Jim Davidson, 1939-57 Electric Guitar, Non-Stop Swing Mix – 26 June Phantom Dancer


Jim Davidson was an Australian swing band leader and second-in-charge of light entertainment at the BBC in the 1950s. He also worked in the same soap factory I did.

And that electric guitar scene in one of those Back To The Future movies sounds embarrassingly lame and pig-ignorant compared to the real electric guitar breaks played on live 1930s-50s radio you’ll hear this week by Charlie Christian, Mary Osbourne, Tal Farlow and Les Paul.

I’m Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer, band-leader and your Phantom Dancer every week over radio 2SER 107. 3 Sydney, 23 Australian radio stations, and online.

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

On air every Tuesday, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney from 12:04-2pm, the Phantom Dancer is recorded for re-broadcast. You can hear all Phantom Dancer episodes online at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– has a set of Benny Goodman from 1939 radio including the sextet with Charlie Christian on electric guitar. There’s also a set of electric guitar from live 1940s-50s radio including some 1945 hot guitar work by Mary Osbourne who later in this week’s Phantom Dancer mix inaudibly backs Billie Holiday singing on 1958 TV. And this week’s feature, a set of 1930s commercial recordings by Sydney swing maestro Jim Davidson. See the full mix play list below…

Jim Davidson with the ABC Dance Band and Wireless Chorus presenting 'Colour Canvas' from the Studios at 96 Market Street, Sydney, October, 1939
Jim Davidson with the ABC Dance Band and Wireless Chorus presenting ‘Colour Canvas’ from the Studios at 96 Market Street, Sydney, October, 1939

JIM DAVIDSON
Quoting from Jeff Brownrigg’s article, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, (MUP), 2007

“James Hutchinson (Jim) Davidson (1902-1982), band leader, was born on 6 August 1902 at Balmain, Sydney, second son of Alexander Davidson, a restaurant cook from New Zealand, and his English-born wife Mabel, née Walker. Jim described his father, of Scottish descent, as hard, stern and unsmiling. His maternal grandfather encouraged his interest in music, taking him to hear the American bandmaster John Philip Sousa on his Australian tour of 1911. Davidson took up the cornet, joining his school cadet band and a local church band. After leaving school at 14, he found work with the soap manufacturer Lever Bros Pty Ltd. His days, however, were a means to an end and nights were given over to music. Replacing his cornet with a drum kit, he played in dance band and cinema pit ensembles.

On 8 February 1928 Davidson married Gertrude Madeline Kitching at St Thomas’s Church of England, Rozelle; they were to be divorced in 1935. He had joined Jimmy Elkins’s dance orchestra in the mid-1920s and after it disbanded in 1928 he played at the Ambassadors restaurant until it was destroyed by fire in 1931. Following engagements at the Ginger Jar and a significant concert at Hillier’s Café in August 1932—sometimes described as the first jazz concert in Sydney—Davidson opened the winter season of 1933 at Sydney’s Palais Royal dance hall, which drew crowds of 10,000 a week. Further successful seasons followed in 1934 and 1936. A regular Thursday evening 2UE live radio broadcast from the Royal augmented his audience. The Columbia recording company made sound recordings of his most popular pieces; Davidson claimed that a 78-rpm disc of `Shuffle Off to Buffalo’ and `Forty Second Street’ sold 95,000 copies. He and his orchestra also played a six-month season at the Palais de Danse at St Kilda, Melbourne, in 1933. At a formal `Dress Night’, when patrons were encouraged to dress as elegantly as the musicians, who routinely wore evening dress, Davidson met Marjorie McFarlane, an artist. They were married with Presbyterian forms at Scots Church, Melbourne, on 7 June 1935.

While in Melbourne, having signed a contract with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Davidson enlarged his orchestra and performed over the national network to all States. Broadcasting from Sydney from 1936, Jim Davidson’s ABC Dance Band, with the trumpeter Jim Gussey, the vocalist Alice Smith and the trombonist and arranger George Trevare, became the most popular in the country. It presented dance programs on Friday and Saturday evenings and played for other ABC shows including `Out of the Bag’ and `A.B.C. Parade’. In 1937-39 the band made three interstate tours, with a variety of artists including Bob Dyer, Tex Morton and Gladys Moncrieff. Davidson was a strict but encouraging leader who inspired great loyalty in his players.

On 30 May 1941 Davidson was appointed an honorary lieutenant in the Australian Imperial Force. He produced, directed and led the orchestra in variety shows staged for troops in the Middle East and the South-West Pacific Area. From 1943 he was in charge of the AIF’s concert parties. Rising to temporary lieutenant colonel, he transferred to the Reserve of Officers in October 1947. He applied for the position of director of light entertainment at the ABC but was unsuccessful. Stung by his rejection, he made use of management skills developed in his military command, taking up an offer of work as director of productions for the Tivoli circuit and, soon after, for Harry Wren Enterprises. He managed Australian tours for performers such as Will Mahoney and Evie Hayes and for the British comedian Tommy Trinder.

