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


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

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

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

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

 

POT OF GOLD

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

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

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

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

 

NATION OF ISLAM

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

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

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

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

 

BELL-RINGING DOG

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

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

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

 

HIGH STAKES

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

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

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

He later went into housing development.
Horace Heidt - developer

STAMMERER

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

 

REMOTES

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

OVER THE RAINBOW

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

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #291

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 December 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Bop Influenced Swing on live 1940s Radio
Open + Nola (theme) + Two Hearts
Vincent Lopez Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Grill Room
Hotel Taft NYC
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Ruby
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Johnny Amoroso
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Magnolia Room
Hotel Claridge
WMC NBC Memphis
1956
Boo Hoo
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
Starlite Roof
Edgewater Hotel
CBS Madison WI
12 Jul 1950
Set 2
Vocal Groups on the Air
Three Minutes of Music
Allanovy Sestry
Comm Rec
Prague
1945
I’m Lucky I Have You
The Inkspots
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1952
Say Si, Si
Andrew Sisters (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
’Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1940
Set 3
Glenn Miller Radio 1938-39
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + I Never Knew
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Dec 1938
Moon Love
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red
20 Jun 1939
We Can Live On Love
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red
20 Jun 1939
Set 4
Chamber Music Society on NBC 1940-41
Intro + Beale Street Blues
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
16 Jun 1940
Monday Night Special
Eddie Condon
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
5 Jan 1941
Honeysuckle Rose + Farewell Blues + Basin Street Blues(theme)
Benny Carter (as) + Paul Lavalle’s Woodwinds
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
5 May 1940
Set 5
Horace Heidt and the Trianon Ballroom
History of Music
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
19430
Melancholy Lullaby (theme) + Old Man River
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate Ca
KNX CBS LA
1944
Moonglow + Swanee River
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Now is the Hour
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1945
Set 6
Drummer Gene Krupa on Radio
Intro + Murdy Purdy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Aircheck
26 Nov 1938
Wire Brush Stomp
Gene Krupa Trio
’Spotlight Bands’
Newport RI
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Indiana
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Caravan
Gene Krupa Quartet
’Guard Sessions’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1963
Set 7
Guy Lombardo 1935-36
Open + Isn’t Love The Grandest Thing?
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Trio
’Esso Boulevard’
WABC CBS NY
7 Oct 1935
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Lebert Lombardo
Comm Rec
New York City
17 Sep 1936
Isn’t This a Lovely Day?
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
’Esso Boulevard’
WABC CBS NY
26 Aug 1935
Sweethearts on Parade
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
Comm Rec
New York City
4 Dec 1936
Set 8
Jazz Goes Mod on Radio
I’ve Got Plenty o’ Nothin’
Art Tatum
Aircheck
1951
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
Lester Young
’Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
27 Nov 1948
Serenade in Vout
Slim Gaillard
’Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
29 Sep 1951
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9 May Phantom Dancer – The Greatest Double Bass Film Performance (1946)


Here’s your Phantom Dancer radio show play list and Video of the Week for Tuesday 9 May.

Two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985.

In this week’s mix hear a set of Women Singers and Headliners on 1930s-40s Radio and dance bands from love 1937 radio.

The last hour is all vinyl.

Live-streamed and archived online at 2ser.com, your Phantom Dancer is heard on over 22 radio stations.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens. Forget the clown who titled this clip with ‘Hilarious’, watch the double bass player, he is brilliant.
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 #262

