2SER Subscriber Drive 2018 – Week 1 Phantom Dancer

2SER Greg Poppleton

2SER subscriber drive

SUBSCRIBE

This is the first week of the annual 2SER subscriber drive.

The Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week. It’s been on 2SER since 1985, thanks to your financial support in 33 subscriber drives.

And over those years, Greg Poppleton and The Phantom Dancer have inspired musicians, painters, film, TV and theatre creatives.

On-air Tuesdays 12:04-2:00pm AEST (+11 GMT) and online

COMMUNITY

2SER is community radio with a wide range of specialist music, like The Phantom Dancer, plus independent news and current affairs unavailable on any other station.

2SER runs on your financial support. Give any amount you want this year and you’ll be in the running for some great prizes in the daily prize draw.

Standard annual subscriptions are:
$40 concession
$80 standard
$160 passionate
$600 life member

Support 2SER now.
Any money amount enters you into the daily prize draw.

FAVOURITE

Over the next fortnight, I’ll be sharing with you some of my favourite 2ser Phantom Dancer musical moments mixed from shows recorded ten years ago.

I’ve got some of my kids on-air moments to share with you, moments from when they were aged 4 and 6. And I’ve got some of your great listener stories to share with you, too!

Check out more 2SER listener stories on the 2SER home page, or read quotes from our listeners on this page.

You can hear lots of past Phantom Dancers, too, at 2ser.com.

2SER subscriber drive

LOVE

At 2SER, we’re really lucky to air such a wide range of specialist music shows, in depth news programs, and plenty of local and alternative stories from our community every day.

Listeners like yourself truly shape that content, sending us comments, letting us know about your events and businesses, and giving us all feedback too. And of course, being able to send all this into your earlobes wouldn’t be possible without your support!

STORIES

2SER Greg Poppleton

“I love your radio show! ” Harri
“Will keep listening for sure. I really love your show” Michelle, Melbourne
“Love your program. We tape it each week” Trish
“Your program is wonderful,” Tim
“Loving it! ” Nathan
“Knocked out by your show. We’ll be regular listeners from now on” Trevor & Betty
“Your show rocks!” Sonja
“Love your show” Tara

GIVE

Support 2SER now
You can also call in your support 61 2 9514 9500

VIDEO

Inside the Phantom Dancer 2SER study filmed just last month…

16 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #337

107.3 2SER Tuesday 16 October 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 24 other stations.

