1936-41 Jack Teagarden Radio – Phantom Dancer 29 October 2019


JACK

This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, is, following last week’s Kid Ory feature, also a tromobonist. He is credited with being the most important pre-bop trombonist in jazz, who took trombone away from Kid Ory’s tailgate style. It’s Jack Teagarden.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 29 October 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

Jack Teagarden 1939

TEAGARDEN

Jack Teagarden was the preeminent American jazz trombone player before the bebop era of the 1940s as well as being an engaging singer.

His early career was as a sideman in the orchestras of Tommy Dorsey, Paul Whiteman and lifelong friend Louis Armstrong before branching out as a bandleader in 1939. We hear his new orchestra debuting on radio in 1939 on this week’s Phantom Dancer. After WWII he specialised in New Orleans jazz until his death.

START

Jack’s is brother Charlie and sister Norma also became professional musicians. His father was an amateur brass band trumpeter and started him on baritone horn. At age seven he had switched to trombone. His first public performances were in movie theaters, accompanying his piano playing mother.

STYLE

His trombone style was largely self-taught. He developed many unusual alternative positions and novel special effects on the instrument. He is usually considered the most innovative jazz trombone stylist of the pre-bebop era. He did much to expand the role of the instrument beyond the Kid Ory tailgate style of the early New Orleans brass bands.

CAREER

This week’s Phantom Dancer features broadcast excerpts of Jack Teagarden between 1936-41. He had begun playing professionally as a teenager, playing with many different bands in a process that took him from his native Texas to New York City.

Jack Teagarden - paul whiteman orchestra

Teagarden sought financial security during the Great Depression and signed a contract to play for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra from 1933 through 1938. Jack did play and broadcast on radio in small jazz groups in the mid 30s with his brother Charlie and Frankie Trambauer as ‘The Three T’s.’ I have played some of these radio broadcasts from the Hickory House over CBS but the sound quality is very poor.

Paul Whiteman Campus Capers 1942

BIG BAND

Teagarden started leading his own big band in 1939. We’ll hear it’s debut on ‘The Fitch Summer Bandwagon’. The band was not a commercial success, and he was brought to the brink of bankruptcy.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is film of Jack Teagarden from a 1950s Telescription playing with ‘Basin Street Blues’.

29 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #411

107.3 2SER Tuesday 29 October 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
1944-54 Radio Dance Bands
Open + Two Spot Hop
Dean Hudson Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Nov 1944
Minding My Business
Buddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Reid
‘Spotlight Band’
Mutual Network
24 Dec 1945
Ole Negra + Close
Paul Neighbours Orchestra
Biltmore Bowl
Biltmore Hotel
NBC via KGHL Billings, MO
1954
Set 2
Women Singers on  Radio
Can’t Help Loving That Man
Helen Forrest (voc) Billy Liebert Group
‘Ford Show with Tennessee Ernie Ford’
Audition Disc
1960
Cry Me a River
Julie London (voc) Bobby Troup Group
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Cameo
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Once In a While + Close
Dinah Shore
‘MUM Show’
KECA Blue LA
1944
Set 3
Modern Sounds 1947-60
Open + Trajectory
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Innovations 1950’
Radio Transcription
1950
Jack, Jack, Jack
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Fran Warren
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WJZ ABC NY
23 Jun 1947
Cool By The Pool
Gilbert Lacombe Septet
CBC Monteal
1960
Set 4
Jack Teagarden
Announcer’s Blues
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (tb solo) Jack Teagarden
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
19 Jan 1936
Somebody Nobody Knows + Octoroon
Jack Teagarden
Orchestra
‘Fitch Summer Bandwagon’
WABC CBS NY
Nov 1939
Mr Jessie
Jack Teagarden
Orchestra (voc) Jack Teagarden + Band
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
27 Dec 1941
Set 5
Phil Harris Orch 1933
Open + Love Me Tonight
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Mill
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Strange Interlude
Phil Harris Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
From AM to PM + Close
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) The Three Rhythm Kings
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Set 6
1949-55 Swing Bands
Leap Frog
Les Brown Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Sep 1949
Woodchoppers’ Ball
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘All Star Parade of Bands’
Peony Park
Omaha NE
WOW NBC Omaha
1954
Moonlight in Vermont
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Patty Ryan
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
ABC
19 Jun 1955
Lullaby of Birdland + Close
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars of Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Set 7
1943-45 Dance Band Radio Transcriptions.
Read the Horace Heidt story from a 2017 Phantom Dancer
Doodle-Doo-Doo (open ) + Candy
Art Kassels and his Kassels-in-the-Air (voc) Glria Hart
Radio Transcription
1945
History of Music
Horace Heidt Orchestra (narr) Horace Heidt
Radio Transcription
1943
Bell Bottom Trousers
Art Kassels and his Kassels-in-the-Air (voc) Trio
Radio Transcription
1945
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now?
Horace Heidt Orchestra (voc) Horace Heidt
Radio Transcription
1943
Set 8
Charlie Parker
Scrapple From The Apple
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
15 Jan 1949
What Is Bop?
Symphony Sid
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
19 Feb 1949
Oo-Bop-Sha-Bam
Charlie Parker (voc) Band
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
22 Jan 1949

