12 June Phantom Dancer A&P Gypsies


The Phantom Dancer, heard every week over radio 2SER 107. 3 Sydney, 23 Australian radio stations and online, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

Presented by Greg Poppleton, you can hear Phantom Dancer episodes online at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX
– has sets of swing bands from 1940s radio, bop and hard bop from 1950s radio, 1943-45 commercial recordings by the Sydney swing orchestra of George Trevare, a set of women jazz singers on-air with the Duke Ellington Orchestra on 1930s-50s radio and more. See the play list below.

A & P GYPSIES
One of the curiosities on today’s Phantom Dancer is part of a weekly broadcast from 1933 of one of the last of the 1920s commercial brand orchestras. In this case, the orchestra is the A&P Gypsies.

A&P, otherwise known as the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, was a U.S chain of grocery stores that ceased supermarket operations in November 2015, after 156 years in business.

ipana troubadours

U.S radio historian Elizabeth McLeod writes about these commercial brand orchestras,

“The most popular program format of the late 1920s was the sponsored musical feature. It could be a large symphonic group, a dance orchestra, or a song-and-patter team—and it would usually carry the sponsor’s name. The A&P Gypsies, for example—a large, genre-crossing orchestra conducted by Harry Horlick. The Ipana Troubadors—a hot dance band directed by Sam Lanin. The Goodrich Zippers—a banjo-driven orchestra conducted by Harry Reser, when he wasn’t leading the same group under the name of The Clicquot Club Eskimos. Everyone remembers The Happiness BoysBilly Jones and Ernie Hare—but what about Scrappy Lambert and Billy Hillpot, who performed exactly the same sort of material as Trade and Mark, The Smith Brothers. The list is endless: The Silvertown Cord Orchestra, featuring the Silver Masked Tenor. The Sylvania Foresters. The Flit Soldiers—yet another Harry Reser group. The Champion Sparkers. The Fox Fur Trappers. The Ingram Shavers, who were the Ipana Troubadours on alternate Wednesdays. The Yeast Foamers. The Planters Pickers. And, the magnificently named Freed-Eisemann Orchestradians. All playing pretty much the same sorts of music, all announced by Phillips Carlin or John S. Young or Alwyn Bach or Milton Cross in pretty much the same sort of stiffly formal style.”

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is a 1929 commercial recording by the A&P Gypsies, ‘Only The Girl’. Happy Listening…

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 #322

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 June 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Swing 1940-44 Radio
Theme + Chopping Wood
Woody Herman Orchestra
Famous Door
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jan 1940
It’s a Crying Shame
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
21 Aug 1944
Flying Home
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
4 Jun 1944
Set 2
Jazz Organ and Harpsichord
Sunrise Serenade (theme) + This Is The Missus
Rosa Rio
’Rosa Rio Time’
WJZ ABC NY
14 Jul 1947
Tea For Two
Johnny Saab
’Organ Interlude’
WJSV Washington DC CBS
21 Sep 1939
The Turkish March
Sylvia Marlowe (harpsichord)
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
17 Dec 1941
Set 3
Latin Strains On 1930s-40s Radio
Theme + Chiu Chiu
Desi Arnez Orchestra (voc) DA and Band
Ciro’s
KECA ABC LA
1947
Habenero and Vacero
A&P Gypsies
’A&P Show’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1933
Night Must Fall + Nightingale + My Shawl (theme)
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Last Frontier
NBC Las Vegas
30 Nov 1953
Set 4
Bop and Hard Bop on 1950s Radio
Strike Up The Band
Pete Brown Quintet
’One Night Stand’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Sep 1952
Happy Birthday + Body and Soul
Sarah Vaughan
’Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
26 Mar 1953
Out of Nowhere + Jumping With Symphony Sid
Charlie Parker
Hi-Hat Club
WCOP Boston
24 Jan 1954
Set 5
Women Singers with the Duke Ellington Orchestra on 1930s-50s Radio
In A Mizz
Ivie Anderson (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Boston
26 Jul 1939
Riff Staccato
Joya Sherrill (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Oct 1945
Take The ‘A’ Train
Betty Roche (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jan 1948
I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues
Kay Davis and Al Hibbler (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
’Date With The Duke’
Radio City
WJZ ABC NY
10 Nov 1945
Set 6
Commercial Sides: George Trevare and His Australians
Don’t Sweetheart Me
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Under The Trees
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Lawrence Brooks
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
No Love No Nothin’
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Al Royal
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Let’s Have One For The Road
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Unknown
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Set 7
Glenn Miller and his Orchestra 1939 – 41 Radio
Intro + Here We Go Again + White Cliffs of Dover
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
’Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
27 Dec 1941
Georgia On My Mind
Glenn Miller Orchestra
’Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
30 Aug 1941
Blueberry Hill
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
’Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
6 Nov 1940
My Blue Heaven + Close
Glenn Miller Orchestra
NBC Baltimore
5 Sep 1939
Set 8
Kings Of Jazz Trumpet on 1930s-50s Radio
Night Song
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Manhattan Centre
WNEW NY
26 Sep 1939
I’m Confessin’ That I Love You
Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS LA
Mar 1943
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Roy Eldridge (voc) Anita Love
Unissued Comm Rec
Paris
9 Jun 1950
Down South Camp Meeting
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Anita Love
Hotel Astor Roof
WCBS CBS NY
25 May 1953
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One Red Rose


