Community Christmas Carols at Fairfield Museum


The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s band were thrilled to be invited back to play for the Fairfield City Museum Christmas Concert.

And I was also honoured to MC this yearly community event.

With music and stalls, there’s a always a real buzz in the air at this beautiful, open air museum and art gallery celebrating Fairfield’s history and community.

Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s quartet opened festivities with Grahame Conlon guitar, Al Davey trombone and Damon Poppleton alto sax while I sang and MCed.

I also sang Besume Mucho in Spanish for the first time, with the Spanish Speaking Choir joining in from the audience and applauding enthusiastically at the end.

Community performances were by:
– Shae Mowen School of Dance,
– The Choir of Love, (Chaldean, Assyrian, Syriac)
– Spanish Speaking Community Choir
– Karen Children’s & Adult’s Choir
– William Stimson Public School, Wetherill Park.

And it turned out that the sound man was Santa all along, with bags of lollies for the kids!

The audience gets ready for Christmas Carols at Fairfield City Museum with Greg Poppleton and community choirs.
The audience gets ready for Christmas Carols at Fairfield City Museum with Greg Poppleton and community choirs.

 

1920s-1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, on stage with, Al Davey, trombone.
1920s-1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, on stage with, Al Davey, trombone.

 

The Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s swing jazz band with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Al Davey trombone.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s swing jazz band with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Al Davey trombone.

 

The Choir of Love - Chaldean, Assyrian, Syriac singers. They finished with the Arabic version of Jingle Bells, in D, Lailet Eid (happy festival).
The Choir of Love – popular Chaldean, Assyrian, Syriac singers. They finished their set with the Arabic version of Jingle Bells, in D, Lailet Eid (happy festival).

 

Fairfield Xmas veterans like Greg Poppleton, The Spanish Speaking Community Choir was established in 2012 as an initiative of the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors STARTTS. Over the last 5 years the SSCC has reunited members from all over Central and South America and Spain singing together in one voice the most popular and classic Latin-American repertoire and keeping alive their Latin roots. They finished their set with Feliz Navidad.
Fairfield Xmas veterans like Greg Poppleton, The Spanish Speaking Community Choir was established in 2012 as an initiative of the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors STARTTS. Over the last 5 years the SSCC has reunited members from all over Central and South America and Spain singing together in one voice the most popular and classic Latin-American repertoire and keeping alive their Latin roots. They finished their set with Feliz Navidad.

 

One of five dance exhibitions by The Shae Mowan School of Dance. The dance school, located in Wetherill Park, has been teaching children of all ages and walks of life the beauty of dance for many years. They pride themselves on their strong technique, displayed through their ever-growing range of performance troupes.
One of five dance exhibitions by The Shae Mowan School of Dance. The dance school, located in Wetherill Park, has been teaching children of all ages and walks of life the beauty of dance for many years. They pride themselves on their strong technique, displayed through their ever-growing range of performance troupes.

 

Newcomers to Christmas at Fairfield, The Karen Community Choir performed two sets. The adult choir perform a variety of traditional and contemporary songs.
Newcomers to Christmas at Fairfield, The Karen Community Choir performed two sets. The adult choir performed a variety of traditional and contemporary songs, including Christmas songs.

 

The Karen children's choir danced to Christmas songs.
The Karen children’s choir danced to Christmas songs.

 

Rounding off the community choirs before Greg Poppleton returned on stage with a closing set of 1920s-30s songs and Xmas carols were the children from the William Stimson Public School Choir in Wetherill Park, conducted by music teacher Allanah Falappi with a festive medley.
Rounding off the community choirs before Greg Poppleton returned on stage with a closing set of 1920s-30s songs and Xmas carols were the children from the William Stimson Public School Choir in Wetherill Park, conducted by music teacher Allanah Falappi with a festive medley.

 

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Phantom Dancer 12 Dec 2017. One Good Turn Deserves Another


The first all-vinyl set on this week’s Phantom Dancer features singer Mildred Bailey.

