Med School Dropout Leads Famous Orchestra – Phantom Dancer 11 January 2022


Med School dropout Eddy Howard, singer, band leader and composer of ‘Careless’ (his theme song), ‘If I Knew Then’, ‘My Last Goodbye’, and ‘A Million Years Ago’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 11 January) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

I’m Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer producer and presenter every week on 107.3 2SER radio Sydney since 1985.

Eddy Howard singing with Dick Jurgens Orchestra. How different is the radio transcription of Ragtime Cowboy Joe (19120 played on this week’s Phantom Dancer to this 1939 commercial waxing…

TROMBONE THEN SINGER

Edy Howard studied medicine at Stanford University before dropping out to become a singer of romantic ballads on Los Angeles radio. Later he sang with bands led by Ben Bernie and Dick Jurgens.

He first auditioned for, and then joined the Jurgens Orchestra, as a trombonist. With a limited knowledge of music, he committed the audition charts to memory and got the job.

By the time Jurgens discovered that Howard had not enough sight-reading skills to hold down the trombone chair, he had also discovered Howard’s ability as a vocalist. Jurgens hired someone else to play trombone. He gave Eddy Howard a guitar and made him band vocalist.

Jurgens said that it didn’t matter how well Howard played guitar, his vocals made the band.

Eddy Howard singing with his vocal trio and Orchestra in 1949…

ORCHESTRA

In 1939, Howard started his own band, and he was the regular vocalist on It Can Be DoneEdgar A. Guest‘s 1941 radio programme on the Blue Network, from Wednesday to Friday.

The first No. 1 single for Howard and his Orchestra, “To Each His Own“, spent five non-consecutive weeks at the top of the U.S. pop chart in 1946. The song was a tie-in with the 1946 Paramount film, To Each His Own, which brought Academy Awards for Olivia de Havilland and screenwriter Charles Brackett. The recording by Howard was released by Majestic Records and reached the Billboard chart on July 11, 1946, spending a total of 19 weeks on the chart. It sold over two million copies by 1957 and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.

Howard’s orchestra was heard on The Gay Mrs. Featherstone on NBC (April 18 – October 10, 1945) and on NBC’s The Sheaffer Parade, sponsored by Sheaffer Pens (September 14, 1947 – September 5, 1948).

In 1949, Howard signed to Mercury Records. His popularity continued into the 1950s with tracks such as “Maybe It’s Because”, and “(It’s No) Sin“, which became Howard’s second No. 1 tune, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

Howard’s last hit was “The Teen-Ager’s Waltz”, which peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1955.

In 1952–1953 he was heard on CBS on Thursday nights at 10:45pm, with further broadcasts on Tuesdays at 10pm in 1955–1956. The rise of rock music led to a decline in Howard’s popularity.

In a change of roles, Howard was the host on Just for You, an hour-long variety program on NBC in 1954. The staff orchestra of WMAQ Chicago provided the music.

Howard’s star rose again during the 1960s, as part of the revival of interest in Big Band music and old-time radio.

He went into semi-retirement and his some-time saxophonist, vocalist-bandleader Norman Lee, procured the rights to use the Eddy Howard Orchestra name and the band’s arrangements. Lee and the Orchestra became a dance-band staple throughout the U.S. midwest. Based out of Wichita, Kansas, they toured extensively and recorded on their own label, Marian Records.

By the late 1960s, Lee dropped the Eddy Howard name and led the orchestra under his own name, though several Howard standards remained featured in their repertoire. The organization dissolved in the wake of the murder of Lee and his wife by one of the band’s former trumpet players on 6 December 1978.

Here’s Eddy Howard’s theme, which he co-wrote with Dick Jurgens…

11 JANUARY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #526

107.3 2SER Tuesday 11 January 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1940s Swing Radio
Open + Hallelujah + The Song is You
Jerry Wald Orchestra (voc) dick Merrick
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Oct 1944
Bugle Call Rag
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Pacific Square
KFSD Mutual San Diego
3 Mar 1945
Desperate Desmond + Close
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Dec 1945
Set 2
Count Basie Rock’n’Roll
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Blee Blop Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
21 Apr 1956
Shake a Hand + I’ll Be True To You
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Faye Adams
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
21 Apr 1956
All Right, OK, You Win
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
21 Apr 1956
Basie Land + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
21 Apr 1956
Set 3
Early Recorded Radio
Open + My Sweeter Than Sweet + She’s So Unusual
Studio Orchestra
Opening WNER and W9XF
Chicago
1930
(9XF Chicago was a shortwave and mechnaical TV station)
Dancing to Save Your Sole
Philco Orchestra (tp) Bob Effros
‘Philco Hour’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
Blues Skies + Bye Bye Blues + My Future Just Passed + I Love You So Much
Philco Orchestra (voc) Ruth Glenn & Catherine Kent
‘Philco Hour’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
Boy! Oh! Boy! I’ve Got It Bad
Philco Orchestra (voc) Boswell Sisters
‘Philco Hour’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1931
Set 4
Eddy Howard
Careless (theme) + Thou Swell + Homesick, That’s All
Eddy Howard Orchestra (voc) Eddy Howard
Aragon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
5 Dec 1945
The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Eddy Howard
Comm Rec
NYC
1938
Martha
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Eddy Howard
Comm Rec
NYC
1938
Medley + So Long For Now
Eddy Howard Orchestra (voc) Eddy Howard
Aragon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
5 Dec 1945
Set 5
European Dance Bands
Musik, Musik, Musik
Marika Roekk (voc and tap dancing)
From the film,
‘Hallo Janine’
Berlin
1939
Son Belle
Natalino Otto
Comm Rec
Turin
1948
Hallo, Dobra Vece
Unknown
Comm Rec
Prague
1930s
Set 6
1940s Harry James
Joe Blow
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
1943
Cherokee
Harry James Orchestra
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Mar 1940
But Not For Me
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Hotel Astor Roof
WABC CBS NY
28 Aug 1942
Jeffries’ Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NYC
22 May 1941
Set 7
Mildred  Bailey
I’ll Get By
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NYC
1944
She’s Funny That Me
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NYC
19 Jan 1945
I Dream of You
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NYC
1944
T’aint Me
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NYC
24 Nov 1944
Set 8
Modern Jazz
Bebop
Howard McGee Sextet
Aircheck
Los Angeles
29 Apr 47
Three Little Words
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Hot House
Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tpt); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Dec 1948
Salt Peanuts
Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tpt); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d) (voc) Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Dec 1948

Yao Lee and 1940s-60s New Years Eve! – 28 December 2021


Yao Lee, Hong Kong’s Patti Page is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Her most famous song opens this week’s Phantom Dancer. The first hour for the national show then continues with a mix of swing by Harry James, vocals by Giselle McKenzie, Rhythm and Blues from a 1951 radio aircheck, and live radio hard bop by Miles Davis and John Coltrane aired in 1958.

For the last hour broadcast, live to 2SER Sydney listeners, then available online, you’ll hear New Years Eve radio from the 1940s and 1960s.

(The short weather report that opens this week’s Phantom Dancer comes from a shortwave English language broadcast by Reichrundfunk Berlin in 1938).