In 1947 Davidson joined the British Broadcasting Corporation. He arrived in London with his wife the following January. Starting as assistant-head of variety (music), he rapidly advanced to become the second-in-charge of the light entertainment unit. His most important contributions included support for what became the `Goon Show’, which went to air against some resistance on 28 May 1951. Davidson estimated that he had produced 3500 live shows on radio, among them a historic Beatles concert at the Royal Albert Hall in April 1963. He was given a farewell concert there before his retirement in September.

Returning to Australia in 1964, Davidson was disappointed that although Australians remembered his success as a band leader, they were unaware of his achievements in England. He served briefly as a consultant to the ABC but found that old `ghosts’ continued to haunt its corridors. The Davidsons turned to house renovation and gardening, first in Sydney and then in the southern highlands of New South Wales. Survived by his wife, Jim Davidson died on 10 April 1982 at Bowral and was cremated. His memoir, A Showman’s Story (1983), was published posthumously.”

And your Phantom Dancer Vid of the Week?

Jim Davidson and his Australian Broadcasting Commission Dance Orchestra with his 1938 record ‘So Little Time’. Vocals by Alice Smith and Johnny Warren. Jim Davidson broadcast late night over national stations of the ABC.

26 JUNE PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #321

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 June 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 23 other stations.

Set 1
Benny Goodman on 1939 ‘Camel Caravan’
Let’s Dance (theme) + Down By The Old Mill Stream
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Nov 1939
Flying Home
Benny Goodman Sextet (g Charles Christian)
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
9 Sep 1939
Sing, Sing, Sing + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
18 Nov 1939
Set 2
Latin Rhythms
Nachts am Kongo
Teddy Stauffer (voc) Eric Helgar
Comm Rec
Berlin
24 Oct 1938
Dilo
Prado Perez
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
24 Jul 1953
Tanga
Machito with Zoot Sims tenor sax
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Set 3
Electric Guitarists on live 1940s-50s Radio
Open + I’ve Got Plenty of Nothin’
Les Paul Trio
‘Les Paul Show’
AFRS Hollywood
27 May 1945
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Tal Farlow
‘All Star Parade of Bands’
Composer Club
WRCA NBC NYC
23 Apr 1957
Texas Polka + Isle of Capri + Close
Gay Claridge Orchestra (elec g) Mary Osbourne
‘One Night Stand’
Chez Paree Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Aug 1945
Set 4
Jim Davidson Australian Swing
Fair and Warmer
Jim Davidson and his Palais Royal Orchestra (voc) Austral Sisters
Comm Rec
Sydney
7 Sep 1934
She Changed Her Hi-De-Ho For His Yodel-O-Dee-Ay
Jim Davidson and his Palais Royal Orchestra (voc) Male Trio
Comm Rec
Sydney
2 Mar 1934
Marmelade
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
2 Jun 1938
Set 5
1930s Fats Waller
Christopher Columbus
Fats Waller
ComM Rec
New York City 1936
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (theme) + I Simply Adore You
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
5 Jul 1938
You Can’t Be Min and Someone Else’s Too
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club
New York City
18 Oct 1938
Watcha Know, Joe?
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red
Chicago
10 Dec 1940
Set 6
1930s-50s French Swing on Record
Frenchie’s Blues
Freddy Johnson Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
28 Jun 1939
Week-End Stomp
Alix Combelle Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
20 Feb 1940
Le Boogie de Paris
Jacques Helian Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
1946
Mambo Zero
Ruben Calzado
Comm Rec
Paris
1953
Set 7
Billie Holiday on Rdaio
You Better Go Now
Billie Holiday (voc) Percy Faith Orchestra
‘Woolworth Hour’
KNX CBS LA
1956
Billie’s Blues
Billie Holiday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WMEX Boston
Apr 1959
Interview + Fine and Mellow
Billie Holiday
‘Studio 58 The Sound of Jazz’
WCBS TV CBS NY
8 Dec 1957
You Go To My Head
Billie Holiday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
Oct 1953
Set 8
1940s Big Band Radio
Tangerine
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Artistry Jumps
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Hollywood
27 Nov 1945
Bommpsie
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 mar 1949
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Personal Hygiene Film For Young Girls (c 1920) – Phantom Dancer 19 June


It’s Phantom Dancer time Tuesday on radio and online – your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio with Greg Poppleton.

What’s on?

Well, there’s a set of ‘Sweet Bands’ from live 1930s-40s radio and some early late night Benny Goodman from 1935. The Velvet Fog, Mel Torme, sings two songs including one when aged 17 in front of Chico Marx’s Orchestra on a CBS Fitch Bandwagon and the last hour is all vinyl.

