Is Being A Good Musician Enough? The Horace Heidt Story. Phantom Dancer Radio Show 5 Dec 17


On this week’s Phantom Dancer, the first all-vinyl set (top of the second hour) is dedicated to band leader, Horace Heidt and his Trianon Ballroom.

Horace Heidt and the Musical Knights produced some of the best-known tunes of the Big Band Era including the 1941 international hit, The Hut-Sut Song.

The Phantom Dancer, presented every week by authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. It’s broadcast from 107.3 2SER Sydney to 22 radio stations across Australia and online.

Listen to the past four Phantom Dancers at radio 2ser.com

 

POT OF GOLD

Horace Heidt was a showman. He hit the big time after fifteen years of running a band by producing and presenting a radio show the US broadcasting regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, called ‘a thinly disguised lottery’ and then forced off air.

“Pot of Gold” featured Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights with singing quartet, The King Sisters, playing popular songs while operators during the broadcast placed three calls to random phone numbers across the U.S.

When someone answered, announcer Ben Grauer shouted “Hold it, Horace, stop the music.” The phone answerer would automatically win $1000 – a huge amount in the late 1930s – whether they had been listening to the show or not.

The show was so popular that cinema operators complained of low movie attendances while Pot of Gold was on air. Some offered $1,000 to anyone who was called while attending their films. How you proved you got the call would have been time consuming and difficult.
Horace Heidt - sheet music

 

NATION OF ISLAM

Heidt’s fame as a band leader came through his promotions. Before “Pot of Gold” he produced “Answers by the Dancers,” in which dancers at the Hotel Drake in Chicago were interviewed between rumbas and fox trots.

On his “Treasure Chest” show, married couples celebrating anniversaries would compete for prizes.

In the late 1940 and early 50s, as the big band era wound down and other bands couldn’t book gigs, Heidt’s band continued touring the U.S with his “Youth Opportunity” radio show.

Talented violinist and later Nation of Islam bigwig Louis Farrakhan (formerly Eugene Walcott) was a successful contestant.
Horace Heidt with Louis Farrakhan

 

BELL-RINGING DOG

Famed Jazz musicians Alvino Rey, Bobby Hackett and Jess Stacy played in the Heidt band at various times.

The band even accompanied a trained dog. “We would play ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s’ and the dog would ring the bells,” Heidt recalled at a 1982 party celebrating seven decades in show business.

Heidt’s smart showbiz sense meant his big band were still playing ballrooms while other bands were shutting down as the Swing Era came to a close after WW2.

 

HIGH STAKES

Heidt bought the popular Trianon Ballroom in South Gate Ca in the early 40s as a base for his band. On today’s Phantom Dancer you’ll hear air checks by Benny Carter and Lionel Hampton broadcasting from this now long demolished ballroom.

He started a trend for big band leaders to own their own ballrooms after Billboard reported, 10 Jan 1942, that not only had Heidt recouped his $100,000 investment, but he made $40,000 profit through the ballroom in only its first year.

Billboard 3 Feb 1945 reported that Heidt had ‘expanded his outside business holdings’ by buying an exclusive Beverley Hills steak house and renaming it “Horace Heidt’s”, though he didn’t book any live music in the room.

He later went into housing development.
Horace Heidt - developer

STAMMERER

Billboard 3 Feb 1945 also reported that Heidt had set up a school in Los Angeles for stammerers. Horace used to stammer himself and he announced that he had developed a foolproof way to stop stammering. He put Leo Neibaur, trombonist and vocal instructor with Heidt’s band, in charge of the school.

 

REMOTES

By 1946, having bands broadcasting from Horace Heidt’s Trianon, and other ‘danceries’ was getting ‘exsy’, as Billboard, 24 Aug 1946, reported. Another reason Heidt moved from big bands to real estate.
Horace Heidt - Billboard magazine 1946

OVER THE RAINBOW

Now enjoy Horace Heidt’s 1939 version of “Over The Rainbow”. You’ve heard this commercial version on an earlier Phantom Dancer mix, spun by Arthur Godfrey as WJSV Washington DC breakfast announcer on 21 September 1939.
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 #291