LISTEN to this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 28 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

I’m Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer producer and presenter every week on 107.3 2SER radio Sydney since 1985.

News Years Eve 1930s-40s Cinema ads…

ROSE, ROSE I LOVE YOU

is the most famous song by singer Yao Lee. A 1940 Mandarin popular song composed by Chen Gexin and first recorded by Yao Lee. It became something of a Lili Marlene equivalent for Allied soldiers in the Asia-Pacific during World War 2.

The song was brought back to England by broadcaster Wilfrid Thomas in 1951 after doing commentary on the war in Malaya. When he played it on his BBC program he received a barrage of requests for a repeat and he played it again in several more programs.

An English-language version whose lyrics by Wilfred Thomas that have little in common with the original Mandarin was first recorded by Frankie Laine in 1951. David Bowie used the song in a film about him in Hong Kong.

1930 New Years Eve record, KHJ Los Angeles…

YAO LEE

Also known as Yao LiYiu Lei and Hue Lee, was one of the Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai in the 1940s.

She married Wong Po Lo (黃保羅) in 1947 and stopped performing to devote time to her family. Following the Communist seizure of power in China in 1949, popular music was considered ideologically suspect and Yao fled to Hong Kong in 1950 but continued her singing career with Pathé Records (EMI).

In addition to releasing hit records, beginning in 1955 with the film 桃花江 (Peach Blossom River), she was also a playback singer for movie actresses. Many of her featured songs became popular hits. She stepped down from her singing career in 1967 after the death of her brother, Yao Min. In 1969, she accepted the invitation to become the General Manager and Producer at EMI Music Hong Kong. Yao produced records for many artists during her time as a producer and retired from this position in 1977.

During the 1930s and 1940s, Yao Lee’s high, soft singing style was typical of Chinese popular music of the time (influenced by her superstar idol, Zhou Xuan). She performed numerous popular standards, such as Wishing You Happiness and Prosperity (恭喜恭喜), “I Can’t Have Your Love” (得不到你的愛情), and “By the Suzhou River” (蘇州河邊) with her brother Yao Min, arguably the best-known Chinese pop songwriter of the shidaiqu era.[3] She is famous for her 1940 version of Rose, Rose, I Love You (玫瑰玫瑰我愛你), later recorded by Frankie Laine in the United States with English lyrics. Her version was also released in the U.S. and the United Kingdom credited to “Miss Hue Lee.” Yao was known as “the Silver Voice” (銀嗓子), alluding to fellow Shanghai singer Zhou Xuan, who was known as “the Golden Voice” (金嗓子).

With increasing Western influence in the region after World War II and her move to Hong Kong, Yao Lee’s singing style changed. She was introduced to more Western popular music and became an admirer of American singer Patti Page, whom she emulated by lowering her voice and incorporating some similar vocal mannerisms. As a result, Yao is sometimes called “Hong Kong’s Patti Page.” One of her biggest ’50s records was “The Spring Breeze Kisses My Face” (春風吻上我的臉).

Yao was extremely prolific with over 400 records attributed to her. Her 1959 song, “Rén Shēng Jìu Shì Xì”/”Life Is a Performance” (人生就是戲), is featured in the 2018 film, Crazy Rich Asians, in the scene when the matriarch grandmother, played by veteran Chinese American actor Lisa Lu, first appears.

Welcome in the New Year with this mix of 1920s-30s songs from six albums I’ve released …

28 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #524

107.3 2SER Tuesday 28 DECEMBER 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Rose, Rose, I Love You
Yao Lee
From the film
‘Singing Girl’
1940
Blue Skies
Harry James Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mutual Network
1946
Zanzibar
Harry James Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mutual Network
1946
All The Things You Are + Opus #1
Harry James Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mutual Network
1946
Set 2
Theme + The Poor People of Paris (La goualante du pauvre Jean)
Giselle McKenzie (voc) Skitch Henderson Orchestra
‘Airtime’
NBC Radio Transcription
New York City
1955
Dancing with the Deb
Skitch Henderson Orchestra
‘Airtime’
NBC Radio Transcription
New York City
1955
S’Wonderful
Skitch Henderson Orchestra
‘Airtime’
NBC Radio Transcription
New York City
1955
Juke Box Baby + Too Close For Comfort + Close
Skitch Henderson Orchestra (voc) The Honey Dreamers and Giselle McKenzie (ts) Herbie Fields
‘Airtime’
NBC Radio Transcription
New York City
1955
Set 3
Theme + Shake It All Around
King Jughead
‘Sepia Swing Club’
WDAI Memphis
14 Dec 1951
Shine On
Ruth Brown
‘Sepia Swing Club’
WDAI Memphis
14 Dec 1951
Baby, Please Don’t Go
Billy Wright
‘Sepia Swing Club’
WDAI Memphis
14 Dec 1951
Let Your Tears Fall, Baby
Big Mama Thornton
‘Sepia Swing Club’
WDAI Memphis
14 Dec 1951
Set 4
Open + Four
Miles Davis Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
17 May 1958
Bye, Bye, Blackbird
Miles Davis Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
17 May 1958
Walkin’ + Two Bass Hit
Miles Davis Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
17 May 1958
Set 5
Deep Forest (theme) + Dippermouth Blues
Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines
‘New Year Dancing Party’
KCBS CBS San Francisco
1 Jan 1957
When The Saints Go Marchin’ In
Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines
‘New Year Dancing Party’
KCBS CBS San Francisco
1 Jan 1957
Tiger Rag + Close
Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines
‘New Year Dancing Party’
KCBS CBS San Francisco
1 Jan 1957
Set 6
Open + Bebop
Charlie Parker, Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, Joe Harris
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1 Jan 1949
Flying Home
Gene Krupa Quartet
Metropole Cafe
WRC NBC Washington DC
31 Dec 1965
Dark Eyes
Gene Krupa Quartet
Metropole Cafe
WRC NBC Washington DC
31 Dec 1965
Set 7
Slow Boat to China
Charlie Parker, Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, Joe Harris
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1 Jan 1949
Ornithology
Charlie Parker, Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, Joe Harris
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1 Jan 1949
Set 8
Robin Hood
Louis Prima Orchestra
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Salt Lake City
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Gotta Be This or That
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Boston
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Let The Zoomers Drool
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Evansville IN
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Auld Lang Syne
Guy Lombardo Orchestra
‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
New York City
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945

George Wallace 1910s-50s Comedian – Phantom Dancer 10 March 2020


George Wallace, Australian comedian, composer, dancer and singer, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist from live 1940s-50s radio.

Of interest in the comedy selections of George Wallace from 1940s-50s radio is his early 20th century working class Australian accent and WW1 vintage vaudeville stage delivery.

In a 1949 interview, Wallace admitted that he found it hard to adapt his comedic techniques to radio. “The hardest thing, is keeping [my voice] down. After years on the stage where you have to raise your voice to make a point, I found in radio that this only made the mike blast and it took me a long time to break the habit of wanting to shout at it.”

Nonethesless, Wallace’s delivery hasn’t dated and is still funny, in my opinio. The commercial radio actors he’s working with are very much of their time.