Set 1
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Swing That Music
Louis Armstrong (voc) Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Comm Rec
Los Angeles
Aug 1936
You Old Son of a Gun
Rosemary Clooney (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Stars for Defense’
Radio Transcription
Nov 1959
Sherlock Holmes & Wine Ad
Nigel Bruce
‘Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’
KHJ Mutual LA
Sep 1945
Wabash Blues
Jerry Thomas Quintet
Comm Rec
Zurich, Switzerland
1942
Set 2
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Open + Bridegroom Special
Yiddish Swing Orchestra
‘Yiddish Melodies in Swing’
WHN NY
1940
China Boy
Sidney Bechet (sop sax)
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue Network NYC
Feb 1945
Stage Coach
Wally Portingale Orchestra
‘Army on Parade’
2CH AWA Sydney
Oct 1943
That’s Love
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) The Three Ambassadors
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Set 3
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Unidentified
Jan Garber Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1945
Easter Parade
Martha Mears
’10-2-4 Time’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Mar 1948
Don’t Blame Me
Dinah Shore
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Dec 1948
Set 4
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Isn’t It Romantic?
Chet Baker Quartet
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
16 Mar 1954
Good Evening (theme) + April Showers
Del Courtney Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
San Francisco
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Jan 1948
Drifting and Dreaming (theme) + Cheek to Cheek
Orrin Tucker Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cocoanut Grove
Wiltshire Centre
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
1955
Pretending + Hold My Hand + Theme
Griff Williams Orchestra
Empire Room
Palmer House
WGN Chicago
5 Mar 1947
Set 5
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Love, Nuts and Noodles
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Jack Smith
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
I’d Rather Lead A Band + Farewell Blues + Theme
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby and The Four Freshman
‘Ford V-8 Revue’
Radio Transcription
1936
Arabian Lover
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
3 May 1929
These Foolish Things
Count Basie Nonet
Boston
7 Sep 1954
Set 6
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Levee Blues
Jimmy Dorsey’s Dorseyland Band (voc) Charlie Teagarden
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1950
Till The End of Time
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
‘Woody Herman Show’
ABC
1 Dec 1946
Margie
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘Trianon Time’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
KECA ABC LA
1945
I’ve Got Five Dollars (theme) + Ooh! That Kiss!
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
1932
You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It
Harry James Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
KECA ABC LA
Dec 1945
Section A + Theme
Raymond Scott Orchestra
‘Raymond Scott Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Set 7
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When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Jimmy Rushing (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
Aircheck
Savoy Ballroom
New York City
30 Jun 1937
The Glider
Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Santa Barbara Ca
10 Oct 1945
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Eager Beaver
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
28 Nov 1944
Savoy Blues
George Lewis
‘Dixieland Jamboree’
WDSU ABC New Orleans
7 Oct 1950
Get Out Of Town
Leah Matthews (voc) Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Peony Park
WOW NBC Omaha
1954
Tangerine
Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberle (voc) Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Aircheck
Chicago
Benny Goodman
NBC TV
1967
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I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Phantom Dancer 9 Oct 2018


‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ was a 1928 hit for composer Jimmy McHugh and lyricist Dorothy Fields. This week’s Phantom Dancer, presented by authentic 1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton, features an ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’-a-thon.

SHOW

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1929 – 65 radio.

Mixed live-to-air by 1920s – 1930s singer and actor, Greg Poppleton, on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985, The Phantom Dancer is re-broadcast on 23 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online at 2ser.com.

You can hear lots of past Phantom Dancers, too, at 2ser.com.

PLAYLIST

A countdown of Australian Jazz from recordings made in 1930, 1940, 1950 and 1960, the ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ feature feature and a whole mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-50s radio. Read the full play list below.

And remember the ALL VINYL FINYL HOUR.

song writer dorothy fields
Lyricist Dorothy Fields

I

‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’is now a jazz standard. Music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Introduced in Januray 1928 by Adelaide Hall at Les Ambassadeurs Club in New York for Lew Leslie’s Blackbird Revue.

CAN’T

The revue opened later in 1928 on Broadway and was a hit with 518 performances.

GIVE

‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby’ is 24th in the 100-most recorded songs from 1890 to 1954.

YOU

Producer Lew Leslie wanted a hit tune for his Blackbirds revue. McHugh and Fields had already written the revue’s score. They were scratching their heads about coming up with a hit song.

ANYTHING

The story goes that Fields and McHugh were strolling along Fifth Avenue in New York City when they saw a young couple window-shopping at Tiffany’s. They heard the man say to his girlfriend, “Gee, honey I’d like to get you a sparkler like that, but right now, I can’t give you nothin’ but love!”

BUT

On hearing this, Fields and McHugh, came up with lyrics and music for Lew Leslie’s requested hit within an hour while as they sat on a train.

LOVE

Fats Waller’s son reported that his composer, piano playing father would always angrily switch off the song when he heard it on the radio. Waller believed that he had sold the melody to McHugh in 1926.

SONG

Here’s a link to my own version of the song from the album ‘Sweet Sue’ on Bandcamp, CDBaby and iTunes https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com/track/i-cant-give-you-anything-but-love

Sweet Sue digital download album. Only $7, 15 tracks, at Bandcamp
Sweet Sue digital download album, including ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, at Bandcamp

9 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #336

107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 October 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 24 other stations.