You’ll hear her sing four songs from her own CBS radio show, “Music Till Midnight”, which ran from 1 September 1944 to 9 February 1945.

And below, this side of the play list and Video of the week, you can read how one good turn deserved another and launched two outstanding careers in jazz for Mildred Bailey and Bing Crosby.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. It’s presented by authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton

Hear the past four Phantom Dancers at radio 2ser.com

ONE GOOD TURN

Born Mildred Rinker, (Bailey was the surname of her first husband), Mildred was the older sister to two musical brothers, Al, a vocalist and composer, and Charles, a lyricist.

Al Rinker, was one of Paul Whitemam’s famous ‘Rhythm Boys’ vocal group, along with Harry Barris and Bing Crosby, in the late 1920s.

Mildred was already an established blues and jazz singer based in Los Angeles by 1925 when her brother Al, and his musical partner Bing Crosby, moved in with her to try their luck in music.

She help Al and Bing, who at that time was a drummer, get their first gigs.

She also introduced Crosby to jazz singers. She played him her collection of records by Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith to get him started.

DESERVES ANOTHER

Four years later, When Bing Crosby was already successful with ‘The King of Jazz’ Paul Whiteman, Crosby in turn went out of his way to help Bailey.

He introduced her to Paul Whiteman at a house party. The Whiteman band, with Crosby, was in Los Angeles on tour.

Mildred sang at the party for Whiteman and was immediately hired. She then sang with Paul Whiteman’s band from 1929 to 1933.

When Bailey debuted on Paul Whiteman’s network radio show in 1929, singing “Moanin’ Low”, the favourable public reaction was, that she was an immediate star.

RADIO SHOW

Mildred Bailey had five network radio series of her own.

The broadcasts you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer are from her final series, “Music Till Midnight”.

She had been sick with diabetes and had come out of retirement to broadcast. Nonetheless, her voice is still strong, emotive, swinging and understated.

It is also a testimony to her standing as a singer and personality in the entertainment industry at that time, that she was also the announcer on her show. Enjoy!

TUNE

Now enjoy this 1938 Mildred Bailey version of Bob Hope’s theme tune, “Thanks For The Memory”.
It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week-

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #293

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 December 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 22 other stations.

Set 1
Modern Jazz on 1950s Radio
Open + Sweets
Stan Kenton Orchestra
’Concert in Miniature’
WSOC NBC Charlotte NC
1952
Waldorf Mambo + Saving Bonds Ad
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Ramona Room
Hotel Last Frontier
NBC Las Vegas
30 Nov 1953
S’Wonderful + In The Still of the Night + Close
Larry Green Orchestra
Starlite Roof
Hotel Chase
KMOX CBS St Louis
1959
Set 2
Singers on the Air
White Christmas
Frank Sinatra
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
20 Dec 1947
The Nearness of You
Sarah Vaughan
’Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
21 Apr 1952
Blue Velvet
Arthur Prysock
’Music From Birdland’
Birdland
9 Sep 1952
Set 3
Philco Hour 1930-31
Let a Little Pleasure Interfere With Business
Philco Orchestra
’Philco Hour’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Oh Boy! Oh Boy! I’ve Got It Bad
Boswell Sisters
’Philco Hour’
WABC CBS NY
1931
Cinderella Brown
Philco Orchestra
’Philco Hour’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Set 4
1940s Dance Bands
Josephine
Art Kassels and his Kassels-in-the-Air
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Chicago
1949
Valse Triste by Sibelius
Russ Morgan Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Apr 1944
Flying Home
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Aquarium Restaurant
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
1949
Set 5
Mildred Bailey
Rocking Chair (theme) + Please Don’t Talk About Me While I’m Gone
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
19 Jan 1945
I Dream of You
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
Robin Hood
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jan 1945
Set 6
Les Brown
Dance of the Blue Devils (theme) + Spain
Les Brown Orchestra
Green Room
Hotel Edison NY
Aircheck
22 Nov 1938
Leap Frog (theme) + Floating
Les Brown Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Dec 1945
Coastin’ Along
Les Brown Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
16 Aug 1945
Bizet Has His Day + Leap Frog (theme)
Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
7 Jul 1944
Set 7
Original Crooners
The Song is You
Les Allen (voc) Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
4 Apr 1933
I Cried For You
Bing Crosby
WABC CBS
New York City
7 Nov 1931
I Never Had a Chance
Al Bowlly(voc) Ray Noble Orchestra
’Coty Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Mar 1935
I’m Not Lazy, I’m Dreaming
Russ Colombo
’Hollywood on the Air’
KECA NBC Blue Los Angeles
15 Jul 1934
Set 8
1930s Swing Bands
Song of India
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
’Ford Show’
NBC Dallas
Aug 1936
Every Tub + Song of the Wanderer
Count Basie Orchestra
’America Dances’
Famous Door
CBS NY/BBC London
Jul 1938
Hurry Home
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
I Can’t Get Started (theme) + Sugar Foot Stomp
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red
Chicago
Jul 1939