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 December 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
Bop Influenced Swing on live 1940s Radio
Open + Nola (theme) + Two Hearts
Vincent Lopez Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Grill Room
Hotel Taft NYC
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Ruby
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Johnny Amoroso
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Magnolia Room
Hotel Claridge
WMC NBC Memphis
1956
Boo Hoo
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
Starlite Roof
Edgewater Hotel
CBS Madison WI
12 Jul 1950
Set 2
Vocal Groups on the Air
Three Minutes of Music
Allanovy Sestry
Comm Rec
Prague
1945
I’m Lucky I Have You
The Inkspots
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1952
Say Si, Si
Andrew Sisters (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
’Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1940
Set 3
Glenn Miller Radio 1938-39
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + I Never Knew
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Dec 1938
Moon Love
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red
20 Jun 1939
We Can Live On Love
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red
20 Jun 1939
Set 4
Chamber Music Society on NBC 1940-41
Intro + Beale Street Blues
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
16 Jun 1940
Monday Night Special
Eddie Condon
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
5 Jan 1941
Honeysuckle Rose + Farewell Blues + Basin Street Blues(theme)
Benny Carter (as) + Paul Lavalle’s Woodwinds
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
5 May 1940
Set 5
Horace Heidt and the Trianon Ballroom
History of Music
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
19430
Melancholy Lullaby (theme) + Old Man River
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate Ca
KNX CBS LA
1944
Moonglow + Swanee River
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Now is the Hour
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1945
Set 6
Drummer Gene Krupa on Radio
Intro + Murdy Purdy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Aircheck
26 Nov 1938
Wire Brush Stomp
Gene Krupa Trio
’Spotlight Bands’
Newport RI
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Indiana
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Caravan
Gene Krupa Quartet
’Guard Sessions’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1963
Set 7
Guy Lombardo 1935-36
Open + Isn’t Love The Grandest Thing?
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Trio
’Esso Boulevard’
WABC CBS NY
7 Oct 1935
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Lebert Lombardo
Comm Rec
New York City
17 Sep 1936
Isn’t This a Lovely Day?
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
’Esso Boulevard’
WABC CBS NY
26 Aug 1935
Sweethearts on Parade
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
Comm Rec
New York City
4 Dec 1936
Set 8
Jazz Goes Mod on Radio
I’ve Got Plenty o’ Nothin’
Art Tatum
Aircheck
1951
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
Lester Young
’Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
27 Nov 1948
Serenade in Vout
Slim Gaillard
’Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
29 Sep 1951
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Did You Know Coca Cola Has It’s Own Tango?


Every week on 23 radio stations (welcome newcomer 89.1 Cairns) and online, authentic 1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton brings you The Phantom Dancer.
Listen here. (Available for next 4 weeks)

It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll hear a set of jazz from Paris and Geneva 1937-1949, a set of Artie Shaw and his swing band from live 1938-1939 radio and a song from the 1930 ‘Coca Cola Top Notchers’ program

DID YOU KNOW COCA COLA HAS ITS OWN TANGO?

Yes it does.

Coca Cola is the master of complete marketing. Even TextEdit, in which I’m writing the draft for this blog, automatically takes the words, Coca Cola, out of all-caps (try it).

Coca Cola has its own song?

Yes. ‘Coca Cola Signature’ was written in 1930 by composer, Leonard Joy, for Coca Cola’s first US network radio show, ‘The Coca-Cola Top Notchers’ on which he lead the 31-piece orchestra.

He penned it in one sitting at a piano.

The song was used to open and close Coca Cola sponsored radio and TV shows, and in Coca Cola advertising, into the 1960s.

Originally a tango, audiences first preferred it as a waltz. In the swing and rock’n’roll eras it was also played in 4/4.

It quickly became an aural meme for the so-called ‘Pause That Refreshes’.

So on this week’s Phantom Dancer you can hear some of Leonard Joy’s all-string orchestra, introduced by his unique soft drink theme. And you’ll hear it from an original 1930 Coca Cola Top Notchers program.

coca-cola top notchers

We’ll also hear a song from a 1932 Nehi soft drink program in the same set.

Grape Nehi (pronounced Knee High) is what Radar always drank on MASH (1970s TV show).

In fact you can hear them online for the next month, as part of this week’s entire two hour Phantom Dancer non-stop mix, at the website of radio 2ser.com.

Leonard Joy was a studio bandleader and arranger for Victor records.

Though he was not a jazz musician, he was assistant director to Paul Whiteman in the 1928 recording of ‘San’ featuring Bix Beiderbecke. He also backed the ‘Book-boop-a-doop Girl’, Helen Kane.

In 1939, he was studio producer for Coleman Hawkins’ landmark version of ‘Body and Soul’.

Never heard the Coca Cola Signature? Here it is open and closing the New Years Eve 1945 ‘Coca Cola Time’ program. It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #290

107.3 2SER Tuesday 28 November 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
Bop Influenced Swing on live 1940s Radio
Contrasts (theme) + Milange
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Apr 1949
The Man I Love
Gene Krupa Trio
’Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
1944
Anthropology
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ ABC NYC
22 Sep 1947
Set 2
Vocal Groups on the Air
Open + Take The A-Train
King Sisters (voc) Alvino Rey Orchestra
’Magic of Music’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1944
Open + Goody Goody
The Singing Razorbacks
’Texaco Show’
WEAF NBC Red NY
31 Mar 1936
The Beat of my Heart + Close
Sterling Male Chorus
’Chevrolet Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
1936
Set 3
Club Hangover San Francisco
Theme + Royal Garden Blues
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
5 Feb 1955
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Ralph Sutton All-Stars
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
7 Sep 1954
After Hours
Red Richards (piano)
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
When The Saints Go Marching In
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
Set 4
Fizzy Tunes
Varsity Drag
Sam Lanin Orchestra (tp) Red Nichols
Comm Rec
New York City
17 Aug 1927
Crazy Rhythm
George Shakley Ensemble (voc) The Rondoliers
’Nehi Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
19 May 1932
I’m Following You + Coca Cola Signature
Leonard Joy Orchestra (voc)
’Coca Cola Top Notchers’
WEAF NBC Red NY
19 Mar 1930
Set 5
Artie Shaw 1938-39 Radio
Nightmare (theme) + Begin the Beguine
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Dec 1938
I’m Sorry for Myself
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Tony Pastor
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
21 Oct 1939
Day In Day Out
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
19 Oct 1939
In The Mood + Diga Diga Doo
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Dec 1938
Set 6
Jazz from Paris and Geneva 1937-49
College Stomp
Philippe Brun Swing Band
Comm Rec
Paris
28 Dec 1937
Russian Lullaby
Oscar Aleman
Comm Rec
Paris
12 May 1939
Oui
Alix Combelle Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
16 Feb 1943
Nuage
Django Reinhardt
Radio Geneva
25 Oct 1949
Set 7
Duke Ellington 1951
Diminuendo in Blue + Crescendo in Blue
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
30 Jun 1951
Solitude
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Yvonne Lanauze
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
11 Feb 1951
The Happening + Got To Go
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove
WNBC NBC NY
8 Jun 1951
Set 8
Early Modern Jazz on Radio
Just You Just Me
Thelonius Monk
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1948
Tiny’s Blues
Chubby Jackson
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Mar 1949
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
Lester Young
’Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
27 Nov 1948
Serenade in Vout (not played – ran out of time)
Slim Gaillard
’Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
29 Sep 1951