Set 1
Spotlight Bands 1945-46 Radio
Open + Cool Breeze
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Phoenixville PA
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Dec 1945
I’ll Never Be The Same
Charlie Venyura (ts) Gene Krupa Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Dark Eyes + Close
George Olsen Music (voc) Judith Blair, Sherman Hayes and Chorus
‘Spotlight Bands’
Waukegan, Ill.
Blue Network
17 Mar 1945
Set 2
Your Hit Parade
Open + So Long As You’re Not In Love With Anyone Else + Brazil
Mark Warnow Orchestra (voc) Barry Woods and The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1943
I’m Gonna Love That Guy
Mark Warnow Orchestra (voc) The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
29 Sep 1945
I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams + Close
Al Goodman Orchestra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WABC CBS NY
22 Oct 1938
Set 3
Stan Kenton 1952 Radio
Artistry in Rhythm + Francesca
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
CBC Canada / NBC
Palace Pier
Toronto ON
3 Jun 1952
Opus in Pastels
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Devine’s Million Dollar Ballroom
WTMJ NBC Milwaukee WI
10 Jun 1952
Jump For Joe + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Club Harlem
KYW NBC Philadelphia
30 May 1952
Set 4
Miles Davis 1950s Radio
Move
Miles Davis
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
16 May 1953
Deep Sea Blues
Herbie Fields & Miles Davis
Comm Rec
New York City
24 Apr 1945
Nature Boys + Anthropology
Miles Davis
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
30 Oct 1957
Set 5
Australian Jazz Through the Decades
I’m Sailing on a Sunbeam
Des Tooley (voc) Frank Coughlan (tb) Beryl Newell (piano)
Comm Rec
Sydney
Mar 1930
Cuckoo in the Clock
Trocadero Dance Orchestra (voc) Olive Lester
Comm Rec
Sydney
10 Jan 1940
Katzenjammers Ball
Jack Allen’s Original Katzenjammerd
Comm Rec
Sydney
23 Feb 1950
Dream Lover
Graeme Bell (voc) Kerrie Neilson
Comm Rec
Sylvania Hotel
Sydneu
Jan 1960
Set 6
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Joe Turner (voc) Joe Sullivan and his Cafe Society Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
9 Feb 1940
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love + Close
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Jubilee’
AFRS NYC
1943
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
POrt Jackson Jazz Band (voc) Marie Harriot
Comm Rec
Sydney
25 Jun 1947
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Gene Williams
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
Set 7
1940s Radio ‘Jubilee’ Swing Bands
Jeep Rhythm
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Vine Street Boogie
Jay McShann Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Benny’s Original
Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS NYC
1943
Cuban Jam
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Set 8
1940s-1950s Mod Radio
C-Jam Blues/div>
Stan Hasselgard
AFRS Hollywood
1948
Koko + Hot House
Barry Ulanov’s All-Stars
‘Bands for Bonds’
WOR Mutual NY
9 Mar 1947
Bebop Boogie
Lester Young
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal roost
WMCA NY
4 Dec 1948

Hear The Mother of Modern Pop Singing – Phantom Dancer Radio 7 August 2018


When you hear a woman pop singer in any genre singing ‘naturally’ today, blame 1930s big band singer, Helen Ward. She blazed the trail.

You’ll hear a Helen Ward set of live 1930s-40s broadcasts on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mixtape of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio, recorded live-to-air at 107.3 2SER Sydney, Tuesdays 12:04 – 2pm, and presented by Greg Poppleton since 1985.

It is heard on 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

If you can’t catch this week’s Phantom Dancer mix live on 107.3 2SER, you can hear it immediately after 2ser.com online.

That’s the place where you’ll also find lots of past Phantom Dancer swing jazz mix tapes.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– visits the Cocoanut Grove 1932-34, dives in Hank Williams on 1952 Hillbilly radio, listens to some of Duke Ellington’s extended works on his ‘Date with the Duke’ 1945 radio series and then there’s the Helen Ward feature. See the play list below….

