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


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

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

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

Why?

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

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

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

 

HANS PHILIPP AUGUST ALBERS…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TWO PHANTOM DANCER VIDEOS OF THE WEEK!

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

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

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

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

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #305

107.3 2SER Tuesday 27 February 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
1950s Dance Bands on Radio
Theme + Komonoi Ostrow
Lawrence Welk Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
1955
South
Chuck Cabot Orchestra
Empire Room
Rice Hotel
CBS Houston
Apr 1953
Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World (That’s Where Everything Is) + Will You Still Be Mine? (Theme)
Matt Dennis
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Chi-Chi Club
WRCA NBC NYC
13 Jun 1955
Set 2
Bands on 1936 Radio
Theme + I’ve Got Rhythm
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
13 Feb 1936
Christopher Columbus
Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians (voc) Band
‘Ford Show’
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1936
Hallelujah
Johnny Green Orchestra
‘Packard Hour’
KFI NBC LA
11 Mar 1936
Set 3
Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
Theme + Octave Jump
Bob Chester Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
College Inn
Hotel Sherman, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Oct 1944
Personality + I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme)
Sy Oliver Orchestra (voc) Buddy Moreno
’Endorsed By Dorsey’
WOR Mutual NY
3 Mar 1946
With My Head In The Clouds + Lady Be Good
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra (voc) Johnny Desmond and the Modernaires
’Uncle Sam Presents’
WEAF NBC NY
12 Feb 1944
Set 4
Cocoanut Grove Radio 1933-34
Lady Play Your Mandolin
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) The Playmates
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Making Faces At The Man In The Moon
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1931
Dancing With The Daffodils + Sweet and Lovely (theme)
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Set 5
Hans Albers 1930s movie Hits
Hoppla, jets komm’ ich
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Der Sieger’, 1932
La Paloma
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Grosse Freiheit Nr7’, 1943
Gnaedige Frau, komm’ und spiel’ mit mir
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Quick’, 1932
Goodbye Jonny
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Wasser fuer Canitoga’ (1939)
Set 6
1939 Radio Dance Bands
Way Back In 1939 AD
Gray Gordon Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Concerto for Trumpet
Harry James Orchestra
Chatterbox Club
Mountainside NJ
Aircheck
1940
Scatterbrain
Blue Barron Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Theme + Over The Waves
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘America Dances’
CBS NY and BBC London
1939
Set 7
Swing on 1943 Radio
Take The A-Train (theme) + Way Low
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Hurricane Restaurant
WJZ NBC Blue
28 Aug 1943
Blackberry Jam
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Columbus OH
Blue Network
19 Nov 1943
T’aint What You Think
Les Brown Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Miami FL
Blue Network
10 Aug 19435
Jumpin’ Jiminy + Close
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
Mar 1943
Set 8
1950s – 60s Swing On Radio and TV
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Blee Blop Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Hamp’s Boogie Woogie
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Second Timex All-Star Jazz Concert’
CBS TV
30 Apr 1958
What Is This Thing Called Love + My Funny Valentine
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
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9 Jan Phantom Dancer – Comedian Has A Bad Night On Live 1958 Radio


The 1950s comedian, Pat McCaffrie, who you’ll hear with Hawaiian band leader, singer and composer, Johnny Pineapple, on this week’s Phantom Dancer (Sets 3 and 4 – see play list below) somehow reminds me of funny men characters Bobby Bittman and Krusty the Klown.

Judge for yourself when you listen to this week’s Phantom Dancer.

You’ll also be treated to a set of Harry James from live 1960s-70s radio, a set of Australian swing from 1930s-50s Sydney radio – plus Lee Gordon’s beatnik 1959 Sydney release – ‘She’s The Ginchiest’ – and Charlie Parker on live 1949 New Years radio.

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

Hear the show online for 4 weeks from 9 January on the Radio 2SER website

While The Phantom Dancer is a music mix,  it’s also a first hand social history of the mid-20th century.

And sometimes I find something that is so awkward, I feel compelled to play it for you in its entirety.

The talent and professionalism of all actors in this broadcast is beyond dispute.