Hear the show after it’s broadcast 19 June online at 2ser.com

Tirelessly searching YouTube for a swingy, jazzy, instructive, or ‘weird and wonderful’ Video of the Week, I’ve found something curiously wonderful – a circa 1920s ‘Women’s Hygiene’ film. It actually is medically educational (and educational as a social history) though the shower scene does verge on the pseudo-educational sexploitation films of the 1950s-60s. Enjoy!

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

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #320

107.3 2SER Tuesday 19 June 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 on 1950s Radio
One O’Clock Jump + Sixteen Men Swinging
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Sitting In The Sun
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) JoAnn Greer
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC LA
12 Oct 1953
Capital Idea + (theme)
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Magnolia Room
Hotel Claridge
WMC NBC Memphis
19 Jun 1953
Set 2
Swing Dance Bands on 1942-44 Radio
Open + Abraham
Chico Marx Orchestra (voc) Mel Torme
‘Fitch Band Wagon’
Blackhawk Restaurant
WBBM CBS Chicago
20 Dec 1942
Was It Like That?
Lionel Hampton Orchestra (voc) Dinah Washington
‘One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Jun 1944
One Night Stand + Close (Coca Cola Waltz in 4/4 Swing)
Denny Beckner Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Norfolk, Virginia
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Mar 1944
Set 3
Navy Star Time Singers 1952 Radio
Baby, That Ain’t Right
Frankie Laine (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Mel Torme (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
I’ll Get By + Close
Jo Stafford (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
Set 4
1946 Radio Swing
Instrumental
Harry James Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands ‘
El Patio Playhouse
KHJ Mutual LA
13 Apr 1946
Begin The Beguine
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 jun 1946
Blue Moon + Summertime
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Dec 1946
Set 5
1934 – 36 Radio Bands
There’s Something In The Air
Red Nichols Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Robins and Roses
Lee Wiley (voc)
WABC CBS NY
17 Jun 1936
Christopher Columbus
Isham Jones Orchestra
WOR Mutual NY
13 Mar 1936
Goodbye
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Feb 1935
Set 6
Big Bands 1942-45 Radio
McGhee Special
Andy Kirk and his 12 Clouds of Joy
Comm Rec
New York City
14 Jul 1942
Open + Smiles
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
Slip Of The Lip
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Fourth War Loan Drive’
WEAF NBC NY
1 May 1943
One O’Clock Jump (open) + Unidentified Time
Johnny Otis Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Set 7
Sweet Bands on 1930-40s Wireless
You Are My Dream
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Glass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
It Was Just One Of Those Things
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles
13 May 1946
Words Of Love
Eddy Howard Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
5 Dec 1945
It’s A Whole New Thing
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
New York City
1938
Set 8
Bop Inspired Radio
Moppin’ The Blues
Pete Brown Quintette
Comm Rec
New York City
11 Jul 1944
A Minor Thing + In Your Own Sweet Way
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
Theme
Harold Rumsey Lighthouse Five
Hermosa Beach Ca
‘Monitor’
WRCA NBC NY
12 Jun 1955
High On An Open Mike
Fats Navarro (tp) Bill Harris (tb) Alen Eager, Charlie Ventura (ts) Ralph Burns (piano) Al Valente (g) Chubby Jackson (b) Buddy Rich (d)
‘Saturday Night Swing Session’
WNEW NY
12 Apr 1947
Fine and Dandy
Slim Gaillard Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
2 Jun 1951

12 June Phantom Dancer A&P Gypsies


The Phantom Dancer, heard every week over radio 2SER 107. 3 Sydney, 23 Australian radio stations and online, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

Presented by Greg Poppleton, you can hear Phantom Dancer episodes online at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX
– has sets of swing bands from 1940s radio, bop and hard bop from 1950s radio, 1943-45 commercial recordings by the Sydney swing orchestra of George Trevare, a set of women jazz singers on-air with the Duke Ellington Orchestra on 1930s-50s radio and more. See the play list below.

A & P GYPSIES
One of the curiosities on today’s Phantom Dancer is part of a weekly broadcast from 1933 of one of the last of the 1920s commercial brand orchestras. In this case, the orchestra is the A&P Gypsies.