107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 May 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 mid-1940s Radio
Poinciana (Open) + Rise and Shine/I Want To Be Happy
Garwood Van Orchestra
Starlight Room
Hotel Chase
St Louis
Mutual Network
9 Aug 1944
Walking Stick
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ ABC NYC
22 Sep 1947
I Hear You Screaming + Moonlight Serenade (close)
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
2 Oct 1946
Set 2
Swing Bands on 1959-1961 Radio
It Took Ten Days Blues
Jerry Gary and his Band of Today
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC Los Angeles
30 Oct 1959
Redskin Rhumba (Open) + Skyliner
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC Los Angeles
12 Sep 1959
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
El Patio Ballroom
KCBS CBS San Francisco
20 May 1961
Set 3
Early Radio Music
All Muggled Up
Blue Steele Orchestra
Comm Rec
Memphis
15 May 1930
Ooh That Kiss
The Nehi Quartet
’Nehi Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1931
Land of Sunset Dreams + Melancholy Moon + It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More (theme)
Wendall Hall
’The Pineapple Picador’
KTSP NBC Minneapolis
2 Apr 1931
Set 4
Women Singers in 1938-39 New York City Swing Bands
Bluebirds in the Moonlight
Marion Hutton (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue
7 Dec 1939
East of the Sun
Bea Wain (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
’RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Feb 1940
When I Go A-Dreaming
Helen Forrest (voc) Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1938
Set 4
Women Vocal Trios On Air
Il Pinguino Innimorato
Trio Lescano and Silvana Fires (voc) Pippo Barzizza Orchestra
Cetra, Rome
1940
I’ve Got No Strings
Andrew Sisters (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
’Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
13 Feb 1940
Shoo Shoo Baby
Thrasher Sisters (voc) Phil Davis Orchestra
’Fountain Of Fun’
WLW Cincinnati
21 Nov 1943
Set 5
Women Singers and Headliners on 1930s-40s Radio
I Wish I Were Twins
Valaida Snow (voc) Billy Mason Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
18 Jan 1935
From The Land of the Sky Blue Water
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
It’s Funny To Everyone But Me
Helen Ward (voc) Bob Crosby Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
18 Jul 1939
My Baby Said Yes
Irene Day (voc) Charlie Spivak Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Feb 1945
Set 6
Swing on 1937 Radio
Cosmic Rhythm
Seger Ellis and his Choirs of Brass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
Russian Swing
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Marek Windheim and Alexander Chorus
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Aug 1937
St Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
’Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
Swing It, Brother, Swing
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Billie Holliday
Savoy Ballroom
Aircheck NYC
30 Jun 1937
Set 7
Early 1930s Radio Jazz and Dance Bands
Cheer Up and Ballyhoo
Eddie Cantor (voc) Phil Spitalny’s Music, Bob Effros (tp) Joe Venuty (violin)
Hit of the Week Record
New York City
Oct 1931
Dinah
Freddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Bob Effros (tp)?
’Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Do The New York
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
’Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (1920s and 1940s version)
’Forever Pops’
ABC Chicago
1950
Set 8
Bop on Radio
Katzenjammer’s Ball
Jack Allen’s Original Katzenjammers
Comm Rec
Sydney
23 Feb 1950
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Three Little Words
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
5 Sep 1956
Cheryl
Charlie Parker Quintet
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1 Jan 1949

18 April Phantom Dancer – 1946 周璇 Zhou Xuan – 夜上海 Ye Shang Hai (Nightlife in Shanghai)


Here’s your Phantom Dancer radio show play list and Video of the Week for Tuesday 18 April.

Hear the show online now at Radio 2SER.com

Two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985.

In this week’s mix hear Jo Stafford and a set of women pop singers on 1930s-50s radio, a set of Dizzy Gillespie radio and a set of 1940s radio swing bands lead by trumpet players Barzizza, Spivak and Randy Brooks.

The last hour is all vinyl.

Live-streamed and archived online at 2ser.com, your Phantom Dancer is heard on over 22 radio stations.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is ‘Shanghai Nightlife’ filmed in 1946 and sung by Zhou Xuan one of China’s seven great singing stars.
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 #260

