16 January 2018 Phantom Dancer – Child Prodigies on 1930s-50s Radio.


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

Hear this week’s episode online from 16 January for the next four weeks  on the website of radio 2SER Sydney.

This week’s Phantom Dancer features two sets of CHILDREN OF PROMISE outstanding talent under 15 years of age already engaged in professional music careers.

In play list order. (You can see this week’s full play list below)…

TONI HARPER
Toni Harper age 11
Born 1937, Toni retired from performing at the age of 29. Learning dance under Maceo Anderson, Harper was cast by the choreographer Nick Castle in Christmas Follies, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in 1945. She later went on to perform on stage with Herb Jeffries, Cab Calloway, and in Japan with Cannonball Adderley. Harper recorded ‘Candy Store Blues’ in 1946, aged 9, and you’ll hear her sing her hit on a live 1948 radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer. It was a platinum record.

FRANKIE LYMON
Frankie Lymon
Frankie Lymon was vocal lead for The Teenagers. His song, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” became The Teenagers’ first single in January 1956. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard pop singles chart and topped the Billboard R&B singles chart for five weeks. Six other top ten blues singles followed over the next year: including ‘I Promise to Remember’ which you’ll also hear in a live radio performance on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

FRANK SINATRA
frank sinatra
Today, The Phantom Dancer plays 15 year old Frank’s first radio appearance on NBC’s ‘Major Bowes Amateur Hour’. Sinatra joked during a Las Vegas Show in the 1960s that the quartet he started in, The Hoboken Four, was so popular on Major Bowes they appeared for weeks after under different names. They then toured the US as part of the Major Bowes theatre troupe, with Sinatra quitting mid-tour. He’d had enough.

SUGAR CHILE ROBINSON
sugar chile robinson
He won a talent show at age three, and by age seven in 1945 was playing guest spots with Lionel Hampton, who was prevented by child protection legislation from taking Robinson on tour with him. However, Robinson performed on radio with Hampton and Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson, and appeared as himself in the Hollywood film No Leave, No Love.
In 1946, he played for President Harry S. Truman at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, shouting out “How’m I Doin’, Mr. President?” – which became his catchphrase – during his performance of ‘Caldonia’. He stopped recording in 1952, “I wanted to go to school…I wanted some school background in me and I asked my Dad if I could stop, and I went to school because I honestly wanted my college diploma.”

JOEY PRESTON
joey preston drums
You’ll hear 8 year old Joey play drums with Sugar Chile and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra on this week’s Phantom Dancer. On June 27, 1947, a small record company out of Hollywood called Modern Records issued a six-record 78rpm set of ‘America’s Youngest Drumming Sensation: Joey Preston’s Sextette.’ On one of the songs, Preston plays piano. The liner notes were written by Stan Kenton, who calls Preston ‘an amazing talent,’ and that he has seen Preston ‘demonstrate his artistry on numerous occasions.’ Preston also appeared in three Hollywood films 1946-48.

JUDY GARLAND
judy garland 1938
So much as been written about Judy Garland I have nothing more to add here, except the scratchy 1939 radio recording you hear of her on this week’s Phantom Dancer is a brilliant send-up of opera by her.

BABY ROSE MARIE
baby rose marie
And as your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, here’s another child of promise, who started a hugely successful singing career at age 3, later co-starring in the Dick van Dyke show, The Monkees and more. She was the last pre-WWII hit-maker alive.
Here is a link to a column she wrote, July 2017, about standing up to her sexual harasser on set in the 1950s (and losing work because of it) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dick-van-dyke-star-rose-marie-what-happened-i-publicly-shamed-my-harasser-guest-column-1063597

Rose Marie died just two weeks ago, 28 December 2017, aged 94. Marvel at her extraordinary talent, aged just 5 in this Warner Brothers’ Vitaphone Short from 1929…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #300

