’s face in animated conversation. A search in 1993 identified the woman as Mabel Pounsford.

 

WHAT DOES A SHOW LOOK LIKE ON MECHANICAL TV?

Your Phantom Dancer ‘Video of the Week’ shows a working mechanical TV built by ‘TelevisionDk’.

It’s a short sequence showing ‘TelevisionDk’s’ home-built 32-line televisor in action.

Pictures are from the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #304

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 February 2018
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
1936-39 Radio Dance Bands
Theme + A Shine On Your Shoes
Johnny Green Orchestra (voc) Fred Astaire
‘Packard Hour Election Special’
WEAF NBC Red NY
11 Mar 1936
I Still Love To Kiss You Goodnight
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Bob Allen
‘Chesterfield Time’
KNX CBS LA
24 Dec 1937
Chant of the Jungle + Dipsy Doodle (theme)
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Streets of Paris
International Casino
WEAF NBC Red NY
1938
Set 2
Miles Davis on 1948-57 Radio
Theme + Move
Miles Davis
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
16 May 1953
You Belong To Me, I Belong To You
Miles Davis Nonet (voc)
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Sep 1948
Nature Boy + Close
Miles Davis Quartet
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
30 Oct 1957
Set 3
Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues (theme) + Shine
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Coral Gables
Weymouth, Mass.
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Sep 1944
Play, Fiddle, Play!
Jan Garber Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 May 1944
All The Things You Are + Opus No.1
Harry James Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
AFRS-Rebroadcast
Aug 1946
Set 4
1930s Radio and TV
Sweeter Than Sweet
Frank Weston Orchestra
WENR and W9XF TV
Great Lakes Broadcasting
Chicago
1930
June In January
Bill Thomas (voc) Valsanti Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1933
Walking On Air
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Rhythmsters
Peacock Court
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KGO NBC San Francisco
1932
Set 5
Artie Shaw Swings on 1939 NBC
Nightmare (theme) + You’re Mine, You
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Oct 1939
One Foot In The Groove
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
19 Oct 1939
Last Two Weeks In July
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
21 Oct 1939
Carioca + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Summer Terrace
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Aug 1939
Set 6
Trad on the Wireless
Head Rag Hop
Romeo Nelson (piano) Tampa Red and Frankie Jason (speech)
Comm Rec
Chicago
23 Apr 1929
Jazz Me Blues
Bob Crosby Bobcats
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
29 Apr 1940
Someday
Louis Armstrong
‘New Orleans’ Movie Launch
Wintergarden Theatre
WNBC NBC NY
19 Jun 1947
Didn’t He Ramble?
Papa Celestin
‘Dixieland Jambake’
WDSU ABC New Orleans
15 Feb 1950
Set 7
Tommy Dorsey, his Trombone and Orchestra Comedian
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme)
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
400 Restaurant NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Sep 1945
Hawaiian War Chant
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
26 Nov 1940
Swing High
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Feb 1945
Not So Quiet, Please
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Raleigh Kool Show’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
18 Aug 1942
Set 8
Latin Influences on 1939 – 1956 Jazz
Vuelva
Cab Calloway Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
17 Oct 1939
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
10 Dec 1940
Mambo The Most
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Peony Park
WOW NBC Omaha
1954
Tangorine
Dizzy Gillespie
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956

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Greg Poppleton at Great Art Deco Ball  – SOLD OUT 5 YEARS RUNNING
Blue Mountains 1920s Festival 3 Feb
Builders Club: –  Wollongong 4 Feb
Penrith RSL: –  10 Mar
Jazz at the Pines: –  Dural 18 Mar

 

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Great Art Deco Ball!

Greg Poppleton and band play their fifth Great Art Deco Ball in the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba.

This is the highlight of the annual Blue Mountains 1920s Festival.

Since Greg Poppleton has been the band at the ball, the event sells out earlier and earlier.

Again this year, the $149 tickets (including 3 course meal) were sold out soon after they went on sale (by phoning hotel reception only.)

Here are my two favourite photos from the 2016 and 2017 Balls. Photo credits, ‘Mountain Life’…

Sunday 4 February, Builders’ Club
2:30-5:30. Free
61 Church St, Wollongong
Age 18+ only. FREE.