Stan Kenton with Lee Konitz and Maynard Ferguson – Phantom Dancer 3 September 2019


Listen to Benny Goodman from live 1920s radio and Stan Kenton with Lee Konitz and Maynard Ferguson from live 1950s radio as two of the highlights on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV has been presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney, and now online, since 1985.

Hear today’s show online at radio 2ser.com

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is episode 5 of the 1940s 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 #402

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 September 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

Set 1
Benny Goodman Swings on 1937-38 Radio
Let’s Dance (theme) + Minnie The Moocher’s Wedding Day
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual NY
21 Oct 1937
Some of These Days
Benny Goodman Quartet
’Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
7 Oct 1946
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South + Camel Hop
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Set 2
Women Vocal Groups on 1940s – 50s Radio
Buttons and Bows
Dinah Shore
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
5 Dec 1948
Motherless Child + Theme
Ethel Waters (voc) Fletcher Henderson (piano)
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
16 Jul 1950
Set 3
The Father of Rock’n’Roll Tenor Sax – Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor
Right Now, Right Now (theme) + Road Runner
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Band
’Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
You Mean Everything To Me + I Almost Lost My Mind
Ivory Joe Hunter (voc and piano) Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Band
’Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
Park Waver + Close
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Band
’Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
Set 4
Stan Kenton Concerts In Miniature NBC 1952
Theme + Bill’s Blues
Stan Kenton Orchestra
’Concert In Miniature’
WRC NBC Washington DC
15 Jul 1952
Blue Moon
Stan Kenton Orchestra with Lee Konitz (as)
’Concert Encores’
NBC
30 Sep 1952
Talk Of The Town + Invention For Guitar and Trumpet
Stan Kenton Orchestra with Maynard Fergusson (tp)
’Concert In Miniature’
Rustic Cabin NJ
NBC
15 Jul 1952
Set 5
Dance Bands on Chicago 1940s Radio
Cherokee
Eddy Howard Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1948
Theme + Baby Don’t Tell Me
Ozzie Nelson Orchestra (voc) Rose Ann Stevens
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
30 Mar 1940
Daddy, Surprise Me
Ray Herbeck and his Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Nov 1948
Medley + So Long For Now (theme)
Eddy Howard Orchestra (voc) EH
Aragon Ballroom
Mutual Chicago
5 Dec 1945
Set 6
Jazz on 1929-1930 Radio
Call Of The Freaks
Red Nichols and his Five Pennies
’Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York
1 Aug 1930
Am I Blue? + Liza
Dixie Two Steppers
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1929
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Ruth Eating (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
’Columbia Tele-Focal Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
Tell Me Who + There’s No Place Like Home (theme)
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Bob Nolan
’Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
25 Jan 1929
Set 7
Sax Stars of the 30s and 40s
Theme + Back In Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Ft Devon Mass.
Blue Network
15 Oct 1945
I’m Confessin’ That I Love You
Lester Young
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Dec 1948
Limehouse Blues
Chu Berry
WNEW Jam Session
New York City
11 Nov 1938
Body and Soul (theme) + Chicago
Coleman Hawkins
Savoy Ballroom
Aircheck
1944
Set 8
Jazz on the Tonight Show
Them There Eyes
Billie Holiday
Tonight Show
NBC Hollywood
1958
My Heart Stood Still
Shorty Rogers Giants
Tonight Show
NBC Hollywood
1958
After You’ve Gone
Roy Eldridge
Tonight Show
NBC Hollywood
1958
Sing, Sing, Sing
Benny Goodman
Tonight Show
NBC NYC
1958