It just seems that radio had captured that one unfortunate ‘bad night’ , and everyone has bad nights, where anything that could go wrong beyond their control, sound-wise and audience-wise, did go wrong. This week’s Phantom Dancer has such a time for your edification…

NEW YEAR’S DAY 1958
I’m guessing this sixty year old tape with the awkward broadcast I’ll be playing for you today was recorded by someone in their home tuned into WGN radio Chicago for New Years.

They were taping the live bands WGN were broadcasting as part of their annual bringing in of the New Year. (I’ve also added the religious talk at the end of the broadcast day and the station sign-off for your enjoyment).

One of the bands that 1958 New Years Day, from the Polynesian Room of Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel, was Johnny Pineapple.

As well as his band Johnny Pineapple had a floor show in his hour radio spot on WGN, including dancers, a girl vocal group called The Polynesian Sweethearts one of whom calls out “Wait!” before they launch into Jingle Bells, and a comedian.

Perhaps the tape ran out during the comedian’s story about New York and the recordist had to find a new spool to thread on the tape recorder.

Or perhaps the recordist didn’t have an ear for comedy gold and switched the comedian off to save tape. Whatever the reason, there’s a break in Johnny’s hour spot that reduces the total play time to just over 30 minutes.

WHO’S JOHNNY?
David Kaonohi, dubbed ‘Johnny Pineapple’ by Hollywood movie scouts who spotted him performing while he was in his first year at university in 1938, made several appearances in Hollywood films but was primarily a Hawaiian musician and entertainer.

He played in New York’s Lexington Hotel and Stork Club and at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago from where he is broadcasting on today’s Phantom Dancer during New Year 1958.

He wrote 25 songs and died in 1981.

There’s another Johnny Pineapple (a son, perhaps?) who was leading a Hawaiian band in the US, and was a friend of Tiny Tim, according to his 2005 website.

WHO’S THE COMIC?
He’s Pat McCaffrie. And he’s having something of a tough night in this Johnny Pineapple show. He even asks, jokingly, if he’s in the wrong place. No-one’s laughing.

Quoting his IMDB bio, “Pat McCaffrie was born on January 12, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Patric Francis McCaffrie. He was an actor, known for Get Smart (he was Agent 47) (1965), The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and A Guide for the Married Man (1967). He died on December 4, 1992 in Orange, California, USA.”

What I love about McCaffrie’s comedy and awkwardness, though, is that he instantly reminded me of my favourite Second City TV character, funnyman Bobby Bittman.

BOBBY BITTMAN
I’ve been a big fan of Second City TV since it first aired in Sydney, usually around 1am Monday mornings, in the early to mid-1980s – we got it late.

And one of my favourite SCTV characters is funnyman, Bobby Bittman, played by Eugene Levy.

There are some who see a stylistic connection between Bobby Bittman and Krusty the Klown on The Simpsons.

And I hear a connection, in the delivery and tone of voice, between McCaffrie’s stand-up and Bobby Bittman.

I’m not saying there is a connection, like McCaffrie inspired Bittman. I just hear one, as a fan joining dots that are highly unlikely to actually exist.

But it’s also a good excuse to introduce you to some classic Bittman from SCTV. It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. Enjoy! And enjoy Pat McCaffrie and Johnny Pineapple live from New Years 1958 on The Phantom Dancer!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #298