A fresh Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band line-up played today at Sydney’s Edwardian Central Station Concourse for the annual Transport Heritage Expo.

Did you see the Transport Heritage Expo story on Saturday’s evening news?
https://www.facebook.com/7newssydney/videos/2151746698182785/

With Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer was,
– Damon Poppleton alto sax
– Paul Baker banjo
– Dave Clayton double bass.

A woman rushed up to my megaphone and placed a long-stemmed red rose in it while we were playing.

Damon Poppleton holding the red rose the band was given.
Damon Poppleton holding the red rose the band was given.

We’re at the Transport Heritage Expo Monday 11 June, too. Playing from 10am – 2pm with sousaphone doubling trumpet, guitar doubling banjo and washboard doubling snare.

Here’s some more photos from today. Though there must be thousands more out in the wide blue internet from all the clicks and film taken today.

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Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer with his 1920s microphone and the wonderful audience
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer with his 1920s microphone and the wonderful audience.

 

Dave Clayton - double bass with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band
Dave Clayton – double bass with Greg Poppleton‘s Jazz Deco band

 

The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s - 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s – 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.

Book Greg and the band: gregpoppletonmusic/contact

We Were Swing Dance Bombed!


Greg Poppleton‘s jazz deco swing quartet played the songs of the 1920s – 1930s today at Sydney’s Central Station.

Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s singer Greg Poppleton quartet

We’re playing at Central all June Long Weekend (June 9, 10 and 11) for the Transport Heritage Expo.

I just realised as I write this that today is the 34th anniversary of my first radio broadcast. But that’s by-the-by.

Today, we were ‘Swing Dancer Bombed’ with dancers from Swing Patrol, Swingtime – Dance School, Shagaroo Collegiate Shag and Harbour City Hoppers!! At Central this Sun & Mon, too 10am-2pm.

Check out the video! Enjoy…

Herbie Fields Child Prodigy – Phantom Dancer 29 May Radio Swing Jazz Mix


Herbie Fields is a musician I’ve wanted to put a set together of for some time. Now the time has come.

I’m Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer and your Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

On air every Tuesday, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney from 12:04-2pm, the Phantom Dancer is recorded for re-broadcast over 23 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX
– has a set of dance bands on the 1940s ‘One Night Stand’ radio series, boogie woogie pianists on live 1930s radio, and a set of today’s feature, Herbie Fields, including Miles Davis’s recording debut.

HERBIE FIELDS
Herbie Fields was a clarinet and sax player whose promising career in the mid-1940s faltered, making him increasing disgruntled into the late 1950s. He was a student at the Juilliard School of Music.

He began recording and broadcsting in 1944 after a two year stint in the U.S Army.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we’ll hear his first orchestra live on 1944 radio. We’ll also hear a song from his first recording session on Savoy Records.

The 1945 Savoy record we’ll hear features Rubberlegs Williams singer (who calls out the up-and-coming Herbie Fields by name) and was the first recording by teenage Miles Davis on trumpet.

Herbie Fields and his 3 year old daughter, Sandra
Herbie Fields and his 3 year old daughter, Sandra

UP-AND-COMING
His star rising in twelve short months, Field’s won Esquire magazine’s New Star Award on alto sax.

In 1946, RCA Victor signed Fields as leader of his own big band. Despite including musicians of the calibre of Neal Hefti, Bill Evans, Marty Napoleon and Serge Chaloff, the band was a commercial failure. Big bands were not in fashion.

