Bordas – 22 Jan Phantom Dancer Radio Mix


SHORT WAVE CHANSON

From the early 1930s there were many claims made by radio stations about the clarity of international short wave broadcasts. A show from AWA’s Sydney station VK2ME to NBC’s WGY Schenectedy NY was hailed as coming through crystal clear. Special programs broadcasting shortwave on AM continued through the 1930s. We hear parts of one such broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton.

PHANTOM DANCER

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop swing and jazz mix of live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer on Radio 2SER, and now online, since 1985.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 18 Dec) and past Phantom Dancers at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

PARIS BY NIGHT

On 21 March 1939, NBC Blue New York City and Radio-diffusion PTT Paris transmitted a short wave variety show from Paris to New York called ‘Paris By Night’.

The short wave signal became too staticky part way through the broadcast, so in New York City, the orchestra of Norman Clouthier stepped in with a medley of Cole Porter tunes as the techs at RCA Communications worked on getting a clearer signal. They did. And so the broadcast ended with two songs by French ‘Music Hall’ singer Marcelle Bordas.

bordas

BORDAS

Marcelle Bordas, simply known as Bordas in French theatrical tradition, was a theatre milliner whose voice was discovered by French pop singer, Mistinguett.

She made her debut in 1933 at the Casino de Cabourg, went to the Folies Bergère with Jean Sablon, and records her first discs for DISCUM in November 1934.

The period 1935-1945 was her heyday making records, playing nightclubs and cabaret, broadcasting over Paris radio PTT and appearing in the 1937 film Radio Maurice Cloche alongside Damia, Marie Dubas and Fréhel.

During the phoney war she made many tours to French troops on the Maginot Line. She also took part in the great Franco-British gala of 16/04/1940 at the Paris Opera with Grace Field and Jack Hylton.

In 1941 she took over the cabaret, The Marquee, from her friend O’Dett, and lived above that cabaret for 20 years.

She continued singing in Parisan cabaret during the war, but after 1945 her star waned. Her repertoire in the 50s and 60s focused on party songs releasing albums of these songs on the Barclay label. She appeared on TV, toured with Gilbert Bécaud in 1956 and played the Olympia with Charles Aznavour and Dalida

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is a 1935 commercial recording of Bordas singing the Rodgers-Hart song, Blue Moon.

22 JANUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #372

107.3 2SER Tuesday 22 January 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1944-45 Radio Swing Bands
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Jump
Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
16 Apr 1945
Time Waits For No-one
Herbie Fields Orchestra (voc) Carol Kay
‘One Night Stand’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1944
Flying Home
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1944
Set 2
Wacky Radio
Open + The Sound of Music
Felicia Saunders
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
3 Apr 60
Open + In A Little Spanish Town
Singing Canaries
Radio Transcription
1947
I’m Wild About Horns on Autos + Close
Hoosier Hot Shots
‘Alka-Seltzer Show’
WLS NBC Blue Chicago
1938
Set 3
Paris By 1939 Short Wave
I’ve Got You Under My Skin + Easy To Love + I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Norman Clouthier Orchestra
‘Paris By Night’
NBC Blue, Paris Mondiale, PTT
Paris and New York
21 Mar 1939
Tango de Bley + La Madelon
Marcelle Bordas (voc) Wal Berg Orchestra
‘Paris By Night’
NBC Blue, Paris Mondiale, PTT
Paris and New York
21 Mar 1939
Set 4
1950s Birdland Singers
I’m In The Mood For Love
Arthur Prysock
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
I Didn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night
Arthur Prysock
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Serenade in Blue + Perdido + Close
Sarah Vaughan (voc) Dizzy Gillespie
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
21 Apr 1953
Set 5
Jimmy Lunceford
Open + Little John
Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Casa Manana
Culver City Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
Are You Kidding?
Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks Mi
Mutual Network
23 Nov 1945
Holiday For Strings
Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Wham + For Dancers Only
Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Set 6
1930s British Dance Bands
Begin the Beguine
Joe Loss Orchestra (voc) Chick Henderson
Comm Rec
London
1938
Young and Healthy
Billy Cotton Orchestra (voc) Alan Breeze
Comm Rec
London
11 Mar 19334
I Cover The Waterfrobt
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Peggy Mann
Comm Rec
London
1933
Some of These Days
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
27 Sep 1932
Set 7
Women Singers with Benny Goodman
I Hate To Talk About Myself
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
KFI NBC Red LA
22 Aug 1935
Gotta Get Some Shuteye
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
7 Feb 1939
Let’s Dance (theme) + My Guy’s Come Back
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Lisa Morrow
Meadowbrook Gardens
KHJ Mutual-Don Lee LA
14 Jan 1946
Confess
Benny Goodman Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
Set 8
Crazy, Man, Crazy
Bellevue For You
Pete Brown Quintet
Comm Rec
New York City
11 Jul 1944
Indiana
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Never on Sunday
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Jul 1964
Open + Jordu
Stan Getz Quartet
Red Hill Inn
Pennsauken NJ
WCBS CBS NY
18 May 1957