The Phantom Dancer produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton can be heard online from 12:05pm AESDT Tuesday 10 March at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

The last hour is all vinyl.

george wallace lobby cards

GEORGE

George Stephenson “Onkus” Wallace died the day I was born.

He was an Australian comedian, vaudevillian, radio personality and film star. During the early to mid-20th century, he was one of the most famous and successful Australian comedians on both stage and screen, with screen, song and revue sketch writing amongst his repertoire.

His father toured in minstrel shows and George junior appeared at age three in a Sydney pantomime. He was in his parents’ song-and-dance act until they divorced. He later busked in Pyrmont, New South Waleswaterfront, worked in his stepfather’s ink factory, and was a farm-hand and canecutter in North Queensland. He then joined a road show at age sixteen.

MOVIES

The 1930s saw George turn his talents to film. He starred in five films, all comedies and was the biggest, if not the biggest, Australian star. Three of these, His Royal Highness (1932), Harmony Row (1933) and A Ticket in Tatts (1934), were directed by F. W. Thring for Thring’s company, Efftee Film Productions.

He said in 1933 that he turned down an offer from Universal to film in the US.

The other two, Let George Do It (1938) and Gone to the Dogs (1939), were directed by Ken G. Hall for Cinesound Productions. Wallace’s contributions to these films extended beyond his performances. He developed the concepts for His Royal Highness, Harmony Row and A Ticket in Tatts by drawing on his stage revues, and co-wrote Let George Do It and Gone to the Dogs. Wallace’s other film work included a 1932 short film, “Oh! What a Night!”, which he is said to have directed unofficially.[8] In later years, he was seen in supporting roles in two dramatic films, The Rats of Tobruk (Charles Chauvel, 1944, Australia) and Wherever She Goes (Michael Gordon, 1953, USA/Australia).

george wallace women's weekly 1938

STYLE

In his physical presentation as well as his performance style, George Wallace differed from international stars of slapstick comedy. For instance, his clothing and speech allude to an Australian working-class type and contrast with Charles Chaplin’s mock-dapper Tramp persona. The fact that Wallace’s performances combine tap-dancing with pratfalls makes him unusual among film comedians anywhere. Moreover, Wallace’s films prefigure developments in Hollywood comedy. An example is the fictional country of Betonia in His Royal Highness, which predates satirical depictions of fictional nations in such celebrated films as The Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup (1933) and Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940). Other aspects of Wallace’s films that are relatively unusual for the period are the comedic treatment of haunted houses in Harmony Row and Gone to the Dogs and scientific experimentation in Gone to the Dogs, which emphasize the resourcefulness of Australian filmmaking in the face of Hollywood’s international dominance.

JUNIOR

George Wallace had one child, George Leonard Wallace (George Wallace Jnr.), who became a famous comedian in his own right. At age two he debuted on stage in his father’s and mother’s vaudeville act joining them in acrobatic poses. He had success on TV in the late 1950s and 1960s. George Wallace Jnr’s television show, Theatre Royal, which originated in Brisbane, won a Logie Award in 1962 and 1963.

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!

10 MARCH PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #427

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 March 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Mon 2:30 – 3:30am
4NAG Keppel FM 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Special Shows
Open + Somebody Loves Me
Irving Miller Orchestra
‘Mirth and Madness’
WEAF NBC NYC
Jun 1944
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme) + Smiles
Sy Oliver Orchestra
‘Endorsed by Dorsey’
WOR Mutual NYC
3 Mar 1946
Lady Be Good + Close
Ella Fitzgerald (voc) Ray Brown Trio
‘Swingtime at Savoy’
WNBC NBC NY
28 Jul 1948
Set 2
1950s Progressive Jazz Radio
Open + So What?
Miles Davis
‘Your Treasury of Music’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
25 Aug 1959
Set 3
Benny Goodman 1937 Radio
One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
20 Oct 1937
Open + Blue Skies
Benny Goodman Trio (voc) Audience
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
23 Oct 1937
Dixieland Band + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual NYC
21 Oct 1937
Set 4
George Wallace
Open + Three Little Words + Skit
Edwin Duff (singer) George Wallace Comedian
‘The George Wallace Show’
2GB Macquarie Network Sydney
1950
Brown Slouch Hat
Joan Blake
‘Song of Australia’
ABC Radio
1942
Sophie, The Sort On The Bus
George Wallace
Live on The Tivoli Theatre, Sydney
1940s
Wacko! We’ve Got a Date
George Wallace (voc) Billy O’Flynn’s Legionaire Orchestra and Chorus
Comm Rec
Melbourne
1940
Set 5
Pee Wee Russell
D.A. Blues
Pee Wee Russell (cl) Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concerts’
WJZ Blue NYC
1944
The Blues By Pee Wee Russell
Pee Wee Russell (cl) Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concerts’
WJZ Blue NYC
9 Sep 1944
Pee Wee’s Town Hall Stomp
Pee Wee Russell (cl) Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concerts’
WJZ Blue NYC
1944
Impromptu Ensemble
Pee Wee Russell (cl) Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concerts’
WJZ Blue NYC
9 Sep 1944
Set 6
Eugenie Baird
Suddenly It’s Spring
Eugenie Baird (voc) Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel New Yorker
May 1944
My Buddy
Eugenie Baird (voc) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Forever Pops’
KECA ABC LA
1946
My Heart Tells Me
Eugenie Baird (voc) Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel New Yorker
May 1944
What Is This Thing Called Love
Eugenie Baird (voc) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Forever Pops’
KECA ABC LA
1946
Set 7
1940s Swing Radio
Sleep
Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Trianon Time’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
Aircheck
1944
Blackberry Jam
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Columbus OH
Blue Network
19 Nov 1943
Let’s Dance (theme) + My Guy’s Come Back
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Lisa Morrow
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
KHJ Mutual LA
14 Jan 1946
Smokey Mary + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra
CBS Aircheck
23 May 1942
Set 8
Shep Fields
Country Garden
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1940
Basin St Blues
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Robert Goday
Radio Transcription
1938
From Another World
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1940

International Sweethearts of Rhythm – Phantom Dancer 5 November 2019


INTERNATIONAL

This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton is The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first integrated all women band in the United States. Latina, Asian, Caucasian, Black, Indian and Puerto Rican members gave the band an ‘international’ flavour, hence the name. You’ll hear them today from 1944-45 AFRS airchecks.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 5 November 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

International sweethearts of rhythm trumpets

SWEETHEARTS

The original members of the band had met at Piney Woods Country Life School, a school for poor and African American children, in 1938 in Mississippi. Most who attended Piney Woods were orphans, including band member Helen Jones, who had been adopted by the school’s principal and founder (also the Sweethearts’ original bandleader), Dr Laurence C. Jones.

International Sweethearts of Rhythm saxes

OF

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm turned professional and severed connections with Piney Woods in April 1941. The venues they played, such as the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the Howard Theatre in Washington D.C., the Regal Theatre in Chicago, the Cotton Club in Cincinnati, the Riviera in St. Louis, the Dreamland in Omaha, or the Club Plantation and Million Dollar Theater in Los Angeles, were for black audiences. Leonard Feather stated in a Los Angeles Times article about the band that “if you are white, whatever your age, chances are you have never heard of the Sweethearts”.