He went from big band to septet in 1949. We’ll hear the septet today’s Phantom Dancer in a 1951 radio broadcast.

In the septet was Frank Rosolino trombone, Jimmy Nottingham trumpet, Jim Aton double bass, Bill Evans piano and Tiny Kahn drums. The group backed Billie Holiday on a successful U.S east coat tour.

R’N’B
In the 1950s, Fields moved into rhythm and blues. He became a sax ‘honker’. You’ll hear him mix honk with bop and smooth on today’s Phantom Dancer with his septet on what the 1951 announcer calls a ‘rock’n’roll’ number, ‘How High The Moon’. But his lack of success after such a promising career start made him increasing disgruntled.

Bill Evans said of Field’s r’n’b style, “In some ways he had been a forerunner of rock ‘n’ roll. He was wiggling, jerking. Rock ‘n’ roll came, brought millions of dollars, but nothing for Herbie Fields.”

Field’s recorded sporadically as an r’n’b artist, bop player and big band leader.

He was leading a trio in his own Miami restauant in 1958 when is suddenly died at age 39.

And your Phantom Dancer Vid of the Week?

Let’s hear Herbie Fields on clarinet with Lionel Hampton

29 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #318

107.3 2SER Tuesday 29 May 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 Bands on ‘One Night Stand’
Theme + Kentucky
Gay Claridge Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Chez Paree, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Aug 1945
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Sep 1945
9:20 Special + Pavanne (close)
Sonny Dunham Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Apr 1944
Set 2
Sarah Vaughan Sings Jazz on 1953-56 Radio
Tenderly
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 1953
I Get a Kick Out of You
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 1953
Linger Awhile + + ‘S Wonderful + Tenderly
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 3
Herbie Fields Feature
That’s The Stuff You Got To Watch
Herbie Fields, Miles Davis’s first recording, Rubberlegs Williams (voc)
WOR Studios
New York City
25 Apr 1945
Theme + Don’t Take Your Love From Me
Herbie Fields Orchestra (voc) Carol Kaye
Glen Island Casinu
New Rochelle NY
WOR MBS NY
9 Aug 1944
How High The Moon + Close
Herbie Fields Septet
‘Stars on Parade’
Radio Transcription
1951
Set 4
1920s-30s Radio Bands
I’m Just A Vagabond Lover
Eskimo Pie Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1929
I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Gogo Delys
Radio Transcription
1932
I Following You + Coca Cola Waltz
Leonard Joy Coca-Cola Orchestra
‘Coca-Cola Top Notchers’
WEAF NBC Red NY
19 Mar 1930
Set 5
Duke Ellington on 1950s Radio
Open + Tulip or Turnip
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ray Nance
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
11 Jun 1951
The Hawk Talks
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Great Times
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
11 Feb 1951
Set 6
Eddie Condon
Open + At The Jazz Band Ball
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert
WJZ Blue NY
30 Sep 1944
I’m a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert
WJZ Blue NY
16 Jul 1944
Easter Parade
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert
WJZ Blue NY
23 Sep 1944
Ensemble Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert
WJZ Blue NY
29 Jul 1944
Set 7
Boogie Woogie
Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie
Pine Tops Smith
Comm Rec
Chicago
29 Dec 1928
Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie
Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis (voc) Johnny Mercer
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
11 Apr 1939
Honky Tonk Train Blues
Meade Lux Lewis
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Roll ‘Em
Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Set 8
1940s Big Band Radio
Tangerine
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Artistry Jumps
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Hollywood
27 Nov 1945
Boompsie
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 mar 1949

Wistful Sweet Lorraine with the Greg Poppleton Sextet


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.

Greg Poppleton band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
SwingKatz website: www.sydneyswingkatz.com.au

10 April New Listen Welcome Phantom Dancer – Symphony Sid, Bop DJ


“Dean took the wheel and drove clear the rest of the way to New York, and we began to hear the Symphony Sid show on the radio with all the latest bop, and now we were entering the great and final city of America.” (Jack Kerouac, On the Road, pt. 3, ch. 11)

Ah yes, we’ll be hearing some of those broadcasts from the ‘all-night, all-frantic one’, Symphony Sid, on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

NEW LISTENER WELCOME DRIVE

2SER is listener supported community radio. It relies on volunteers and your listener subscriptions to stay on air. Hence the Welcome Drive.