Top Women Stars on 1940s Radio – Phantom Dancer 12 March 2019


TOP WOMEN STARS

They were some of the biggest stars in the business from the 1940s onwards. They are this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artists with Greg Poppleton. Read on to discover one unusual fact about each of these three great singers, Jo Stafford, Georgia Gibbs and Dinah Shore.

Plus, Fletcher Henderson shows us how to write a swing band arrangement with the Benny Goodman Orchestra on a 1938 Camel Caravan.

PHANTOM DANCER

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online immediately after the 12 March 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
You can hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

jo stafford

JO STAFFORD

In 1950, Stafford began working for Voice of America (VOA), the U.S. government broadcaster transmitting programmes overseas to undermine the influence of communism. She presented a weekly show that aired in Eastern Europe, and Collier’s magazine published an article about the program in its April 21, 1951 issue that discussed her worldwide popularity, including in countries behind the Iron Curtain. The article, titled “Jo Stafford: Her Songs Upset Joe Stalin”, earned her the wrath of the U.S. Communist Daily Worker newspaper, which published a column critical of Stafford and VOA.

Georgia Gibbs

GEORGIA GIBBS

Her key attribute was tremendous versatility and an uncommon stylistic range from melancholy ballad to uptempo swinging jazz and rock and roll.

In her 2006 book, ‘Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair With 50s Pop Music’, Newsweek music critic Karen Schoemer wrote: “What really turned me around, though, were her R&B covers … Georgia was the rare fifties canary with a genuine flair for rock and roll … by the time I was through listening … I had a healthy new respect for Georgia, and a sense of indignation over her neglect by critics.”

Dinah Shore

DINAH SHORE

After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman, and both Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her own to become the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success. She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, spanning 1940–1957, and after appearing in a handful of feature films, she went on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows from 1951 through 1963 and hosting two talk shows in the 1970s.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is an hour Dinah Shore TV Show from 1960 featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Prado Perez and Al Hirt. Happy televiewing!

12 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #376

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 March 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12:04 – 1pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1940s Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
Flying Home (theme) + Star Dust
Lionel Hampton (vibraharp) and Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Jun 1944
Major and a Minor
Tiny Bradshaw Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
16 Apr 1945
Old Man River + Close
Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
21 Aug 1944
Set 2
Benny Goodman 1935-38 Radio
Makin’ Whoopee
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
23 Feb 1935
One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Madhattan Room
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Blue Skies
Benny Goodman Orchestra (Fletcher Henderson gives a lesson on arranging)
‘Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Sep 1938
Set 3
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
I’d Love It
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
Comm Rec
6 Nov 1929
Rocky Road
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers (voc) Don Redman
Comm Rec
6 Nov 1929
Miss Hannah
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers (voc) Don Redman
Comm Rec
6 Nov 1929
Set 4
1940s Women Vocal Stars
Open + I May Be Wrong
Jo Stafford
‘Supper Club’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Good, Good, Good + My Baby Said Yes
Georgia Gibbs
‘Georgia Gibbs – Paul Whiteman Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Jul 1945
Medley + Close
Dinah Shore
‘Showtime’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 5
Glen Gray 1934-36 Radio
Old Man River
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1934
Zonky
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Dec 1935
Black Jack
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1934
Truckin’ + Weary Blues
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
2 Jan 1936
Set 6
Louis Armstrong 1937 – 44 Radio
St Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
‘Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
1937
Theme + If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Dallas TV
AFRS Re-broadcast
17 Aug 1943
Swinging on a Star
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Tuskagee Alabama
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Oct 1944
Set 7
Duke Ellington 1950s Radio
All of Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Boy Meets Horn
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
30 Jun 1951
Take The A-Train
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
The Happening + Got To Go
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
8 Jun 1951
Set 8
Hip Savoy Sides from 1945
Seventh Avenue
Clyde Hart’s All-Stars
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
The Street Beat
Sir Charles Thompson All-Stars
Comm Rec
NYC
4 Sep 1945
That’s The Blues
Rubberlegs Williams
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
Poppity Pop
Slim Gaillard
Comm Rec
NYC
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 including 3BA Ballarat Christmas Carols introduced by Ted Furlong.

