23 April 2018 Phantom Dancer – Bea Wain First To Record ‘Over The Rainbow’


You’ll hear some very loving and touching words on today’s Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer, presented every week by actor, Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer goes live from 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday after the noon news.

It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV sent to 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 24 April), and past Phantom Dancers, online at radio 2ser.com

In the mix this week, live 1930s-60s radio by Bob Crosby, Sammy Kaye, Al Trace, Larry Clinton and Bea Wain. See the full play list below.

THOSE TOUCHING WORDS?

“Beautiful, Bea Wain, beautiful.”

Who’s Bea Wain? She’s one of the greatest singers of the Swing Era and my absolute favourite.

Who said those words? You’ll hear them on today’s Phantom Dancer in the Bea Wain set, incidentally.

It was Andre Baruch, award-winning network radio announcer, who said them spontaneously as the announcer for the 1939 ‘Your Hit Parade’ after Bea Wain sang, ‘O, You Crazy Moon’.

They were married in 1938 and remained together until his death 53 years later. Bea Wain died last August aged 100.

THE UNSUNG SINGING GREAT

Bea Wain began singing on local radio at age six. She lived in the Bronx. Her accent disappeared when she sang. She had four No. 1 hits. And she never had a singing lesson.

She also had her name shortened from Beatrice to Bea by some unknown radio exec, to save space on record labels.

Quoting from her New York Times obituary,
“I never wanted anybody to teach me how to sing,” she said in an interview with Sara Fishko for the New York public radio station WNYC in 2013. “I had piano, elocution and dancing lessons, but never singing lessons.”

And she went on to sing professionally past the age of 90.

THE BIG BREAK

Was a big band arranger and in 1938 was forming a swing band with big RCA – NBC promotion. You’ll hear the band broadcasting ‘The RCA Campus Club’ from the Glen island Casino on today’s Phantom Dancer. The singer he hired to front this important band was Bea Wain.

How’d he find her.

She was in the chorus for the Kate Smith Radio Show. She stepped forward for an eight bar solo. That was enough for Clinton. She was hired. Again quoting from her NYT obit:

“The impeccable Wain never fails to captivate us as Clinton’s brassmen play natty little curlicues around her,” Will Friedwald wrote in his book “Jazz Singing: America’s Great Voices From Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond” (1990).Bea wain

OVER THE RAINBOW

In 1939 Billboard magazine’s college poll voted her the most popular female vocalist. Ella Fitzgerald was second.

In 1938 she was the first to record ‘Over The Rainbow’ from the film, ‘The Wizard of Oz’. MGM, which owned the rights, stopped the record from being issued until after the film, and Judy Garland’s version (who sang it in the movie) was released.

Wain’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ is the Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. It’s interesting to hear the first-ever version, totally untouched by Garland’s version.

Wain said in a 1988 interview, that when Helen O’Connell, a fellow big band singer, was asked how it felt to be a part of music history, she replied, “If I knew it was history, we would have paid more attention.”

HIT RECORDS

In a short recording career of just a few years (she got tired of touring and the poor recording fees and rarely made records after 18 months with the Clinton band), Bea Wain had four hit records, all with Larry Clinton’s Orchestra .
1. Heart and Soul, which she introduced in the short ‘A Song is Born’ announced by Andre Baruch
2. Deep Purple
3. Cry, Baby, Cry
4. My Reverie, an up-tempo version of the Debussy piano piece ‘Reverie’ with lyrics by Larry Clinton.

‘My Reverie’ became Bea Wain’s theme song but, quoting from her New York Times obituary, “it was almost scrapped when Debussy’s heirs learned, to their horror, that the music had been adapted for a pop audience with a brisk tempo and lyrics.

But when Larry Clinton sent them his recording, Wain recalled, they replied, “If this girl sings it, O.K”

MR AND MRS MUSIC

After the World War Two, during which Bea Wain sung in Army Camps and her husband, Andre Baruch served overseas, the couple became ‘Mr and Mrs Music,’ a daily program on WMCA, New York, on which they doubled as disc jockeys and interviewers.

bea wain and andre baruch

 

They continued on radio when they moved to Palm Springs in 1973 and retired from being DJs in 1980.