Greg Poppleton: 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon: guitar and banjo
Dave Clayton: double bass
(Damon won’t be playing sax because the venue is now 18+)

What’s it like?

THE POPPLETON EFFECT  © Kerrie Foster, Illawarra Breakfast Poets.

“The jazz crowd, they all got excited.
Mr. Poppleton was back in town.
He brought with him first class musicians,
including his son who came down.

This lad of just fourteen was brilliant
and the spitting image of Dad.
The talent will stay in the family.
And I know you’ll agree that’s not bad.

The way that Greg moves round the audience
and picks out whoever he will,
and sings to them through his own megaphone;
you see the crowds get a thrill.

He sings songs from back in the twenties,
and he dresses in clothes from back then.
The consummate entertainer,
we could have him back time and again.

At a TV audition this week
I had my portrait sketched by a young artist

Phantom Dancer Radio Show

I’ve been bringing you the Phantom Dancer on 107.3 2SER Sydney every week since December 1985. It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. And it’s now heard on 23 radio stations around Australia.

Hear The Phantom Dancer:
Sydney 107.3 2SER Tuesday 12:04 – 2pm
Canberra 92.7 ArtsoundFM Sunday 7 – 7:56pm

You can hear each weekly show online at the radio station 2SER website. And as always, the last hour of The Phantom Dancer is all vinyl.

Here’s this week’s play list…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio Community Radio Network Show CRN #301

107.3 2SER Tuesday 30 January 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program: ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Glenn Miller and his Legacy
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Little Brown Jug
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge Hotel Pennsylvania WJZ NBC Blue NY 23 Nov 1940
Troop Movement + Moonlight Serenade (theme)
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 11 Sep 1946
Caribbean Clipper + Close
Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Guest Star’ Radio Transcription New York City 30 Jun 1957
Set 2
Modern Jazz Radio 1959-60
Rhythm-a-Ning
Thelonius Monk
Connie Mack Park WCAU CBS Philadelphia 3 Mar 1960
So What
Miles Davis
‘Treasury of Song’ Birdland WNBC NBC NY 25 Aug 1959
Flamingo
Rudolfo Alchourron (g)
’Esta es Jazz’ LR1 Radio el Mundo Buenos Aires Argentina 28 May 1960
Set 3
Piano Led Dance Bands
Theme + Amor
Joe Reichman Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Biltmore Bowl Biltmore Hotel AFRS Re-broadcast Jul 1944
Sunrise Serenade (theme) + Let’s Do It Again
Frankie Carle Orchestra (voc) Band
’Your Saturday Dance Date’ Marine Ballroom Edgewater Beach Hotel WMAQ NBC Chicago 12 Aug 1950
The Doll Dance
Vincent Lopez Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Grill Room Room Taft Hotel NYC AFRTS Re-broadcast 1959
Set 4
The Outskirts of Trad on Radio
It’s Alright with Me + Hava Nagala
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House WBBM CBS Chicago 30 Mar 1962
Slow Blues
Johnny Mercer (voc) Mary Lou Williams (piano) Pee Wee Russell (clarinet)
’Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’ WPIX TV NY 1948
Set 5
Jumping 1944 Radio
Paradise Valley
Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy
Aircheck Apollo Theatre NYC 7 Jun 1944
Elk’s Parade
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Aircheck Terrace Room NJ 17 Feb 1945
Bangs
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room Hotel Lincoln WABC CBS NY 14 Apr 1944
Futurama
Gene Krupa Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’ Newport RI Blue Network 2 Oct 1944
Set 6
1931-32 Radio
I’ve Got Five Dollars (Theme) + Copenhagen
Friendly Five Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Program’ Radio Transcription New York City 1932
You Could Have Been The One, Baby
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Cocoanut Grove Radio Transcription Los Angeles 1932
Take It From Me
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) The Three Ambassadors
Cocoanut Grove Radio Transcription Los Angeles 1931
Egyptian Shimmy
Anson Weeks Orchestra
Peacock Court Hotel Mark Hopkins KGO NBC San Francisco 1932
Set 7
Trumpeter Charlie Spivak on Radio
Charlie Horse
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Radio Transcription New York City 1941
You Turned The Tables On Me
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 7 Apr 1948
But None Like You
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day and Tommy Mercer
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 7 Apr 1948
Half Past Jumpin’ Time
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Century Room Commodore Hotel NYC AFRS Re-broadcast 25 Feb 1945
Set 8
Post Swing Alto Sax
Let The Good Times Roll
Louis Jordan (as) Tympani 5
Aircheck Empire Hotel Los Angeles Apr 1949
St Louis Blues
Dave Brubeck Quartet (as) Paul Desmond
’Timex Jazz Show’ WRCA TV NYC 30 Dec 1957
These Foolish Things
Lee Konitz (as)
Storyville Copley Square Hotel WHDH Boston 5 Jan 1954
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30 Jan Phantom Dancer – Pee Wee Russell Clarinet Great (and Bullied!)


