Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer and his Jazz Deco trio had the honour of playing for dancers at Elizabeth Bay House for the exclusive 2012 VE Day GI Dance.
Greg sang the songs popular in the early 1940s in his naturally true-to-the-era dance band singer style.
Some say his voice reminds them of Al Bowlly. Others say Ray Eberle.
And his small band is definitely 1940s Sydney when the majority of bands playing for dancers through the suburbs were trios to sextets. (Check out Greg Poppleton’s ABC Radio National documentary about Sydney’s 1942-45 Booker T Washington Club for U.S African-American service personnel. The band that played there was mainly a quartet.)
This fantastic evening celebrated the GI Dances held across Sydney in grand houses like Elizabeth Bay House during the Second World War.
Over a hundred guests filled the historic mansion dressed in 1940s style, many in authentic 1940s uniforms.
They danced to Greg Poppleton playing A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square,White Cliffs Of Dover, I’ve Heard That Song Before and many other pop songs of the early 1940s.
At the end of the night, the band lead the guests in singing We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn’s post-WWII hit Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart.
Guests calling for an encore spontaneously sang out two choruses of Bless Them All as a gloriously emotional end to the dancing!
Guests were also treated at the dance to period 1940s cuisine, swing dance classes, 1940s makeovers, live drawing classes, the very funny ‘1940s paperboy’ MC with prizes for the best-dressed
All guests were gloriously dressed in vintage style, with many in authentic clothes and uniforms from the era, as you can see in the photos.
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only 1920s – 1930s style singer with duo to 6-piece band. He can also offer a 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra and 1930s-40s Swing Orchestra playing Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.
It’s always a great pleasure singing the songs of the 1920s – 30s to the always appreciative audience in The Basement of The Builders Club, Wollongong.
And it’s also always a great joy to sing with swinging Grahame Conlon on guitar and doubling on banjo, and the spontaneous Dave Clayton on double bass.
Songs in English, German, Italian and Spanish included Tip Toe Through The Tulips, El Mansiero, Dove e Quando?, Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt and My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes.
The Builders Club has jazz in The Basement every Sunday 2:30 – 5:30pm. Free!
We’ll be back at The Builders Club in August and November. We hope to see you there, too. And if you want Greg Poppleton at your place, Enquire Now
Your Greg Poppleton newsletter for the Merrie Month of May invites you to come and be merry with us…
SUNDAY 6 MAY
This is always a fun show.
Builders Club (The Basement), 61 Church St, Wollongong. 2-30-5-30pm. Free. 18+ only. (Restaurant, cafe, bar upstairs and free car park)
– with Grahame Conlon (guitar/banjo) & Dave Clayton (double bass)
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 12 / 13 MAY
Meantime, as an actor (not band related), I’m busy rehearsing for four massive ‘Wizards’ Brunch and Dinner shows being held in the gothic Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall at Sydney University. TICKETS AND MORE INFO
There’s five live Phantom Dancer shows on 107.3 2SER radio for your listening pleasure this month. Every Tuesday, 12:04-2pm and any time online. See the 1 May play list below. LISTEN TO PAST SHOWS HERE
‘Sweet Lorraine’, Greg Poppleton Sextet with SwingKatz dancers…
Sweet Lorraine is a popular song and jazz standard composed by Cliff Burwell with words by the lyricist of ‘Deep Purple’, Mitchell Parish. It was published in 1928. It was recorded most famously by Rudy Vallee in 1928 and Nat King Cole in 1940.
Here is a live 30 sec clip, with SwingKatz dancers, of Greg Poppleton singing the song with his Sextet.
Enjoy! And if you’re so inclined, please give it a thumbs up on YouTube and share. Thank you.