A&P, otherwise known as the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, was a U.S chain of grocery stores that ceased supermarket operations in November 2015, after 156 years in business.

ipana troubadours

U.S radio historian Elizabeth McLeod writes about these commercial brand orchestras,

“The most popular program format of the late 1920s was the sponsored musical feature. It could be a large symphonic group, a dance orchestra, or a song-and-patter team—and it would usually carry the sponsor’s name. The A&P Gypsies, for example—a large, genre-crossing orchestra conducted by Harry Horlick. The Ipana Troubadors—a hot dance band directed by Sam Lanin. The Goodrich Zippers—a banjo-driven orchestra conducted by Harry Reser, when he wasn’t leading the same group under the name of The Clicquot Club Eskimos. Everyone remembers The Happiness BoysBilly Jones and Ernie Hare—but what about Scrappy Lambert and Billy Hillpot, who performed exactly the same sort of material as Trade and Mark, The Smith Brothers. The list is endless: The Silvertown Cord Orchestra, featuring the Silver Masked Tenor. The Sylvania Foresters. The Flit Soldiers—yet another Harry Reser group. The Champion Sparkers. The Fox Fur Trappers. The Ingram Shavers, who were the Ipana Troubadours on alternate Wednesdays. The Yeast Foamers. The Planters Pickers. And, the magnificently named Freed-Eisemann Orchestradians. All playing pretty much the same sorts of music, all announced by Phillips Carlin or John S. Young or Alwyn Bach or Milton Cross in pretty much the same sort of stiffly formal style.”

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is a 1929 commercial recording by the A&P Gypsies, ‘Only The Girl’. Happy Listening…

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 #322

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 June 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
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
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
Take The ‘A’ Train
Betty Roche (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jan 1948
I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues
Kay Davis and Al Hibbler (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
’Date With The Duke’
Radio City
WJZ ABC NY
10 Nov 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

Herbie Fields Child Prodigy – Phantom Dancer 29 May Radio Swing Jazz Mix


Herbie Fields is a musician I’ve wanted to put a set together of for some time. Now the time has come.

I’m Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer and your Phantom Dancer.

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

On air every Tuesday, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney from 12:04-2pm, the Phantom Dancer is recorded for re-broadcast over 23 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX
– has a set of dance bands on the 1940s ‘One Night Stand’ radio series, boogie woogie pianists on live 1930s radio, and a set of today’s feature, Herbie Fields, including Miles Davis’s recording debut.

HERBIE FIELDS
Herbie Fields was a clarinet and sax player whose promising career in the mid-1940s faltered, making him increasing disgruntled into the late 1950s. He was a student at the Juilliard School of Music.

He began recording and broadcsting in 1944 after a two year stint in the U.S Army.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we’ll hear his first orchestra live on 1944 radio. We’ll also hear a song from his first recording session on Savoy Records.

The 1945 Savoy record we’ll hear features Rubberlegs Williams singer (who calls out the up-and-coming Herbie Fields by name) and was the first recording by teenage Miles Davis on trumpet.

Herbie Fields and his 3 year old daughter, Sandra
Herbie Fields and his 3 year old daughter, Sandra

UP-AND-COMING
His star rising in twelve short months, Field’s won Esquire magazine’s New Star Award on alto sax.

In 1946, RCA Victor signed Fields as leader of his own big band. Despite including musicians of the calibre of Neal Hefti, Bill Evans, Marty Napoleon and Serge Chaloff, the band was a commercial failure. Big bands were not in fashion.

He went from big band to septet in 1949. We’ll hear the septet today’s Phantom Dancer in a 1951 radio broadcast.

In the septet was Frank Rosolino trombone, Jimmy Nottingham trumpet, Jim Aton double bass, Bill Evans piano and Tiny Kahn drums. The group backed Billie Holiday on a successful U.S east coat tour.

R’N’B
In the 1950s, Fields moved into rhythm and blues. He became a sax ‘honker’. You’ll hear him mix honk with bop and smooth on today’s Phantom Dancer with his septet on what the 1951 announcer calls a ‘rock’n’roll’ number, ‘How High The Moon’. But his lack of success after such a promising career start made him increasing disgruntled.

Bill Evans said of Field’s r’n’b style, “In some ways he had been a forerunner of rock ‘n’ roll. He was wiggling, jerking. Rock ‘n’ roll came, brought millions of dollars, but nothing for Herbie Fields.”

Field’s recorded sporadically as an r’n’b artist, bop player and big band leader.

He was leading a trio in his own Miami restauant in 1958 when is suddenly died at age 39.

And your Phantom Dancer Vid of the Week?