Do Song Covers Violate Copyright? 21 Nov Phantom Dancer


Thirty-two years on air, heard on 23 radio stations and online, Greg Poppleton is Australia’s longest running swing DJ and Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer.

Every week he brings you The Phantom Dancer, a live, multi-award-winning non-stop mix of swing and jazz sourced from real 1920s-1960s radio broadcasts.

In Greg’s eight Phantom Dancer sets this week we hear Bop takes of old songs on live 1947-51 radio, Duke Ellington from his 1945 ABC ‘Date with the Duke’ series, 1930s German dance bands playing the hits from the movies, and a set of R’n’B singers live over CBS radio’s Al Freed Rock’n’Roll Dance Party in 1956.Al Freed Show

And the R’n’B set brings me to this question…

DO SONG COVERS VIOLATE COPYRIGHT?

Why does the R’n’B set bring me to this question? Because two of the singers we’ll be hearing on today’s Phantom Dancer from live 1956 radio had copyright run-ins with a big band/pop singer who also happened to be on today’s show (in Set 2), Georgia Gibbs.

The first R’n’B singer you’ll hear on today’s Phantom Dancer (and all the singers were backed in these ‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’ radio broadcasts by the Count Basie Orchestra) is LaVerne Baker.

LAVERN BAKER – TWEEDLEE DEE RIP OFFLaVern Baker
Born Delores LaVern Baker, LaVern Baker had several hit records in the 1950s. Her most successful disc was “Tweedlee Dee” (1955) which you’ll here her sing live today. This latin tempo song was LaVern’s first hit. It got to 4 on the R&B chart and 14 on the national US pop chart. Meanwhile, singer Georgia Gibbs recorded a note-for-note cover of the song that reached number 1. A real kick in the guts that made LaVern ask the question,

“Does this Song Cover violate my copyright?”

She made an unsuccessful attempt to sue Gibbs. She unsuccessfully petitioned the US Government to consider such covers copyright violations.

ETTA JAMES – DANCE WITH ME HENRY GRAB Etta Jamse
Born Jamesetta Hawkins, Etta started learning to sing at age five. Her singing teacher used to punch her in the chest while she sang to force her voice to come from her diaphragm. She developed an unusually strong voice.

Los Angeles big band leader, Johnny Otis, saw 14 year old Etta singing with a Doo-wop group and booked her to sing his “answer song” to Hank Ballard’s “Work with Me, Annie”. He even gave her co-credit as lyricist. The song was “Dance with Me, Henry”, which and you’ll hear Etta singing it live on today’s Phantom Dancer. But again, Georgia Gibbs recorded a cover that took a lot of the thunder. It was a version called “The Wallflower” and it reached number one on the Billboard Top 100. This made Etta very angry.
Her intellectual property had been appropriated.

FAYE ADAMSFaye Adams
Faye Adams’ father was a gospel singer and at age five she joined her sisters to sing spirituals, regularly performing on local radio shows. She, too, had a big voice, billed as, “Atomic Adams’.

Her first hit, “Shake a Hand”, topped the US Billboard R’n’B chart for ten weeks in 1953 and hit 22 on the US pop chart, selling one million copies and receiving a gold disc.

In 1954, Adams had two more R&B chart toppers. The one she sings on today’s Phantom Dancer, live over CBS in 1956, is “I’ll Be True”. This song was then covered by Bill Haley and later by Jackie DeShannon.
Covering a song is much different to appropriating a song. All cool, because the original composer/lyricist is acknowledged and compensated. I’ll explain about the legalities of song covers below.

IVORY JOE HUNTER
Ivory Joe Hunter

He’s the final R’n’B singer in today’s Phantom Dancer set of 1956 rock’n’roll radio. He’d had hits on the R’n’B charts since the mid 1940s and was billed as The Baron of the Boogie and The Happiest Man Alive. Maybe he was happy because no-one was copying his songs while they were still climbing the charts. On today’s Phantom Dancer he sings his 1950 R’n’B chart-topper, “I Almost Lost My Mind”, live, of course, and with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Now, to the legalities of covering a song, quoted directly from the Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) website…

A BAND IS PERFORMING MY SONGS. CAN THEY DO THIS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION?
Yes, in most cases they can. The venue in which the band plays must hold an APRA licence; it is not the responsibility of the individual bands. The APRA licence gives the venue a blanket licence to authorise the performance of all copyright music.