107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 January 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Harry James on 1960s-70s Radio
Cirribirribin (theme) + Shiny Stockings
Harry James Orchestra
’New Year All-Star Parade of Bands’
Crystal Room
Desert Inn
NBC Las Vegas
31 Dec 1970
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
El Patio Ballroom
KCBS San Francisco
20 May 1961
Jumpin’ at the Woodside + Close
Harry James Orchestra
Moon Bowl
Freedomland
WCBS CBS NYC
31 Aug 1962
Set 2
1930s-50s Australian Swing on the Air
Sobbin’ Blues
Frank Coughlan
Aircheck
Trocadero Ballroom
Sydney
25 May 1937
Open + Three Little Words
Edwin Duff
’The George Wallace Show’
2GB Macquarie Network Sydney
1952
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
George Sorlie (voc) Humphrey Bishop &​ His AWA Light Opera Company
’The Showman’
2CH AWA Network Sydney
1944
Set 3 and 4
An Awkward New Year
Theme + Comic Intro
Johnny Pineapple and Pat McCaffrie (comedian)
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Little Grass Shack + Comedy
Johnny Pineapple
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Jingle Bells + Hawaiian New Year
The Polynesian Sweethearts and Johnny Pineapple
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
My Blooming Flower + A Million Moons Over Hawaii + Comedy (gets cut-off)
Johnny Pineapple and Pat McCaffrie
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Canadian Sunset + Kila Kila Holi’akala + Theme
Johnny Pineapple
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Religious Talk + Station Close
Staff Announcer
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Set 5
Count Basie 1937-38 Radio
Moten Swing (theme) + King Porter Stomp
Count Basie Orchestra
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Pittsburgh
8 Feb 1937
John’s Idea
Count Basie Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
Nov 1937
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Billie Holiday (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Jun 1937
One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
’America Dances’
WABC CBS NY/BBC London
Famous Door NY
Jul 1948
Set 6
Swing Bands on 1940s Radio
Theme + Smile
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
Flight of the Jitterbug
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Radio Aircheck
New York City
1940
Minnie’s in the Money
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) BG
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cornell University
Ithaca NY
Blue Network
25 Sep 1943
Frenesi
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
Arcadia Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
11 Dec 1940
Set 7
Radio Jazz in Opera Halls
Blue Cellophane
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Chicago Opera House
Blue Network
25 Mar 1945
All God’s Children Got Rhythm
Bud Powell Trio
Carnegie Hall
VOA
25 Dec 1949
Trumpets No End
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Carnegie Hall NYC
13 Nov 1948
Tea for Two + Close
Esquire All Stars
’Spotlight Bands’
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue NY
18 Jan 1944
Set 8
Mod Sounds
She’s The Ginchiest
Lee Gordon
Comm Rec
Sydney
1959
How High The Moon
Jubilee All-Stars with Miguelito Valdez’s Cuban Rhythm Section
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Be-Bop + Slow Boat To China
Charlie Parker
’Symphony Sid New Years Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1 Jan 1949

Happy New Year! You’re Welcome To Share…


Doof-doof, rap-rap, yeah-yeah, oo-oo, plink-plonk and strum-strum is not my soundtrack for New Year’s Eve.

So I’ll be enjoying the spectacular New Year fireworks here in Sydney with family and friends to a different soundtrack! And you’re welcome share…

These are swing and jazz soundtracks I’ve made for you myself:

1. New Year’s Phantom Dancer radio show: enjoy a two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1930s-50s radio. You can stream it right now at 2ser.com.

2. Enjoy these popular mixes of 1920s – 1930s songs from my four albums. Enjoy!

Greg Poppleton Chill Mix 1

Greg Poppleton Chill Mix 2

Greg Poppleton Chill Mix 3

Book the 1920s-30s Band: Greg Poppleton Music

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

19 September Phantom Dancer – Missile Monsters (1958)


If the 12 September show is anything to go by, the 19 September Phantom Dancer is going to be the best show ever.

This week you’ll hear Fats Waller, Benny Goodman and news on the European Crisis over WABC NY in 1938. There’s also a set of jazz electric guitar from 1950-64 radio including Wes Montgomery, and tune in for Part 3 in the Harry James aircheck series 1946-48.

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV is presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer since 1985.

You can now hear it live-streamed and online on Radio 2SER’s website: http://www.2ser.com/phantomdancer.

See the full play list below.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week introduces a series of 1950s fantastic science fiction film trailers. First up – ‘Missile Monsters’.
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!

Thank you.

 