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.

27 March Phantom Dancer – Bunny Berigan and How Disease Effects Legacy


It never ceases to amaze me how disease can over-shadow the brilliant legacy of a person’s life. How much ‘expert’ blather was there about Stephen Hawking’s motor neurone disease as an excuse to avoid explaining and understanding his discoveries in physics? It’s belittling and disrespectful.

Louis Armstrong’s favourite trumpet player was Bunny Berigan. We’ll be hearing radio broadcasts by Bunny Berigan on this week’s The Phantom Dancer.

Even today, seventy years after his death, he is still considered to have been one of the top trumpet players in jazz.

But what I find additionally interesting is how his legacy has been marred by the alcoholism that affected the inventiveness of his playing in the latter part of his short thirty-three years and which ultimately killed him through cirrhosis of the liver.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll also hear a set of live vintage radio by Dave Brubeck, Jack Teagarden and women singers with their own radio shows – Lee Wiley, Peggy Lee, Dinah Show and Mildred Bailey.

 

THE PHANTOM DANCER is two hours of non-stop swing and jazz mixed from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV by Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Broadcast 12:04pm Tuesdays 107.3 2SER Sydney then over 22 radio stations and online.

HEAR The Phantom Dancer live-streamed and afterwards online on the Radio 2SER website. http://www.2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

HOW DISEASE EFFECTS LEGACY

When jazz musicians talk about Bunny Berigan, his alcoholism always comes up.

‘What might have been had he not drank?’, is usually the most positive musing. But to me, from a music perspective, his illness should have no bearing on his legacy. Surely it’s his trumpet playing and technique that’s important, the music played, the songs composed, the landmark recordings made. Louis Armstrong praised Bunny Berigan’s trumpet sound and jazz ideas both before and after Berigan’s death.

I have known jazz musicians, world-touring, who’ve died after long illnesses. They kept their illnesses private, performing to the very end. Even though everyone knew they were terminally ill, the particulars of their illnesses were never discussed. These musicians had the luxury and the determination to never be defined by their disease. Nowadays, when people talk about them, they talk about their music, the good times and their positive legacy. How they died, their disease, and their substance abuse (in one case) are irrelevancies.

However, other jazz musicians I have known, have had deaths after long, debilitating illnesses during which time it was impossible to perform. Others have died suddenly – a heart attack, an overdose, a bleed. Always, these musicians are discussed in terms of their deaths, their creative life work overshadowed by the fabula of their failing health or their fatal surprise.

I guess it’s easier to talk about sickness and death than music. The musical process is a specialist field. Feeling poorly and falling off the perch is something on which everyone has an expert opinion.

BUNNY BERIGAN…
…was the stage name of Roland Bernard Berigan.

He composed, sang, and most famously was a brilliant trumpet player. Of his compositions, we’ll hear a live recording of one, ‘Chicken and Waffles’, from a live 1936 radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

He was best known for his virtuoso jazz trumpeting. His 1937 classic recording of a song from a flop music, ‘I Can’t Get Started’ (which we’ll also hear in two live 1930s versions on this week’s Phantom Dancer) was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975. ‘I Can’t Get Started’ was Berigan’s radio theme when he launched his own band in 1937.

Bunny Berigan had learnt violin and trumpet and was playing in local bands by his mid-teens. In 1930 he joined the Hal Kemp Orchestra and soon came to notice. He became a sought-after studio musician in New York as well as playing in the orchestras of Freddy Rich, Freddy Martin, Ben Selvin, Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman. In fact, Goodman’s manager only got ‘that ace drummer man’ Gene Krupa to join the band by telling him Berigan was already on board.