DO I NEED A LICENCE?
Yes. You may need to obtain an AMCOS licence if you want to make a recording of a song composed by another writer.

WHAT ABOUT UPLOADING COVER VERSIONS TO DIGITAL SERVICE PROVIDERS?
If you are recording a cover version of a work and wish to make it available on a US-based digital service provider (iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify etc), you are required to take out a licence with the Harry Fox Agency (AMCOS equivalent in the USA). Go to www.harryfox.com/license_music/ and head to their Songfile Mechanical Licensing tool. In cases where the Harry Fox Agency do not represent the work, you may be able to obtain a compulsory licence via RightsFlow – see www.rightsflow.com and head to the Limelight licensing area.

IN AUSTRALIA?
As long as you’ve first obtained a manufacturing licence from AMCOS, you can supply your recording to a digital service provider (DSP) such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify etc. APRA AMCOS licenses DSPs directly, and so royalties for downloads will be collected by APRA AMCOS on behalf of the rights holders.

I hope this has been of help to you, with a bit of R’n’B history thrown in. Oh, and for more R’n’B history, check out this YouTube footage of LaVern Baker as your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. Enjoy!

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #289

107.3 2SER Tuesday 21 November 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
Swing Bands on One Night STand
Theme + Lady Be Good
Lucky Millinder Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Savoy Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
10 Jul 1945
Cherry
Sonny Durham Orchestra (voc) Howard Walters
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Apr 1944
Texas Polka + Isle of Capri
Gay Claridge Orchestra (eg) Mary Osbourne
’One Night Stand’
Chez Parée
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Aug 1945
Set 2
Popular Radio Singers
Choo Choo Polka
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Georgia Gibbs and Merry Macs
’Georgia Gibbs Show’
Blue Network
22 Jul 1945
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Margaret Whiting
’Oxydol Show’
CBS
1950
Basin Street Blues + Close
Martha Tilton and Curt Massey
’Alka-Seltzer Show’
CBS
17 Jun 1949
Set 3
A Date With The Duke
Take The A-Train (theme) + Chelsea Bridge
Duke Ellington Orchestra
’A Date With The Duke’
WJZ ABC NYC Re-broadcast
30 Jul 1945
Frustration
Duke Ellington Orchestra (bari sax) Harry Carney
’A Date With The Duke’
WJZ ABC NYC Re-broadcast
30 Jul 1945
Take The A-Train (theme) + Blues on the Double
Duke Ellington Orchestra
’A Date With The Duke’
Toledo OH
ABC/AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 4
1931 – 32 Cocoanut Grove Radio Transcriptions
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Say You Are Teasing Me
Jimmie Grier Orchestra (voc) Gogo Delys
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1931
Any Corner Is A Cosy Corner
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1932
Tomorrow + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmie Grier Orchestra (voc) Gogo Delys
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1931
Set 5
1930s-40s Dance Band Songs From The Movies
Eine Insel aus Traumen geboren
Hans Rehmstedt Orchestra
Comm Rec
from the film, “Eine Nacht in Mai”
Berlin
Dec 1938
Bei dir war es immer so schoen
Kurt Were met seine Solisten
Comm Rec
from the film, “Anita und der Teufel”
Berlin
1941
Aus lauter Liebe
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Peter Igelhoff
Comm Rec
from the film, “Capriolen”
Berlin
Jul 1937
Went Du einmal win Maedel magst
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
from the film, “Sensationsprozess Casilla”
Berlin
Aug 1939
Set 6
Songs From The Early 1930s
Gnaedige Frau, comma’ und spiel’ mit mir
Hans Albers
Comm Rec
from the film, “Quick”
1932
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Aircheck
12 Jun 1934
Maniac’s Ball
Glen Gary and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1934
Fine and Dandy
Anson Weeks Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 7
R’n’B Singers on 1956 Radio with the Count Basie Orchestra
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Tweedlee Dee
LaVerne Baker
’Saturday Night Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
1956
I’ll Be True
Faye Adams
’Saturday Night Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Dance With Me, Henry
Etta James
’Saturday Night Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
1956
I Almost Lost My Mind
Ivory Joe Hunter
’Saturday Night Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Set 8
Bop Takes on Old Songs
Fine and Dandy
Barry Ulanov’s All-Star Modern Jazz Musicians incl. Dizzy Gillespie
’Bands For Bonds’
WOR Mutual NYC
13 Sep 1947
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Charlie Parker and strings
Apollo Theatre NYC
17 Aug 1950
Out of Nowhere
Miles Davis and Charlie Parker
’Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
18 Dec 1948
This Time The Dream’s On Me
Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell
’Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
30 Jun 1950

How Did The Infamous 1930s Cotton Club Really Sound? Find Out-14 Nov Phantom Dancer Radio Show


Every week, Greg Poppleton brings you The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-1960s radio and TV.

Divided into 8 sets, Greg has been bringing you the Phantom Dancer on 107.3 2SER Sydney since 1985. It’s now heard on 23 radio stations across Australia. You can hear it any time only at 2ser.com

HOW DID THE INFAMOUS 1930s COTTON CLUB REALLY SOUND?

You’ll hear it on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Set 7, in fact, is an all vinyl mix of Duke Ellington broadcasts from the infamous New York City nightclub where gangsters rubbed shoulders with socialites in a black fantasia.

The air checks are from 1937 and 1938.