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

You’re Really Kickin’ – December Newsletter


What’s Happening?

Free Show Sydney Rowing Club 3 Dec
Free Xmas Show Fairfield Museum 9 Dec
Private Event 11 Dec
Radio Show 107.3 2SER 5,12,19, 26 Dec

“You’re Really Kickin’,” says Norma in New York. Listen…

We’re at Sydney Rowing Club!
3-6pm, 3 December

Greg PoppletonAustralia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer with over 1.1 Million YouTube views, and his swinging jazz band, are back at Sydney Rowing Club, 3pm 3 Dec, for their fun & energetic show. Don’t miss out! FREE!

Sydney Rowing Club, 613 Great North Road, Abbotsford, 3-6pm, Sunday 3 December.

Restaurant, Bistro, bar, river views. Tons of free parking. Right on Abbotsford Ferry wharf and at the terminus for the 438 City-Abbotsford bus.

We’ll Sing You Jazzy Christmas Carols
Fairfield Museum
6-8pm, 9 December

What a lovely way to spend an early evening! Greg and the 1920s – 1930s band will be a-carolling and playing the songs of the 1920s-30s at Fairfield Museum’s annual evening of holiday festivities! And it’s FREE!

This is Greg’s third Christmas at Fairfield. It’s always a warm, family friendly, community-spirited get-together.

Bring your picnic rugs, snacks and festive outfits for this annual family event, held in the open under shady trees in the Museum’s ‘Old Sydney Town’ style central square.

There’ll be kids’ activities, stalls and performances by,
– Greg Poppleton (jazz and Xmas carols),
– Shae Mowen School of Dance,
– The Choir of Love,
– Spanish Speaking Community Choir
– Karen Children’s & Adult’s Choir
– William Stimson Public School, Wetherill Park

Address: Corner The Horsley Drive & Oxford Street, Smithfield.
(634 The Horsley Drive). Heaps of free street parking.

Private Event 11 December

It’s a thrill to be asked back this year to play for one of our favourite clients. We have had an association with this client for six years.

November saw Greg Poppleton play for a Wedding (see photo above), the Sydney Bus Museum ‘Deckers in the Night‘ event and the Sydney Town Hall Christmas Concert.

As an example of what we do, please read Greg’s article about the wedding, and find out how Greg Poppleton and the band can add real 1920s – 1930s charm to your event.
Book Greg for your event

Pot of Gold Radio Show

Did you know? Greg Poppleton is Australia’s longest running swing DJ. A 23rd radio station has just signed to pick up Greg Poppleton’s Phantom Dancer radio show each week – 89.1FM Cairns. Greg publishes his play lists, videos and expert articles on jazz and swing every week on his blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge.

Read Greg’s latest 3 Dec play list and expert Swing Era article about big band leader Horace Heidt, his Pot of Gold radio show, his link to Louis Farrakhan, his Trianon Ballroom and his Los Angeles School for Stammerers.