After that, Bea Wain sang on TV and in clubs, (there’s a 1983 TV medley of her 1938-39 hits on YouTube).

Quoting from the Wiki article on Wain, she told Christopher Popa in a 2004 interview, “Actually, I’ve had a wonderful life, a wonderful career. And I’m still singing, and I’m still singing pretty good. This past December, I did a series of shows in Palm Springs, California, and the review said, “Bea Wain is still a giant.” It’s something called Musical Chairs. I did six shows in six different venues, and I was a smash. And I really got a kick out of it.”

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week the first recording of ‘Over The Rainbow’ sung by Bea Wain in 1938 but not released until after the ‘Wizard of Oz’ (in which the song features) came out in 1939. Enjoy this original take wholly uninfluenced by Judy Garland…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #313

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 April 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye
Theme + Elmers Tune
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Three Kaydettes
‘Spotlight Bands’
Washington DC
Blue Network
31 Jan 1942
Ad + It’s a Great Feeling
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Kaydettes
‘Sammy Kaye Showreel’
Radio Transcription
1949
Medley: How Deep is the Ocean? + I’m In The Mood For Love + Avalon + Close
Sammy Kaye Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Set 2
Bob Crosby
Open + Mama Why Don’t You Dance With Me
Bob Crosby and The Modernaires (voc) Jerry Gray Orchestra
‘Club 15’
KNX CBS LA
25 Nov 1947
Don’t Forget Tonight Tomorrow
Bob Crosby (voc) Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hollywood Palladium
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Muskrat Ramble
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1950
Set 3
WGN Parade of Bands Home Recordings
Open + Isn’t It Romantic
Al Trace and his Shuffle Rhythm
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Marie + Linger Awhile
Ted Fio Rito Orchestra
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Chez Paree
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Bella Bella Marie + Medley: In My Dreams + I Love You So Much It Hurts
Jimmy Featherstone Orchestra (voc) JF and Peggy Murdoch
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Set 4
Bea Wain
East of the Sun
Bea Wain (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Jul 1938
Try, Try Again
Bea Wain and Band (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Jul 1938
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Bea Wain
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Oct 1939
Set 5
Swing Trumpet Stars on Ballads
Cirribirribin (theme) + You’re In Love With Someone Else
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Hotel Astor Roof
WABC CBS NY
28 Aug 1942
Oh What It Seemed To Be
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Mitchell
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Goodnight, Good Neighbour
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Daye
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Feb 1945
Clouds
Henry Busse Orchestra (voc) Carl Grayson
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1935
Set 6
Hal Kemp and Skinnay Ennis Sells Beauty Creme
When Summer Is Gone (theme) + You’ve Got Me Crying Again
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Last Year’s Girl
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
It’s Only A Paper Moon + Ad
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
I Couldn’t Tell Them What To Do
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 7
1950s-60s Radio Swing Bands
One O’Clock Jump + Blee Blop Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Cohn’s Alley
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Peony park
WOW NBC Omaha
1954
Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Flashback From The Future
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Aircheck
24 Oct 1965
Set 8
Mickey Mouse Bands Live and Transcribed
Romance (theme) + We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Ray Herbeck and his Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
24 Nov 1947
I’ll See You In My dreams
Jan Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1941
Would It Make Any Difference To You?
Carl Ravazza Orchestra (voc) CR
Radio Transcription
1943
Can’t We Be Friends?
Johnny Mesner Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
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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

January Newsletter – Happy New Year


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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…

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Art Gallery Xmas Party

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

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Could you Buy a Fax Machine before 1988? 7 November Phantom Dancer Play List


Yes you could – in 1938!

And the faxes were sent over AM radio, not the phone line.

Hear one in operation on today’s Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV (and with a whole hour of live 1930s swing radio today).

I bring you The Phantom Dancer every Tuesday after the midday news on 107.3 2SER and online at radio 2ser.com

A 1938 radio fax used to promote personalities on the radio station transmitting it
A 1938 radio fax used to promote personalities on the radio station transmitting it. Three generations of John Gamblings broadcast on New York City radio between 1925 and September 2016.

1930s RADIO FAXES
On today’s Phantom Dancer, marvel at the ‘pump and wheeze’ sound of a 1930s fax machine taken from a recording made in 1938 to introduce WOR New York’s new radio fax service.