Happy New Year! Wynn the Astrologer – 1 January 2019 Phantom Dancer


Your New Year’s Phantom Dancer is choc-a-bloc full of New Years swing and jazz from live 1936 – 1966 radio.

Presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, since 1985 on 107.3 2SER Sydney, the show is now re-broadcast over 24 stations of the Community Radio Network across Australia. Hear the show online from midday 1 January (AEST).

See the play list below.

This week’s featured ‘artist’ is Wynn the Astrologer…

Wynn the astrologer

SEER

This famous 1930s astrologer gives his prognostications for 1937 on this week’s Phantom Dancer. In fact, get ready for disappointment at the end of Set 1, where I play Wynn’s ‘wise words’ (and some musical excerpts) from the 1936 New Year’s Eve Rudy Vallee show.

You’ll hear most of what Wynn had to say about the year ahead. I cut it short for time. Think of the audience for the 1936 radio broadcast, they never got that Wynn wasted time back.

Wynn, born Sidney Kimball Bennett, wrote the stars for the New York Daily News. And it seems he didn’t do it for a laugh. He was ridiculously serious about himself, as you’ll hear.

SPOOKY

His claim to fame was a prediction he made in the NY Daily News in 1932. He ‘foresaw’ financial turmoil for early March of 1933. That’s when President Roosevelt closed the banks for a week as the US struggled with the Great Depression.

wynn the astrologer

UNCANNY

Wynn’s predictions for 1937 are typically vague, and, well, predictable. More interesting is just a short list of what actually happened in 1937 out of the trillions of things Wynn’s charts failed to predict…

  • Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain
  • Bradman scores 270 Aust v England at the MCG, incl 110 singles
  • 2nd of Stalin‘s purge trials; Pyatakov & 16 others sentenced to death
  • DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
  • Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile
  • Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes
  • Mexico nationalizes oil
  • Pope Pius XI publishes anti-nazi-encyclical Mit brennender Sorge
  • Astronomer Fritz Zwicky publishes his research on stellar explosion in which he coins the term “supernova” and hypothesizes that they were the origin of cosmic rays
  • Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye
  • Debut of cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig
  • German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain
  • 1st commercial flight across Pacific operated by Pan Am
  • The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% voted yes
  • San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • Spam, the luncheon meat, is first introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation
  • Japanese & Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge, beginning the Second Sino-Japanese War
  • Buchenwald Concentration Camp opens
  • Isolation of pituitary hormone announced (Yale University)
  • 1st FM radio construction permit issued (W1X0J (WGTR) in Boston MA)
  • Date celebrated as the first International Hobbit Day and the birthdays of Bibo and Frodo Baggins
  • 1st Santa Claus Training School opens (Albion NY)
  • Balinese Tiger declared extinct
  • Dmitri Shostakovitch’s 5th Symphony premieres
  • Clifford Odets’ “Golden Boy” premieres in NYC
  • Japanese troops conquer and plunder Nanjing (Nanjing Massacre)
  • Bill O’Reilly takes 9-41 for NSW against South Australia
  • Constitution of Ireland (Irish: Bunreacht na hÉireann) is enacted and Irish free state is named Eire
  • Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand

Here’s some footage of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile. How did Wynn miss this one? Probably the same way he missed foretelling his own 1926 car accident…(gosh, on today’s Phantom Dancer he warns Rudy Vallee to be ‘careful of cars’, spooky!)