Support 2SER NOW. Phone 02 9514 9500 or go online to subscribe or donate

This week you’ll also hear some early rock’n’roll airchecks from the 1950s, Jack Teagarden and his Trad band from Club Hangover over KCBS San Francisco (in particular Saint James Infirmary which has been requested), a set of Martha Tilton singing in front of Benny Goodman’s Orchestra over CBS in January and February 1939 and a whole lot more.

See the full play list below.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. It’s made in the studios of 2SER in Sydney. The Phantom Dancer is heard across Australia on stations of the Community Radio Network.

The Phantom Dancer is produced and presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s-style singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton.

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

Greg Poppleton music website.

SYMPHONY SID

Born Sidney Tarnopol, which he shortened to Sid Torin, Symphony Sid was a DJ and bop promoter, credited with introducing bebop to the mass audience. He did this by co-producing ‘modern progressive jazz concerts’, as he called them, from 1945, but mainly through his radio show, the all-night, all-frantic Symphony Sid show.

Symphony Sid introducing Charlie Parker
Symphony Sid introducing Charlie Parker

Listening to many Symphony Sid airchecks, it seemed the show ran on WMCA New York from 1948-49, and then on the flagship New York ABC station, WJZ, until 1953, from midnight to 5pm Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Symphony Sid championed what he called ‘the finest in modern progressive jazz’. And as we’ll hear today, he also championed latin music by Machito and others, and he also hosted gospel radio shows not much later in his career when he moved from New York to Boston. At the end of his radio career in Miami, he was an influential Latin DJ and hosted live latin music on WBUS.

His show was a DJ show, where he’d spin records and listeners could call in Circle 6-2500 (WMCA) or Circle 6-4343 (WJZ), “guess the ‘gone’ side,” and make requests.

Then from 3:03am to 4, the show broadcast live bop (mostly) from The Royal Roost nightclub, and then from Birdland.

Sid would make the live introductions in a ‘flying-by-the-seat-of-his-pants’ style: a little bit dope-addled perhaps, sometimes forgetting names, sometimes covering for time with an impromptu interview, but always conversational and hipster.

Bandleaders who played these early morning shows included Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, Dinah Washington, Terry Gibbs, Lester Young, Machito, Charlie Ventura, Dave Brubeck, Chubby Jackson and Slim Gaillard.

Being on the Symphony Sid Show gave huge exposure to musicians. Some wrote tribute songs to him. ‘Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid’, which became his radio theme, was written by Lester Young with lyrics added later by King Pleasure. It was a hit in 1950 for the George Shearing Quintet. Illinois Jacquet wrote ‘Symphony in Sid’. Louis Jordan’s song, ‘After School Swing Session’ had the added title, ‘Swinging With Symphony Sid’.

“[Symphony Sid] is probably the greatest middleman jazz has ever known. A broadcaster for 35 years, once billed as ‘the all-night, all-frantic one’, he was the man to listen to in the forties, fifties and sixties if you wanted to know what was happening in jazz.”— Leslie Gourse, New York Times.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is a short aircheck of Symphony Sid introducing the live portion of on eof his 1948 WMCA shows from The Royal Roost. He introduces the Tadd Dameron small group. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #310

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 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
1940s Pop Radio
Theme + I Haven’t Got a Worry in the World
Griff Williams Orchestra
Empire Room
Palmer House
WGN Chicago
5 Mar 1947
Am I Blue? + Taking a Chance on Love
Ethel Waters
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
17 Jul 1945
Twilight Time + Close
Dean Hudson Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Nov 1944
Set 2
Modern Progressive Jazz on Radio
Ol’ Man BeBop
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
AFRS Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1946
No, No, Chi-Chi, No!
Machito (voc) Gracie Graziella and Band
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Francesca + Artistry in Rhythm (theme)
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Hampton Casino
Hampton Beach NH
WBZ NBC Boston
21 Jul 1953
Set 3
Rock’n’Roll
Open + Straight Life
King Porter
‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX CBS LA
1956
Ad + But I Don’t Care
Sid King and the Five Strings
KTAE Taylor TX
1955
Flagwaver + Close
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
Set 4
Jack Teagarden at Club Hangover
Stardust on the Moon + Dear Old Southland
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
7 May 1954
Stomp, Mr Henry Lee
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
17 Apr 1954
Lazy River + I Got a Right to Sing the Blues (theme)
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Apr 1954
Set 5
Martha Tilton Sings with Benny Goodman 1939
Hurry Home
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Gotta Get Some Shuteye
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
7 Feb 1939
I Have Eyes
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
10 Jan 1939
Sweet Little Headache
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
14 Feb 1939
Set 6
1950s Radio Swing Bands
Blue Flame (theme) + Hollywood Blues
Woody Herman Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWL CBS New Orleans
1951
Hob Nail Boogie
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Aug 1952
Flager’s Drive
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Summertime
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
Set 7
Sing-a-long Tunes with Blue Barron
Heart and Soul
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle
Radio Transcription
New York City
1938
You’re The Only Star In My Blue Heaven
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle and the Glee Club
Radio Transcription
New York City
1938
Scatterbrain
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
You Are My Sunshine
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Set 8
Symphony Sid Show
Intro + Blue ‘n’ Boogie
Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
31 Mar 1951
Symphony Sid live ad
Symphony Sid
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Sep 1948
I’m Glad There’s You
Charlie Ventura Group (voc) Jackie Cain
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Nov 1958
Symphony Sid live ad
Symphony Sid
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
18 Sep 1948
How High The Moon
Lester Young (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
27 Nov 1948