The Sweethearts swiftly rose to fame, nonetheless. The band set a new box office record of 35,000 patrons in one week of 1941 at the Howard Theatre. In Hollywood they made short films for use in movie theaters. One of these is your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. Radio work was largely confined to ‘Jubilee’ broadcasts over Armed Forces Radio aimed at black US armed forces personnel. You’ll hear excerpts from some of these broadcasts on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

International Sweethearts of Rhythm rhythm section

RHYTHM

The 16-piece International Sweethearts of Rhythm featured a strong brass section, heavy percussion, and a deep rhythmic sense, along with many of the best female musicians of the day. The band leader and singer was Anna Mae Winburn. Check out the video of the week below to savour their original ideas.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is ‘Central Avenue Boogie’ from a 1940s soundie by the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, sung by Anna Mae Winburn.

5 NOVEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #412

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 November 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Big Bands on One Night Stand
Open + Saint Louis Breakdown
Lucky Millinder Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Savoy Ballroom
Harlem NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
17 July 1945
I’ll Be Around
Sonny Dunham Orchestra (voc) Pat Cameron
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Apr 1944
I’ve Got Rhythm + Close
Tony Pastor Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Jantzen Beach
Portland OR
AFRS Re-broadcast
15 May 1945
Set 2
1940s-50s Trad Radio
Lonesome Road
Muggsy Spanier & Baby Doods
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
5 Apr 1947
Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Ralph Sutton Quintet
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
7 Sep 54
I Ain’t Gonna Give Anyone None of my Jelly Roll
Meade Lux Lewis
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
7 Sep 54
Set 3
Lounge Radio
Open + Quiet Village (theme) + Happy Talk
Martin Denny Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
London House
AFRTS Re-broadcast
via WBBM CBS Chicago
1959
Open + Boulevarde of Broken Dreams
Dick Carroll Orchestra
‘The World Dances’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Kila Kila Holi A’kala + Close
Johnny Pineapple
Polynesian Village
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Set 4
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Galvanising
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Diggin’ Dyke
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
17 Jul 1945
She’s Crazy With the Heat
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Set 5
Les Brown
Carioca
Les Brown Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1949
Open + Love is Just Around the Corner
Les Brown Orchestra
Peacock Room
baker Hotel
CBS Dallas
9 Au !945
We’ll Be Together Aain
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Jane Harvey
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvamia
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Dec 1945
Show Me The Way To Go Home
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Butch Stone
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
16 Aug 1945
Set 6
1935-36 Dance Bands
Down By the Old Mill Stream
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
22 Oct 1936
Christopher Columbus
Isham Jones Orchestra
WOR Mutual NY
13 Mar 1936
Haunting Me
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1935
Weary Blues
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
CBS Dallas
Aug 1936
Set 7
Django Reinhardt Radio Transcriptions
Nuages
Django Reinhardt Quintet
Radio Geneve
Switzerland
25 Oct 1949
How High the Moon
Django Reinhardt with Ray McKinley’s Quintet
Jazz Club Francaise
1945
Black Night
Django Reinhardt Quintet
Radio Geneve
Switzerland
25 Oct 1949
Danse Norvegienne No. 2
Django Reinhardt Quintet
Radio Geneve
Switzerland
25 Oct 1949
Set 8
Miles Davis
Intro + Walkin’
Miles Davis
‘Bandstand USA’
Birdland
WOR Mutual NYC
3 Jan 1959
All of Me
Miles Davis
‘Bandstand USA’
Birdland
WOR Mutual NYC
3 Jan 1959

Child Prodigy Jazz Pianist – Phantom Dancer 24 September 2019


A child prodigy on this week’s Phantom Dancer radio show with Greg Poppleton – Frank ‘Sugar Chile Robinson’. He played a White House dinner in 1946 aged 7, then played again at the White House in 2016 to a standing ovation aged 77.

The Phantom Dancer is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV, presented by Greg Poppleton on Radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985. Hear the show online from 12:04pm Tuesday 24 September at 2ser.com

The last hour is all vinyl.

SUGAR CHILE

Sugar Chile Robinson

Fom Wiki,
Frank Isaac Robinson (born December 28, 1938), known in his early musical career as Sugar Chile Robinson, is an American jazz pianist and singer who became famous as a child prodigy.

PIANO

Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan. At an early age he showed unusual gifts singing the blues and accompanying himself on the piano. According to contemporary newsreels, he was self-taught and managed to use techniques including slapping the keys with elbows and fists.

AGE 3

He won a talent show at the Paradise Theatre in Detroit at the age of three, and in 1945 played guest spots at the theatre with Lionel Hampton, who was prevented by child protection legislation from taking Robinson on tour with him. However, Robinson performed on radio with Hampton and Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson and also appeared as himself in the Hollywood film No Leave, No Love, starring Van Johnson and Keenan Wynn.

Sugar Chile Robinson

CATCH PHRASE

In 1946, he played for President Harry S. Truman at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, shouting out “How’m I Doin’, Mr. President?” – which became his catchphrase – during his performance of “Caldonia”. He was the first African American performer to appear at the annual WHCA dinner. He began touring major theaters, setting box office records in Detroit and California. In 1949 he was given special permission to join the American Federation of Musicians and record his first releases on Capitol Records, “Numbers Boogie” and “Caldonia”, both reaching the Billboard R&B chart. In 1950, he toured and appeared on television with Count Basie and in a short film ‘Sugar Chile’ Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet. The following year, he toured the UK, appearing at the London Palladium. He stopped recording in 1952, later explaining,

“I wanted to go to school… I wanted some school background in me and I asked my Dad if I could stop, and I went to school because I honestly wanted my college diploma.”

Sugar Chile Robinson

UNI AND TV

Until 1956 he continued to make occasional appearances as a jazz musician, billed as Frank Robinson, and performed on one occasion with Gerry Mulligan, but then gave up his musical career entirely. Continuing his academic studies, he earned a degree in history from Olivet College and one in psychology from the Detroit Institute of Technology. In the 1960s, he worked for WGPR-TV, and also helped set up small record labels in Detroit and opened a recording studio.