107.3 2SER Tuesday 18 April 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 of Trumpet Playing Leaders on 1940s Radio
Non Hai Piu La Veste A Fiori Blu
Alberto Rabagliati e Quartetto Vocale Hot (voc) Pippo Barzizza Orchestra
Comm Rec
Cetra, Rome
1946
Open + Stomping Room Only
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
1947
Perdido + Theme
Randy Brooks Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Jul 1945
Set 2
Mickey Mouse Bands On 1950s – 60s Radio
Open + Tea For Two
Leon Kellner Orchestra
Blue Room
Roosevelt Hotel
WWL CBS New Orleans
1964
Mississippi Mud
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Al Galante and Band
Aragon Ballroom
Aragon Ballroom
WBBM CBS Chicago
Dec 1950
Little Girl + Goodnight My Love + Drifting and Dreaming (Close)
Orrin Tucker Orchestra (voc) OT
Boulevarde Room
Stevens Hotel
ABC Chicago
1951
Set 3
Women Pop Singers on 1930s-50s Radio
More Than You Know
Jo Stafford (voc) Victor Young Orchestra
’Your Melody Hour’
KFI NBC Los Angeles
5 Aug 1951
If This Is Love, I Don’t Want Love
Kay Thompson
’Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Brahm’s Lullaby + Close
Ginny Simms + Chorus (voc) Cookie Fairchild Orchestra
’Personal Album’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Set 4
Crooners on 1940s Radio
Open + Careless Hands
Frank Sinatra and The Hit Paraders (voc) Alex Stordahl Orchestra
’Your Hit Parade’
KFI NBC LA
30 Apr 1949
Open + Let’s Have Another Cup Of Coffee + Rise and Shine
Gordon MacRae
’The Railroad Hour’
KFI NBC Los Angeles
7 Aug 1950
Lucky Ol’ Sun
Dick Haymes and The Andrew Sisters (voc) Jerry Gary Orchestra
’Club 15’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
23 Sep 1949
Set 5
Dizzy Gillespie on 1940s-50s Radio
Lady Byrd
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Aircheck
Apollo Ballroom
Harlem NY
22 Jan 1947
Manteca
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Stockholm
Radio Sweden
2 Feb 1948
Doodlin’
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jul 1956
Jam Session
Dizzy Gillespie with Orchestra
Rex Theatre
RTF Paris
Feb 1953
Set 6
Piano Playing Band Leaders on the Air
If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes
Nat King Cole Trio
Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
26 Apr 1945
Body and Soul
Teddy Wilson Orchestra
’America Dances’
BBC London via WABC CBS NY
1939
Every Tub
Count Basie Orchestra
’Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Flying Home
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Set 7
1930s Radio Jazz and Dance Bands
Black and Blue Rhythm
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
26 Sep 1933
Crazy Rhythm
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
’Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red
New York City
8 Dec 1934
Dardenella
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
’Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
31 Oct 1936
Haunting Me
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1935
Set 8
Trad Bands on Radio
Beale Street Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1950
Heebie Jeebies
Eddie Condon Group
’Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
9 Sep 1944
I’m Confessin’
Hot Lips Page
’Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM New York City
1950
That’s A Plenty
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953

14 February Phantom Dancer – Movietone 1969 Valentine’s Day Pop Awards


It’s Valentine’s Day on The Phantom Dancer.

And on your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton since 1985, the love poureth over.

Suppose you missed today’s Phantom Dancer. How would you catch up? It’s now online here at 2SER

Live-streamed and archived online at 2ser.com. The Phantom Dancer is heard on over 22 radio stations.

In the Phantom Dancer mix this week: moody swing from 1944-45 radio, 15 minutes with Alvino Rey and The Armed Forces Radio Service Orchestra and a set of swing Jimmy Lunceford and his 1940s big band.

See the full play list below.

Your Phantom Dancer video of the Week is a Valentine’s Day massacre, the 1969 Valentine’s Day pop awards

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 #251

107.3 2SER Tuesday 14 February 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Moody Swing on 1944 – 45 Radio
Juice Head Baby
Cootie Williams Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
7 July 1945
It Could Happen To You
Lenny Conn Orchestra (voc) Ellen Connor
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Brazil
Horace Heidt Orchestra
‘Trianon Ballroom’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
KECA ABC Los Angeles
23 Jun 1945
Set 2
1920s Radio
Blue Idol
The Anglo-Persians
Comm Rec
New York City
4 May 1928
I May Be Wrong
Red Nichols and his Five Pennies (voc)Scrappy Lambert
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
27 Aug 1929
That Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia + Happy Days Are Here Again (theme)
George Olsen’s Music (voc) Hotcha Gardner
‘The Lucky Strike Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1932
Set 3
At Ease With Alvino Rey
Open + Nice Work If You Can Get It + I Love You + Avalon + I Surrender Dear + Who’s Sorry Now + Stardust + Old Man River + Bidin’ My Time + Maybe It’s Because + Ther I’ve Said IT Again + Honey
Alvino Rey with the Armed Forces Radio Service Orchestra (voc) King Sisters
‘At Ease’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Set 4
Modern Chords on 1940s-50s Radio
My Serenade
Rytmin Swing Yhtye
Comm Rec
Helsinki, Finland
1947
How High The Moon
International All-Stars
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1947
Ornithology
Charlie Parker
Hi-Hat Club
WCOP Boston
1954
Set 5
Sweet Bands from 1930s-40s Radio
All You Want To Do Is Dance + It’s The Natural Thing To Do + Double Or Nothing + The Moon Got In My Eyes
Louis Levy and the Gaumont British Symphony
Comm Rec
London
1939
Isn’t It A Lovely Day
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
‘Esso Boulevarde’
WABC CBS NY
28 Aug 1935
Romance (theme) + We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Ray Herbeck and his Music With Romance Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WLS Chicago
24 Nov 1947
Medley + So Long For Now (theme)
Eddie Howard Orchestra (voc) Eddie Howard
Aragon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
5 Dec 1945
Set 6
Jimmie Lunceford
Annie Laurie
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
Aircheck
1941
Intro + LIttle John
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Casa Manana
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
Mollie Malone
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Maxine Sullican
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Basin Street Blues
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 May 1945
Set 7
Swinging 1943-45 Radio
The Great Lie
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Jul 1945
Gin Mill Special
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Trouble Trouble
Benny Carter Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Ain’t It The Truth
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Swingtime’
AFRS Hollywood
Nov 1945
Set 8
Post-Bop On 1950s Radio
Hi Beck
Lee Konitz
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954
Lullaby Of Broadway + Lester Leaps In
Lester Young
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Aug 1956