As the radio announcer and station engineer tell us, the fax service is a ‘new breakthrough’ in radio to transmit news and information overnight to subscribers with radio fax machine in their homes.

About a dozen US AM radio stations in the late 1930s transmitted a radio fax service, with news faxes sent between midnight and 6am when the stations were ordinarily shut down.

A WOR radio fax from 1938
A WOR radio fax from 1938

Static was a problem. Static from a passing car or lightening could wipe out whole pages of information.

By the early 1940s shortwave and ultra short wave frequencies were set aside solely for the transmission of faxes.

When FM radio was introduced after WW2, some FM stations transmitted radio faxes on their broader bandwidth subcarriers. A page of news and pictures would take 15 minutes to be printed from an FM service.

So easy to use, even a child can operate it. A 1938 publicity photo shows a Finch home printer receiving a facsimile newspaper from WWJ in Detroit. (Detroit News Archives)
So easy to use, even a child can operate it. A 1938 publicity photo shows a Finch home printer receiving a facsimile newspaper from WWJ in Detroit. (Detroit News Archives, The Radio Historian)

Lack of public interest in this expensive substitute newspaper technology killed the mass production of home radio fax machines.

However, radio facsimile was still in use for the transmission of weather maps by satellite in 2010.

See the full Phantom Dancer play list below, including the 1938 announcement of WOR’s radio fax service.

Internet source:
http://www.theradiohistorian.org/Radiofax/newspaper_of_the_air1.htm

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer. He is also a film and TV actor who has worked with Adrien Brody, Nicole Kidman, John Goodman and many others.
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PHANTOM DANCER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #286

107.3 2SER Tuesday 7 November 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 23 other stations.

Set 1
Raymond Scott on 1940-41 Radio
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Wellesley High Jump
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
21 Oct 1940
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + A Symphony Under The Stars
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Bermuda Room
Hotel Brunswick
WBZ NBC Boston
6 Dec 1941
Huckleberry Duck + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
1 Nov 1940
Set 2
A New Radio Service
Il Pesce e l’Uccellina
EIAR Orchestra Moderna (voc) Silvana Fioresi and Trio Lescano
Comm Rec
Rome
1938
Facsimile ‘Visual’ Radio
Interview
WOR Mutual NYC
9 Feb 1938
Set 3
1930s Local Radio Music
Theme + Sugar + On The Lone Prairie + When The Rest of the Crowd Goes Home + Heigh Ho + Theme
Our Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Set 4
1935-36 Radio
Open + Ad Music + I Got Rhythm
Freddy Rich Orchestra
’Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Sleep (theme) + On Your Toes
Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians (voc) Johnny Davis and Trio
’Ford Show’
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1936
Syncopated Love Song
Nathaniel Shilkret
KFI NBC LA
1935
Set 5
Swing on 1939 Radio
Top Hat Shuffle
Jan Savitt Top Hatters
Radio Transcription
New York
1939
Basin Street Blues
Jack Teagarden and Benny Goodman
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
31 Jan 1939
You Can Count On Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Boston
26 Jul 1939
Man From Mars + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
21 Oct 1939
Set 6
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra on the Air
Theme + Little John
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Casa Mañana
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
Honey Dripper
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Blue Network
23 Nov 1945
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
I Need a Lift
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Casa Mañana
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 May 1945
Wham + For Dancers Only
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Band
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Set 7
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra on 1955-56 Radio
Theme + Opus No. 1
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Ridin’ Around in the Rain (voc) Dolly Houston
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Apr 1956
I’ll Always Be In Love With You
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Mar 1956
Tender Trap
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer
’NBC Bandstand’
NBC Radio and TV NY
1956
Set 8
Bop and Cool
Broadway
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WJZ NYC
9 May 1953
Sugar Beat
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
2 Dec 1947
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1957
Koko + Anthropology (theme)
Barry Ulanov All Star Metronome Jazzmen
WOR Mutual NY
8 Nov 1947

21 February 2017 Phantom Dancer Swing Jazz Mix – Why Is It So? (1960s TV)


The Phantom Dancer radio show is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton since 1985.