The Phantom Dancer, presented by 1920s-1930s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, since 1985, is your non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

See this week’s play list and video of the week below…

Hear this week’s The Phantom Dancer live-streamed here from 30 January, then afterwards streamed online, on the Radio 2SER website.

CLARINET
Benny Goodman may have been ‘The King of Swing’, Artie Shaw may have been the ‘King of the Clarinet’ but the most interesting clarinet player of the 1920s-60s for me is Pee Wee Russell.

The butt of jokes on Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Concert radio shows, accused of playing wrong notes, the drunk clarinettist’s excuse, “I’m going to play like Pee Wee tonight”, Pee Wee Russell has always stood out like a music beacon to me. An individual, whose unique sound will stand the test of time.

PEE WEE RUSSELL

Pee Wee Russell 1945

Charles Ellsworth ‘Pee Wee’ Russell (March 27, 1906 – February 15, 1969), was a jazz reeds player.

He played saxophones but is known most for his unique clarinet playing. The clarinet was the instrument he mostly played. He has been described as playing with a mournful look on his face, which touches a chord with me, because I’m told I look the same way when I sing.

And he played with the greats of jazz. He preferred playing in small groups, mostly Dixieland, though he wasn’t a strictly Dixie player and he did broaden his range in modern groups. For example,  Russell recorded with Thelonius Monk and even recorded songs by Coltrane and Ornette Coleman in the 1960s.

On The Phantom Dancer, Russell is mostly heard on one of the 45 broadcasts of the Blue Network Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz series. Russell would play in Condon groups from 1937 till his death just weeks after playing for Richard Nixon’s presidential inauguration.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear him with Mary Lou Williams at the piano on a 1948 ‘Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’ TV program. See the full play list below…

BULLYING
Phantom Dancer listeners would have heard Russell being the butt of jokes. Even his nickname ‘Pee Wee’ was belittling. Russell himself said,
“Those guys [at Nick’s and Condon’s] made a joke, of me, a clown, and I let myself be treated that way because I was afraid. I didn’t know where else to go, where to take refuge.”

ALCHOHOLISM
In 1951, following years of heavy drinking and not taking care of himself, Russell fell ill with pancreatitis. Near death, a benefit concert was held in his honour. He spent weeks in the hospital, receiving several blood transfusions. But within a year he was playing again, this time in modern settings with Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and others

“I lived on brandy milkshakes and scrambled-egg sandwiches. And on whiskey … I had to drink half a pint of whiskey in the morning before I could get out of bed.”

FUNNY NOTES
Coleman Hawkins was quoted in the sleeve notes for ‘Pee Wee Russell / Coleman Hawkins, Jazz Reunion’ (Candid 9020) as saying, “For thirty years, I’ve been listening to him play those funny notes. He used to think they were wrong, but they weren’t. He’s always been way out, but they didn’t have a name for it then.”

pee wee russell and coleman hawkins

POST-SWING
Charles Ellworth Russell expanded the vocabulary of the clarinet. He was the pioneering post-swing modernist on the instrument.

He was also something of a natural comic actor, too. See him in this 1937 Louis Prima short, ‘Swing It’. It’s 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 #301

107.3 2SER Tuesday 30 January 2018
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 radio stations.