HELEN WARD

Helen Ward was one of the first swing band ‘girl singers’, as they were known whatever their age, to become a ‘name’.

She was crucial in establishing the natural, untrained voice style of female pop singing that continues to this day with Gaga, Beyoncemore.

Ward came to commercial prominence in 1934 as the singer with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra when it made its breakthough broadcasts on the NBC ‘Let’s Dance’ radio show.

She stayed with the Benny Goodman Orchestra until 1936, just before it became hugely popular.

Helen Ward and Benny Goodman

The ‘girl singer’ who took Helen Ward’s place in the Goodman Orchestra, Martha Tilton, borrowed heavily from the Ward style.

Despite the fact that the Goodman Orchestra had a long and distinguished career into the 1970s, and had female singers like Martha Tilton, Patti Page, Peggy Lee and even Ella Fitzgerald, Ward remained the singer synonymous with the Benny Goodman Band.

THE MOTHER OF MODERN POP SINGING

This is important to note because the Ward style also became the basis of female pop singing that continues to this day.

Her style, which was significant in the Goodman band’s 1934 success is unaffected and untrained. It’s technical waeknesses were overcome by an assured style, creating the illusion of a ‘natural’ voice.

And like so many ‘natural’ singers today, who play ‘natural’ guitar accompanying themselves on ‘natural’ songs about their ‘natural’ lives, Ward, too, learnt an instrument as a child. In her case it was the piano, taught to her by her father, naturally.

She took up singing as a teenager as half of a duo with songwriter and pianist, Burton Lane. That exposure with such a high-profile pop writer brought her to the notice of a number of New York band leaders, with whom she sang over the radio.

Between 1934 and 1936, Ward waxed several records with Goodman. Her version of ‘These Foolish Things’ sold over a million copies and cemented her professional reputation.

She left Goodman in 1936 for both personal and professional reasons. She was engaged to marry Goodman, but after a few months he back out. She also had had enough of the gruelling band road trips.

After singing with Goodman and touring, she stuck to the studios. She recorded for Goodman alumni Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson (standing in for Billie Holiday), Joe Sullivan and Harry James.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll also hear her on the radio with Bob Crosby in 1939 and Peanuts Hucko.

For a short while in 1943, she returned to performing with a band led by Hal McIntyre.

She went into semi-retirement from singing to be a radio producer in 1946-7 for station WMGM, New York.

From then on, she swapped long periods away from bands with recording and touring including returns to Benny Goodman in 1953, 57 and 58.

Around 1960 she retired from the public eye, but returned in 1979 following the hoopla surrounding the 40th anniversary of the 1938 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert, which she was instrumental in having recorded.

She launched into a string of club gigs in New York City and in 1981 released the album, ‘The Helen Ward Song Book’. Now hear her on The Phantom Dancer.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Helen Ward sings ‘Oh, Sweet Susannah!’ with the Benny Goodman in a 1936 broadcast from the Congress Hotel, Chicago, over NBC. Happy Listening!

7 AUGUST  PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #326

107.3 2SER Tuesday 7 August 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 23 other stations.