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

You can hear it archived online now at radio 2ser.com

In the Phantom Dancer mix this week: (in the last hour of vinyl) airchecks by the Benny Goodman Orchestra and alumni Gene Krupa, Helen Ward and Harry James plus a set of women bands on radio including Ella Fitzgerald and Ann Mae Winburn.

See the full play list below.

Your Phantom Dancer video of the Week is another educational ‘Why Is It So?’ from ABC TV Sydney in the 1960s. In this episode, Professor Julius Sumner Miller investigates the fascinating physics behind balance.

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 #252

107.3 2SER Tuesday 21 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
Woody Herman on 1944 – 46 Radio
Blue Flame (theme) + Irresistible You
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York City
21 Aug 1944
Bijou
Woody Herman Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York City
23 Jul 1945
Wild Root + Blue Flame (theme)
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘Wild Root Creme Oil Show’
Eastwood Gardens
ABC Detroit Mich.
26 Apr 1946
Set 2
1950s Novelty Songs on the Radio
The Thing
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) PH and Band
Aircheck
Hollywood
1950
Wimoweh
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Band
Starlite Roof
Edgewater Hotel
CBS Madison Wis.
4 Aug 1952
Old Piano Roll Rock
Vincent Lopez Orchestra (voc) Johnny Messner
‘One Night Stand’
Grill Room
Hotel Taft NYC
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Set 3
Piano Jazz and Dance on 1930s Radio
If You Were Someone Else + You and I Know + Goodbye Jonah
Fairchild and Carroll
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Sep 1937
The New York Boat
Ramona
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue
2 Feb 1936
Oceans of Time + Let’s Face The Music and Dance (close)
Dick Carroll and his Music
‘The World Dances’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Set 4
Stank Kenton 1941-45 Radio Transcriptions
Got A Penny, Jenny?
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) June Christy
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Dec 1945
Flamingo
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Red Dorris
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
6 Jan 1942
I Haven’t Got The Heart + Artistry In Rhythm (theme)
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Oct 1941
Set 5
Benny Goodman and alumni
Intro + Sugarfoot Stmp
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield Mass
Blue Network
29 Sep 1943
Theme + Amour
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
Aircheck
1941
My Funny Valentine
Helen Ward
‘Eddie Condon’s Floorshow’
WNBT-TV NBC NY
29 Mar 1949
Feet Draggin’ Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
Chatterbox
Mountainside NJ
Feb 1940
Set 6
Early 1930s Radio and Film Music
Gnädige Frau komm und spiel mit mir
Hans Albers
‘Quick’ (film)
Berlin
19 32
Wagon Wheels
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘Chrysler Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
You’re My Everything
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Pete Fylling
Peacock Court
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KGO NBC San Francisco
1932
Somebody Love Me
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Gelatine Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Set 7
Women Band Leaders on 1940s Radio
Galvanising
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
The Boogie Woogie Girl
Dorothy Chatman Orchestra (voc) Sammy Price
Comm Rec
New York City
6 Apr 1944
Central Avenue Boogie
Anna Mae Winburn (voc) International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Chewin’ Gum + I Wanna Be A Rug Cutter
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra (voc) EF
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Mar 1940
Set 8
Jazz on 1950s Telly
Them There Eyes
Billie Holliday
‘Tonight Show’
NBC Hollywood
1958
Ellington Medley
Duke Ellington (piano) Tommy Dorsey (tb) Jimmy Dorsey (as) Lee Castle (tp) Buddy Rich (d) and Orchestra
‘Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show’
CBS-TV NY
1 Jan 1955
St Louis Blues Jam Session
Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Gene Krupa, lionel Hampton and more
‘Second Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS-TV NY
30 Apr 1958

29 March Phantom Dancer – Frances Carroll and the Coquettes Vitaphone Short (1939)


The 29 March Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1930s – 1950s radio and TV with Greg Poppleton on 107.3 2SER.

Today we’ve got the Blues from 1945 radio, Rock’n’Roll from 1956 radio, Swing from 1930s radio, Singers on 1940s radio and Dance Bands from 1933 radio.