Let’s hear Herbie Fields on clarinet with Lionel Hampton

29 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #318

107.3 2SER Tuesday 29 May 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 ‘One Night Stand’
Theme + Kentucky
Gay Claridge Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Chez Paree, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Aug 1945
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Sep 1945
9:20 Special + Pavanne (close)
Sonny Dunham Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Apr 1944
Set 2
Sarah Vaughan Sings Jazz on 1953-56 Radio
Tenderly
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 1953
I Get a Kick Out of You
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 1953
Linger Awhile + + ‘S Wonderful + Tenderly
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 3
Herbie Fields Feature
That’s The Stuff You Got To Watch
Herbie Fields, Miles Davis’s first recording, Rubberlegs Williams (voc)
WOR Studios
New York City
25 Apr 1945
Theme + Don’t Take Your Love From Me
Herbie Fields Orchestra (voc) Carol Kaye
Glen Island Casinu
New Rochelle NY
WOR MBS NY
9 Aug 1944
How High The Moon + Close
Herbie Fields Septet
‘Stars on Parade’
Radio Transcription
1951
Set 4
1920s-30s Radio Bands
I’m Just A Vagabond Lover
Eskimo Pie Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1929
I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Gogo Delys
Radio Transcription
1932
I Following You + Coca Cola Waltz
Leonard Joy Coca-Cola Orchestra
‘Coca-Cola Top Notchers’
WEAF NBC Red NY
19 Mar 1930
Set 5
Duke Ellington on 1950s Radio
Open + Tulip or Turnip
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ray Nance
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
11 Jun 1951
The Hawk Talks
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Great Times
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
11 Feb 1951
Set 6
Eddie Condon
Open + At The Jazz Band Ball
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert
WJZ Blue NY
30 Sep 1944
I’m a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert
WJZ Blue NY
16 Jul 1944
Easter Parade
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert
WJZ Blue NY
23 Sep 1944
Ensemble Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert
WJZ Blue NY
29 Jul 1944
Set 7
Boogie Woogie
Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie
Pine Tops Smith
Comm Rec
Chicago
29 Dec 1928
Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie
Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis (voc) Johnny Mercer
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
11 Apr 1939
Honky Tonk Train Blues
Meade Lux Lewis
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Roll ‘Em
Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Set 8
1940s Big Band Radio
Tangerine
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Artistry Jumps
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Hollywood
27 Nov 1945
Boompsie
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 mar 1949

Benny Goodman Goes Bop On 1940s Radio – 22 May Phantom Dancer Show


Judging by your Twitter response during last week’s Phantom Dancer live show, the Benny Goodman small group set in the vinyl hour was especially popular.

So I’ve decided to program you another Benny Goodman small group set in this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

Plus some Judy Garland radio variety with Bing Crosby and Al Jolson from 1948 and 49.

Did you know I bring you a new The Phantom Dancer every Tuesday, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney from 12:04-2pm?

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio is recorded for re-broadcast over 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network. It can be streamed online at 2ser.com any time from 12:04pm, Tuesday 22 May.

You’ll find lots of past Phantom Dancer swing jazz mixes for your listening pleasure, too, at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX
– has a set of Judy Garland from live 1948-49 radio, Helen Forrest singing with the Artie Shaw Orchestra on live 1939 radio, some of those 1940s big band radio broadcasts we missed last week and those Benny Goodman small group radio broadcasts that go from swing to bop. See the full play list below…

BENNY GOODMAN SMALL GROUPS

‘King of Swing’ clarinetist and band leader, Benny Goodman, was world-famous in the 1930s both for his ground-breaking swing orchestra and for his Benny Goodman trios and quartets. These small groups mostly featured three jazz stars of the era Teddy Wilson piano, Lionel Hampton vibraphone and Gene Krupa drums.

benny goodman

Goodman introduced elctric guitar into his small groups in 1938, first with Leonard Ware and then famously with Charlie Christian.

In August 1939, Goodman formed his sextet. We’ll hear some 1940s iterations of this group on today’s Phantom Dancer.

As the popularity of swing waned from 1944, Goodman small groups reflected newer jazz styles. Glenn Miller’s pianist Mel Powell was the first to introduce bop to Goodman in 1945.

By the late 1940s, as you’ll hear on today’s Phantom Dancer, Goodman had moved from swing to bop, gaining praise from jazz critics for his recordings.

BOP

Even his orchestra became bop oriented. He hired many from the bop second wave to create the right sound, including Buddy Greco (who also sang), Zoot Sims and Wardell Gray.

For bop clarinet, Goodman was much influenced by Swedish clarinetist Stan Hasselgard. For some arrangements and bebop advice, he went to pianist Mary Lou Williams.

Initially, he enjoyed the humour in bop, saying about a Thelonius Monk piece, “I like it, I like that very much. I like the piece and I like the way he played it. I think he’s got a sense of humour and he’s got some good things there.”

But within eighteen months bop frustrated Goodman and he returned to swing. In fact, he had changed his mind so completely about bop that in 1953 he was quoted, “Maybe bop has done more to set music back for years than anything. Basically it’s all wrong. It’s not even knowing the scales. Bop was mostly publicity and people figuring angles.”

And your Phantom Dancer Vid of the Week?

The Benny Goodman Bop Septet playing Mary’s Idea in 1948 from a broadcast out of The Click in Philadelphia. Enjoy!