This is the nightclub that inspired James Haskin’s novel, The Cotton Club, which in turn formed the basis of the 1984 Francis Ford Coppola 1984 hit crime drama of the same name.

An while Duke Ellington became synonymous with the Harlem nightspot in the late 1930s, it also featured such stars as Cab Calloway, Adelaide Hall, a very young Lena Horne, Fletcher Henderson and pianist/bandleader Dorothy Dandridge.

Started by heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson in 1920 as the Cafe Deluxe, Owney Madden took over the Harlem Club in 1923 on his release from Sing Sing prison.

Seeking rehabilitation through employment, no doubt, the gangster/bootlegger used the club to sell his boutique #1 beer. Though lovingly crafted from premium hops, no doubt, his brewed beverage was nonetheless illegal at the time due to prohibition.

And though the club was located in the black cultural heartland of Harlem, and the talent was all black, presenting ‘authentic black entertainment’, the club was notorious for its brazenly selective door policy, strictly well-off white patrons only.

However, the steep cover charge translated into high fees for the performers.

Ellington, himself, was expected to write ‘jungle music’ for the ‘black exotica’ presented in the form of revues with dancers, comedians and the band.

Meanwhile the club killed many of the smaller black cabarets in Harlem, unable to compete with the lavish Cotton Club shows, their customers discouraged by the flood of white tourists who wanted to try any black club if it couldn’t be the Cotton Club.

At the time of the 1937-38 Duke Ellington broadcasts you’ll hear on today’s Phantom Dancer, the club had moved out of Harlem to Broadway. It was a safer locale for the club’s patrons after the Harlem race riots of 1936.

The Cotton Club’s Broadway opening featured a lavish 130 performer show starring Cab Calloway and dancer Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson who was paid the highest ever fee for a performer on Broadway.

In 1940, changing tastes, high rents and a tax evasion investigation closed the Cotton Club’s doors permanently.

Here’s footage 1930s Harlem and the original, famous Cotton Club with Duke Ellington:

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #288

107.3 2SER Tuesday 14 November 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
Big Bands on 1950s Radio
Take The A Train (Theme) + Koko
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Town Casino
NBC Cleveland OH
17 Sep 1952
South
Chuck Cabot Orchestra
Empire Room
Rice Hotel
KTRH CBS Houston
Apr 1953
Cry
Ray Anthony Orchestra (voc) Marcie Miller
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NY
1952
Set 2
Progressive Jazz on Radio
Instrumental
Miles Davis Nonet
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Sep 1948
Red Pepper Blues
Art Pepper
’Jazz International’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Hollywood
16 Jun 1960
Perdido
Pete Brown
’Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Sep 1952
Set 3
Bing Crosby
Love in Bloom (theme) + Humming, Singing and Whistling
Bob Crosby (voc)Georgie Stoll Orchestra
’Woodbury Program’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
18 Sep 1934
Too Marvelous
Bing Crosby (voc) Buddy Cole Music
’Ford Roadshow’
KNX CBS LA
7 Sep 1957
Blue Skies + When The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day (theme)
Bing Crosby (voc) John Scott Trotter Orchestra
’Philco Show’
KECA ABC LA
30 Oct 1953
Set 4
Accordion Jazz
Japanese Sandman
Rytmin Swing Yhtye
Comm Rec
Helsinki
22 Jan 1948
Theme + It Had To Be You + The Very Thought Of You
Art van Damme Quartet (voc) Louise Carlisle
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1950
Kissa Viekoon (Jeepers Creepers)
Bruno Laako and Lepokot (The Bats)
Comm Rec
Helsinki
1939
Set 5
1st Esquire Jazz Concert
Blues + Esquire Bounce
Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Coleman Hawkins and more
’1st Esquire Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue New York
Metropolitan Opera House
18 Jan 1944
Rockin’ Chair
Mildred Bailey
’1st Esquire Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue New York
Metropolitan Opera House
18 Jan 1944
Basin Street Blues
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
’1st Esquire Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue New York
Metropolitan Opera House
18 Jan 1944
I’ll Get By
Roy Eldridge (tp) Billie Holliday (voc)
’1st Esquire Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue New York
Metropolitan Opera House
18 Jan 1944
Set 6
1940s Dance Bands on the Air
How Cute Can You Be
Jimmie Grier Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1945
A Red Kiss On A Blue Letter
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
Peacock Room
Baker Hotel
CBS Dallas
9 Aug 1945
Sioux Sue
Ray Noble Orchestra
Beverley Wiltshire Hotel
Beverley Hills Ca
KFI NBC LA
4 Feb 1940
It’s Mellow
Glen Gary and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel New Yorker NYC
1944
Set 7
Cotton Club on 1937-38 Radio
Harlem Speaks
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WOR Mutual NY
18 Mar 1937
Intro + Jig Walk
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NY
22 May 1938
I’m Slappin’ on Seventh Avenue + Lost in Meditation
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NY
22 May 1938
The Gal From Harlem + Riding On A Blue Note
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NY
1 May 1938
Set 8
Lester Young on 1956 Radio
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Three Little Words
Lester Young
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
5 Sep 1956
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Lester Leaps In
Lester Young
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
7 Aug 1956

Could you Buy a Fax Machine before 1988? 7 November Phantom Dancer Play List


Yes you could – in 1938!

And the faxes were sent over AM radio, not the phone line.