The Pick of November Band Photos

Sydney Town Hall


The Greg Poppleton band got the joint jumping in the Lower Sydney Town Hall Ballroom. A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s…

See article »

Deckers in the Night


Greg Poppleton provided the hi-octane musical atmosphere with a selection of bouncy 1920s – 30s tunes. Entertaining, energetic and engaging, Greg and the band…

See article »


Contact Greg’s Management

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

Is Being A Good Musician Enough? The Horace Heidt Story. Phantom Dancer Radio Show 5 Dec 17


On this week’s Phantom Dancer, the first all-vinyl set (top of the second hour) is dedicated to band leader, Horace Heidt and his Trianon Ballroom.

Horace Heidt and the Musical Knights produced some of the best-known tunes of the Big Band Era including the 1941 international hit, The Hut-Sut Song.

The Phantom Dancer, presented every week by authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. It’s broadcast from 107.3 2SER Sydney to 22 radio stations across Australia and online.

Listen to the past four Phantom Dancers at radio 2ser.com

 

POT OF GOLD

Horace Heidt was a showman. He hit the big time after fifteen years of running a band by producing and presenting a radio show the US broadcasting regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, called ‘a thinly disguised lottery’ and then forced off air.

“Pot of Gold” featured Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights with singing quartet, The King Sisters, playing popular songs while operators during the broadcast placed three calls to random phone numbers across the U.S.

When someone answered, announcer Ben Grauer shouted “Hold it, Horace, stop the music.” The phone answerer would automatically win $1000 – a huge amount in the late 1930s – whether they had been listening to the show or not.

The show was so popular that cinema operators complained of low movie attendances while Pot of Gold was on air. Some offered $1,000 to anyone who was called while attending their films. How you proved you got the call would have been time consuming and difficult.
Horace Heidt - sheet music

 

NATION OF ISLAM

Heidt’s fame as a band leader came through his promotions. Before “Pot of Gold” he produced “Answers by the Dancers,” in which dancers at the Hotel Drake in Chicago were interviewed between rumbas and fox trots.

On his “Treasure Chest” show, married couples celebrating anniversaries would compete for prizes.

In the late 1940 and early 50s, as the big band era wound down and other bands couldn’t book gigs, Heidt’s band continued touring the U.S with his “Youth Opportunity” radio show.

Talented violinist and later Nation of Islam bigwig Louis Farrakhan (formerly Eugene Walcott) was a successful contestant.
Horace Heidt with Louis Farrakhan

 

BELL-RINGING DOG

Famed Jazz musicians Alvino Rey, Bobby Hackett and Jess Stacy played in the Heidt band at various times.

The band even accompanied a trained dog. “We would play ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s’ and the dog would ring the bells,” Heidt recalled at a 1982 party celebrating seven decades in show business.

Heidt’s smart showbiz sense meant his big band were still playing ballrooms while other bands were shutting down as the Swing Era came to a close after WW2.

 

HIGH STAKES

Heidt bought the popular Trianon Ballroom in South Gate Ca in the early 40s as a base for his band. On today’s Phantom Dancer you’ll hear air checks by Benny Carter and Lionel Hampton broadcasting from this now long demolished ballroom.

He started a trend for big band leaders to own their own ballrooms after Billboard reported, 10 Jan 1942, that not only had Heidt recouped his $100,000 investment, but he made $40,000 profit through the ballroom in only its first year.

Billboard 3 Feb 1945 reported that Heidt had ‘expanded his outside business holdings’ by buying an exclusive Beverley Hills steak house and renaming it “Horace Heidt’s”, though he didn’t book any live music in the room.

He later went into housing development.
Horace Heidt - developer

STAMMERER

Billboard 3 Feb 1945 also reported that Heidt had set up a school in Los Angeles for stammerers. Horace used to stammer himself and he announced that he had developed a foolproof way to stop stammering. He put Leo Neibaur, trombonist and vocal instructor with Heidt’s band, in charge of the school.