Nov 1 Phantom Dancer Play List – International Sweethearts of Rhythm All-Women 1940 Videos


What’s on The Phantom Dancer – your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio with Greg Poppleton – this week?

You can hear it online now at 2SER.COM

The Phantom Dancer, presented by Greg Poppleton, is produced in the studios of 107.3 2SER in Sydney and his heard across Australia on 22 stations of the Community Radio Network.

You’ll hear a set of Benny Goodman from live 1940s radio, swing bands including Chick Webb’s from live 1939 radio with Ella Fitzgerald singing, and Duke Ellington playing on 1957 radio from the world’s longest running Arts Festival, the Ravinia, and Frank Sinatra singing from New York City over the BBC with Harry James’ Orchestra in 1939.

Tirelessly searching YouTube for a swingy, jazzy, instructive, or ‘weird and wonderful’ Video of the Week, I’ve found this for your ocular delectation. 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 #237

107.3 2SER Tuesday 1 November 2016
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
2SER Sunday 2SER 5 – 6pm
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 30 other stations.

Set 1
Swing on 1930s Radio
Open + Panamania
Leith Stevens Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
Naila (Delibes)
Arnold Johnson Orchestra
Comm Rec (unissued)
Variety Records
New York City
26 May 1937
RCA Radio Ad + Wolverine Blues + Study In Brown (theme)
Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Jul 1938
Set 2
Latin Sounds on 1946-53 Radio
Open + Chiu Chiu
Desi Arnez Orchestra
Ciro’s
KNX CBS LA
1946
Bolero
Sergio Torres Orchestra (voc) unannounced woman singer
‘Chicklets Program’
XEW Mexico City
1949
Chi sas? Chi sas?
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Last Frontier
NBC Las Vegas
30 Nov 1953
Set 3
1943-44 Swing Radio
Joshua
Richard Himber Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Aniston, Alabama
Blue Network
13 Nov 1943
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Leo Reisman Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
National Press Club
Washington DC
Blue Network
23 Jan 1943
I Got Rhythm + Close
Lenny Conn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
1949
Set 4
Special Music Programs
First Movement
Morton Gould Orchestra
‘American Symphonette No. 3’
WOR MBS/CBC New York City
1939
Open + I’ve Got Rhythm + Money Money (calypso)
Lucky Millinder Orchestra with Noble Sissle and the Hall Sisters
‘Swingtime At The Savoy’
WNBC NBC NY
28 Jul 1948
Circle of Fourths + Jam With Sam
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Ravinia Festival’
WBBM CBS Chicago
1 Jul 1957
Set 5
1939 Radio Singers
We Three
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) Johnny Messner
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Stairway To The Stars
Teddy Wilson Orchestra (voc) Thelma Carpenter
‘America Dances’
CBS NY / BBC London
1939
From The Bottom Of My Heart
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra
‘America Dances’
CBS NY / BBC London
19 Jul 1939
Chew, Chew Your Bubblegum
Chick Webb Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Boton
4 May 1939
Set 6
Traditional Jazz on 1939 – 1951 Radio
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (theme) + Maple Leaf Rag
Wild Bill Davison
‘This Is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
19 Apr 1947
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
18 Jul 1939
Snag It
Henry ‘Red’ Allen Dixielanders
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM NY
1950
There’ll Be Some Changes Made + I Would Do Anything For You
Eddie Condon Group (voc) Red McKenzie
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
16 Sep 1944
Set 7
Benny Goodman On The Air
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jan 1948
Clarinade
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
KECA ABC LA
26 Jan 1946
Sweet Georgia Brown
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield Mass.
Blue Network
29 Sep 1943
Jack Benny-Gary Cooper Skit + One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Jack Benny Show’
WEAF NBC NY
13 Dec 1942
Set 8
Modern Sounds on 1940s-50s Radio
Romance Without Finance
Tiny Grimes Quintet (voc) Tiny Grimes
Comm Rec
15 Sep 1944
Hot House
Barry Ulanov’s All Star Modern Jazz Musicians
‘Bands For Bonds’
WOR MBS NY
13 Sep 1947
Painted Rhythm
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
27 Nov 1945
Fine and Dandy
Slim Gaillard Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
2 Jun 1951