Hear one in operation on today’s Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV (and with a whole hour of live 1930s swing radio today).

I bring you The Phantom Dancer every Tuesday after the midday news on 107.3 2SER and online at radio 2ser.com

A 1938 radio fax used to promote personalities on the radio station transmitting it
A 1938 radio fax used to promote personalities on the radio station transmitting it. Three generations of John Gamblings broadcast on New York City radio between 1925 and September 2016.

1930s RADIO FAXES
On today’s Phantom Dancer, marvel at the ‘pump and wheeze’ sound of a 1930s fax machine taken from a recording made in 1938 to introduce WOR New York’s new radio fax service.

As the radio announcer and station engineer tell us, the fax service is a ‘new breakthrough’ in radio to transmit news and information overnight to subscribers with radio fax machine in their homes.

About a dozen US AM radio stations in the late 1930s transmitted a radio fax service, with news faxes sent between midnight and 6am when the stations were ordinarily shut down.

A WOR radio fax from 1938
A WOR radio fax from 1938

Static was a problem. Static from a passing car or lightening could wipe out whole pages of information.

By the early 1940s shortwave and ultra short wave frequencies were set aside solely for the transmission of faxes.

When FM radio was introduced after WW2, some FM stations transmitted radio faxes on their broader bandwidth subcarriers. A page of news and pictures would take 15 minutes to be printed from an FM service.

So easy to use, even a child can operate it. A 1938 publicity photo shows a Finch home printer receiving a facsimile newspaper from WWJ in Detroit. (Detroit News Archives)
So easy to use, even a child can operate it. A 1938 publicity photo shows a Finch home printer receiving a facsimile newspaper from WWJ in Detroit. (Detroit News Archives, The Radio Historian)

Lack of public interest in this expensive substitute newspaper technology killed the mass production of home radio fax machines.

However, radio facsimile was still in use for the transmission of weather maps by satellite in 2010.

See the full Phantom Dancer play list below, including the 1938 announcement of WOR’s radio fax service.

Internet source:
http://www.theradiohistorian.org/Radiofax/newspaper_of_the_air1.htm

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer. He is also a film and TV actor who has worked with Adrien Brody, Nicole Kidman, John Goodman and many others.
Band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
Actor and Voiceover: www.gregpoppleton.com

PHANTOM DANCER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #286

107.3 2SER Tuesday 7 November 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 23 other stations.

Set 1
Raymond Scott on 1940-41 Radio
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Wellesley High Jump
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
21 Oct 1940
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + A Symphony Under The Stars
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Bermuda Room
Hotel Brunswick
WBZ NBC Boston
6 Dec 1941
Huckleberry Duck + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
1 Nov 1940
Set 2
A New Radio Service
Il Pesce e l’Uccellina
EIAR Orchestra Moderna (voc) Silvana Fioresi and Trio Lescano
Comm Rec
Rome
1938
Facsimile ‘Visual’ Radio
Interview
WOR Mutual NYC
9 Feb 1938
Set 3
1930s Local Radio Music
Theme + Sugar + On The Lone Prairie + When The Rest of the Crowd Goes Home + Heigh Ho + Theme
Our Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Set 4
1935-36 Radio
Open + Ad Music + I Got Rhythm
Freddy Rich Orchestra
’Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Sleep (theme) + On Your Toes
Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians (voc) Johnny Davis and Trio
’Ford Show’
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1936
Syncopated Love Song
Nathaniel Shilkret
KFI NBC LA
1935
Set 5
Swing on 1939 Radio
Top Hat Shuffle
Jan Savitt Top Hatters
Radio Transcription
New York
1939
Basin Street Blues
Jack Teagarden and Benny Goodman
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
31 Jan 1939
You Can Count On Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Boston
26 Jul 1939
Man From Mars + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
21 Oct 1939
Set 6
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra on the Air
Theme + Little John
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Casa Mañana
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
Honey Dripper
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Blue Network
23 Nov 1945
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
I Need a Lift
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Casa Mañana
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 May 1945
Wham + For Dancers Only
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Band
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Set 7
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra on 1955-56 Radio
Theme + Opus No. 1
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Ridin’ Around in the Rain (voc) Dolly Houston
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Apr 1956
I’ll Always Be In Love With You
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Mar 1956
Tender Trap
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer
’NBC Bandstand’
NBC Radio and TV NY
1956
Set 8
Bop and Cool
Broadway
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WJZ NYC
9 May 1953
Sugar Beat
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
2 Dec 1947
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1957
Koko + Anthropology (theme)
Barry Ulanov All Star Metronome Jazzmen
WOR Mutual NY
8 Nov 1947

The Boswell Sisters Bio and Film – 31 Oct Phantom Dancer Play List


Hear Greg Poppleton bring you The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV – every Tuesday after the midday news on 107.3 2SER and online at radio 2ser.com

See the full Phantom Dancer play list below, including a 1930s radio transcription by the influential jazz vocal harmony trio, the Boswell Sisters.


BOSWELL SISTERS – PHANTOM DANCER PROGRAM NOTES
Martha, Connie and Vet were the 1920s-1930s harmony sensations, The Boswell Sisters.

They were yet another 1920s – 30s jazz stand-out who had classical backgrounds, having studied classical piano, cello, and violin respectively.

“We studied classical music . . . and were being prepared for the stage and a concert tour throughout the United States, but the saxophone got us,” Martha told the Shreveport Times in 1925.

