20 Feb 2018 Phantom Dancer – Mechanical TV


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RADIO SHOW

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

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

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

 

MECHANICAL TV

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

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

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

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

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

 

BUILD YOUR OWN TV AND PHONOVISION

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WHAT DOES A SHOW LOOK LIKE ON MECHANICAL TV?

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

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

Pictures are from the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest. Enjoy…

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

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 February 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

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

Phantom Dancer Swing Radio Mix 1 Dec 2015 – 30 YEARS ON-AIR


Firstly, this is a milestone. The Phantom Dancer has been on-air over 107.3 2SER for 30 years today!

Thank you to every 2SER subscriber.

Your yearly subscription to 2SER is what help keeps The Phantom Dancer on air. It costs $1,000,000 a year to run 107.3 2SER, Sydney’s leading community radio station. To support 2SER and The Phantom Dancer you can subscribe, too. Call during office hours +61 2 9514 9514 or support 2SER online at https://support.2ser.com/

Your Phantom Dancer back in 1985 when your weekly mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV all started…

Greg Poppleton, your Phantom Dancer, in 1985
Greg Poppleton, your Phantom Dancer, in 1985

Your Tuesday 1st December Phantom Dancer on 107.3 2SER kicks off with a set of branded musical program excerpts from 1931 and 1936. There are live radio Latin rhythms by Leon Kellner and Prado Perez and a set of Friendly Five Footnotes featuring Freddy Rich’s Orchestra from 1932.

And the last hour of the show is a non-stop vinyl mix with fantastic stacks of hot plastic.

Check out the play list below and Julius Sumner Miller Phantom Dancer Video of the Week.

Can’t listen at 12 noon Sydney time (+11 GMT)?

Then you can hear the show archived after the broadcast at http://www.2ser.com. Click on Program Guide and then Phantom Dancer in the Tuesday column.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Professor Julius Sumner Miller on the 1969 ABC TV Science series, Dramatic Demonstrations in Physics, Episode 12: The Strange Behaviour of Rolling Things. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #187

107.3 2SER Tuesday 1 December 2015
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)National Program: 2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12, 2SER Sunday 2SER 5 – 6pm ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm and early morning on other stations.

Set 1
Open + Goody Goody
Texaco Singers and Orchestra
‘Texaco Star Theatre’
WEAF NBC Red NY
31 Mar 1936
Love Is Like That/div>
Sapolin Speedsters
‘Sapolin Paint Program’
Radio Transcription
NY
1931
Open + All’s Well
Chevrolet Orchestra
‘Chevrolet Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
NY
1936
Set 2
Do, Do, Do
Annette Hanshaw (voc) Irving Brodsky (p)
Comm Rec
NY
26 Nov 1926
I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues (Open) + Rampart Street Parade
Jack Teagarden All-Stars
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
7 May 1955
Lady Be Good
Andre Previn (p)
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
7 Oct 1946
Set 3
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
Erroll Garner (p – Theme) Perez Prado Orchestra
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
24 Jul 1953
Whistle My Love
The Moonglows (voc) Sam The Man Taylor Big Band, Big Al Sears (ten sax)
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre
WCBS CBS NY
1957
Smiles Cha Cha
Leon Kellner Orchestra
‘Treasury Star Parade’
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWL CBS New Orleans
1964
Set 4
You Gotta Accentuate The Positive
Frankie Masters Orchestra (voc) Frankie Masters, Phyllis Miles and The Girl Quartet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cedar Rapids, Idaho
Blue Network
1945
Limehouse Blues
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
23 Nov 1940
Jam Session + Goodbye (Close)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
23 Oct 1937
Set 5
Theme + Darktown Strutters’ Ball
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
21 Jul 1944
An Old Manuscript
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel New Yorker NY
1944
Adios
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Jun 1956
Cirribirribin (theme) + Jump Sauce
Harry James Orchestra
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
KFI NBC LA
10 Jul 1946
Set 6
Zaz Zuh Zaz
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
New York
Nov 1933
Cotton Pickers’ Congregation
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
14 Oct 1938
Some Other Spring
Billie Holliday (voc) Billie Holliday Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York
1 Jul 1939
Deed I Do
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Aircheck
mid – 1939
Set 7
I’ve Got Five Dollars (theme) + Copenhagen
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
New York
1932
Sugar
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
New York
1932
Dixie Jamboree
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
New York
1932
Waiting For The Robert E Lee
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
New York
1932
Set 8
Salt Peanuts
Charlie Parker Quintet (voc) CP
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Feb 1949
The Duke
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
Flying Home
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Dec 1945