23 Feb 2016 Phantom Dancer – Freddy Rich and Bunny Berrigan in ‘Mirrors’ 1933 Vitaphone Short


The Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton on 107.3 2SER is your non-stop 2 hour swing and jazz mix from 1920s-60s radio and TV.

You can now hear the 23 Feb show online at 2ser.com

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Today’s show has sets of music by Fats Waller and George Gershwin. There’s a set of far-out jazz from 1950s radio, Cocoanut Grove transcriptions from the early 1930s, and, well, check out the play list for the rest.

As always, the final hour of the mix is all vinyl.

For those of you who don’t live in Sydney, The Phantom Dancer is conveniently live-streamed for your enjoyment Tuesdays 12 – 2pm (1 – 3am GMT), http://www.2ser.com.

You can hear past Phantom Dancers archived at 2ser.com/Phantom_Dancer as well. Scroll down for the show you want to hear.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is the 1933 Vitaphone short ‘Mirrors’ with Freddy Rich and his Orchestra and featuring Bunny Berrigan in the first number. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #203

107.3 2SER Tuesday 23 February 2016
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
2SER Sunday 2SER 5 – 6pm
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 30 other stations.

Set 1
Cocoanut Grove Radio Transcriptions 1932-34
Sweet and Lovely (theme) + Look In The Looking Glass
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Make Me Yours
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Leah Ray
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Sweet Sue + Sweet and Lovely (theme)
Jimmie Grier Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1932
Set 2
Far Out Jazz on 1956 Radio
It’s A Grand Night For Swinging
Billy Taylor Trio
‘All-Star Parade Of Bands’
Composers Club
WRCA NBC New York
7 May 1956
Little Girl Blue
Stan Getz Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
21 Apr 1956
Bohemia After Dark + Close
Marian McPartland Trio
‘All-Star Parade Of Bands’
Composers Club
WRCA NBC New York
23 Apr 1956
Set 3
Pop Singers on 1940s Radio
Free For All + I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (Close)
Frank Sinatra (voc) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Astor Roof
Hotel Astor
WOR Mutual NY
May 1941
Somebody Loves Me
Kitty Kallen (voc) Harry James Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park
KECA ABC LA
27 Sep 1945
Indian Summer
Ray Eberle (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
7 Jan 1940
Set 4
Dance Bands on 1940s – 1950s Radio
Deep Down In My Heart
Ray Eberle Orchestra (voc) Toni Deen
The Click
WFIL ABC Philadelphia
18 jul 1947
Theme + I’ll Never Stop Loving You
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Audrey Morris
‘Monitor’
Pleasure Beach Ballroom
Bridgeport Conn
WRCA NBC NY
26 Jun 1955
Midnight Sun
Les Brown Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade Of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC LA
12 Oct 1953
Set 5
Spotlight Bands Radio Series
Swingin’ On The Teagarden Gate
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blythe Ca
AFRS re-broadcast
5 Nov 1943
Saturday Night
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Patti Thomas
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS re-broadcast
11 Feb 1945
Honeydripper
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks
Missouri
Blue Network
23 Nov 1945
The Minor Goes A-Muggin’
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS re-broadcast
5 Nov 1945
Set 6
Fats Waller
Fats Waller Story (excerpt)
Pat Flowers (piano) (voc) Fats Waller Rhythm
‘2nd Annual American Swing Festival’
WNEW NY
4 Feb 1945
I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby + Truckin’
Fats Waller
WHIS
Bluefield WV
2 Feb 1936
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter + Christopher Columbus
Fats Waller
‘The Magic Key’
WEAF NBC Red NY
24 May 1936
Hallelujah
Fats Waller
‘George Jessel’s Celebrity Program’
WEAF NBC Red NY
12 Feb 1939
Set 7
1930s Swing
Tel Quel (en plain sur le nez)
Alix Combelle Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
21 Oct 1940
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Savoy Ballroom NY
30 Jun 1937
Change Partners
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters (voc) Bon Bon
KYW NBC Red
Philadelphia
17 Oct 1938
The Lamp Is Low
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
‘Melody and Madness’
WABC CBS NY
22 Aug 1939
Set 8
George Gershwin
Second Rhapsody
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (piano) Roy Bargy
‘Everybody’s Music’
WABC CBS NY
10 Jun 1938
Someone To Watch Over Me
Jess Stacy (piano)
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
5 Aug 1944
George Gershwin Medley
Eddie Condon Group (voc) Helen Ward
‘Eddie Condon’s Floorshow’
WNBT-TV NBC NY
9 Jul 1949
Soon + Sweet and Lowdown
Eddie Condon Group (voc) Lee Wiley
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
5 Aug 1944