LATELY

In the 21st Century he has made a comeback as a musician with the help of the American Music Research Foundation. In 2002, he appeared at a special concert celebrating Detroit music, and in 2007 he traveled to Britain to appear at a rock and roll weekend festival. In the last Dr Boogie show of 2013, Sugar Chile Robinson was the featured artist, with four of his classic hits showcasing amid biographical sketches of his early career. On April 30, 2016, he attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on the 70th anniversary of his appearance at the 1946 dinner. He met President Obama and was saluted during the dinner, receiving a standing ovation as the picture of him as a child appeared on the video screens. In 2016 he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Sugar Chile Robinson! Enjoy…

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

Thank you.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #406

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 September 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

Set 1
That Ace Drummer Man Gene Krupa on 1945-46 Radio
Whispering
Gene Krupa Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
MBS
1946
Bugle Call Rag
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Pacific Square
San Diego
MBS
2 Mar 1945
Yes, Yes, Honey
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Carolyn Gray
’One Night Stand’
The Click, Phildelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Jan 1945
Set 2
Rock’n’Roll Live on 1950s Radio
Theme + I Was Born To Rock
Smilin’ Smokey Lynn
’Midnite Matinee’
Olympic Auditorium
KFVD Los Angeles
28 Sep 1951
Tender Trap
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
’Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
12 May 1956
Baby Please Don’t Go
’Sepia Swing Club’
WDIA Memphis
14 Dec 1951
Set 3
Progressive Jazz on 1948-62 Radio and TV
Theme + Move
Miles Davis Nonet
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA New York
4 Sep 1948
Strike Up the Band
Pete Brown
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
2 Sep 1952
Oleo + Theme
Phineas Newborn Jr
’Jazz Scene USA’
TV Series
Los Angeles
15 Oct 1962
Set 4
Woody Herman on Live 1944-45 Radio
Flying Home
Woody Herman Orchestra
’Old Gold Show’ Rehearsal
WABC CBS NY
2 Aug 1944
Goosey Gander
Woody Herman Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
21 Jul 1945
Apple Honey + Blue Flame (theme)
Woody Herman Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
6 Aug 1945
Set 5
Raymond Scott Orchestra 1940
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Huckleberry Duck
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1940
Creepy Weepy
Raymond Scott Orchestra
’Music Depreciation’
KHJ Mutual-Don Lees LA
1940
Blueberry Hill
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Nan Wynn
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1940
Caterpillar Creep
Raymond Scott Orchestra
’Music Depreciation’
KHJ Mutual-Don Lees LA
1940
Set 6
1930s Swing Bands on Radio
I Let a Song Go Out of my Heart
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1938
The Chant
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Aircheck
28 May 1939
Satan Takes a Holiday
Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’
KNX CBS LA
17 Aug 1937
Bugle Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
Harlem NYC
30 June 1937
Set 7
Tommy Dorsey on 1945 Radip
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme) + Instrumental
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
400 Restaurant
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Sep 1945
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Sentimentalists
Aircheck
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
3 Feb 1945
Song of India
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Aircheck
Ocean Park Ca
19 Aug 1945
The Minor Goes Muggin’
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Aircheck
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
3 Feb 1945
Set 8
Pianists on 1940s-50s Radio
Caldonia Boogie
Sugar Chile Robinson with Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
Theme + I’m In a Dancing Mood
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS
New York City
Mar 1957
When Your Lover Has Gone
Erroll Garner
‘Storyville’
WHDH Boston
Dec 1953

Julius Sumner Miller and Toys – Phantom Dancer 27 August 2019


Another classic Phantom Dancer, this week, from 2015.

I can’t make it to the studio because I walk so much I have bursitis in one knee. I’m hoping that I can hobble to the studio with the long promised Dolly Dawn feature by next week. 

In the meantime, enjoy this PD from 2015.

See the play list and Video of the Week of your weekly non-stop 2 hour swing jazz mix, below.

Hear the show online at 2ser.com

And there’s more than a year of non-stop swing jazz mixes from live 1920s-60s radio and TV archived at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/  for you, too.

Cole Porter, Fats Waller, and Jan Savitt’s Orchestra at the opening of a radio station in 1937 feature on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton

As this week’s Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, recorded at ABC-TV in Sydney in 1969, Julius Sumner Miller investigates ‘The Physics of Toys’ Part 2. This is program 29 in the series, ‘Dramatic Demonstrations In Physics’. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #400

2SER Tuesday 27 Aug 2019
12 noon – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

Set 1
Open + Panamania
Leith Stevens Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
T’ain’t What You Do It’s The Way How You Do It
Freddy Monroe (Frankie Masters) Orchestra
‘Streamlined Interview’
WJSV CBS Washington
21 Sep 1939
Ad + Flight of a Hay Bag
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
2 Feb 1936
Set 2
There’s a Small Hotel
Teddy Stauffer and his Original Teddies (voc) Billy Toffel
Comm Rec
Berlin
30 Sep 1936
Ad + You’re The Top + Ad
Cole Porter
‘Fleischman Yeast Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Dec 1934
Open + Hold Me + Idolising + Cuban Love Song
Larry Taylor (voc) with Orchestra
‘Melody Lane’
Radio Transcription
1936
Set 3
Cirribirribin (Open) + Noodlin’
Harry James Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
AFRTS Re-broadcast
27 Nov 1959
Instrumental
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NY
12 Aug 1950
Prelude to a Kiss + Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestrs
Basin Street
CBS NY
KNX Los Angeles Aircheck
16 Apr 1956
Set 4
No. 10 Ritchie Drive
Gene Krupa Trio
‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jan 1945
Joshua Fought The Battle of Jericho
Paul Laval’s Woodwinds
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue
28 Jul 1941
I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling
Wild Bill Davison
‘This Is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
24 May 1947
Set 5
Tenderly
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Open + Walkin’
Miles Davis All-Stars
‘Bandstand USA’
Birdland
WOR Mutual New York
3 Jan 1959
Set 6
Nola
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
18 Oct 1935
It Had to Be You
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
25 Nov 1938
Open + Boogie Woogie Maxixe
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
25 Mar 1940
Rigmarole + Close
Jan Savitt Orchestra
KYW Studio Launch
Philadelphia
14 Sep 1937
Set 7
You Go To My Head
Billie Holliday
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WMEX Boston
Late 1953
Open + Bensonality
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jun 1952
Every Tub
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Cherokee
Art Tatum (piano) Murray MacEachern Orchestra
Aircheck
Los Angeles
1952
Set 8
Sheik of Araby
Benny Goodman Sextet
Aircheck
Los Angeles
12 Aug 1940
Rachel’s Dream
Benny Goodman
Esquire Jazz Concert
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue Network
18 Jan 1944
Stop Beatin’ ‘Round The Mulberry Bush
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
Coleman Hawkins Orchestra
WABC CBS NY
Savoy Ballroom, Harlem
1940

Jean Sablon on 1954 Radio – Phantom Dancer 2 July 2019


CHANSON

This week’s Greg Poppleton Phantom Dancer feature artist is French singer Jean Sablon in radio transcriptions from 1954.

See the full Phantom Dancer play list of swing and jazz mixed from live 1920s-60s radio below.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 2 July 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

SABLON

Jean Sablon, known as the French Bing Crosby, came form a musical family.

His father, Charles , was a composer, as was Jean’s brother André. His sister was singer and actress Germaine Sablon. Jacques Sablon was his nephew.

jean sablon

Jean Sablon studied piano at the Lycée Charlemagne in Paris. He left before graduating to enrol at the Paris Conservatoire to study singing.

He began performing in the cabarets of Paris at the age of 17 in 1923. He was accompanied on his first record by the popular pianist/composer Mireille.

He was the first cabaret singer to use a microphone in his stage act. In the 1920s he spent time in Brazil where his recordings remain popular today.

jean sablon allee

Sablon is credited with arranging Reinhardt’s debut in a fashionable cabaret in 1933. He is also recognised for his talents as a lyricist and a composer. Sablon appeared in a number of motion pictures and television films performing as a vocalist or pianist, his last being in 1984 when he sang “April in Paris” in Mistral’s Daughter, the popular American TV miniseries filmed in France.