Set 1
1930s Radio Dance Bands
Open + Rockin’ the Town
Hal Kemp Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Show’
KNX CBS LA
25 Dec 1937
Dancing in the Dark
Bob Chester Orchestra
Mayfair Room
Hotel van Cleve
Dayton OH
CBS
21 Sep 1939
St Louis Blues + Cavernism (close)
Earl Hines Orchestra
Grand Terrace
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Aug 1938
Set 2
Jazz Moderne on the Wireless
All of Me
Miles Davis
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
17 Oct 1957
Ornitholgy + Fifty-Second Street Theme
Charlie Parker
Hi-Hat Club
WCOP Boston
1954
Set 3
Radio Variety
Al Jolson Story
Al Jolson
‘Rinso Show’
KNX CBS LA
6 Apr 1937
Open + Change Partners
Bob Hope + Skinnay Ennis Orchestra
‘Bob Hope Show’
KNX CBS LA
27 Sep 1938
18 Feb 1945
Abdiction News + Love Marches On + Close
Eddie Cantor
‘Texaco Town’
WABC CBS NY
6 Dec 1936
Set 4
Coconut Grove Radio 1932-34
Theme + Too Beautiful For Words
Jack, Mae and Dee Howard (voc) Vincent Valsanti Orch
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
1934
How’s About It?
Phil Harris and Leah Ray (voc) Phil Harris Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
1933
Gooby Gear + Music in the Moonlight (close)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
1932
Set 5
Helen Ward Feature
Anything Goes
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
WJZ Blue Network NY
27 Mar 1935
It’s Funny To Everyone But Me
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
18 Jul 1939
I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plans
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
26 Jan 1935
My Funny Valentine
Peanuts Hucko (voc) Helen Ward
‘Eddie Condon’s Floorshow’
WNBT TV NYC
26 Mar 1949
Set 6
Benny Goodman 1940-46 Radio
Let’s Dance + Big John Special
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Peacock Court
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KFRC Don Lee-Mutual
San Francisco
28 May 1940
Swing Angel
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City CA
KNX CBS LA
26 Jan 1946
Idaho
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Bond Wagon Radio Show’
Chicago Theatre
Chicago
10 aug 1942
Benny Rides Again
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
20 Sep 1941
Set 7
Hillbilly Radio
Various
Hank Williams and Miss Audrey
‘Health and Happiness Show’
Radio Transcription
1952
Set 8
Duke Ellington’s Extended Works 1945 Radio
Frankie and Johnny
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Date with the Duke’
Regal Theatre
ABC Chicago
19 May 1945
Diminuendo in Blue / Rocks in My Bed/ Crescendo in Blue
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Joya Sherrill
‘Date with the Duke’
ABC Toledo OH
9 June 1945

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


Herbie Fields is a musician I’ve long wanted to play a set of. 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
– opens with a set of dance bands live on the 1940s ‘One Night Stand’ radio series,
– hear a set of Sarah Vaughan from live 1950s radio,
– a set of early radio dance bands from rare 1920s-30s radio,
– a set of the daddies of boogie woogie pianists from live 1930s radio,
– a set of today’s feature artist, Herbie Fields, including Miles Davis’s recording debut. See the full play list below for more…

HERBIE FIELDS
Herbie Fields was a child prodigy clarinet and sax player whose meteoric career in the mid-1940s faltered in the 1950s, making him increasing disgruntled until he couldn’t take it any more.

A student at the famous Juilliard School of Music, he began recording and broadcasting 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 from 1944 radio on its own national network band remote. It was coveted radio exposure mostly given to more seasoned bands. We’ll also hear a song from his first recording session made for the prestigious Savoy record label.

The 1945 Savoy record we’ll hear on today’s show features singer Rubberlegs Williams. Rubberlegs, sounding very Fats Waller, calls out Herbie Fields by name on the record – more evidence of the meteoric rise of Herbie Field as a swing name.

This was also the first recording by teenage Miles Davis on trumpet. Miles sounds like Miles even then, though some players on the session complained that the teenager wasn’t good enough – another story for another Phantom Dancer.

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 just twelve short months, Fields also won Esquire magazine’s New Star Award on alto sax in 1945.

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 out of fashion.

He went from big band to septet in 1949. We’ll hear that septet on this week’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. You’ll hear in this septet broadcast how Fields could play in swing, bop and r’n’b styles all on the one song (‘How High The Moon’).

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 swing on ‘How High the Moon’ with his septet on what the 1951 announcer calls a ‘rock’n’roll’ number.

But his decreasing popularity after such a promising career start in 1944 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 restaurant in 1958 when is suddenly had enough at age 39.

PHANTOM DANCER VIDEO OF THE WEEK
It’s Herbie Fields on clarinet with the Lionel Hampton sextet on a Decca recording of ‘Ribs and Hot Sauce’.