The Johnny Otis Orchestra plays the blues in 1945. Otis claimed to have ‘invented’ rock’n’roll. So it’s no coincidence that the set following Otis’ features Downbeat’s No. 1 rock’n’roll dance band for 1956 – Count Basie. And the Count in turn is backing acts on the ‘King of Rock’n’Roll’s’ live 1956 CBS radio show, ‘Alan Freed’s Saturday Night Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’.

Listen NOW ONLINE at 2ser.com

The final hour of the mix is all vinyl.

The Phantom Dancer is also conveniently live-streamed as the show goes to air on Tuesdays 12 – 2pm EDST (1 – 3am GMT), http://www.2ser.com.

After the Tuesday broadcast, you can hear the show and past Phantom Dancers online at 2ser.com/Phantom_Dancer.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is a 1939 Vitaphone short featuring Frances Carroll and her Swing Orchestra with the stunning drumming of Viola Smith (one of her sisters plays clarinet in The Coquettes).

Smith penned an article in 1942 for Down Beat magazine titled “Give Girl Musicians a Break!”.

She argued that woman musicians could play just as well as men, writing, “In these times of national emergency, many of the star instrumentalists of the big name bands are being drafted. Instead of replacing them with what may be mediocre talent, why not let some of the great girl musicians of the country take their place?” Why is there still such a gender imbalance in popular music today?

Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #207

107.3 2SER Tuesday 29 March 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 20 other stations.

Set 1
Woody Herman and the Band That Plays The Blues On Air
Open + Chopping Wood
Woody Herman Orchestra
Famous Door
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jan 1940
Time Waits For No One
Woody Herman and the First Herd (voc) Frances Wayne
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
17 Oct 1944
Early Autumn
Woody Herman and the Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Royal Grove
Peony Park
WOW NBC Omaha
1948
Set 2
Dance Bands On 1933 Radio
Open + Moon Song
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Lee Norton
‘Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Stardust
A&P Gypsies (voc) Frank Parker
‘A&P Gypsies’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1933
Dardenella + Caucasian March + Close (Two Guitars)
A&P Gypsies
‘A&P Gypsies’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1933
Set 3
Claude Thornhill Piano-Playing Band Leader on 1930s – 40s Radio
Classics in Jazz + Flight of the Bumble Bee
Claude Thornhill (piano) Leith Stevens Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 June 1937
Walking Stick
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ ABC NY
22 Sep 1947
At Sundown + Close
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Gene Williams
‘One Night Stand’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
AFRS re-broadcast
23 Jun 1947
Set 4
Singers on AFRS
Open + Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby
Johnny Mercer (voc) Paul Weston Orchestra
‘Johnny Mercer’s Music Shop’
AFRS re-broadcast
Jun 1944
Walk A Little Talk A Little
Ginny Simms (voc) Cookie Fairchild Orchestra
‘Personal Album’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Swingin’ On A Star + Just You Just Me (Close)
The Smoothies
‘The Smoothie Song Shop’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Set 5
Songs by Gershwin
Mischa, Yascha, Tascha, Sacha
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) The Modernaires
‘Everybody’s Music Hour’
WABC CBS NY
10 Jun 1938
I’ve Got A Crush On You
Eddie Condon Group (voc) Lee Wiley
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue Network
New York City
5 Aug 1944
George Gershwin Medley
Eddie Condon Group (voc) Helen Ward
‘Eddie Condon’s Floorshow’
WNBT-TV NBC NY
9 Jul 1949
Set 6
Swing Bands on 1930s Radio
One Night Stand
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Aircheck
10 Jun 1939
Every Tub + Song of the Wanderer
Count Basie Orchestra
‘America Dances’
Famous Door
WABC CBS NY / BBC London
Jul 1938
Joseph Joseph
Benny Goodman Quartet BG (cl) Lionel Hampton (vb) Teddy Wilson (piano) Dave Tough (d)
Ritz Carlton Hotel
CBS Boston
24 May 1938
Intro + Murdy Purdy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Aircheck
28 Nov 1938
Set 7
Jazz Blues on 1945 Radio
Empty Bed Blues / Love My Baby / Improvised Blues
Johnny Otis Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson and Joe Turner
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Set 8
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’ 1956 – 57 Radio
Let’s Face It
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre
Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1957
I Almost Lost My Mind
Ivory Joe Hunter with Count Basie’s Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre
Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
I’ll Be True
Faye Adams (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre
Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog
Gene Vincent (voc) and The Blue Caps
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre
Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Woe Is Me
The Cadillacs (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre
Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Be Bop A Lula + One O’Clock Jump
Gene Vincent (voc) and the Blue Caps with Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre
Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956

