20 Feb 2018 Phantom Dancer – Mechanical TV


In this week’s Phantom Dancer mix there is an obtuse mention of Mechanical TV.  (Hear the show online after the 20 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com)

An announcer from 1930, beginning the WENR Chicago broadcasting day (for two sessions starting 3pm), also mentions a callsign, W9XF Chicago.

That immediately brought to my mind, Mechanical TV. W9XR was a mechanical TV station. What is mechanical TV? Read on…

Here’s a 1926 photo of the person who put mechanical TV to air in the UK. John Logie Baird and I share a striking facial resemblance. Here he is…

Firstly, the Phantom Dancer is presented by authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton.

And when I first saw the picture of John Logie Baird above, I was gobsmacked. It was like I was looking at a photo of myself…

 

RADIO SHOW

The Phantom Dancer is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

You can hear this edition online after the 20 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com

On this week’s Phantom Dancer, you’ll also hear sets of Miles Davis on 1950s radio, Artie Shaw on 1939 radio and trad jazz by Louis Armstrong, Bob Crosby and more from live 1940-50 radio.

 

MECHANICAL TV

Mechanical television uses a mechanical scanning device in a studio to scan a scene and produce the video signal. The receiver, called the televisor, uses similar mechanics to display the transmitted picture.

The mechanical scanning device can be a rotating disk with holes in it or a rotating mirror.

Mechanical TV was used to transmit TV signals from 1925 to 1936. The BBC broadcast a regular mechanical TV service in London. Mechanical TV stations also broadcast in the US, Italy, France, Russia and Japan.

Mechanical TV never produced images of good-enough quality to become popular. The first regular electronic TV service (Fernsender Paul Nipkow) began broadcasting in Berlin in 1935.

After side-by-side testing, the BBC dropped mechanical TV in 1936 for an electronic TV system that lasted into the 1960s.

 

BUILD YOUR OWN TV AND PHONOVISION

A slight adjustment of the rheostats and the picture come in clearly. This photo shows the complete television receiver connected to an ordinary radio set. The picture is seen in the cone.
Science and Invention, November 1928. Volume 16 Number 7. Photo from page 618.

Mechanical TVs we’re offered for sale as ‘build-it-yourself’ home kits.

TV pioneer, John Logie Baird, who produced the BBC’s mechanical TV system, also experimented with colour mechanical TV and ‘Phonovision’.

Phonovision was a graphophone device for recording mechanical TV programs to disc – sort of like a 1920s microgroove videodisc.

A number of these one-sided discs survive. I played a recording of one on The Phantom Dancer way back in 1992.

One from 1928 famously shows a woman’s face in animated conversation. A search in 1993 identified the woman as Mabel Pounsford.

 

WHAT DOES A SHOW LOOK LIKE ON MECHANICAL TV?

Your Phantom Dancer ‘Video of the Week’ shows a working mechanical TV built by ‘TelevisionDk’.

It’s a short sequence showing ‘TelevisionDk’s’ home-built 32-line televisor in action.

Pictures are from the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #304

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 February 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 22 other stations.

Set 1
1936-39 Radio Dance Bands
Theme + A Shine On Your Shoes
Johnny Green Orchestra (voc) Fred Astaire
‘Packard Hour Election Special’
WEAF NBC Red NY
11 Mar 1936
I Still Love To Kiss You Goodnight
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Bob Allen
‘Chesterfield Time’
KNX CBS LA
24 Dec 1937
Chant of the Jungle + Dipsy Doodle (theme)
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Streets of Paris
International Casino
WEAF NBC Red NY
1938
Set 2
Miles Davis on 1948-57 Radio
Theme + Move
Miles Davis
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
16 May 1953
You Belong To Me, I Belong To You
Miles Davis Nonet (voc)
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Sep 1948
Nature Boy + Close
Miles Davis Quartet
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
30 Oct 1957
Set 3
Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues (theme) + Shine
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Coral Gables
Weymouth, Mass.
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Sep 1944
Play, Fiddle, Play!
Jan Garber Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 May 1944
All The Things You Are + Opus No.1
Harry James Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
AFRS-Rebroadcast
Aug 1946
Set 4
1930s Radio and TV
Sweeter Than Sweet
Frank Weston Orchestra
WENR and W9XF TV
Great Lakes Broadcasting
Chicago
1930
June In January
Bill Thomas (voc) Valsanti Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1933
Walking On Air
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Rhythmsters
Peacock Court
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KGO NBC San Francisco
1932
Set 5
Artie Shaw Swings on 1939 NBC
Nightmare (theme) + You’re Mine, You
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Oct 1939
One Foot In The Groove
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
19 Oct 1939
Last Two Weeks In July
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
21 Oct 1939
Carioca + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Summer Terrace
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Aug 1939
Set 6
Trad on the Wireless
Head Rag Hop
Romeo Nelson (piano) Tampa Red and Frankie Jason (speech)
Comm Rec
Chicago
23 Apr 1929
Jazz Me Blues
Bob Crosby Bobcats
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
29 Apr 1940
Someday
Louis Armstrong
‘New Orleans’ Movie Launch
Wintergarden Theatre
WNBC NBC NY
19 Jun 1947
Didn’t He Ramble?
Papa Celestin
‘Dixieland Jambake’
WDSU ABC New Orleans
15 Feb 1950
Set 7
Tommy Dorsey, his Trombone and Orchestra Comedian
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme)
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
400 Restaurant NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Sep 1945
Hawaiian War Chant
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
26 Nov 1940
Swing High
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Feb 1945
Not So Quiet, Please
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Raleigh Kool Show’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
18 Aug 1942
Set 8
Latin Influences on 1939 – 1956 Jazz
Vuelva
Cab Calloway Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
17 Oct 1939
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
10 Dec 1940
Mambo The Most
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Peony Park
WOW NBC Omaha
1954
Tangorine
Dizzy Gillespie
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
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13 February Phantom Dancer – Pioneer African-American Singer And Stand-up