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
Farewell
Boompsie
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 Mar 1949

Women Jazz Stars On Live 1940s-50s Radio – 15 May Phantom Dancer


Women instrumentalists in jazz from live 1940s-50s radio feature in a set on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Every Tuesday The Phantom Dancer non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio is brought to you by authentic jazz deco singer and actor, Greg Poppleton

The Phantom Dancer is recorded live-to-air at 107.3 2SER Sydney, Tuesdays 12:04 – 2pm. It’s re-broadcast on 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

You can hear this week’s Phantom Dancer online at 2ser.com from 15 May. And that’s where you’ll find lots of past Phantom Dancer swing jazz mixes.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– has a set of Benny Goodman small groups from live 1943 radio, a set of Dave Brubeck from 1950s radio by request, and a set of jazz and swing from the Armed Forces Radio Service ‘Jubilee’ series, including an aircheck by Gerald Wilson, Kay Starr and The International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

WOMEN IN JAZZ

In fact, this week’s Phantom Dancer has a set of women jazz instrumentalists on live 1940s-50s radio. You’ll hear:

MARJORIE HYAMS

Jazz vibraphonist, pianist and arranger. She played in Woody Herman’s Orchestra (1944 – 1945), the Hip Chicks (1945), Mary Lou Williams (1946), Charlie Ventura (1946), George Shearing (1949 – 1950), and led her own groups.
Marjorie Hyams

MELBA LISTON

Jazz trombonist, musical arranger and composer. She was the first woman trombonist to play in big bands. She was a star writer and arranger.
Melba Liston

VIVIEN GARRY

Jazz double bassist and band leader
Vivien Garry

GINGER SMOCK

Jazz violinist, band leader and TV personality
Ginger Smock

INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM

The first integrated all women band in the US featuring some of the top female talent of the early-mid 1940s.
International Sweethearts of Rhythm

Phantom Dancer Vid of the Week?

It’s the Vivien Garry Quintet playing bop on disc in ’46, ‘Operation Mop’ (nothing to with floors, mop-mop was a jazz style). In the quintet: Arvin Garrison (her husband) guitarist, Wini Beatty, piano, Ginger Smock on violin and Dody Jeshke, drums.

15 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #316

107.3 2SER Tuesday 15 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
Louis Prima on 1939-45 Radio
Theme + Robin Hood
Louis Prima Orchestra (voc) Louis Prima
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Dec 1944
St Louis Blues
Louis Prima Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Sep 1945
Should I + Close
Louis Prima Orchestra
Hickory House
via WJSV CBS Washington
23 Sep 1939
Set 2
1945-48Jubilee Radio Series
Theme + Cruisin´ With Cab
Gerald Wilson
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Apr 1946
Tuxedo Junction
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
17 Jul 1945
Blues + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Kay Starr
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1 May 1948
Set 3
Louis Armstrong on Radio
I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
Louis Armstrong
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Mahoganny Hall Stomp
Louis Armstrong
Aircheck
1949?
S’Wonderful + Close
Louis Armstrong
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Basin Street
WRCA NBC NY
8 May 1955
Set 4
Women Jazz Instrumentalists
Open + A Woman’s Place Is In The Groove
Vivien Garry
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
Washington DC
1951
Stella By Starlight
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra (tb) Melba Liston
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
mid-1956
Northwest Passage + Blue Flame Theme
Woody Herman Orchestra (vibes) Marjorie Hyams
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
18 Sep 1944
Set 5
Music From The Movies
Melody For Two + September in the Rain
Louis Levy and the Gaumont British Symphony
Comm Rec
London
1937
Carranga
Ray Noble Orchestra
Coty Hour
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Mar 1935
Over The Rainbow
Judy Garland
‘The Gulf Screen Guild Show’
KNX CBS LA
8 Jan 1939
Midnight + On The Good Ship Lollipop
Joe Haymes Orchestra (voc) Cliff Weston
Grill Room
Hotel McAlpen
WABC CBS NY
29 Jan 1935
Set 6
The Benny Goodman Small Groups
Oh Baby
Benny Goodman Sextet
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
Aircheck
26 Jan 1946
Three Little Words
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Blue Network
25 Sep 1943
Sweet Lorraine
Benny Goodman Trio
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
Aircheck
26 Jan 1946
Sweet Georgia Brown
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield, Mass
Blue Network
29 Sep 1943
Set 7
Dave Brubeck
Jeepers Creepers
Dave Brubeck
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
Dec 1953
The Duke
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
I’ll Remember April
Dave Brubeck
Aircheck
Jan 1954
The Trolley Song
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
Set 8
1940s Big Band Radio
Blue ‘n’ Boogie (theme) + Airmail Special
Billy Eckstine Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Mar 1945
Swanee River
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
26 Nov 1945
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Artistry Jumps
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Hollywood
27 Nov 1945
Bommpsie
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 mar 1949