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #279

107.3 2SER Tuesday 19 September 2017
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 Live 1943-45 Radio
Theme + 9:20 Special
Andy Kirk Orchestra
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
21 May 1945
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone
Eddie Heywood Sextet
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
21 May 1945
Sheik of Araby + Lover Come Back To Me + The Fire Dance (theme)
Sonny Durham Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Orlando, FL
Blue Network
21 Jul 1943
Set 2
Electric Guitar Jazz on 1950-64 Radio
Theme + Stumbling
Les Paul
’Les Paul and Mary Ford Show’
NBC Transcription
16 Jun 1950
Theme + There’ll Never Be Another You
Wes Montgomery (eg) Billy Taylor Trio
’Your Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1964
How High The Moon + Ba-Ba-Lu + Close
Slim Gaillard
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Set 3
Big Bands on 1949-61 Radio
Theme + Re-stringing The Pearls
Jerry Gary and his Band of Today
Palladium Ballroom
KFI Los Angeles
20 Jan 1961
Perdido
Ray Anthony Quintet
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1952
Bop City + Close
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
’Rendezvous Ballroom’
Balboa CA
KHJ Mutual Los Angeles
30 Jul 1949
Set 4
Jazz Infused Dance Music 1930s-1950s Records and Radio
Rumba
Hanan and Feyrooz
Comm Rec
Cairo
1950s
Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina
Alberto Rabiagliati (voc) Barzizza Orchestra
Comm Rec
Turin
1938
Parisian Song + Close
Lucille Dumont
’Rhythmes de Paris’
CBC Montreal
2 Nov 1951
Set 5
Reed Led Bands on 1940s Radio
Little Pink Elephants
Shep Fields and his New Music
Radio Transcription
New York City
1943
Looking For Yesterdays
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Aircheck
26 Oct 1940
1932
Gulf Coast Blues
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
’Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1944
Captain Kidd + Twilight Time
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Butch Stone
Peacock Room
Baker Hotel
CBS Dallas TX
9 Aug 1945
Set 6
Harry James 1946-48
Lover Come Back To Me
Harry James Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
KHJ Mutual Los Angeles
18 Oct 1946
Poppin’ Off
Harry James Orchestra
The Click
Philadelphia
22 Dec 1947
Sleepy Time Gal
Harry James Orchestra
’Call For Music’
KNX CBS LA
4 May 1948
Forgotten
Harry James Orchestra
’Call For Music’
KNX CBS LA
1949
Set 7
Women Band Leaders
You Bring Out The Savage In Me
Valaida Snow (tp and voc)
Comm Rec
London
20 Feb 1936
I Got Rhythm
Jean Rodgers (piano) PA
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Mr Paganini
Frances Faye (piano)
’Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
Gin Mill Special
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Set 8
1938 Radio, WABC New York
The Joint is Jumping / Summertime / Stomping At The Savoy
Fats Waller
’This is New York’
WABC CBS NY
11 Dec 1938
CBS News
WABC CBS NY
25 Sep 1938
Love Me Or Leave Me
Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
23 Aug 1938

September Newsletter – Greg Poppleton


Heigh Ho Music Lovers,

“As it enters the ear, does it come in like broken glass, or does it come in like honey?”
Eddie Condon

HOW’S THIS PHOTO FOR A STROKE OF LUCK?

How’s this photo for a stroke of luck?
Taken? Mosman Bowling Club, 13 August.
I must have clicked the camera shutter twice by accident and I got this fantastic action shot of all you lovely people who came to see the band on 13th August at Mosman Bowling Club.
I put it up on Instagram – and 10 x Grammy winners, Manhattan Transfer, left this comment,

Greg Poppleton Instagram Page:
“The audience at Mosman today for Sunday jazz @gregpoppletonmusic #singer #singingaudience #downthebowlo #sundays #jazzsinger @gregpoppleton
themanhattantransfer Good stuff!”

GIN MILL SOCIAL – SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
4-course meal | Music & Entertainment | $139 (+ booking fee) 

A night of glamour, food, drinks and entertainment… don’t forget your dancing shoes.” – Broadsheet

A lavish 1920s dinner party with live music, swing dancing and pop up performances – the perfect way to celebrate any occasion!

Give Gatsby a run for his money and party like it’s 1929 at the Gin Mill Social!… a night where you will feast, dance and play.

It’s like gold-class on steroids” – weekendnotes

Cellos is a heritage-listed grand dining room that has been beautifully restored to its Art Deco glory. This will be your playground for the evening. Enjoy a 4 course menu with food inspired by hotel banquets of the era. Music is lively. Greg Poppleton kicks off the night with a set of acoustic 1920s songs. Pop-up performances punctuate the night.

DRESS CODE
Guys in ties, girls in pearls

TICKETS
4 Course Meal, Music & Entertainment $139.00pp (+booking fee)
*Bookings of less than 6 people may be seated at share tables.