Pioneer African-American stand-up comedian, Timmie Rogers, is the focus of this week’s, The Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

It’s been presented by 1920s-1930s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, since 1985.

Hear this show online for the next 4 weeks after the 13 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear the stars of jazz on Eddie Condon’s 1948 TV ‘Floorshow’. There’s a set of Benny Goodman from 1934-36 radio. And we visit ‘The Supper Club’, an NBC radio show, in 1944-45. The Birdland audience sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Billy Eckstine live on 1953 radio.

Plus, as mentioned, we hear Timmie Rogers, in live 1945-49 radio appearances. And there’s a bonus live Nat King Cole treatment of a Timmie Rogers song, broadcast from The Trocadero in Hollywood in 1945.

 

TIMMIE ROGERS

US comedian, band leader, singer, composer and actor, Timmie Rogers, was one of the first black comedians who directly addressed a white audience when he worked.

Before Rogers, African-American comedians had to either work in pairs or groups, talking only to each other while playing characters – think Mr Gallagher  and Mr Sheen.

In fact, Timmie Rogers began in vaudeville in 1932 with a partner, Freddie, doing a dance act.

 

STAND-UP PIONEER

He went his own way in 1944 and was an immediate success on radio. Today’s Phantom Dancer features some of Timmie Rogers early radio solo work.

Rogers had been dancing since age 8. He ran away from home at 12 working as a dishwasher. He learnt the languages he heard in the kitchens. He eventually could speak nine languages. He sang in French and German.

While working cleaning ashtrays in a ballroom, absorbed which what was happening on stage, he was invited to dance between acts. That was the beginning of his career in entertainment. First he was a dancer and singer. Then his main focus became stand-up, specialising in the topical and political.

FIRST TV SHOW 1949

In 1949, Rogers starred in the first black prime-time show on US TV (CBS), Uptown Jubilee.

 

OH, YEAH!

Rogers was known as the Unknown Pioneer of (Black) Comedy. His catchphrase was “Oh Yeah!”, which you’ll hear plenty of times in today’s Phantom dancer Timmie Rogers set and in The Phantom dancer Video of the Week below.

He was a recurring guest star on The Jackie Gleason Show for over 12 years. He ended up working with Gleason thirty years.

Rogers also a composer and lyricist. You’ll hear his song, ‘If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes’, sung by Nat King Cole in a live 1945 radio broadcast. He wrote songs for Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. His hits included ‘Back to School Again’ and ‘I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya’.

 

1961 TV APPEARANCE

On your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, enjoy Timmie Rogers as he wins over the studio audience on a 1961 TV Variety Show,

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #303

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 February 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 22 other stations.