22 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #317

107.3 2SER Tuesday 22 May 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
1936 Pop Radio
Theme + Great Day
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
2 Feb 1936
Open + Moonlight and Roses + Darktown Strutter’s Ball + Play, Fiddle, Play + Close
Al Goodman Orchestra (voc) Larry Taylor
‘Melody Lane’
Radio Transcription
1936
Minute Waltz + Swing Waltz
Fred Waring Pennsylvanians (voc) Stella and the Fellas
‘Ford Show’
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1936
Set 2
Duke Ellington 1950s Radio Series
Take The A-Train (Theme) + The Mooche
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
20 Nov 1952
How High the Moon
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
20 Nov 1952
Prelude To A Kiss + Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Basin Street NYC
via KNX CBS LA
16 Apr 1956
Set 3
Modern Keyboardists on Radio
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Poco Loco
Bud Powell Trio
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
8 Jul 1953
Begin the Beguine (theme) + The Man I Love
Eddie Heywood Trio
‘Stars in Jazz’
Composers Club
WRCA NBC NY
7 May 1956
Without a Song + Close
Wild Bill Davis Trio
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
1952
Set 4
Jimmy Dorsey’s Dorseyland Band
Open + Georgia On My Mind
Jimmy Dorsey’s Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
1950
Royal Garden Blues
Jimmy Dorsey’s Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
1950
Muskrat Ramble + Theme
Jimmy Dorsey’s Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
1950
Set 5
Helen Forrest with Artie Shaw’s Orchestra 1939
A Table In A Corner
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Oct 1939
Comes Love
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Summer Terrace
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Aug 1939
Melancholy Lullaby
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
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
Set 6
The Benny Goodman Small Groups 2
Seven Come Eleven
Benny Goodman Sextet
Hotel New Yorker
WOR Mutual NY
4 Nov 1943
Six Appeal
Benny Goodman Sextet
Peacock Court
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KFRC Don Lee Mutual San Francisco
4 Jun 1940
Liza
Benny Goodman Trio
BBC
New York City
8 Aug 1945
Body and Soul
Benny Goodman Trio
‘One Night Stand’
Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
Set 7
Judy Garland 1948-49
Duet with Bing Crosby + 1927 Radio
Judy Garland, Bing Crosby
‘The Bing Crosby Show’
KECA ABC LA
5 Oct 1949
Duet with Jolson and Johnny One Note
Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Oscar Levant
‘Kraft Music Hall’
KNX CBS LA
30 Sep 1948
Set 8
1940s Big Band Radio
Blue Flame (theme) + Nice Work If You Can Get It
Woody Herman Third Herd
Blue Room
Roosevelt Hotel
WWL CBS New Orleans
10 Nov 1951
Tangerine
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Artistry Jumps
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Hollywood
27 Nov 1945
Boompsie
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 mar 1949

8 May 2018 Phantom Dancer – He Knew He Wanted To Be A Professional Musician By Age 16


Tenor sax man Charlie Barnet knew what he wanted from a very early age. In fact, he was playing professionally by the age of 16. Then at 18 he went to New York to talk the CBS Artist Bureau into booking him as an orchestra leader. We hear some of this determined teenager’s orchestras from 1930s-40s airchecks on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer is produced and presented every Tuesday by authentic 1920s-30s-style singer and actor, Greg Poppleton .

It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. On air since 1985!

The Phantom Dancer is recorded live-to-air at 107.3 2SER Sydney, Tuesdays 12:04 – 2pm. It’s re-broadcast on 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

Online, this week’s Phantom Dancer will be available for your listening pleasure after the 2SER broadcast, Tuesday 8 May. Go to 2ser.com to listen.

You’ll also find plenty of past Phantom Dancers to enjoy online, too.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– includes two Australian dance bands – Jim Davidson and his New Palais Royal Orchestra and Frank Coughlan’s Trocadero Orchestra .There are also sets by Lee Konitz in 1954 from WHDH Boston, live jazz from 1962 radio on WNEW NY and WBBM Chicago, a set of trad from WMGM New York’s 1950-51 ‘Doctor Jazz’ series (after being asked for a version of Doctor Jazz during last week’s show) and, of course, the Charle Barnet set. See the full play list below.

CHARLIE BARNET

Born Charles Daly Barnet, Charlie Barnet was a U.S orchestra leader, sax player and composer. Important to his overall ‘fun’ band leading attitude was that he was a person of means. He was heir to his grandfather’s fortune, the New York Central Railway vice-president and banker, Charles Frederick Daly. His family wanted him to be a lawyer. He chose music.

Barnet had worked for one of the many franchise bands of the Jean Goldkette Orchestra, on of the most famous U.S bands of the late 1920s by the age of 16. He then left for New York to play tenor sax in Frank Winegar’s Pennsylvania Boys before trying his luck as an extra in Hollywood films.

Late in 1932 at the age of 18 he returned to New York City and talked a contact at the CBS artist’s bureau to book him as an orchestra leader.

Charlie Barnet WOR Aquarium NYC

INFATUATION

His 1930s orchestras were numerous and short-lived. But they were also musically interesting as you can hear in the 1934 recording below, ‘Infatuation’, which is your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week.