The sisters’ older brother Clyde, also a classically trained musician, was the one who first got his sisters into jazz. He introduced them to cornetist Emmett Louis Hardy, who shaped the sisters’ knowledge of jazz harmony, syncopation and improvisation. Vet took up the banjo, Connie took up saxophone and Martha continued playing the piano. Hardy died of tuberculosis at age 22. Clyde died from flu at 18.

For your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, here are the Boswell Sisters in a 1932 Vitaphone short.
Also heard, a little dig at ‘music experts’ involving band leader Abe Lyman. Warning, the song ‘Louisiana Waddle’ contains racist lyrics. Read more Boswell notes and see today’s Phantom Dancer play list below…


The trio played concerts and vaudeville in the early 1920s, gradually replacing their classical repertoire with jazz. They first recorded in 1925 and after arriving in Los Angeles in 1929 sang on radio shows and recorded film music.

You’ll hear a song from one of their 1930 Hollywood Continental Broadcasting Corporation transcriptions on The Phantom Dancer today.

They became nationally famous, then internationally famous, after they moved to New York City in 1930 with their own show over CBS.

They recorded for Brunswick from 1931-1935, recordings that are considered milestone in vocal jazz. Connee wrote the vocal arrangements, Glenn Miller wrote the band arrangements and engaged the best New York jazz musicians to accompany the sisters, including the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, Fulton McGrath, Joe Venuti, Arthur Schutt, Eddie Lang, Joe Tarto, Manny Klein, Dick McDonough and Carl Kress. Connee also made more conventional solo records for Brunswick during the same period.

They had 20 hits in this time, appeared on film and experimental TV, toured Europe twice, and even made a recording released only in Australia. They influenced the Andrew Sisters in the US, the Trio Lescano in Italy, Allanovy Sestry in Czechoslovakia and the Harmony Sisters in Finland. Connie Boswell’s solo recordings were a major influence on Ella Fitzgerald.

Vet’s daughter and granddaughter published the book, The Boswell Legacy, in 2014.

The young Boswell Sisters performing at home as a classical trio in 1918.
The young Boswell Sisters performing at home as a classical trio in 1918.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer. He is also a film and TV actor who has worked with Adrien Brody, Nicole Kidman, John Goodman and many others.
Band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
Actor and Voiceover: www.gregpoppleton.com

PHANTOM DANCER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #285

107.3 2SER Tuesday 31 October 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
Swing Bands on 1944-46 Radio
Hot Lips (theme) + Hurry Homes
Henry Busse Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Sep 1944
Come Out Where Ever You Are
Harry James Music Makers (voc) Buddy DiVito Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KFI NBC LA
1944
Strictly Dynamics
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Sep 1946
Set 2
1930s Radio incl. Boswell Sisters
Coca-Cola Waltz (theme) + I’m A Dreamer, Aren’t We All?
Leonard Joy Orchestra
‘Coca-Cola Top Notchers’
WEAF NBC Red NY
19 Mar 1930
The One I Love Just Can’t Be Bothered With Me
Boswell Sisters
Continental Broadcasting Corporation
Hollywood
1930
Thank Your Father + Coca Cola Waltz
Leonard Joy Orchestra
’Coca-Cola Top Notchers’
WEEI NBC Red Boston
26 Mar 1930
Set 3
Trad on 1940s-50s Radio
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
Eddie Condon Group
’Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue Network
New York City
18 Nov 1944
Sweet Sue
Al Hirt Jazz Band
’At The Jazz Band Ball’
WWL CBS New Orleans
18 Aug 1956
Aunt Hagar’s Childen’s Blues + Basin Street Blues
Henry Levine
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
16 Jun 1940
Set 4
Jazz Piano Stars on 1950s Radio
Theme + Let’s Get Away From It All
Andre Previn Trio
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
1959
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Love For Sale
Erroll Garner Trio
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
24 Jul 1953
Lady Is A Tramp + Close
George Shearing
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1 Jul 1953
Set 5
1930s-1940s Australian Dance Bands
Fair and Warmer
Jim Davidson New Palais Dance Orchestra (voc) Austral Singers
Comm Rec
Sydney
7 Sep 1934
Jungle Jive
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Hang Your Heart On A Hickory Limb
Jim Davidson ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jul 1939
Shoo Shoo Baby
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Set 6
Women Singers with 1950s Big Bands
Theme + Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Patty Ryan
’One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Jun 1955
Till I Waltz Again With You
Harry James Orchestra (voc) April Ames
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NY
25 May 1953
Too Young To Go Steady
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
May 1956
Indian summer
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Norma Oldham
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
6 Jun 1951
Set 7
Swing Era Toe-Tappers
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Huckleberry Duck
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1940
I’m Looking For A Guy Who Plays Alto and Baritone Doubles on a Clarinet and Wears a Size 37 Suit
Ozzie Nelson Orchestra (voc) Rose Ann Stevens
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
30 Mar 1940
Honeydripper
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Trio
’Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Blue Network
23 Nov 1945
Solid Geometry For Squares
Joe Marsala Orchestra (harp) Adele Girard
Band Remote
Log Cabin
New York
23 Oct 1942
Set 8
Bop and Cool
Broadway
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WJZ NYC
9 May 1953
I Want a Little Girl
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1957
Koko + Anthropology (theme)
Barry Ulanov All Star Metronome Jazzmen
WOR Mutual NY
8 Nov 1947

24 October Phantom Dancer – Don Redman 1920s Swing Pioneer


Thank you to everyone who supported 2SER and The Phantom Dancer during this October’s Subscriber Drive.