31 DECEMBER 2018 PLAY LIST

Phantom Dancer
1 January 2019
107.3 2SER Sydney 12 – 2pm and Online
CRN (Community Radio Network) Program #366

After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
New Years Eve Aboard An Ocean Liner Raymond Scott Quintette Comm Rec
New York
21 Jul 1939
In The Mood Glenn Miller Orchestra ‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
27 Dec 1939
Never Should Have Told You + Predictions for 1937 + Chim Bomba + Close Rudy Vallee and Wynn the Astrologer ‘Royal Gelatin Show’
WEAF NBC Red NY
31 Dec 1936
Set 2
Open + Happy Holidays Bing Crosby (voc) John Scott Trotter Orchestra ‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
30 Dec 1943
Rhapsody In Blue (theme) + Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Paul Whiteman Orchestra and Chorus ‘The Paul Whiteman Show’
WJZ ABC NY
1 Jan 1947
Poinciana + Close Bing Crosby (voc) John Scott Trotter Orchestra ‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
30 Dec 1943
Set 3
Deep Forest (theme) + Dippermouth Blues + When The Saints Go Marching In + Tiger Rag Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
1 Jan 1957
Set 4
Auld Lang Syne + Newport Up + Together + Maccarena + You Better Know It Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Grissom and Ozzie Bailey ‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Set 5
Sad Sack Harry James Orchestra (Hollywood) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
One O’Clock Jump Count Basie Orchestra (New York) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Warsaw Concerto Freddy Martin Orchestra (Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Woodchopper’s Ball Woody Herman Orchestra (Meadowbrook Ballroom, Cedar Grove NJ) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Set 6
Open + Stompin’ At The Savoy + Tea For Two Teddy Wilson Trio ‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Embers
WRCA NBC NY
31 Dec 1957
Stompin’ Down Broadway + Opus 1 (close) Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Set 7
Afterthoughts + Canadian Sunset + Soft Summer Breeze + The Man I Love + Begin The Beguine Eddie Haywood Trio ‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Embers
WRCA NBC NY
31 Dec 1957
Set 8
Robin Hood Louis Prima Orchestra (voc) LP ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Gotta Be This Or That Benny Goodman Orchestra (with Slam Stewart b, Red Norvo vibes, Boston) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Let The Zoomers Drool Duke Ellington Orchestra (Evansville, Indiana) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945

Christmas Day Swing – Phantom Dancer 25 December 2018


CHRISTMAS DAY SWING

The Phantom Dancer is on Christmas Day this year. I’m bringing you a mix of Christmas Day and Christmas themed swing and jazz from live 1930s-50s radio & TV.

Hear the Xmas Show online at radio 2ser.com

On your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio you’ll hear plenty of Jingle Bells by Fats Waller, The Delta Rhythm Boys, Benny Goodman, Paul Baron and more. Lena Horne, Frances Langford, The Three Sisters and Chiquita also bring some Christmas cheer. And in the first set of the show we hear this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, Oliver Wakefield.

“H-h-hello everybody. Ladies and men. Women and those of you. Oliver Wakefield, the Voice of Inexperience, speaking.”

Oliver Wakefield, the Voice of Inexperience
Oliver Wakefield, the Voice of Inexperience

Christmas songs, jazz and swing from Christmas season broadcasts are the mix for this week’s non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. Hear the show only for the next four weeks at radio 2ser.com

The Phantom Dancer, presented by authentic 1920s-1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, also brings you a one-off Yuletide BBC broadcast from Oliver Wakefield, the Voice of Inexperience, with Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra.

INEXPERIENCE

Oliver Wakefield, actor, comedian and monologuist, had the perfect English ‘upper class twit’ accent even though he was born in Zululand and died in New York City aged only 48.

He was ‘The Voice of Inexperience’. You’ll hear him in full flight on today’s Phantom Dancer in the 1936 Christmas broadcast by Henry Hall and his BBC Dance Orchestra.

Dressed in full dinner suit, Wakefield delivered his wry, double entendre monologues through stuttering, disjointed syntax, malapropisms, spoonerisms, dropped words and unfinished sentences.

They are stunningly complex works of vocal art – and entertaining.

COMEDIAN IN RESIDENCE

Oliver Wakefield was the first Resident Comedian on the BBC. He appeared on 1930s BBC TV and also had a US career in the ’30s. One of his first New York appearances was in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1934.