In 1937, he won the Grand Prix du Disque for the song “Vous qui passez sans me voir”, written for him by Charles Trenet and Johnny Hess, and which we’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

That same year, he went to the United States, where he sang on live radio broadcasts for CBS and made several records in English. He returned to Paris in 1939 but, with the German occupation of France in World War II, he went back to America for the duration.

jean sablon poster

From 1946-1947 the CBS radio network presented The Jean Sablon Show. Sablon was accompanied by an orchestra led by Paul Baron.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is Jean Sablon in 1933 singing Mimi. Phantom Dancer listeners will know this song from the 1933 Phil Harris Cocoanut Grove broadcast version I’ve played in the past. Enjoy!

2 JULY PLAY LIST

 

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #393

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 July 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Woody Herman
Blue Flame (theme) + Red Top
Woody Herman Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
I’ll Walk Alone
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
18 Oct 1944
Apple Honey
Woody Herman Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
17 Jul 1945
Set 2
Mod Sounds
The Squirrel
Miles Davis (tp) Lucky Thompson (sax)  Shelly Manne (d)
‘All Star Jazz Session’
WPIX TV NY
17 Jan 1949
Open + The Dart Game
Shelly Manne
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
21 Apr 1956
Lover + Artistry in Rhythm + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘The Concert in Miniature’
The Million Dollar Ballroom
WTMJ NBC
Milwaukee
10 Jun 1952
Set 3
Benny Goodman Camel Caravan
Let’s Dance (theme) + Scatterbrain
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
18 Nov 1939
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Louise Tobin
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
14 Oct 1939
Roll ‘Em + Goodbye (close)
Benny Goodman Orchestra (piano) Fletcher Henderson
‘Camel Caravan’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Nov 1939
Set 4
Jean Sablon
Open + Vous qui passez sans me voir
Jean Sablon (voc) Roger Roger Orchestra
‘Paris Star Time’
French Broadcasting System in North America
Paris
1954
Sur le Pont d’Avignon + Dinner For One, Please James
Jean Sablon (voc) Roger Roger Orchestra
‘Paris Star Time’
French Broadcasting System in North America
Paris
1954
Paris, tu n’as pas changé + Bouillabaisse + Close
Jean Sablon (voc) Roger Roger Orchestra
‘Paris Star Time’
French Broadcasting System in North America
Paris
1954
Set 5
Trad Radio
Salty Dog
The Southern Jazz Group
Aircheck
Adelaide
18 Jun 1949
You’re Some Pretty Doll
Muggsy Spanier
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NYC
22 Mar 1947
Charlie My Boy
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band (voc) Pat O’Connor and Charlie Teagarden
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1950
Squeeze Me
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
11 Apr 1953
Set 6
Garber and Gordon
Star Dust
Jan Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
It Seems Like Old Times
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Lady Be Good
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Fritz Heilbron
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Annabelle
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Set 7
Sweet Bands on Radio
Miss Otis Regrets
King Sisters
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1947
By Heck
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Forever Pops’
ABC Radio
1948
Funiculi Funicula
Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Mildred Bailey Show’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jan 1945
Tiss Me Or You Dotta Det Out + I’ll Get By + Close
Ray Herbeck and his Rhythm with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
24 Nov 1947
Set 8
Bop Big Bands
Tiny’s Blues + Father Knickerbocker
Chubby Jackson
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 Mar 1949
Perdido
Terry Gibbs All-Stars
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ NY
5 Mar 1949
Dizzy’s Business
Dizzy Gillespie
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956

Chris Barber Beat Boom – Phantom Dancer 12 May 2019


BEAT BOOM

This week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton features a 1950s radio broadcast and commercial release by a significant figure in the British rhythm and blues and ‘beat boom’ of the 1960s, trad jazz trombonist and band leader, Chris Barber.

See the full Phantom Dancer play list of swing and jazz mixed by Greg Poppleton from live 1920s-60s radio below.

PHANTOM DANCER

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 14 May 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

Chris barber
Chris Barber jazz band 1953

BARBER

English trad bandleader and trombonist, who apart from recording UK top 20 trad jazz records, helped the careers of many musicians. These include blues singer Ottilie Patterson who we’ll hear live on the BBC in 1955, Lonnie Donegan, whose appearances with Barber triggered the skiffle craze of the mid-1950s and, later, Alexis Korner.

SUNSHINE

Barber and Monty Sunshine (clarinet) formed a band in 1953, calling it Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen to capitalise on their trumpeter’s recent trip to New Orleans.

This band included Donegan, Jim Bray (bass), Ron Bowden (drums) and Barber on trombone. The band played Dixieland jazz, and later ragtime, swing, blues and R&B. Pat Halcox took over on trumpet in 1954 when Colyer moved on after musical differences and the band became “The Chris Barber Band”.

In 1959 the band’s version of Sidney Bechet’s ‘Petite Fleur’, a clarinet solo by Monty Sunshine with Barber on string bass, spent twenty-four weeks in the UK Singles Charts, making it to No. 3 and selling over one million copies. It was awarded a gold disc. After 1959 he toured the United States many times where ‘Petite Fleur’ charted at #5.

ottile patterson
Ottile Patterson

BLUES

In the late 1950s and early 1960s Barber was mainly responsible for arranging the first UK tours of blues artists Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Muddy Waters, sparking young musicians such as Peter Green, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. British rhythm and blues powered the British invasion of the USA charts in the 1960s.

Barber stunned traditionalists in 1964 by introducing blues guitarist John Slaughter into the line up.

A recording of the Lennon–McCartney composition “Catswalk” can be heard, retitled “Cat Call”, on The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away. Written by Paul McCartney the song was recorded in late July 1967 and released as a single in the UK on 20 October 1967.

RECENT

In 2014, Barber published his autobiography Jazz Me Blues with co-author Alyn Shipton. Now, at age 89, Chris Barber continues to perform.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is a half-hout TV show of Chris Barber and band on French TV in 1972. Enjoy!