Set 1
Glenn Miller and his Legacy
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Little Brown Jug
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
23 Nov 1940
Troop Movement + Moonlight Serenade (theme)
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
11 Sep 1946
Caribbean Clipper + Close
Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
30 Jun 1957
Set 2
Modern Jazz Radio 1959-60
Rhythm-a-Ning
Thelonius Monk
Connie Mack Park
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
3 Mar 1960
So What
Miles Davis
‘Treasury of Song’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
25 Aug 1959
Flamingo
Rudolfo Alchourron (g)
’Esta es Jazz’
LR1 Radio el Mundo
Buenos Aires
Argentina
28 May 1960
Set 3
Piano Led Dance Bands
Theme + Amor
Joe Reichman Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Biltmore Bowl
Biltmore Hotel
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1944
Sunrise Serenade (theme) + Let’s Do It Again
Frankie Carle Orchestra (voc) Band
’Your Saturday Dance Date’
Marine Ballroom
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Aug 1950
The Doll Dance
Vincent Lopez Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Grill Room Room
Taft Hotel
NYC
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Set 4
The Outskirts of Trad on Radio
It’s Alright with Me + Hava Nagala
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
30 Mar 1962
Slow Blues
Johnny Mercer (voc) Mary Lou Williams (piano) Pee Wee Russell (clarinet)
’Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
1948
Set 5
Jumping 1944 Radio
Paradise Valley
Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy
Aircheck
Apollo Theatre NYC
7 Jun 1944
Elk’s Parade
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Aircheck
Terrace Room NJ
17 Feb 1945
Bangs
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1944
Futurama
Gene Krupa Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Newport RI
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Set 6
1931-32 Radio
I’ve Got Five Dollars (Theme) + Copenhagen
Friendly Five Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
You Could Have Been The One, Baby
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1932
Take It From Me
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) The Three Ambassadors
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Egyptian Shimmy
Anson Weeks Orchestra
Peacock Court
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KGO NBC San Francisco
1932
Set 7
Trumpeter Charlie Spivak on Radio
Charlie Horse
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1941
You Turned The Tables On Me
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
But None Like You
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day and Tommy Mercer
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
Half Past Jumpin’ Time
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Feb 1945
Set 8
Post Swing Alto Sax
Let The Good Times Roll
Louis Jordan (as) Tympani 5
Aircheck
Empire Hotel
Los Angeles
Apr 1949
St Louis Blues
Dave Brubeck Quartet (as) Paul Desmond
’Timex Jazz Show’
WRCA TV NYC
30 Dec 1957
These Foolish Things
Lee Konitz (as)
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954

Phantom Dancer 23 January 2018 – Hear Singer Lawrie Brooks Dad of Pulitzer Winner Geraldine Brooks


On this week’s Phantom Dancer…
There’s jazz harpsichord by Sylvia Marlow from 1941 radio, a set Duke Ellington’s women singers on live 1930s-50s radio, and a set of  1943-45 recordings by Sydney swing band leader, George Trevare, with a track by singer Lawrie Brooks, father of Pulitzer author, Geraldine Brooks.

See the full play list, program link and weekly video here.

george trevare / don burrows

I’m Greg Poppleton, 1920s-1930s singer. I’ve been bringing you the Phantom Dancer on 107.3 2SER Sydney every week since December 1985. It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. And it’s now heard on 23 radio stations around Australia.

You can hear this week’s show online for the next four weeks on the website of radio station 2SER. And as always, the last hour of The Phantom Dancer is all vinyl.

LAWRIE BROOKS
The father of author, Geraldine Brooks, sings with the George Trevare Orchestra on today’s Phantom Dancer.

Quoting from a review of one his daughter’s novels in The Australian newspaper, 6 February 2008,
“Lawrie Brooks was American, ‘a big-band singer in Hollywood and Hawaii in the 1930s’ who, stranded in Australia in 1938 (when the band manager made off with the earnings), became an early star of Australian radio, and who, at the age of 54, transformed himself into a proofreader for a daily newspaper. He was a man of opinion and integrity, angry, flawed, eccentric and delightful.
An obsessive subject to drinking bouts, he was addicted also to firing off letters to notables such as Albert Einstein and Rupert Murdoch (and often receiving replies). With his mysterious past and an assumed name, he is the most vivid character in Brooks’s memoir: loveable, infuriating, certainly less than perfect, but a fellow most of us would stand in a queue for the pleasure of meeting.”