He appeared in British Pathé newsreels in the late 1930s (one of them is your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week) and in the 1937 movie, ‘There Was Young Man’. These lead to featured roles in British films from 1938 to 1942 including The Peterville Diamond (1942), playing a gentleman jewel thief whose partner-in-crime was played by future Doctor Who star William Hartnell.

He was booked to open at the Rainbow Room in New York three weeks after the outbreak of World War II. He chose to remain in England to serve in the RAF.

VARIETY

After the war, Wakefield toured Australia,. He performed on stage for a year in Melbourne and Sydney, followed by a 52-week radio series for the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

In 1952 he moved to the United States, appeared in nightclubs, on Broadway, frequently was on CBS TV, and hosted his own CBC TV panel show, ‘Make a Match’.

Variety summed him up by writing, “Wakefield seems strong for any medium.”

LAST WORD

It was said, that Oliver Wakefield’s “grasp of current affairs was only exceeded by his inability to express it.”

See what ‘they’ mean in this stand-up clip by Oliver Wakefield ‘The Voice of Inexperience’ from 1936 when he was 27.

The Pathe announcer does a terrible imitation of him at the opening of the clip. It only goes to highlight the stunning artistry of Oliver Wakefield’s complex monologues. It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week-

25 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #346

107.3 2SER Tuesday 25 December 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 24 other stations.

Set 1
Let’s Dance (theme) + Jingle Bells
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
25 Dec 1935
Open + It Had To Be You + The Fairy On The Christmas Tree
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) The 3 Sisters
BBC Regional Service
London
25 Dec 1936
Set 2
Open + Maple Leaf Rag
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Theme + Blue Christmas
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Ray Cordell
Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
1950
Weary Blues + Ad
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Set 3
Jingle Bells (open) + The Morning After
Chico Hamilton Quartet
‘Stars In Jazz’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
New York
25 Dec 1958
Wrap your Troubles In Dreams
Chico Hamilton Quartet (voc) Georgia Carr
‘Stars In Jazz’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
New York
25 Dec 1958
Blee Blop Blues + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
16 Dec 1956
Set 4
Happy Holidays + Here We Come a’Caroling + Silent Night
Bing Crosby and the Norman Luboff Choir (voc) Paul Weston Orchestra
‘Christmas Sing With Bing’
KNX CBS LA
24 Dec 1957
Description of Ballarat’s Carols By Candlelight + Joseph Mine, Help Me Cradle The Child Divine
Ted Furlong (station manager 3BA Ballarat) + The Ballarat YWCA Choir
Christmas Sing With Bing’
KNX CBS LA
via 3BA Ballarat
24 Dec 1957
Champagne Cocktail + Close (When Summer Is Gone)
Hal Kemp Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Time’
KNX CBS LA
24 Dec 1937
Set 5
Open + March of the Toy Soldiers
Phil Davis Orchestra
‘Fountain of Fun’
WLW Cinncinnati
19 Dec 1943
Jingle Bells
 Thrasher Sisters
‘Fountain of Fun’
WLW Cinncinnati
19 Dec 1943
Jack-Armstrong Blues
Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1947
Embraceable You
 The Pied Pipers (voc) Harry James Orchestra
‘Command Performance USA’
AFRS
25 Dec 1945
Set 6
Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells
Fats Waller and his Rhythm
Comm Rec
New York
29 Nov 1936
Jingle Bells
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Café Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
27 Dec 1941
Jingle Bells
Dave Brubeck
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
Jan 1954
Jingle Bells (theme) / Half Nelson / White Christmas / Little Willie Leaps
Charlie Parker (as) Kenny Dorham (tp) Al Haig (p) Tommy Potter (b) Max Roach (d)
‘Symphony Side Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
25 Dec 1948
Set 7
Open + March of the Toys
Phil Davis Orchestra
‘Fountain of Fun’
WLW Cincinnati
19 Dec 1943
My Silent Love
Lena Horne (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1945
Embraceable You
The Pied Pipers (voc) Harry James and the Music Makers
‘Command Performance USA’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1945
Yesterdays
Art Tatum (p)
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1947
Set 8
Open + 2 Latin American Christmas Songs
Chiquita
‘Chiquita’
AFRS Hollywood
Dec 1946
O Come All Ye Faithful / Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem / It Came Upon A Midnight Clear / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Frank Sinatra
‘V-Disc Christmas Selections’
New York
1944
Open + Let It Snow + Happy Christmas, Little Friend
Dinah Shore (voc) Frank deVol Orchestra
‘Dinah Shore Show’
WRCA NBC NY
22 Dec 1954

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.