TIMING INFORMATION
Doors open at 6:45pm. STRICT ARRIVAL TIME OF 7pm. LATE ARRIVAL LOCK OUT PERIOD MAY APPLY.

PHOTOS FROM PENRITH RSL and SYDNEY ROWERS
We’re back at Penrith RSL, Saturday 11 November, 2-5pm Free.
And we return to Sydney Rowing Club 3 – 6pm. Free
PHANTOM DANCER

Every week I bring you a non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 60s radio and TV on The Phantom Dancer.

Produced at 107.3 2SER Sydney, where it’s heard Tuesdays after the 12 noon news, The Phantom Dancer is heard around Australia on 22 radio stations and online.

See the play list below for next Tuesday’s show.

You can hear all the August shows online as you work on the Radio 2SER website

2RRR listeners can hear the one hour show, Thursdays 11am
ArtSoundFM listeners get the 1 hour show, Sundays 7pm

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio Community Radio Network Show CRN #278

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 September 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 Bands on One Night Stand, New York City, 1944-45
Blue Flame (Theme) + Good, Good, Good
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Woody Herman
’One Night Stand’ Cafe Rouge Hotel Pennsylvania AFRS Re-broadcast 6 Aug 1945
Theme + Memories of You + Begin The Beguine
Sonny Durham Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Cafe Rouge Hotel Pennsylvania AFRS Re-broadcast 14 Apr 1944
Crescendo in Blue + Close
Duke Ellington Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Club Zanzibar NYC AFRS Re-broadcast 7 Oct 1945
Set 2
Your Navy Swings 1957-70
Samba de Orpheus
Bola Sete with Vince Guaraldi Trio
’The Navy Swings’ Radio Transcription Hollywood 1965
The Old Colouring Book
Sandy Stewart (voc) Tony Motolla Quartet
’The Navy Swings’ Radio Transcription Hollywood 1963
That Ol’ Black Magic
Buddy de Franco Quartet
’The Navy Swings’ Radio Transcription Hollywood 1959
Set 3
Sweet Bands on 1950s Radio
Theme + Kominoi Ostrow
Lawrence Welk
Aragon Ballroom Ocean Park Ca KECA ABC LA 1955
Gone Five Minutes
Freddy Martin Orchestra (voc) Peggy Barrett
’One Night Stand’ Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel LA AFRS Re-broadcast 1951
Jealous Lover + Armaund’s Theme
Freddy Martin Orchestra (voc) Ralph Anthony
’One Night Stand’ Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel LA AFRTS Re-broadcast 1955
Set 4
Trad Stars from Club Hangover
Theme + Royal Garden Blues
Kid Ory and his Creole Jazz Band
Club Hangover KCBS CBS San Francisco 20 Nov 1954
St James Infirmary
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover KCBS CBS San Francisco 7 May 1955
After Hours + When The Saints Go Marching In
Muggsy Spanier with Red Richards (piano)
Club Hangover KCBS CBS San Francisco 20 Nov 1954
Set 5
Fats Waller
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (theme) + Hold My Hand
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red New York City 16 Jul 1938
Flat Foot Floogie
Fats Waller
Yacht Club Aircheck New York City 14 Oct 1938
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room Hotel Sherman WMAQ NBC Red Chicago 3 Dec 1940
I Had To Do It
Fats Waller
Yacht Club Aircheck New York City 18 Oct 193
Set 6
Harry James
Ciribiribin
Harry James with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’ WABC CBS NY 3 Jan 1939
Carnival of Venice
Harry James Orchestra
Southland Cafe WNAC NBC Red Boston 19 Mar 1940
Theme + Shorty George
Harry James Orchestra
’America Dances’ WABC CBS NY and BBC London 19 Jul 1939
Jeffrie’s Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Blue Room Hotel Lincoln WABC CBS NY 22 May 1941
Set 7
Early Radio
Intro + Let’s Fly Away
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Bill Moreing
Hotel Mark Hopkins KGO NBC San Francisco 1932
My Favourite Band
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Parker Gibbs and Arthur Jarrett
Comm Rec Chicago 16 Feb 1931
Out Of Nowhere + What Is It?
Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Loyce Whiteman (voc) Gus Arnheim Orchestra
’MJB Demi-Tasse Revue’ Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel KFI NBC Gold LA 1931
Set 8
Benny Goodman’s Modern Small Groups
Liza
Benny Goodman Trio
’Kings of Jazz’ BBC NYC 8 Dec 1945
Little White Lies
Benny Goodman Sextet (voc) Patti Page
’One Night Stand’ Click Philadelphia 3 Jun 1948
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Benny Goodman Quintet
’Jubilee’ AFRS Hollywood Philadelphia Jan 1948
BOOK THE BAND
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– Christmas party,
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– house party,
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5 September Phantom Dancer – Ep 10 Radar Men From The Moon