 

REMOTES

By 1946, having bands broadcasting from Horace Heidt’s Trianon, and other ‘danceries’ was getting ‘exsy’, as Billboard, 24 Aug 1946, reported. Another reason Heidt moved from big bands to real estate.
Horace Heidt - Billboard magazine 1946

OVER THE RAINBOW

Now enjoy Horace Heidt’s 1939 version of “Over The Rainbow”. You’ve heard this commercial version on an earlier Phantom Dancer mix, spun by Arthur Godfrey as WJSV Washington DC breakfast announcer on 21 September 1939.
It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week –

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #291

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 December 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 22 other stations.

Set 1
Bop Influenced Swing on live 1940s Radio
Open + Nola (theme) + Two Hearts
Vincent Lopez Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Grill Room
Hotel Taft NYC
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Ruby
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Johnny Amoroso
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Magnolia Room
Hotel Claridge
WMC NBC Memphis
1956
Boo Hoo
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
Starlite Roof
Edgewater Hotel
CBS Madison WI
12 Jul 1950
Set 2
Vocal Groups on the Air
Three Minutes of Music
Allanovy Sestry
Comm Rec
Prague
1945
I’m Lucky I Have You
The Inkspots
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1952
Say Si, Si
Andrew Sisters (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
’Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1940
Set 3
Glenn Miller Radio 1938-39
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + I Never Knew
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Dec 1938
Moon Love
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red
20 Jun 1939
We Can Live On Love
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red
20 Jun 1939
Set 4
Chamber Music Society on NBC 1940-41
Intro + Beale Street Blues
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
16 Jun 1940
Monday Night Special
Eddie Condon
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
5 Jan 1941
Honeysuckle Rose + Farewell Blues + Basin Street Blues(theme)
Benny Carter (as) + Paul Lavalle’s Woodwinds
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
5 May 1940
Set 5
Horace Heidt and the Trianon Ballroom
History of Music
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
19430
Melancholy Lullaby (theme) + Old Man River
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate Ca
KNX CBS LA
1944
Moonglow + Swanee River
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Now is the Hour
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1945
Set 6
Drummer Gene Krupa on Radio
Intro + Murdy Purdy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Aircheck
26 Nov 1938
Wire Brush Stomp
Gene Krupa Trio
’Spotlight Bands’
Newport RI
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Indiana
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Caravan
Gene Krupa Quartet
’Guard Sessions’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1963
Set 7
Guy Lombardo 1935-36
Open + Isn’t Love The Grandest Thing?
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Trio
’Esso Boulevard’
WABC CBS NY
7 Oct 1935
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Lebert Lombardo
Comm Rec
New York City
17 Sep 1936
Isn’t This a Lovely Day?
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
’Esso Boulevard’
WABC CBS NY
26 Aug 1935
Sweethearts on Parade
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
Comm Rec
New York City
4 Dec 1936
Set 8
Jazz Goes Mod on Radio
I’ve Got Plenty o’ Nothin’
Art Tatum
Aircheck
1951
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
Lester Young
’Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
27 Nov 1948
Serenade in Vout
Slim Gaillard
’Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
29 Sep 1951

Did You Know Coca Cola Has It’s Own Tango?


Every week on 23 radio stations (welcome newcomer 89.1 Cairns) and online, authentic 1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton brings you The Phantom Dancer.
Listen here. (Available for next 4 weeks)

It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll hear a set of jazz from Paris and Geneva 1937-1949, a set of Artie Shaw and his swing band from live 1938-1939 radio and a song from the 1930 ‘Coca Cola Top Notchers’ program

DID YOU KNOW COCA COLA HAS ITS OWN TANGO?

Yes it does.

Coca Cola is the master of complete marketing. Even TextEdit, in which I’m writing the draft for this blog, automatically takes the words, Coca Cola, out of all-caps (try it).

Coca Cola has its own song?

Yes. ‘Coca Cola Signature’ was written in 1930 by composer, Leonard Joy, for Coca Cola’s first US network radio show, ‘The Coca-Cola Top Notchers’ on which he lead the 31-piece orchestra.

He penned it in one sitting at a piano.

The song was used to open and close Coca Cola sponsored radio and TV shows, and in Coca Cola advertising, into the 1960s.