14 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #386

107.3 2SER Tuesday 14 May 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Big Bands on 1942-45 Radio
Open + Hallelujah! + The Song is You
Jerry Ward Orchestra (voc) Dick Merrick
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
28 Oct 1944
Open + Instrumental
Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
16 Apr 1945
This Love of Mine + Close
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
1942
Set 2
Miles Davis and John Coltrane
Four
Miles Davis and John Coltrane
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NY
17 May 1958
Bye Bye Blackbird
Miles Davis and John Coltrane
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NY
17 May 1958
Walkin’ + Two Bass Hit
Miles Davis and John Coltrane
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NY
17 May 1958
Set 3
Duke Ellington
Take The A-Train + Strollin’
Duke Ellington Orchestra
El Patio Ballroom
KLZ CBS Denver
15 Jul 1942
Waiting For The Evening Train
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
Take the A-Train + Lullaby of Birdland
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
24 Nov 1952
Set 4
Chris Barber 1950s
You Don’t Understand + Everybody Loves My Baby
Chris Barber Jazz Band
BBC Light Programme
London
9 May 1955
Double Check Stomp
Chris Barber Jazz Band
Comm Rec
London
1959
See See Rider
Chris Barber Jazz Band (voc) Ottile Patterson
BBC Light Programme
London
9 May 1955
Set 5
Herman and James in New Orleans
Blue Flame (theme) + Nice Work If You Can Get It
Woody Herman Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWJ CBS New Orleans
10 Nov 1951
Honeysuckle Rose
Harry James New Jazz Group
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWJ CBS New Orleans
1951
Bijou
Woody Herman Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWJ CBS New Orleans
20 Oct 1951
Moonlight Fiesta
Harry James New Jazz Group
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWJ CBS New Orleans
1951
Set 6
1931 Jack Hylton Records
Mausie
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
1931
Nevertheless
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
1931
Today I Feel So Happy
Jack Hylton Orchestra (voc)
Comm Rec
London
1931
Heartaches
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
1931
Set 7
Vocal Dexterity on 1930s Radio
Honeysuckle Rose
Leo Watson
‘Rudy Vallee Show’
WEAF NBC Red NY
24 Mar 1939
Swinging on the Strings
The Inkspots
WEAF NBC Red NY
9 Aug 1935
Nagasaki + The Sheik of Araby
Les and Scotty
‘Shell Chateau’
KFI NBC Red LA
1937
Tiger Rag
The Inkspots
WFIL NBC Red Philadelphia
12 Jul 1939
Set 8
Dizzy Gillespie
Shaw Nuff
Dizzy Gillespie and more
Comm Rec
New York City
11 May 1945
Koko (theme) + Hot House
Dizzy Gillespie and more
‘Bands for Bonds’
WOR Mutual NY
13 Sep 1947
Intro + Blue and Boogie
Dizzy Gillespie and more
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
31 Mar 1951

Ferde Grofe Seeking Music Rather Than Fame – 6 November Phantom Dancer


RISING ABOVE

There are people who go out of their way to ruin another person’s career.

This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, Ferde Grofe, was a target of such abuse. He rose above it. The U.S composer, arranger, pianist and electronic music pioneer sought music rather than fame. You mightn’t know his name. You’ll certainly know his music. Here’s his story…

Ferde Grofe

PHANTOM DANCER

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FERDE GROFE

was born into a family with four generations of classical musicians.

Piano was his favourite instrument, but he also played viola, violin, baritone horn, alto horn and cornet. As a teenager he played in dance bands and brass bands. He later played violin in the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

Ferde arranged music and composed. He received his first composing commission at age 17.

ferde grofe

PAUL WHITEMAN

Grofe joined the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, ‘the King of Jazz’, in 1920 as a jazz pianist and arranger. (Incidentally, on this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll hear Paul’s daughter, Loyce Whiteman, singing with Gus Arnheim in Cocoanut Grove Radio Transcriptions from 1931.)

His most important arrangement for the Whiteman band was for the 1924 debut of George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. He transformed Gershwin’s two piano piece into an orchestral masterpiece. In fact, Grofe’s 1942 arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue is the one most often heard today.

THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAZZ

In 1932, The New York Times called Grofe ‘the Prime Minister of Jazz’, since his boss, Whiteman was ‘the King of Jazz’.

1932 was also the year Grofe left the Whiteman Orchestra.

Whiteman then tried to ruin Grofe’s career. First he created union problems for Grofe, then he slandered Grofe to the New York based advertisers who booked orchestras for the radio shows. He insinuated that Grofe was a sub-standard conductor and booking him would lower the quality of their programs.

RADIO

Whiteman’s rumours stymied Grofe’s career for over a year. He couldn’t get radio work so his management sent him on a conducting tour of B-grade orchestras.

However, one of his compositions did get aired in that first year, on band leader Nat Shilkret’s ‘His Masters Voice on the Air’ radio transcription series for RCA Victor. That was ‘On The Trail’, from Grofe’s famous ‘Grand Canyon Suite’. It became Grofe’s musical signature.

(Shilkret had also introduced a Grofe number on his Shilkret Novelties radio show the previous year when Grofe was still with Whiteman. That song was Mardi Gras, from Grofe’s Mississippi Suite.)

Grofe did end up getting gigs conducting radio orchestras throughout the 1930s, but they were all short term contracts.

Of relevance to this week’s Phantom Dancer is Grofe’s stint for ‘The Ford V-8 Revue’ in 1939.

Grofe was also hired by Ford in 1939 to be their orchestra leader for the New York World’s Fair. Grofe wrote his suite ‘Wheels’ for Ford. We’ll hear the ‘Bicycle’ movement from ‘Wheels’ on this week’s The Phantom Dancer.

Whiteman also commissioned Grofe to write music for the New York World Fair. Grofe’s compositions were Trylon and Perisphere, two futuristic buildings at the Fair.

NBC staff arranger, conductor and musical director (in the 1930s-40s) Tom Bennett credited Grofe with being one of the three great innovators in the history of orchestration along with Berlioz and Rimsky-Korsakov. Bennett wrote this in his article ‘Arranging Music for Radio’ for the book ‘Music in Radio Broadcasting’ by Gilbert Chase.

Grofe was hired by Ford in 1939 to be their orchestra leader for the New York World’s Fair. Grofe wrote his suite ‘Wheels’ for the Ford Dealers of America. We’ll hear the ‘Bicycle’ movement from ‘Wheels’ on this week’s The Phantom Dancer. Whiteman also commissioned Grofe to write music for the New York World Fair. His compositions were Trylon and Perisphere, two futuristic buildings at the Fair.

I’ve listed Grofe’s suites, many for corporate clients below.

novochord

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

The Hammond Company asked Grofe in 1938 to conduct and arrange for ‘The New World Ensemble’ of four Novachords (electronic keyboards) and a solo Hammond organ.

He was reluctant at first to conduct a quintet after conducting symphony orchestras, but realised he’d be introducing a new way of expressing music to the world, so he accepted.

The Novochord was not a commercial success, but his involvement in writing and being spokesman for the instrument whetted Grofe’s interest in elctronica.

In the 1950s, Grofe became ‘the sound of Mars’ writing mainly science fiction film scores for novochord and theremin. The most famous example is the soundtrack for the 1950 classic ‘Rocketship X-M’ starring Lloyd Bridges.

Grofe continued writing and playing music up till his death in 1972.

rocketship x-m

CORPORATE SUITES

Some of Grofe’s corporate music and other curios works include:

Broadway at Night (1924)
Mississippi Suite (Tone Journey) (1925)
Theme and Variations on Noises from a Garage (1925)
Three Shades of Blue (1927)
Metropolis: a Fantasy in Blue (1928)
Free Air (1928)
Grand Canyon Suite (1931)
Knute Rockne (1931) tone poem
Tabloid Suite: Four Pictures of a Modern Newspaper (1933)
A Day At The Farm, for orchestra (1934–1935)
A Symphony in Steel (1935)
Madison Square Garden Suite (1930s)
Rudy Vallee Suite (1937)
Kentucky Derby Suite (1938)
Trylon and Perisphere for the New York World’s Fair of 1939–40
Wheels (1939) dedicated to the Ford dealers of America
An American Biography (1939–1940) about Henry Ford and dedicated to him
Six Pictures of Hollywood (1940)
Aviation Suite (1944)
Hudson River Suite (1955)
Dawn at Lake Mead, for orchestra (1956)
Valley of the Sun Suite (1957)
Yellowstone Suite (1960)
San Francisco Suite (1960)
Niagara Falls Suite (1961)
World’s Fair Suite (1964)
Hawaiian Suite (1965)
Requiem for a Ghost Town (1968)

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week features Ferde Grofe’s ‘Aviation Suite’ (1944) recorded by an orchestra directed by Grofe.