8 May 2018 Phantom Dancer – He Knew He Wanted To Be A Professional Musician By Age 16


Tenor sax man Charlie Barnet knew what he wanted from a very early age. In fact, he was playing professionally by the age of 16. Then at 18 he went to New York to talk the CBS Artist Bureau into booking him as an orchestra leader. We hear some of this determined teenager’s orchestras from 1930s-40s airchecks on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer is produced and presented every Tuesday by authentic 1920s-30s-style singer and actor, Greg Poppleton .

It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. On air since 1985!

The Phantom Dancer is recorded live-to-air at 107.3 2SER Sydney, Tuesdays 12:04 – 2pm. It’s re-broadcast on 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

Online, this week’s Phantom Dancer will be available for your listening pleasure after the 2SER broadcast, Tuesday 8 May. Go to 2ser.com to listen.

You’ll also find plenty of past Phantom Dancers to enjoy online, too.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– includes two Australian dance bands – Jim Davidson and his New Palais Royal Orchestra and Frank Coughlan’s Trocadero Orchestra .There are also sets by Lee Konitz in 1954 from WHDH Boston, live jazz from 1962 radio on WNEW NY and WBBM Chicago, a set of trad from WMGM New York’s 1950-51 ‘Doctor Jazz’ series (after being asked for a version of Doctor Jazz during last week’s show) and, of course, the Charle Barnet set. See the full play list below.

CHARLIE BARNET

Born Charles Daly Barnet, Charlie Barnet was a U.S orchestra leader, sax player and composer. Important to his overall ‘fun’ band leading attitude was that he was a person of means. He was heir to his grandfather’s fortune, the New York Central Railway vice-president and banker, Charles Frederick Daly. His family wanted him to be a lawyer. He chose music.

Barnet had worked for one of the many franchise bands of the Jean Goldkette Orchestra, on of the most famous U.S bands of the late 1920s by the age of 16. He then left for New York to play tenor sax in Frank Winegar’s Pennsylvania Boys before trying his luck as an extra in Hollywood films.

Late in 1932 at the age of 18 he returned to New York City and talked a contact at the CBS artist’s bureau to book him as an orchestra leader.

Charlie Barnet WOR Aquarium NYC

INFATUATION

His 1930s orchestras were numerous and short-lived. But they were also musically interesting as you can hear in the 1934 recording below, ‘Infatuation’, which is your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week.

Barnet got his first recording contract in 1933 during an engagement at New York’s Park Central Hotel.

He was always into ‘hot music’ and he was an early adapter of Swing.

RAN OUT OF TOWN

While playing swing at New Orlean’s Roosevelt Hotel in 1935, he earned the ire of conservative governor Huey Long who hated the new sound. Long set up a sting, luring the band to a brothel then having it raided so the band could be ‘run out of town’.

Barnet got a number of his now unemployed band members into Joe Haymes Orchestra (soon to be taken over by Tommy Dorsey) and then headed off for a jaunt in Havana escorting a well off, older woman.