107.3 2SER Tuesday 16 January 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Mod and Bop 1943 – 1956
Moppin’ and Boppin’
Fats Waller and his Rhythm
Comm Rec
Los Angeles
23 Jan 1943
Sweet Georgia Brown
Clifford Brown Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
6 May 1956
Cherry Blossom + Manhattan (Close)
Georgie Auld
‘Here’s To Veterans’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
Set 2
Dance Bands on 1944-51 Radio
Sound Off
Vaughan Monroe Orchestra (voc) VM and the Moon Men
Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
ABC
1951
How Do You Fall In Love?
Griff Williams Orchestra (voc) Walt King
Empire Room
Palmer House
WGN Chicago
5 Mar 1947
The Same Words
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Liz Tilton
’One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 May 1944
Set 3
Women Singers with 1940s Big Bands
Embraceable You
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Jule Hopkins
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
21 Feb 1946
I’ll Be Around
Sonny Dunham Orchestra (voc) Pat Cameron
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Apr 1944
Out of this World
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
6 Aug 1945
Set 4
Children of Promise Part 1
Candy Store Blues
Toni Harper (9 years old) Count Basie Orchestra (piano) Eddie Beale
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
6 Jan 1948
Open + I Promise To Remember + Why Do Fools Fall In Love + Close
Frankie Lymon (aged 13) and The Teenagers, Sam The Man Taylor Orchestra
’Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
28 Aug 1956
Set 5
Children of Promise Part 2
Shine
Hoboken Four with Frank Sinatra (age 15)
‘Major Bowes Amateur Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1935
Caldonia Boogie
Sugar Chile Robinson (piano, age 6) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
Sugar’s Boogie Woogie
Sugar Chile Robinson, add Joey Preston (age 8) drums
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
Swing and Sweet + Thank for the Memory (opera send-up)
Judy Garland (age 14)
’Gulf Oil Show’
KFI NBC LA
Jan 1939
Set 6
1930s Radio Dance Orchestras
One, Two Button Your Shoe
Red Nichols Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
30 Nov 1936
Hot Lips (theme) + Rose Room
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1935
Isn’t This a Lovely Day?
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
‘Esso Boulevarde’
WABC CBS NY
26 Aug 1935
Ain’t Cha Glad + When Summer is Gone (theme)
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 7
Headline 1940s Bands Live
Deed I Do
Tony Pastor Orchestra (voc) TP
Aircheck
New York City
Nov 1942
The Trouble With Me Is You
Nat King Cole Trio (voc) NKC
Trocadero
KHJ MBS LA
26 Apr 1945
Wagon Wheels
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Aug 1945
In There + Close
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
’Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1944
Set 8
Bop and Brubeck
Hot House
Miles Davis and Bud Powell
Carnegie Hall
VOA
25 Dec 1949
52nd Street Theme
Charlie Parker and Miles Davis
’Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
4 Sep 1948
All The Things You Are
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
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January Newsletter – Happy New Year


What’s Happening?
SOLD OUT 5 YEARS RUNNING
Greg Poppleton at Great Art Deco Ball 

Blue Mountains 1920s Festival 3 FebBuilders Club Wollongong 4 Feb
Penrith RSL 10 Mar
Jazz at the Pines Dural 18 Mar
More dates and info

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with band. We play for weddings, corporate events and house parties, as well as festivals, clubs and balls.
Contact us now.

Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

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

1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 1
Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at:
https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com

1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 2
Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at:
https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com

1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 3
Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at:
https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com

December Band Photos

Sydney Town Hall

A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s by singer Greg Poppleton…

See article »

Art Gallery Xmas Party

The Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s trio never dreamt we’d one day meet royalty! To set the scene…

See article »

Contact Greg’s management, Tony Jex, directly at OzManagement for all performance enquiries, private events and functions: info@ozmanagement.com

Latest Greg Poppleton Live Music Clip – Tea For Two


Hi, here’s the latest live Greg Poppleton clip. It’s Tea for Two, written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar for the 1925 musical No, No, Nannette.

An audience member filmed this on their smartphone at the latest Greg Poppleton show at Sydney Rowers.

The band and I hope you will enjoy the Tea for Two Cha-Cha and give it a thumb up on YouTube!

I also took some photos for you below.

Only the first minute of the video was useable. As people came up to dance, the band was obscured from the camera’s view. And their was camera shake and blur.

We’ll be back at Sydney Rowing Club on the beautiful Parramatta River on Easter Sunday 1 April.

Check out where we’ll be next on the band website gregpoppletonmusic.com
Drum kit, Parramatta River, Greg Poppleton band, 1920s - 30s swing and jazz at Sydney Rowing ClubLooking through the drum kit at the Parramatta River below from the Greg Poppleton bandstand at Sydney Rowing Club.