1- Take Off (4.03)
2- Hostess (4.58)
3- Clouds (4.13)
4- Motor City (4.33)

6 NOVEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #340

107.3 2SER Tuesday 6 November 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
Women Singers on the Ait
Intro + I Love You
Frances Langford
‘Mail Call’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
You Belong To My Heart
Trudy Irwin (voc) Ray Noble Orchestra
‘By Request’
KNX CBS LA
13 Jun 1945
Don’t You Know I Care?
Phyllis Miles (voc) Frankie Masters Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cedar Rapids Ia
Blue Network
Jan 1945
Set 2
1940s Radio Dance Bands
The Girl With The Light Blue Hair
Benny Kruger
WOR Mutual
New York City
28 Apr 1940
Caldonia
Enoch Light and his Light Brigade
‘One Night Stand’
New Park Casino
Palisades Park NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Bottoms Up
Harry Owens Orchestra
‘Songs of the Islands’
AFRS Hollywwod
1944
Set 3
Count Basie 1956 Rock Radio
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Perdido
Count Basie Orchestra + Low Light + Beaver Junction
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Right Now, Right Now + Teeners’ Canteen
Big Al Sears
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Send Me Someone To Love
Joe Williams (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Set 4
Ferde Grofe on the Wireless
(theme) + Bicylcles (Wheels Suite)
Ferde Grofe Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Revue’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Daybreak
James Melton (voc) Al Goodman Orchestra
‘James Melton Show’
WABC CBS NY
1946
(closing theme)
Ferde Grofe Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Revue’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Set 5
1940s Swing Band Radio
Rags to Riches
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Quonset, Rhode Island
Mutual Network
25 Jan 1946
I Wish I Didn’t Love You So
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Collins
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
Sep 1947
Lucky Number
Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
San Diego Ca
Blue Network
12 Sep 1945
Perdido + Boogie Woogie Jamboree
Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WOR Mutual NY
2 Sep 1944
Set 6
Eddie Condon Jazz Concerts 1944
D.A. Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
1944
Rosetta + Memphis Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
23 Sep 1944
Black and Blue
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
1944
Impromptu Ensemble
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
9 Sep 1944
Set 7
Cocoanut Grove Transcriptions 1931-32
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Stardust
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
Radio Transcription
1932
St Louis Blues
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
Radio Transcription
1931
Sugar
Jimmy Grier Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
Radio Transcription
1932
It’s Love
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
Radio Transcription
1931
Set 8
Jazz Trumpet Stars
High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm
Valaida Snow (voc and tp)
Comm Rec
London
6 Sep 1936
Open + New York Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1949
Trinidad
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
52 Street Theme
Miles Davis (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Tadd Dameron (piano) Curley Russell (b) Max Roach (d)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Sep 1948

Women In Jazz on Live 1940s-50s Radio and TV – Phantom Dancer Radio Mix 17 July


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 23 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

You can hear this week’s Phantom Dancer online at 2ser.com after the show. And that’s where you’ll find lots of past Phantom Dancer swing jazz mixes, too.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– has 8 sets including live swing and jazz by Lucky Millinder, The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Loyce Whiteman, Louis Prima, Miles Davis and more. See the full play list below…

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:

VIVIEN GARRY

Jazz double bassist and band leader

Vivien Garry

ANNA MAE WINBURN

Singer and bandleader of the all-women International Sweethearts of Rhythm

Anna Mae Winburn

HAZEL SCOTT

Trinidad-born child prodigy jazz and classical pianist and singer with her own 1950s TV and radio shows.

Hazel Scott

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Hazel Scott, Charlie Mingus and Rudy Nichols sing and play ‘Foggy Day’ and ‘Autumn Leaves’ for a 1955 TV spot for the March of Dimes raising money to find a vaccine/cure for polios.

17 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #322

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 July 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
Swing on the 1945 ‘One Night Stand’ Radio Series
Open + St Louis Breakdaown
Lucky Millinder Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Savoy Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
17 Jul 1945
How Deep Is The Ocean?
Louis Prima Orchestra (voc) Lily Ann Carol
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Sep 1945
I Got Rhythm + Temptation
Tony Pastor Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Jantzen Beach
Portland OR
AFRS Re-broadcast
15 May 1945
Set 2
Modern Jazz on 1950s Radio
Open + From the Land of the Sky Blue Waters
Billy May Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 Dec 1953
Black Velvet
Illinois Jacquet
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
1952
Nature Boy + Ornitholgy
Miles Davis Quintet
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
30 Oct 1957
Set 3
1920s-30s Style
T’ain’t No Sin To Take Off Your Skin and dance Around In Your Bones
Lee Morse
Comm Rec
New York City
1929
Moanin’ Low
Libby Holman
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1929
Procession of the Sardar + Two Guitars (close)
A and P Gypsies
‘A and P Gypsies’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1933
Set 4
Women in Jazz on Radio
Open + A Woman’s Place is in the Groove
Vivien Garry
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
Diggin’ Dyke
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Los Angeles
17 Jul 1945
I’ve Got The World on a String
Hazel Scott (piano)
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
Set 5
Duke Ellington ‘A Date with the Duke’
C Jam Blues
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Paradise Theatre
Detroit
ABC
19 May 1945
Chelsea Bridge
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Apollo Theatre NYC
WJZ ABC NYC
30 Jun 1945
Hollywood Hangover
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Regal Theatre
Chicago
ABC
26 May 1945
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Radio City
WJZ ABC NYC
7 Jul 1945
Set 6
1931-32 Cocoanut Grove
Take It From Me
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) The Three Ambassadors
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove LA
1931
Stardust
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove LA
1932
It’s Love
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove LA
1931
The Sun’s In My Heart
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) The Three Cheers
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove LA
1932
Set 7
1938 Swing Radio Bands
Love Me or Leave Me
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
23 Aug 1938
Open + Murdy Purdy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Aircheck
28 May 1938
One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
Famous Door
WABC CBS NY
Jul 1938
Love Nest
Les Brown Orchestra
Green Room
Hotel Edison
22 Nov 1938
Set 8
Bop Records 1944-45
The Street Beat
Sir Charles Thompson All-Stars
Comm Rec
New York City
4 Sep 1945
Twilight in Teheran
Buck Ram All-Stars
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Sep 1945
Dizzy Boogie
Slim Gaillard
Comm Rec
Hollywood
Dec 1945
Nuts to Notes
Herbie Fields
Comm Rec
New York City
4 May 1945