Originally a tango, audiences first preferred it as a waltz. In the swing and rock’n’roll eras it was also played in 4/4.

It quickly became an aural meme for the so-called ‘Pause That Refreshes’.

So on this week’s Phantom Dancer you can hear some of Leonard Joy’s all-string orchestra, introduced by his unique soft drink theme. And you’ll hear it from an original 1930 Coca Cola Top Notchers program.

coca-cola top notchers

We’ll also hear a song from a 1932 Nehi soft drink program in the same set.

Grape Nehi (pronounced Knee High) is what Radar always drank on MASH (1970s TV show).

In fact you can hear them online for the next month, as part of this week’s entire two hour Phantom Dancer non-stop mix, at the website of radio 2ser.com.

Leonard Joy was a studio bandleader and arranger for Victor records.

Though he was not a jazz musician, he was assistant director to Paul Whiteman in the 1928 recording of ‘San’ featuring Bix Beiderbecke. He also backed the ‘Book-boop-a-doop Girl’, Helen Kane.

In 1939, he was studio producer for Coleman Hawkins’ landmark version of ‘Body and Soul’.

Never heard the Coca Cola Signature? Here it is open and closing the New Years Eve 1945 ‘Coca Cola Time’ program. It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #290

107.3 2SER Tuesday 28 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 22 other stations.

Set 1
Bop Influenced Swing on live 1940s Radio
Contrasts (theme) + Milange
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Apr 1949
The Man I Love
Gene Krupa Trio
’Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
1944
Anthropology
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ ABC NYC
22 Sep 1947
Set 2
Vocal Groups on the Air
Open + Take The A-Train
King Sisters (voc) Alvino Rey Orchestra
’Magic of Music’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1944
Open + Goody Goody
The Singing Razorbacks
’Texaco Show’
WEAF NBC Red NY
31 Mar 1936
The Beat of my Heart + Close
Sterling Male Chorus
’Chevrolet Musical Moments’
Radio Transcription
1936
Set 3
Club Hangover San Francisco
Theme + Royal Garden Blues
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
5 Feb 1955
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Ralph Sutton All-Stars
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
7 Sep 1954
After Hours
Red Richards (piano)
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
When The Saints Go Marching In
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
Set 4
Fizzy Tunes
Varsity Drag
Sam Lanin Orchestra (tp) Red Nichols
Comm Rec
New York City
17 Aug 1927
Crazy Rhythm
George Shakley Ensemble (voc) The Rondoliers
’Nehi Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
19 May 1932
I’m Following You + Coca Cola Signature
Leonard Joy Orchestra (voc)
’Coca Cola Top Notchers’
WEAF NBC Red NY
19 Mar 1930
Set 5
Artie Shaw 1938-39 Radio
Nightmare (theme) + Begin the Beguine
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Dec 1938
I’m Sorry for Myself
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Tony Pastor
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
21 Oct 1939
Day In Day Out
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
19 Oct 1939
In The Mood + Diga Diga Doo
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Dec 1938
Set 6
Jazz from Paris and Geneva 1937-49
College Stomp
Philippe Brun Swing Band
Comm Rec
Paris
28 Dec 1937
Russian Lullaby
Oscar Aleman
Comm Rec
Paris
12 May 1939
Oui
Alix Combelle Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
16 Feb 1943
Nuage
Django Reinhardt
Radio Geneva
25 Oct 1949
Set 7
Duke Ellington 1951
Diminuendo in Blue + Crescendo in Blue
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
30 Jun 1951
Solitude
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Yvonne Lanauze
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
11 Feb 1951
The Happening + Got To Go
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove
WNBC NBC NY
8 Jun 1951
Set 8
Early Modern Jazz on Radio
Just You Just Me
Thelonius Monk
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1948
Tiny’s Blues
Chubby Jackson
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Mar 1949
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
Lester Young
’Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
27 Nov 1948
Serenade in Vout (not played – ran out of time)
Slim Gaillard
’Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
29 Sep 1951

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