After leaving Goodman, Berigan began to record regularly under his own name and to back singers such as Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Billie Holiday. We’ll hear him this week with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in early 1937. His solo on ‘Marie’ became one of his signature performances. We’ll hear a 1940 radio version. And, of course, a critic describing Berigan’s trumpet on the 1940 show had to bring up his alcoholism.

After leaving Goodman, Berigan began to record regularly under his own name and to back singers such as Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Billie Holiday. We’ll hear him this week with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in early 1937. His solo on ‘Marie’ became one of his signature performances. We’ll hear a 1940 radio version. And, of course, a critic describing Berigan’s trumpet on the 1940 show had to bring up his alcoholism.

MUSICAL ADVICE FROM BERIGAN
And instrumentalists PLEASE TAKE NOTE. There’s nothing more irritating to a singer than an instrumentalist taking too much air during the singer’s solo, or cramping the singer’s freedom of expression by trying to steer the improvisation…

Your Phantom Dancer Bunny Berrigan singing and playing trumpet on ‘Until Today’ with Freddy Rich’s Orchestra in 1936 . Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #308

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 March 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
Swing on 1940s Radio
Theme + Girl of My Dreams
Randy Brooks Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
17 Nov 1945
K.C. Caboose + Are You Happy?
John Kirby Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
Aquarium Restaurant NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Jul 1944
They Didn’t Believe Me + Blue Moon (Close)
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Jul 1945
Set 2
Big Bands on 1950s Radio
Theme + I’m Walking
Johnny Richards Orchestra
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Birdland
WABC ABC NYC
1957
If I Had You
Ted Heath Orchestra
‘International Bandstand’
London
NBC/BBC
2 Mar 1959
It’s All In The Game
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
1952
Set 3
Bing Crosby Radio
Open + Pistol Packin’ Mama
Bing Crosby
‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
16 Dec 1943
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra
Bing Crosby
’Philco Radio Time’
KECA ABC LA
19 Nov 1947
Ukulele Lady + Green Grow The Lilacs + Close
Bing Crosby + Rosemary Clooney (2nd song)
’Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show’
KNX CBS LA
19 Oct 1961
Set 4
Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street
Open + Dixieland One-Step
Henry Levine Octet
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
1 Sep 1941
O Sussanah
Diane Courtney
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
1 Sep 1941
Cheery-Beery-Bee
The Tune Toppers
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
1 Sep 1941
Dangerous Mood
Paul Lavalle Woodwinds
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
1 Sep 1941
Set 5
Trombonist Jack Teagarden
Announcer’s Blues
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Paul Whiteman’s Music Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
19 jan 1936
Mr Jessie
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
22 Nov 1941
You Took Advantage of Me + Tea For Two + Close
The Three T’s (Jack and Charlie Teagarden and Frank Trambauer)
Hickory House
WEAF NBC Red NY
9 Dec 1936
(1936 Home Recording)
Wolverine Blues + Close
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
27 Dec 1941
Set 6
Women Singers With Their Own Radio shows
Somebody Loves Me
Peggy Lee
‘Peggy Lee Show’
KNX CBS LA
1947
Beg Your Pardon
Dinah Shore
‘Dinah Shore Show’
KNX CBS LA
4 May 1948
Too Good To Be True
Lee Wiley
‘Lee Wiley Sings’
WABC CBS NY
1 Jul 1936
Summertime
Mildred Bailey
‘Mildred Bailey Show’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jan 1945
Set 7
Bunny Berigan
I Can’t Get Started (theme) + Organ Grinder’s Swing
Bunny Berigan Orchestra
‘Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
I Can’t Get Started (theme) + Ay, Ay, Ay
Bunny Berigan Orchestra
Manhattan Centre
WNEW NY
26 Sep 1939
Marie
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Bunny Berigan tp feature)
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
9 Mar 1940
Runnin’ Wild + Chicken and Waffles
Bunny Berigan Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
31 Oct 1936
Set 8
Dave Brubeck
This Can’t Be Love
Dave Brubeck
Aircheck
Jan 1954
The Song Is For You
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Mar 1957
Stardust
Dave Brubeck
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Dec 1953
All The Things You Are
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956

1 August Phantom Dancer – Episode 5 Radar Men From The Moon


If the 25 July show is anything to go by, the 1 August Phantom Dancer is going to be the best show ever.