1930s Italian Swing – Phantom Dancer 18 Dec 2018


ITALIAN 1930s SWING

Despite Italy being under the Fascist regime of Mussolini, jazz and swing was available on radio in Italy. Names had to be Italianised. Louis Armstrong became Luigi Braccioforte. St Louis Blues was Le Tristezze di San Luigi. We’ll hear a set of 1930s-40s Italian swing on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton.

PHANTOM DANCER

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop swing and jazz mix of live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer on radio 2SER, and now online, since 1985.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 18 Dec) and past Phantom Dancers at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

Mussolini’s Son is Jazz Pianist – Romano Mussolini, son of the late Fascist dictator, plays piano during Italian Jazz festival at San Remo, Italy, last Sunday. Romano, who plays in a Roman quintet, was a main attraction at the festival. 1956

MUSSOLINI JAZZ DADDY

Visiting American artists had toured ragtime acts in Italy in the early 20th century. British, French and American jazz bands visited in the 1920s. They could also be heard daily over shortwave radio from the US and England and over medium and long wave stations from France.

The first Italian jazz orchestras were formed in the 1930s. Bands like those led by Barzizza and Angelini, and singers such as the Trio Lescano and Alberto Rabagliati were hugely popular. Rabagliati, a jazz crooner, even appeared in movies with such cultural icons as Tito Schipa and had his own radio show on national Italian radio EIAR in 1941, ‘Canta Rabagliati’ (Rabagliati sings).

It helped that dictator Mussolini’s son, Romano, was a great jazz fan and after the war performed prominent jazz pianist. “Occasionally inspired, he was always efficient – he made the refrains run on time”. So, in spite of the anti-American cultural policies of the Fascist regime during the 1930s, American jazz and its Italian form remained popular. Louis Armstrong toured Italy with great success in 1935, whereas he was banned in fascist Germany.

Much of the jazz recorded in Italy up to 1945 has been lost. While 78s exist, many of the original recording matrices were destroyed by bombing during WW2. Most of the Italian recording industry was centred on Milan and Turin, both heavily bombed between 1942-45. Other matrices were destroyed the same way much early Australian jazz has been lost, by record companies and radio stations dumping their libraries.

Maria Jottini on 1939 Italian TV
Maria Jottini on 1939 Italian TV

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is a 1942 commercial recording by Ernesto Bonino, ‘A Zonzo’.

18 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #345

107.3 2SER Tuesday 18 December 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 24 other stations.

Set 1
1944-46 Radio Swing Bands
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 Aug 1944
Come Rain or Come Shine
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra (voc) Frances Glenn
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom
Los Angeles Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 June 1946
Moten Swing + Cirribirribin (theme)
Harry James Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KFI NBC LA
1944
Set 2
Jazz on 1960 Radio
Open + Love Letters
Rodolfo Alchourron Quartet
‘Esto es Jazz’
LR1 Radio el Mundo
Buenos Aires
28 May 60
Red Pepper Blues
Art Pepper
‘Jazz International’
AFRTS Hollywood
16 Jun 1960
Cool By the Pool + Close
Gilbert Lacombe Septet
Radio Canada
Montreal
1960
Set 3
Swing Bands with Pianist Leaders
Snowball (theme) + Where or When
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 June 1947
Rocking in Rhythm
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Basin Street’
WCBS CBS NY
16 April 1956
If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Erroll Garner (piano) Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH
‘Monitor’
WRCA NBC NY
26 Jun 1955
Set 4
1930s Italian Swing
Musica Maestro
Angelini e sua Orchestra (voc) Ernesto Bonino
Comm Rec
Turin
1938
Se io fossi un millionario
Unknown
Comm Rec
Milan
1939
Notte
Angelini e sua Orchestra (voc) Norma Bruni
Comm Rec
Turin
1939
Set 5
1920s-30s Dance Bands
My Troubles Are Over
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Parker Gibbs
Comm Rec
Camden NJ
7 Dec 1929
Ballin’ The Jack / Walkin’ the Dog
Red Nichols Orchestra
‘Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
That’s A Plenty
Red Nichols Orchestra
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
27 Aug 1929
Kansas City Kitty + What a Girl, What a Night!
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Set 6
For The Record
Open + Futurama
Gene Krupa Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
7 Aug 1944
I Can’t Get Started
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Kay Starr
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
It Had To Be You
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Peggy Mann
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
7 Aug 1944
Keep The Home Fires Burning
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
Set 7
The Magic Key 1935-36
Alexander’s Ragtime Band + Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
29 Dec 1935
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter + Christopher Columbus
Fats Waller
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
24 May 1936
Set 8
Way Out
Bebop
Howard McGee Sextet
AFRS Los Angeles
29 Apr 1947
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
Jun 1957
If I Had You
Lee Konitz Quartet
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954