3 April 2018 Phantom Dancer. Helen Keller On How The Deaf Heard Radio Music In The 1920s


There’re some rare, rare early jazz radio broadcasts for your listening pleasure on this week’s Phantom Dancer. And below, read an insight from Helen Keller about how radio brought music to the deaf in the 1920s.

The Phantom Dancer is produced and presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s-style singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. It’s made in the studios of 2SER in Sydney. The Phantom Dancer is heard across Australia on stations of the Community Radio Network.

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

Greg Poppleton music website.

In this week’s mix, you’ll hear sets of radio broadcasts by Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman over three days in October 1937 and The Andrew Sisters. There’s also a set of WW2 European dance bands from Prague, Moscow and Hilversum. The Prague recording features Andrew Sisters soundalikes, The Allan Sisters (Allanovy Sestry).

But the rare, rare radio comes from January 1929. Four ‘Sunny Meadows Washing Machine Programs’ featuring the Ray Miller Orchestra. These were recorded on five minute 78 rpm discs – six discs to a 30 minute show.

1920s radio set
1920s radio set

And that got me thinking about 1920s radio and how it was perceived. That’s when I found two letters from 1924 and 1926 quoted by Timmy D. Taylor in his paper, ‘Music and the Rise of Radio in 1920s
America: technological imperialism, socialization, and the transformation of intimacy’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2002.

The two letters come from the very early years of radio as a mass entertainment medium. They both describe how deaf people could ‘hear’ music on the radio.

 

HELEN KELLER REPORTS…

Helen Keller
Helen Keller

The first letter is from the famous deaf and blind social activist, Helen Keller, in 1924.

It is a letter to the Symphony Society of New York and describes her joy at hearing a symphonic concert on WEAF Radio, New York City.

“I have the joy of being able to tell you that, though deaf and blind, I spent a glorious hour last night listening over the radio to Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony.’

I do not mean to say that I ‘heard’ the music in the sense that other people heard it; and I do not know whether I can make you understand how it was possible for me to derive pleasure from the symphony. It was a great
surprise to myself. I had been reading in my magazine for the blind of the happiness that the radio was bringing to the sightless everywhere. I was delighted to know that the blind had gained a new source of enjoyment; but
I did not dream that I could have any part in the joy.

Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony some one suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations. He unscrewed the top, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm. What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibrations, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music. The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me. I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roll of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison. How the lovely speech of the violins flowed and flowed over the deepest tones of the other instruments! When the human voices leaped up thrilling from the surge of harmony, I recognized them instantly as voices. I felt the chorus grow more exultant, more ecstatic, upcurving swift and flame-like, until my heart almost stood still. The women’s voices seemed an embodiment of all the angelic voices rushing in a harmonious flood of beautiful and inspiring sound. The great chorus throbbed against my Žfingers with poignant pause and flow. Then all the instruments and voices together burst forth—an ocean of heavenly vibration—and died away like winds with the atom is spent, ending in a delicate shower of sweet notes.