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV has been presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney, and now online, since 1985.

See the 1 August play list below.

Hear today’s show online at community radio 2ser.com

You’ll hear that set of jazz greats on 1950s-60s Tonight Shows I didn’t get to play after running out of time last week. There’s a set of women stars on 1940s-50s radio, including The International Sweethearts of Rhythm that was missed last week plus Benny Goodman on 1937-38 radio

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is episode 5 of the 1940s 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 #273

107.3 2SER Tuesday 1 August 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
Benny Goodman Swings on 1937-38 Radio
Let’s Dance (theme) + Minnie The Moocher’s Wedding Day
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual NY
21 Oct 1937
Some of These Days
Benny Goodman Quartet
’Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
7 Oct 1946
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South + Camel Hop
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Steel Pier
ABC Atlantic City NJ
1951
Set 2
Women Vocal Groups on 1940s – 50s Radio
Buttons and Bows
Dinah Shore
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
5 Dec 1948
Motherless Child + Theme
Ethel Waters (voc) Fletcher Henderson (piano)
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
16 Jul 1950
Set 3
The Father of Rock’n’Roll Tenor Sax – Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor
Right Now, Right Now (theme) + Road Runner
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Band
’Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
You Mean Everything To Me + I Almost Lost My Mind
Ivory Joe Hunter (voc and piano) Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Band
’Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
Park Waver + Close
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Band
’Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
Set 4
Stan Kenton Concerts In Miniature NBC 1952
Theme + Bill’s Blues
Stan Kenton Orchestra
’Concert In Miniature’
WRC NBC Washington DC
15 Jul 1952
Blue Moon
Stan Kenton Orchestra with Lee Konitz (as)
’Concert Encores’
NBC
30 Sep 1952
Talk Of The Town + Invention For Guitar and Trumpet
Stan Kenton Orchestra with Maynard Fergusson (tp)
’Concert In Miniature’
Rustic Cabin NJ
NBC
15 Jul 1952
Set 5
Dance Bands on Chicago 1940s Radio
Cherokee
Eddy Howard Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1948
Theme + Baby Don’t Tell Me
Ozzie Nelson Orchestra (voc) Rose Ann Stevens
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
30 Mar 1940
Daddy, Surprise Me
Ray Herbeck and his Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Nov 1948
Medley + So Long For Now (theme)
Eddy Howard Orchestra (voc) EH
Aragon Ballroom
Mutual Chicago
5 Dec 1945
Set 6
Jazz on 1929-1930 Radio
Call Of The Freaks
Red Nichols and his Five Pennies
’Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York
1 Aug 1930
Am I Blue? + Liza
Dixie Two Steppers
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1929
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Ruth Eating (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
’Columbia Tele-Focal Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
Tell Me Who + There’s No Place Like Home (theme)
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Bob Nolan
’Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
25 Jan 1929
Set 7
Sax Stars of the 30s and 40s
Theme + Back In Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Ft Devon Mass.
Blue Network
15 Oct 1945
I’m Confessin’ That I Love You
Lester Young
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Dec 1948
Limehouse Blues
Chu Berry
WNEW Jam Session
New York City
11 Nov 1938
Body and Soul (theme) + Chicago
Coleman Hawkins
Savoy Ballroom
Aircheck
1944
Set 8
Jazz on the Tonight Show
Them There Eyes
Billie Holiday
Tonight Show
NBC Hollywood
1958
My Heart Stood Still
Shorty Rogers Giants
Tonight Show
NBC Hollywood
1958
After You’ve Gone
Roy Eldridge
Tonight Show
NBC Hollywood
1958
Sing, Sing, Sing
Benny Goodman
Tonight Show
NBC NYC
1958