Juan Tizol – Phantom Dancer 11 Dec 2018


The Phantom Dancer, which I’ve been presenting on 107.3 2SER Sydney since 1985, is your non-stop 2 hour swing and jazz mix from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

This week’s Phantom Dancer includes:
– a set of Duke Ellington trombonist’s Juan Tizol compositions,
– a set of Cuban rhythms by Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnez,
– 2 sets of rare mid-1930s swing and more from live 1920s-60s radio and TV broadcasts.

You can hear this week’s show from 11 Dec online at radio 2SER.

And the last hour is all vinyl!

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week: The Boswell Sisters singing ‘Crazy People’ in 1932. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #345

107.3 2SER Tuesday 11 Dec 2018
After the 2SER news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)

National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1930s Swing on the Wireless
Back Room Romp (A Contrapuntal Stomp)
Rex Stewart and his 52nd Street Sompers
Comm Rec
NYC
7 July 1937
Margie
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York
6 Sep 1938
Here Comes Your Pappy Down The Own Dusty Road + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) The Freshman
‘Ford V-8 Revue’
NYC
1936
Set 2
The Songs of Juan Tizol
Zambu
Harry James Orchestra featuring Juan Tizol
Meadowbrook Gardens
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
Feb 1946
Take The A-Train (theme) + Caravan
Duke Ellington featuring Juan Tizol (tb)
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
24 Nov 1952
Perdido + Lullaby of Birdland (theme)
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars In Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 53
Is There Life On Other Planets?
Various Learned Professors
‘University of Chicago Roundtable’
NBC Chicago
1948
Set 3
The Great Jazz Singers of the 1950s on Radio and TV
Keeps On Raining
Billie Holliday
‘Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
1949
You’re My Thrill
Carmen McCrea
‘All-Star Parade Of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Linger Awhile + Tenderly (Close)
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Sardi’s Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 4
Cuban Rhythms – Cugie and Desi on the Radio
Open + Brazil
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Choir
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Cachita
Desi Arnez Orchestra (voc) DA
Ciro’s
Hollywood
KNX CBS LA
1946
Chiu Chiu + Close
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Nita Rosa
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 5
1944 – 1946 Radio Swing on One Night Stand
Cherokee
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Radio Transcription
21 Jul 1944
Zanzi
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jul 1945
On The Road To Mandalay
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Joplin, Missouri
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Mar 1946
Holiday For Swing + Trinidad
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Set 6
1930s Swing on the Radio
can You Take It?
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York
18 Aug 1933
Let’s Dance (theme) + Te Object Of My Affection
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Buddy Clark
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1934
Zonky
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Dec 1935
Happy As The Day Is Long + Close
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exposition
Dallas
Aug 1936
Set 7
Bix Beidebecke
Singin’ The Bluess
Frankie Trambauer Orchestra Orchestra, Bix Beidebecke (cnt) The 1st recorded jazz ballad?
Comm Rec
New York
4 Feb 1927
In A Mist + Candlelight – both composed by Bix
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson (piano)
‘Eddie Condon’s Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue Network NY
22 Jul 1944
You Took Advantage Of Me
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Bing Crosby (cnt) Bix Beidebecke
Comm Rec
New York
28 Apr 1928
Set 8
Bop Singers On The Air
What’s The Matter Now?
Clyde Hart’s All-Stars (tp) Dizzy Gillespie (voc) Rubberleg Williams
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
Hurry Home + Deedle + Royal Roost Bop
Dave Lambert and Buddy Stewart (voc)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 Mar 1949
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kane and Roy Kral (voc) Charlie Ventura Quartet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NY
1949
Romance Without Finance
Charlie Parker Quintet (voc) Jimmy Butts
Comm Rec
NYC
15 Sep 1944