I’m looking forward to presenting another year of Phantom Dancer shows for you. The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV broadcasts.

In December, The Phantom Dancer will have been on air in various forms for 32 years.

Hear The Phantom Dancer live on 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday after the midday news and online at radio 2ser.com

See today’s play list below. It includes a 1956 ‘Rock’n’Roll Party’ WCBS NYC aircheck from 1956 of the swinging Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Williams and Big Al Sears. There’s also a RARE Don Redman aircheck from the same radio station when it was known as WABC and from 1933.

PROGRAM NOTES – DON REDMAN 1920s SWING PIONEER

My favourite 1930s singer and composer of witty songs, Don Redman talked-sung his way through many of his own compositions exceptional charisma.

Songs written by Don Redman include the jazz standard, Cherry, I Heard, Try Getting a Good Night’s Sleep,
Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good to You and today’s Phantom Dancer rarity, Watching the Knife and Fork Spoon.

It’s a rarity because extant Don Redman radio broadcasts are rare. In fact, I heard they were long lost. But the 1933 Don Redman radio broadcast on today’s Phantom Dancer sound like it comes from a home recording with all the crackle, surface noice and static. But though all the noise, the classic Redman charm shines through.

Don Redman had musical parents. He started learning trumpet at 3, joined his first band at 6, and could play all wind instruments by 12. He polished his musical knowledge at a conservatory, then began work as a professional jazz musician in New York City in the early 1920s.

In 1923 he joined the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra playing reeds and arrangements. His arrangements contributed hugely to the development of what become Swing. In 1927 he was invited to join McKinney’s Cotton Pickers as their musical director and leader and made it a huge success.

Don Redman then formed his own band in 1931, signed to Brunswick Records and also did a series of those now rare radio broadcasts, part of one of which we’ll hear today.

You can hear Don Redman online in the Betty Boop cartoon ‘I Heard’ for which he wrote the music and this Vitaphone musical short which has been a Phantom Dancer Video of the Week.

In 1940 he turned to freelance arranging, writing hits for Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie and Harry James.

Don Redman is was the great-uncle of saxophonist Joshua Redman.

Now as your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, here is the much faster tempo commercial recording made by Don Redman in 1933 of his song, Watching the Knife and Fork Spoon. You can hear the live 1933 radio version on today’s Phantom Dancer. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #284

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 October 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
Dance Bands on 1941-45 Radio
Come Out Where Ever You Are
Harry James Music Makers (voc) Buddy DiVito
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KFI NBC LA
1944
Paxtonia
George Paxton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
New York City
AFRS re-broadcast
19 Jul 1945
War Dance For Wooden Indians + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Bermuda Room
Hotel Brunswick
WBZ NBC Boston
6 Dec 1941
Set 2
Club Hangover on 1954 Radio
Relaxing at the Touro (theme) + That Dada Strain
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
27 Nov 1954
Stomp, Mr Henry Lee!
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
17 Apr 1954
One O’Clock Jump + Deep Forest (theme)
Earl Hines
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Jan 1954
Set 3
1956 Rock’n’Roll Radio
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Perdido + Low Light + Beaver junction
Count Basie Orchestra
’Alan Freed Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Give Me Someone To Love
Joe Williams
’Alan Freed Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Right Now + Teeners’ Canteen
Big Al Sears
’Alan Freed Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Set 4
Early Swing 1933-36 Radio
Theme + Watching The Knife and Fork Spoon
Don Redman Orchestra (voc) Don Redman
Casino de Paree
WABC CBS NY
22 Dec 1933
I Got Rhythm
Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
5 May 1935
Honeysuckle Rose
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Feb 1936
Set 5
1930s-1940s Australian Dance Bands
Fair and Warmer
Jim Davidson New Palais Dance Orchestra (voc) Austral Singers
Comm Rec
Sydney
7 Sep 1934
Jungle Jive
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Hang Your Heart On A Hickory Limb
Jim Davidson ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jul 1939
Shoo Shoo Baby
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Set 6
Women Singers with 1950s Big Bands
Theme + Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Patty Ryan
’One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Jun 1955
Till I Waltz Again With You
Harry James Orchestra (voc) April Ames
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NY
25 May 1953
Too Young To Go Steady
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
May 1956
Indian summer
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Norma Oldham
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
6 Jun 1951
Set 7
Swing Era Toe-Tappers
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Huckleberry Duck
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1940
I’m Looking For A Guy Who Plays Alto and Baritone Doubles on a Clarinet and Wears a Size 37 Suit
Ozzie Nelson Orchestra (voc) Rose Ann Stevens
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
30 Mar 1940
Honeydripper
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Trio
’Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Blue Network
23 Nov 1945
Solid Geometry For Squares
Joe Marsala Orchestra (harp) Adele Girard
Band Remote
Log Cabin
New York
23 Oct 1942
Set 8
Bop and Cool
Broadway
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WJZ NYC
9 May 1953
I Want a Little Girl
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1957
Koko + Anthropology (theme)
Barry Ulanov All Star Metronome Jazzmen
WOR Mutual NY
8 Nov 1947