His 1936 orchestra included the new vocal harmony quartet, ‘The Modernaires’ though that band soon shut up shop, too. ‘The Modernaires’ were later and famously associated with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. At this time, Charlie Barnet was one of the first to integrate his band.

He was a big fan of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. He championed Duke Ellington tunes in his orchestra and Ellington recorded Barnet’s ‘In A Mizz’.

GO TO BLAZES

When Charlie Barnet lost all his band charts in the 1938 Los Angeles Palomar Ballroom fire, Count Basie lent him charts.

palomar ballroom

His 1939 band was catapaulted into the big time with the release of his recording of the Ray Noble song (from his Indian Suite), Cherokee.

He had a second big hit on 1944 with ‘Skyliner’. ‘Skyliner’ was used as the theme music for the late 1940s US Armed Forces Network program ‘Midnight In Munich’ broadcast from AFN Munich.

Other major recordings include ‘Scotch and Soda’, ‘In a Mizz’, ‘The Right Idea’, ‘The Wrong Idea’ and Southland Shuffle’.

STARS

Barnet switched from Swing to Bop in 1947. Barnet’s swing band included such names as Buddy DeFranco, Roy Eldridge, Billy May, Neal Hefti, Lena Horne, Barney Kessel, Dodo Marmorosa and Oscar Pettiford.

His later bands had Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen and Clark Terry.

He ‘retired’ in 1949, claiming to have lost interest in music, though he continued to lead an orchestra and was broadcast on radio into the 1960s.

Charlie Barnet was married 11 times. His last marriage lasted 33 years.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

As your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, an early Charlie Barney record from his short-lived 1934 band, the weird ‘Infatuation’

8 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #316

107.3 2SER Tuesday 8 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 + Murder at Peyton Hall
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jan 1947
Tea For Two (voc) Carolyn Gray
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Carolyn Gray
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
31 Mar 1946
9:20 Special + Minnie the Moocher (theme)
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1945
Set 2
Jazz on Live 1962 Radio
Algiers Bounce + Lady Be Good
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
30 Mar 1962
Cuckoo + Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
Moon Bowl
Freedomland
WNEW NY
Mar 1962
The Price Is Right
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
30 Mar 1962
Set 3
1937
Theme + Hey, Hey Your Cares Away
Kay Kyser Orchestra (voc) Sully Mason
Trianon Ballroom
MBS Chicago
25 Mar 1937
Jamboree
Frank Coughlan Trocadero Orchestra (voc) Frank Coughlan
Featuradio Transcription
Sydney
June 1937
Time Out For Love
Joe Sanders Orchestra (voc) Joe Sanders
Blackhawk Restaurant
MBS Chicago
25 Mar 1937
Set 4
Doctor Jazz
Struttin’ With Some Barbeque
Hot Lips Page
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM NY
1951
Sheik of Araby
Eddie Condon Group
‘Doctor Jazz’
Eddie Condon’s
WMGM NY
1951
Ride, Red, Ride
Red Allen ‘Dixielanders’
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM NY
1951
Set 5
1940 Mickey Mouse Band Radio Transcriptions
Let There Be Love
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
These Things You Left Me
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Brandon
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1940
At Long Last Love
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Pinch Me
Sterling Young Orchestra (voc) Bobbie Ennis
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1940
Set 6
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Ya Got Me
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
oct 1938
Theme + Back In Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Fort Devon Mass
Mutual Network
15 Oct 1945
The Victory Walk
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
1942
In There
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1944
Set 7
Early 1930s dance Bands
Forty-Second Street
Jim Davidson New Palais Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
6 Jun 1933
Theme + is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Ruth Etting (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Columbia Tele-Focal Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
Somebody Loves You + Close
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Set 8
Lee Konitz 1954 Radio
Open + Hi Beck
Lee Konitz
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954
Subconscious Lee
Lee Konitz
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954