Phantom Dancer Swing Radio Show Tues 19 Jan – Three Stooges ‘Shivering Sherlocks’


What’s in your Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton on 107.3 2SER this Tuesday 19 January?

STOP PRESS! You can now hear the whole 2 hour mix online at 2ser.com

It’s your weekly non-stop 2 hour swing mix from live 1920s-60s radio broadcasts

This Tuesday you’ll hear live radio broadcasts like Woody Herman’s Third Herd with Erroll Garner, Pearl Bailey with Nat King Cole and Johnny Glasel playing his trumpet with the greats of original New Orleans jazz at the age of 16 in 1947.

pearl bailey

And your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is from 1948. It’s another Three Stooges rib-tickler entitled ‘Shivering Sherlocks’. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #198

107.3 2SER Tuesday 19 January 2016
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12,
2SER Sunday 2SER 5 – 6pm
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 30 other stations.

Set 1 – 1950s Big Bands On The Air
Cirribirribin (theme) + Doodlin’
Harry James Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRTS Re-broadcast
27 Nov 1959
Sentimental Journey + Moten Swing + Close
Woody Herman’s Third Herd with Erroll Garner (piano)
Basin Street
WRCA NBC NY
26 Jun 1955
Set 2 – Songs From 1934 Radio
I Love You Or Something
Leah Ray and Phil Harris (voc) Phil Harris Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
I’ve Got An Invitation To A Dance
Rudy Vallee
‘The Fleishman Yeast Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Dec 1934
Somebody Stole My Gal + You’re Such A Comfort To Me
Ruth Etting (voc) Johnny Green Orchestra
The Oldsmobile Program’
WABC CBS NY
16 Feb 1934
Set 3 – 1940s Swing
Would I Mind?
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Kaydettes
‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof
New York
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Tired
Pearl Bailey (voc) Nat King Cole Trio
‘Wild Root Creme Oil Show’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1 Mar 1947
On The Atchson Topeka and the Santa Fee + Caldonia
Louis Jordan Tympani 5 (voc) LJ
Cafe Zanzibar
WOR Mutual NY
15 Oct 1945
Set 4 – Traditional Jazz On the Air 1940s – 50s Radio
Hotter Than That
Wild Bill Davison
‘This Is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
17 May 1947
Shine
16 y.o Johnny Glasel featured trumpet
‘This Is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
17 May 1947
Coquette
Meade Lux Lewis (piano) with the Ralph Sutton Quartet
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
24 Jul 1954
Set 5 – Radio Swing from 1939
Way Back In 1939 AD
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
1939
Open + Donkey Serenade
Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Melody And Madness’
WEAF NBC Red NY
22 Aug 1939
You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
Johnny Mercer and Benny Goodman (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Chew Chew Your Bubblegum
Ella Fitzgerald (voc) Chick Webb Orchestra
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Boston
4 May 1939
Set 6 – 1940s Singers
Don’t Sweetheart Me
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
I Didn’t Know About You
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
Speak Low
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC NY
18 Dec 1943
On The Sentimental Side
Lee Wiley
KHJ Mutual-Don Lees
Los Angeles
31 Mar 1938
Set 7 – 1920s-1930s Radio
Marvelous
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Dusty Rhodes and Parker Gibbs
Comm Rec
Camden NJ
24 Apr 1927
You Said It
Earl Burtnett Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
I Found A Million Dollar Baby
Don Vorhees Orchestra
Hit Of The Week Record
New York
10 Sep 1931
Flamin’ Mamie
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
Comm Rec
Camden NJ
21 Dec 1925
Set 8 Modern Jazz from 1950s – 60s Radio
Three Little Words
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Stranger On The Shore
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFN Europe Re-broadcast
1964
Open + Four
Buddy Rich Quintet
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
7 Nov 1958
Bernie’s Tune
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962