Dancers, dancing, Greg Poppleton, Sydney 1920s-1930s jazz singerDancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s-1930s songs

Greg Poppleton 1920s jazz band quartetThe Greg Poppleton band in silhouette.

1920s-30s swing musicians Greg Poppleton bandGreg Poppleton band. (L-r) Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Stan Valacos double bass, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Damon Poppleton alto sax and clarinet.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and megaphoneGreg Poppleton singing through his 1920s megaphone.

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Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer

Were You At Sydney Town Hall?


Community variety shows are such fun. The Greg Poppleton band got the joint jumping in the Lower Sydney Town Hall Ballroom today. A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s played by singer Greg Poppleton and his quartet of world-toured jazz musicians…

We filled the dance floor as you can see in this photoGreg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer and jazz band, filled the dance floor


And lots of guests wanted their photos taken with me singing. I managed to get some of the photo takers to capture a few snaps on my phone, tooAnd lots of guests wanted their photos taken with me singing. I managed to get some of the photo takers to capture a few snaps on my phone, too

Greg Poppleton at the Sydney Town Hall Christmas Concert


Keeping the beat on drum kit and washboard with the Greg Poppleton band was Adam Barnard.Keeping the beat on drum kit and washboard with the Greg Poppleton band was Adam Barnard.

One of the acts I managed to get a photo of while they were rehearsing before the show was The Friendship Bridge Dance Group.One of the acts I managed to get a photo of while they were rehearsing before the show was The Friendship Bridge Dance Group.

I also had my photo taken with the Friendship Bridge Dance Group as the Greg Poppleton band played, 'This Time The Dream's On Me'.I also had my photo taken with the Friendship Bridge Dance Group as the Greg Poppleton band played, ‘This Time The Dream’s On Me’.

There was also Welcome to Country by Aunty Norma Ingram, Cultural Dance and song in a variety of Aboriginal Languages by Terry Olsen, Zumba Flash Mob,  Community Theatre with Kelly on piano (who I hadn’t seen since last century), Thor the Magician, the St Mary’s Cathedral Boys Choir and a wonderful MC.

Sydney's popular Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, welcomed the concert goers. She was mobbed as she went from table to table.Sydney’s popular Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, welcomed the concert goers. She was mobbed as she went from table to table.


Geoff Power doubled sousaphone and cornet with the Greg Poppleton bandGeoff Power doubled sousaphone and cornet with the Greg Poppleton band

The Greg Poppleton band instruments on stage and sound-checked ready for the show.The Greg Poppleton band instruments on stage and sound-checked ready for the show.

Paul Furniss doubled clarinet and alto sax. Grahame Conlon doubled guitar and banjo with the Greg Poppleton band.Paul Furniss doubled clarinet and alto sax. Grahame Conlon doubled guitar and banjo with the Greg Poppleton band.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer. Operatically trained, entertaining and energetic, Greg puts on a show full of verve and exceptional musicianship by the world-toured band.

We play for festivals, clubs, bars and all private occasions.

Visit: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Greg Poppleton Newsletter Nov 2017 – Kiama Wedding and Sydney Town Hall Event


What’s Happening?
Wedding Kiama 4 Nov
Penrith RSL 11 Nov
Bondi Pavilion 15 Nov
Private Event Sydney Town Hall 23 Nov

Need Music?
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with duo to big band. Sounds fabulous? 
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Wedding

Having a live 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing band can make a fantastic difference to your wedding, but having Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer and band gives you the biggest emotional impact. We’re looking forward to playing a wedding this Saturday in Kiama for an excited bride and groom who were thrilled when they saw the band at the Corrimal Hotel last month. Read Greg’s article about the wedding in the photo above, and find out how Greg Poppleton and the band can add real 1920s – 1930s charm to your special day.

Coming to Penrith RSL 11 November

Greg and the 1920s – 1930s band are heading west to one our favourite venues, Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith, 2-5pm. We’ve been playing at Penrith for nine years and the local jazz club tells us we are one of their most popular bands.