Julius Sumner Miller 42 Electric Currents. Phantom Dancer Radio Show 21 July 2015


Here is your Phantom Dancer play list for Tuesday 21 July 107.3 2SER Sydney 12noon – 2pm and online at http://www.2ser.com

LISTEN NOW ONLINE in the 2SER ARCHIVE

This week’s 2 hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio has Miles Davis and John Coltrane live in 1957, Wild Bill Davison and the crew from ‘This is Jazz’ in 1947 and Sydney swing band leader Frank Coughlan from 1937. All very symmetrical. And of course there’s a whole 2 hours of non-stop live swing and jazz, including a set of the great woman jazz singers, with the last half of the show being ALL VINYL. See the play list below.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Julius Sumner Miller giving Dramatic Demonstrations in Physics on the matter of The Properties and Effects of Electric Currents. This is program 42, recorded at ABC-TV in Sydney in 1969. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #167

107.3 2SER Tuesday 21 July 2015
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:03 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)Repeat Sunday 2SER 5 – 6pm

Set 1
It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Frank Coughlan Trocadero Orchestra (voc) Barbara James
Comm Rec
Sydney
Jul 1937
Open + Kentucky
Bob Strong Orchestra (voc) Tony Fiola
‘One Night Stand’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Aug 1944
Sing a Song of Sixpence + Close
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Apr 1949
Set 2
Intro + Sweet Georgia Brown
Wild Bill Davison, George Brunies and others
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
20 Apr 1947
Intro + Amapola
Henry Levine and his Dixieland Octet
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue
11 Aug 1941
Lazybones + Close
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
30 Apr 1955
Set 3
Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
Carroll Gibbons and his Boyfriends
Comm Rec
London
17 Dec 1931
Yankee Doodle Never Went To Town
The Dodge Orchestra
‘The Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York
1936
Two Guitars + Auf Wiedersehen
George Shackley Ensemble
‘Nehi Program’
Radio Transcription
New York
7 May 1932
Set 4
Tequila
Ted Heath Orchestra
‘NBC International Bandstand’
London (BBC)
2 Mar 1959
Four
Miles Davis and John Coltrane
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NY
1957
Mambo The Most + Close
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All Star Parade of Bands’
Royal Grove
Peony Park
WOW NBC Omaha
1948
Set 5
Just As Long As The World Goes Around
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
Oct 1935
King Porter Stomp
Harry James Orchestra
‘America Dances’
BBC London via CBS New York
19 Jul 1939
Georgine
Hans Rehmstedt Orchestra (voc) Rudi Schuricke
Comm Rec
Berlin
Jul 1939
Prisoner’s Song
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
Set 6
Open + Fine & Mellow
Billie Holliday
‘Art Ford Show’
New York
1956
Million Dollar Smile
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
16 Nov 1944
Deed I Do
Lena Horne (voc) Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
I Cover The Waterfront
Sarah Vaughan
‘Eddie Condon’s Floorshow’
WPIX TV NY
13 Dec 1948
Set 7
K.C. Stride
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
New York
21 Apr 1944
Wire Brush Stomp
Gene Krupa Trio
‘Spotlight Bands’
Newport RI
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Scuttlebutt
Artie Shaw’s Gramercy 5
‘Spotlight Bands’
Fort Ord Ca
Blue Network
19 Sep 1945
Mr Chips + Blue’n’Boogie
Billy Eckstine Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Mar 1945
Set 8
BeBop
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA New York
12 Feb 1949
Hoffnung Interview
Gerard Hoffnung and Charles Richardson
‘Saturday Night on the Light’
BBC Light Programme
London
1955
Dark Shadows
Charlie Parker Quartet (inc Erroll Garner piano)
Comm Rec
Hollywood
19 Feb 1947
Sweet Lorraine
Benny Goodman Trio
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
KNX CBS NY
26 Jan 1946