If the 29 August show is anything to go by, the 5 September Phantom Dancer is going to be the best show ever.

Check out the truth of that last assertion. You can hear all the August Phantom Dancers at the Radio 2SER Phantom Dancer website

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV is presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer since 1985.

You can now hear it live-streamed and online on Radio 2SER’s website: http://www.2ser.com/phantomdancer.

See the full play list below.

This week you’ll hear Fats Waller from live 1938-40 radio, jazz stars on pre-recorded 1960s radio, Harry James’ live radio farewell from the Benny Goodman Orchestra, 3 Jan 1939, and a set of early 1930s radio dance bands.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is episode 10 of the 1952 Republic serial, Radar Men From The Moon.
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!

Thank you.

 

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #278

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 September 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 Bands on One Night Stand, New York City, 1944-45
Blue Flame (Theme) + Good, Good, Good
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Woody Herman
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
6 Aug 1945
Theme + Memories of You + Begin The Beguine
Sonny Durham Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Apr 1944
Crescendo in Blue + Close
Duke Ellington Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
Set 2
Your Navy Swings 1957-70
Samba de Orpheus
Bola Sete with Vince Guaraldi Trio
’The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1965
The Old Colouring Book
Sandy Stewart (voc) Tony Motolla Quartet
’The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1963
That Ol’ Black Magic
Buddy de Franco Quartet
’The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1959
Set 3
Sweet Bands on 1950s Radio
Theme + Kominoi Ostrow
Lawrence Welk
Aragon Ballroom
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
1955
Gone Five Minutes
Freddy Martin Orchestra (voc) Peggy Barrett
’One Night Stand’
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
1951
Jealous Lover + Armaund’s Theme
Freddy Martin Orchestra (voc) Ralph Anthony
’One Night Stand’
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel LA
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1955
Set 4
Trad Stars from Club Hangover
Theme + Royal Garden Blues
Kid Ory and his Creole Jazz Band
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS
San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
St James Infirmary
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS
San Francisco
7 May 1955
After Hours + When The Saints Go Marching In
Muggsy Spanier with Red Richards (piano)
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS
San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
Set 5
Fats Waller
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (theme) + Hold My Hand
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red
New York City
16 Jul 1938
Flat Foot Floogie
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
Aircheck
New York City
14 Oct 1938
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Dec 1940
I Had To Do It
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
Aircheck
New York City
18 Oct 193
Set 6
Harry James
Ciribiribin
Harry James with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Carnival of Venice
Harry James Orchestra
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Mar 1940
Theme + Shorty George
Harry James Orchestra
’America Dances’
WABC CBS NY and BBC London
19 Jul 1939
Jeffrie’s Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
22 May 1941
Set 7
Early Radio
Intro + Let’s Fly Away
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Bill Moreing
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KGO NBC San Francisco
1932
My Favourite Band
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Parker Gibbs and Arthur Jarrett
Comm Rec
Chicago
16 Feb 1931
Out Of Nowhere + What Is It?
Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Loyce Whiteman (voc) Gus Arnheim Orchestra
’MJB Demi-Tasse Revue’
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
KFI NBC Gold LA
1931
Set 8
Benny Goodman’s Modern Small Groups
Liza
Benny Goodman Trio
’Kings of Jazz’
BBC NYC
8 Dec 1945
Little White Lies
Benny Goodman Sextet (voc) Patti Page
’One Night Stand’
Click
Philadelphia
3 Jun 1948
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Benny Goodman Quintet
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Philadelphia
Jan 1948