In the band with Greg on Armistice Day:
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo (Mellotones)
Stan Kenton – double bass (Mellotones)
Damon Poppleton – alto sax (Anna Vriend)
Bob Gillespie – drums (Maynard Fergusson, Lovelace Watkins, touring Glenn Miller Orchestra)

Dance floor, child friendly, affordable bar and bistro. FREE entry!
Drop in for as long as you like – you don’t have to stay for the whole show, though most people do. Read Greg’s article with photos about the band’s August 2017 Penrith RSL show.

Sydney Town Hall 23 November

Greg Poppleton and his 4-piece 1920s – 1930s Jazz and Swing band entertain in a private show with other acts in Sydney Town Hall, 23 November. Greg, singing in real 1920s – 1930s style, will be accompanied by his internationally toured band musicians Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Paul Furniss alto sax and clarinet, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Adam Barnard drums and washboard. Book Greg for your event

Could You Get A Fax In 1938?

Yes. WOR New York makes its 1938 announcement about ‘Radio Fax’ on next Tuesday’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. Every week, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney, online and over 23 radio stations across Australia, Greg Poppleton presents The Phantom Dancer, his multi-award-winning non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

Read Greg’s article about 1930s Radio Fax along with next week’s Phantom Dancer swing play list and Greg’s historic Video of the Week feature.

October Band Photos


Builders Club
Three years at the Builders Club and another fun afternoon with our Wollongong friends. See article »


Corrimal Hotel
A full house for the whole afternoon as Greg Poppleton and band played for the Illawarra Jazz Club. See article »

Contact Greg’s management, Tony Jex, directly at OzManagement for all performance enquiries, private events and functions: info@ozmanagement.com

Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s Singer Speakeasy Photos – Builders Club Wollongong Show 22 October


It’s always a pleasure to be invited back to The Basement in Wollongong to sing the songs of the 1920s – 1930s with my band – Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.

We turn the intimate cellar into a speakeasy with authentic 1920s – 30s vocals and songs.

We introduced some new old songs to the repertoire for The Basement in the Wollongong Builders Club, including The Continental (as sung by Ginger Rogers), My Canary Has Circle Under His Eyes (as sing by Marion Harris) and Singing In The Bathtub (as sing by Winnie Lightner).

I took some photos for you.

We’re playing next at Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith, Saturday 11 November, 2 – 5pm. FREE!

For more info about the band and band bookings, please visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing singer and band leader
Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s jazz swing singer and band leader
Damon Poppleton, alto sax, with Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz band
Damon Poppleton, alto sax, with Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s jazz band
Dave Clayton, double bass, Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing band
Dave Clayton, double bass, Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s jazz swing band
Grahame Conlon, guitar doubling banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing band
Grahame Conlon, guitar doubling banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s jazz swing band
Builders Club mural, Wollongong
Builders Club mural, Wollongong

Please visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

19 August Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz Photos


Thank you to all of you who came to Penrith RSL for jazz this Saturday and made the afternoon so much fun.

The jazz audience at Penrith RSL make the whole afternoon a great social occasion, so the band and I always look forward to playing in the city by the Nepean.

In fact, we’ll be back at Penrith RSL for Armistice Day, 11 November, 2 – 5pm.

With me in the band today as I sang the songs of the 1920s and 1930s, we had, by special request, the great honour of being joined by bass brass virtuoso, Cazzbo Johns, formerly of the Australian Opera.

Bob Gillespie, musical director for Lovelace Watkins and drummer for Maynard Fergusson’s English Band was on the kit.

Guitarist for Ricky May, Grahame Conlon, swung on his Spanish guitar and banjo.

Damon Poppleton, aged 14, jammed on alto and tenor saxes. And Flynn Poppleton, age 10, sat in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street.

As always, I’ve taken some happy snaps for you below. See you at Penrith, 11 November!

Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton, the sign in front of the Penrith RSL building.
Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton, the sign in front of the Penrith RSL building.

 

Here I am saying cheese as the band plays Cherokee. Greg Poppleton 1920-30s vocals, Bob Gillespie drums, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Here I am saying cheese as the band plays Cherokee. Greg Poppleton 1920-30s vocals, Bob Gillespie drums, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Damon Poppleton alto sax.

 

Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.
Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.

Please visit the band website: gregpoppletonmusic.com