Barnet got his first recording contract in 1933 during an engagement at New York’s Park Central Hotel.

He was always into ‘hot music’ and he was an early adapter of Swing.

RAN OUT OF TOWN

While playing swing at New Orlean’s Roosevelt Hotel in 1935, he earned the ire of conservative governor Huey Long who hated the new sound. Long set up a sting, luring the band to a brothel then having it raided so the band could be ‘run out of town’.

Barnet got a number of his now unemployed band members into Joe Haymes Orchestra (soon to be taken over by Tommy Dorsey) and then headed off for a jaunt in Havana escorting a well off, older woman.

His 1936 orchestra included the new vocal harmony quartet, ‘The Modernaires’ though that band soon shut up shop, too. ‘The Modernaires’ were later and famously associated with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. At this time, Charlie Barnet was one of the first to integrate his band.

He was a big fan of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. He championed Duke Ellington tunes in his orchestra and Ellington recorded Barnet’s ‘In A Mizz’.

GO TO BLAZES

When Charlie Barnet lost all his band charts in the 1938 Los Angeles Palomar Ballroom fire, Count Basie lent him charts.

palomar ballroom

His 1939 band was catapaulted into the big time with the release of his recording of the Ray Noble song (from his Indian Suite), Cherokee.

He had a second big hit on 1944 with ‘Skyliner’. ‘Skyliner’ was used as the theme music for the late 1940s US Armed Forces Network program ‘Midnight In Munich’ broadcast from AFN Munich.

Other major recordings include ‘Scotch and Soda’, ‘In a Mizz’, ‘The Right Idea’, ‘The Wrong Idea’ and Southland Shuffle’.

STARS

Barnet switched from Swing to Bop in 1947. Barnet’s swing band included such names as Buddy DeFranco, Roy Eldridge, Billy May, Neal Hefti, Lena Horne, Barney Kessel, Dodo Marmorosa and Oscar Pettiford.

His later bands had Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen and Clark Terry.

He ‘retired’ in 1949, claiming to have lost interest in music, though he continued to lead an orchestra and was broadcast on radio into the 1960s.

Charlie Barnet was married 11 times. His last marriage lasted 33 years.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

As your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, an early Charlie Barney record from his short-lived 1934 band, the weird ‘Infatuation’

8 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #316

107.3 2SER Tuesday 8 May 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 ‘One Night Stand’
Theme + Murder at Peyton Hall
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jan 1947
Tea For Two (voc) Carolyn Gray
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Carolyn Gray
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
31 Mar 1946
9:20 Special + Minnie the Moocher (theme)
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1945
Set 2
Jazz on Live 1962 Radio
Algiers Bounce + Lady Be Good
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
30 Mar 1962
Cuckoo + Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
Moon Bowl
Freedomland
WNEW NY
Mar 1962
The Price Is Right
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
30 Mar 1962
Set 3
1937
Theme + Hey, Hey Your Cares Away
Kay Kyser Orchestra (voc) Sully Mason
Trianon Ballroom
MBS Chicago
25 Mar 1937
Jamboree
Frank Coughlan Trocadero Orchestra (voc) Frank Coughlan
Featuradio Transcription
Sydney
June 1937
Time Out For Love
Joe Sanders Orchestra (voc) Joe Sanders
Blackhawk Restaurant
MBS Chicago
25 Mar 1937
Set 4
Doctor Jazz
Struttin’ With Some Barbeque
Hot Lips Page
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM NY
1951
Sheik of Araby
Eddie Condon Group
‘Doctor Jazz’
Eddie Condon’s
WMGM NY
1951
Ride, Red, Ride
Red Allen ‘Dixielanders’
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM NY
1951
Set 5
1940 Mickey Mouse Band Radio Transcriptions
Let There Be Love
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
These Things You Left Me
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Brandon
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1940
At Long Last Love
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Pinch Me
Sterling Young Orchestra (voc) Bobbie Ennis
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1940
Set 6
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Ya Got Me
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
oct 1938
Theme + Back In Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Fort Devon Mass
Mutual Network
15 Oct 1945
The Victory Walk
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
1942
In There
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1944
Set 7
Early 1930s dance Bands
Forty-Second Street
Jim Davidson New Palais Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
6 Jun 1933
Theme + is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Ruth Etting (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Columbia Tele-Focal Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
Somebody Loves You + Close
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Set 8
Lee Konitz 1954 Radio
Open + Hi Beck
Lee Konitz
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954
Subconscious Lee
Lee Konitz
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954

1 May Phantom Dancer – Australian 1930s-60s Swing Singer Barbara James


An Australian dance band singer features on this week’s Phantom Dancer with some of her broadcasts from the 1930s and 1940s.