Lawrie Brooks

GERALDINE BROOKS (Officer of the Order of Australia)
is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author now based in the U.S.

Recognition
2006: Pulitzer Prize for ‘March’ (a chronicle of wartime service for the ‘absent father’ of the March girls in Louise May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’.)
2008: Australian Publishers Association’s Literary Fiction Book of the Year for People of the Book[12]
2009: Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award[13]
2010: Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award[14]
2016: Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours

Novels
Year of Wonders (2001)
March (2005)
People of the Book (2008)
Caleb’s Crossing (2011)
The Secret Chord (2015)

Nonfiction
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women. 1994.
Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over. 1997.
Boyer Lectures 2011: The Idea of Home (or “At Home in the World”). 2011.

Geraldine Brooks

Also on this week’s Phantom Dancer, Rosa Rio. His a short obit about her. She was still performing on the theatre organ age 107

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

Thank you.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #301

107.3 2SER Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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
Swing 1940-44 Radio
Theme + Chopping Wood
Woody Herman Orchestra
Famous Door
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jan 1940
It’s a Crying Shame
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
21 Aug 1944
Flying Home
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
4 Jun 1944
Set 2
Jazz Organ and Harpsichord
Sunrise Serenade (theme) + This Is The Missus
Rosa Rio
’Rosa Rio Time’
WJZ ABC NY
14 Jul 1947
Tea For Two
Johnny Saab
’Organ Interlude’
WJSV Washington DC CBS
21 Sep 1939
The Turkish March
Sylvia Marlowe (harpsichord)
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
17 Dec 1941
Set 3
Latin Strains On 1930s-40s Radio
Theme + Chiu Chiu + Begin the Beguine
Desi Arnez Orchestra (voc) DA and Band
Ciro’s
KECA ABC LA
1947
Habenero and Vacero
A&P Gypsies
’A&P Show’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1933
Night Must Fall + Nightingale + My Shawl (theme)
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Last Frontier
NBC Las Vegas
30 Nov 1953
Set 4
Bop and Hard Bop on 1950s Radio
Strike Up The Band
Pete Brown Quintet
’One Night Stand’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Sep 1952
Happy Birthday + Body and Soul
Sarah Vaughan
’Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
26 Mar 1953
Out of Nowhere + Jumping With Symphony Sid
Charlie Parker
Hi-Hat Club
WCOP Boston
24 Jan 1954
Set 5
Women Singers with the Duke Ellington Orchestra on 1930s-50s Radio
In A Mizz
Ivie Anderson (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Boston
26 Jul 1939
Riff Staccato
Joya Sherrill (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Oct 1945
Rose of the Rio Grande
Ivie Anderson (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
Eastwood Gardens
WWJ NBC Red Detroit
31 Jul 1940
Take The A Train
Bette Roche (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
The Kissing Bug
Joya Sherill (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Date With The Duke’
400 Restaurant
WJZ Blue NY
28 Apr 1945
Set 6
Commercial Sides: George Trevare and His Australians
Don’t Sweetheart Me
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Under The Trees
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Lawrence Brooks
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
No Love No Nothin’
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Al Royal
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Let’s Have One For The Road
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Unknown
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Set 7
Glenn Miller and his Orchestra 1939 – 41 Radio
Intro + Here We Go Again + White Cliffs of Dover
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
’Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
27 Dec 1941
Georgia On My Mind
Glenn Miller Orchestra
’Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
30 Aug 1941
Blueberry Hill
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
’Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
6 Nov 1940
My Blue Heaven + Close
Glenn Miller Orchestra
NBC Baltimore
5 Sep 1939
Set 8
Kings Of Jazz Trumpet on 1930s-50s Radio
Night Song
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Manhattan Centre
WNEW NY
26 Sep 1939
I’m Confessin’ That I Love You
Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS LA
Mar 1943
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Roy Eldridge (voc) Anita Love
Unissued Comm Rec
Paris
9 Jun 1950
Down South Camp Meeting
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Anita Love
Hotel Astor Roof
WCBS CBS NY
25 May 1953