Of course, this was not hearing, but I do know that the tones and harmonies conveyed to me moods of great beauty and majesty. I also sensed, or thought I did, the tender sounds of nature that sing into my hand—swaying reeds and
winds and the murmur of streams. I have never been so enraptured before by a multitude of tone-vibrations. As I listened, with darkness and melody, shadow and sound filling all the room, I could not help remembering that the great composer who poured forth such a flood of sweetness into the world was deaf like myself. I marveled
at the power of his quenchless spirit by which out of his pain he wrought such joy for others—and there I sat, feeling with my hand the magniŽficent symphony which broke like a sea upon the silent shores of his soul and mine.

Let me thank you warmly for all the delight which your beautiful music has brought to my household and to me. I want also to thank Station WEAF for the joy they are broadcasting in the world.”

 

JAZZING THE DEAF

The second report about the deaf ‘hearing’ radio in the 1920s comes from ‘Jazzing the deaf by radio’, Popular Radio, March 1926, p. 296.

“This information has been conveyed to Paul Ash, orchestra leader and radio star of KYW in letters from several women who explain that these are the only sounds they have been able to hear and that they enjoy the jazz music although otherwise deaf.

A famous ear specialist of Chicago has become interested in the subject, it is reported, and is conducting a series of tests to determine the possibilities of utilizing this means of ‘bone conduction’ of sound so that those
who have lost normal hearing may through radio have the pleasures of music.

When the unique investigation has been completed the renowned specialist promises the issuance of a report and a test program over the air is to be given with deaf persons asked to ‘listen in’ and to report what they ‘hear’.”

 

VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Videos of the Week feature Helen Keller herself.

In the first video, the teacher who taught her to speak, Anne Sullivan (who was blind herself), explains with Helen demonstrating, how Helen learnt to talk after hitherto being dumb as well as deaf and blind. Her first word was ‘it’. Her first sentence, “I am not dumb now.” Be amazed…

And here is a 1919 dramatisation of her childhood. The film is called ‘Deliverance’…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #309

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 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
Russ Morgan his Wah-Wah Trombone and his Orchestra
Does Your Heart Beat For Me?
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1937
Sheik of Araby
Russ Morgan Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Apr 1944
Open Up That Door and Let Me In + So Long (Close)
Russ Morgan Orchestra (voc) Al Jennings
‘One Night Stand’
Garden Room
Hotel Claremont
Berkeley Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Jun 1945
Set 2
Andrew Sisters on Radio
Open + Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe
Andrew Sisters with Raymond Paige Orchestra
‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
6 Sep 1945
Begin the Beguine
Andrew Sisters with Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
31 Jan 1940
White Christmas + Jingle Bells Nash Ad + Apple Blossom Time (Close)
Andrew Sisters with Curt Massey and Vic Schoen Orchestra
‘Nash – Kelvinator Show’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
19 Dec 1945
Set 3
Swing from WWII Europe
Poznate lehce nas rytmus
Allanovy Sestry
Comm Rec
Prague
17 Dec 1942
Baron von der Pschek (Bel Mir Bist Du Schoen)
Leonid Utesov
Comm Rec
Moscow
1943
Ja
De Ramblers (voc) Ferry Barendse and Band
Comm Rec
Hilversum
2 Mar 1944
Set 4
Benny Goodman – 3 Days in October 1937
Stardust on the Moon + Dear Old Southland
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Where or When + Someday Sweetheart
Benny Goodman Trio and Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Dixieland Band + Goodbye
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual NY
23 Oct 1937
Set 5
Duke Ellington on 1951-53 Radio
VIP’s Boogie
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Aircheck
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
4 Oct 1953
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC New York
11 Jun 1951
Great Times
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
11 Feb 1951
Just a Sit-in’ and a Rockin’ + Mood Indigo
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Set 6
Ray Miller on 1929 Radio
Open + Angry
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
I’ll Never Ask For More
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Mary Williams
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
Tell Me Who + There’s No Place Like Home (theme)
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Bob Nolan
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
25 Jan 1929
Set 7
Bob Crosby 1939 Radio
South Rampart Street Parade
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
27 Jun 1939
Little Rock Getaway
Bob Crosby Orchestra (piano) Joe Sullivan
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
4 Jul 1939
O, You Crazy Moon
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
11 Jul 1939
Diga Diga Doo
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
18 Jul 1939
Set 8
Buddy Rich Radio
Rain on the Riff (theme) + Cool Breeze
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Phoenixville PA
Mutual
24 Dec 1945
Nellie’s Nightmare
Buddy Rich Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
1947
In a Prescribed Manner
Buddy Rich Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Nov 1958