Presented every week by actor, Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

It’s recorded live at 107.3 2SER Sydney, Tuesdays 12:04 – 2pm, and sent to 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 1 May), and plenty of past Phantom Dancers for your enjoyment, online at radio 2ser.com

In the mix this week, live 1930s-60s radio by Glenn Miller’s Army Air Forces Band, Lee Konitz, Charlie Parker in Boston, a Frank Sinatra aircheck from 1939 (singing his first record release), singer Loyce Whiteman (daughter of ‘King of Jazz’ Paul Whiteman), and Australian dance band singer, Barbara James.

See the full play list below.

BARBARA JAMES

Born in Sydney in 1907 (some sources say 1908), Barbara James was a jazz and swing singer. Her parents were entertainers Will James and Malvena Moore. Her father, Will, taught her to play the saxophone, xylophone and banjo. She also played violin and danced. She was married to musician and band leader, Reg Lewis, who we’ll also here on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

barbara james

Over her career, James performed and recorded with numerous jazz bands in Australia such as Frank Coughlan’s Trocadero Orchestra, Dick Freeman and his Trocadero Orchestra and Johnny Tozer and his Swing Band.

From 1921, she was contracted by Harry George Musgrove to Musgrove’s Theatres, appearing at theatres in Sydney and Melbourne, including the Tivoli circuit and Trocadero, and on ABC radio.

She first appeared on the Tivoli theatre circuit billed as a ‘child wonder xylophonist’.

This week’s Phantom Dancer presents a selection of her radio broadcasts from 1937-45.

Barbara toured Hong Kong in 1946. From 1949 to 1955, Reg and Barbara Lewis toured Europe and Britain.

In London, they performed in the West End at Café Anglaise and the Windmill Theatre.

London variety shows featuring Reg and Barbara Lewis included, ‘Stars, Songs and Society’ Windmill Theatre London, 1950, ‘Nudes of the East’ 1951, ‘The Talk of the Town’ Tribe Bros Ltd London, 1950-1951 and ‘Midday Music Hall’, 1953.

They appeared on BBC radio and TV.

They had a regular 15 minute vocal and piano show on Sydney radio in the 1960s called, ‘Between You and Me’.

1 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #314

107.3 2SER Tuesday 1 May 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 1943-44 Radio
Theme + The Carioca
Richard Himber Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Aniston, Alabama
Blue Network
13 Nov 1943
I’m Beginning To See the Light (theme) + The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else
Enoch Light and the Light Brigade
‘One Night Stand’
New Park Casino
Palisades Park NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
One Night Stand + Close
Denny Beckner Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Norfolk, Virginia
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Mar 1944
Set 2
Charlie Parker in Boston
Ornithology
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Hi-Hat Club
WCOP Boston
18 Dec 1953
Laura
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Hi-Hat Club
WCOP Boston
1954
Out of Nowhere + Jumping with Symphony Sid
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Hi-Hat Club
WCOP Boston
24 Jan 1954
Set 3
Barbara James
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Barbara James (voc) Reg Lewis and his Trocadero Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
1941
It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Barbara James (voc) Frank Coughlan Trocadero Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Sydney
June 1937
Small Town Boogie
Barbara James (voc) Albert Fisher Orchestra
ABC Sydney
1944
Set 4
1950s Swing on Radio
It’s All In The Game
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1952
Disorder at the Border
Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Horace Silver
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
1952
Everything Happens To Me
Matt Denis Trio (MD voc)
‘All Star Parade of Bands’
Chi Chi Club
WRCA NBC NY
15 Jun 1955
Set 5
Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Orchestra 1943-44
Jeep Jockey Jump
Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Orchestra
‘Uncle Sam Presents’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Oct 1943
Theme + Flying Home
Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Orchestra
‘I Sustain The Wings’
Chicago Theatre
WMAQ NBC Chicago
10 Jun 1944
Don’t Be That Way
Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Orchestra
‘Uncle Sam Presents’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Feb 1944
There Are Yanks + Close
Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Orchestra (voc) Ray McKinley and the Crew Chiefs
‘I Sustain The Wings’
WEAF NBC New York City
15 Apr 1944
Set 6
Early Harry James Orchestra
Cirribirribin (theme) + Tuxedo Junction
Harry James Orchestra
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Mar 1940
FRom The Bottom Of My Heart
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra
‘America Dances’
WABC CBS NY and BBC London
19 Jul 1939
Andalucia (The Breeze and I)
Harry James Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS New York City
22 May 1941
Feet Draggin’ Blues + Close
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
Chatterbox Club
Mountainside NJ
1940
Set 7
Loyce Whiteman 1930s Cocoanut Grove
Sweet and Lovely (theme) + I’m Through With Love
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Rain On The Roof
Jimmie Grier Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1932
Whistling in the Dark
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
You Could Have Been the One, Baby
Jimmie Grier Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1932
Set 8
Lee Konitz 1954 Radio
Open + Hi Beck
Lee Konitz
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954
Subconscious Lee
Lee Konitz
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954