Set 1
Benny Goodman 1934-36
Music Hall Rag
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
1934
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 May 1935
King Porter Stomp + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
NBC Chicago
3 February 1936
Set 2
Exotica on the Wireless
Theme + Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum
Sauter and Finegan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Sep 1953
Goodnight For A Murder
George Barnes
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY via Chicago
8 Sep 1941
Mocambo Mambo
Martin Denny Orchestra
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
1959
Set 3
NBC Supper Club
I May Be Wrong
Jo Stafford
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
10 Apr 1946
On The Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe
The Satisfiers
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
1945
The Brave Volunteer + Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Jo Stafford
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
1950
Set 4
Progressive Jazz Singers
I Didn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night
Arthur Prysock
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Anita O’Day (voc) Nat King Cole Trio
‘King Cole Court’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1959
Happy Birthday + Send My Baby Back To Me
Billy Eckstine
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
8 Jul 1953
Set 5
Jazz on 1948-49 TV with Eddie Condon
Fascinating Rhythm / I Got a Crush On You / ‘S Wonderful / They Can’t Take That Away From Me / The Man I Love / Embraceable You / I Got Rhythm
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WNBT TV NY
9 Jul 1949
I Cover The Waterfront
Sarah Vaughan
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
13 Dec 1948
Look At Me Now
June Christy
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WNBT TV NY
23 Jul 1949
Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
13 Dec 1948
Set 6
1930s Small Groups
Sweet Heartache
Valaida Snow
Comm Rec
London
9 Jul 1937
Deep Purple
Benny Goodman Quartet
‘Camel Caravan’
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
14 Feb 1939
Theme + Hold My Hand
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
Gin Mill Blues + Close
Bob Crosby
‘Swing Concert’
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
18 May 1937
Set 7
Timmie Rogers Comedian
Good Deal
Timmie Rogers
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
Stand-Up
Timmie Rogers
Apollo Theatre
New York City
17 Aug 1950
Daddy-O
Timmie Rogers
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
The Trouble With Me Is You
Nat King Cole (composed by Timmie Rogers)
Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
26 Apr 1945
Set 8
1940s-50s ‘Modern Jazz’
Twilight in Teheran
Buck Ram All-Stars
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Sep 1944
Intro + I’m In A Dancing Mood
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Mar 1957
Ain’t You A Mess
Stan Getz
Red Hill Inn
Pennsauken
WCBS CBS NY
18 May 1957
Dizzy’s Business
Dizzy Gillespie
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956

30 Jan Phantom Dancer – Pee Wee Russell Clarinet Great (and Bullied!)


The Phantom Dancer, presented by 1920s-1930s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, since 1985, is your non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

See this week’s play list and video of the week below…

Hear this week’s The Phantom Dancer live-streamed here from 30 January, then afterwards streamed online, on the Radio 2SER website.

CLARINET
Benny Goodman may have been ‘The King of Swing’, Artie Shaw may have been the ‘King of the Clarinet’ but the most interesting clarinet player of the 1920s-60s for me is Pee Wee Russell.

The butt of jokes on Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Concert radio shows, accused of playing wrong notes, the drunk clarinettist’s excuse, “I’m going to play like Pee Wee tonight”, Pee Wee Russell has always stood out like a music beacon to me. An individual, whose unique sound will stand the test of time.

PEE WEE RUSSELL

Pee Wee Russell 1945

Charles Ellsworth ‘Pee Wee’ Russell (March 27, 1906 – February 15, 1969), was a jazz reeds player.

He played saxophones but is known most for his unique clarinet playing. The clarinet was the instrument he mostly played. He has been described as playing with a mournful look on his face, which touches a chord with me, because I’m told I look the same way when I sing.

And he played with the greats of jazz. He preferred playing in small groups, mostly Dixieland, though he wasn’t a strictly Dixie player and he did broaden his range in modern groups. For example,  Russell recorded with Thelonius Monk and even recorded songs by Coltrane and Ornette Coleman in the 1960s.

On The Phantom Dancer, Russell is mostly heard on one of the 45 broadcasts of the Blue Network Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz series. Russell would play in Condon groups from 1937 till his death just weeks after playing for Richard Nixon’s presidential inauguration.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear him with Mary Lou Williams at the piano on a 1948 ‘Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’ TV program. See the full play list below…

BULLYING
Phantom Dancer listeners would have heard Russell being the butt of jokes. Even his nickname ‘Pee Wee’ was belittling. Russell himself said,
“Those guys [at Nick’s and Condon’s] made a joke, of me, a clown, and I let myself be treated that way because I was afraid. I didn’t know where else to go, where to take refuge.”

ALCHOHOLISM
In 1951, following years of heavy drinking and not taking care of himself, Russell fell ill with pancreatitis. Near death, a benefit concert was held in his honour. He spent weeks in the hospital, receiving several blood transfusions. But within a year he was playing again, this time in modern settings with Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and others

“I lived on brandy milkshakes and scrambled-egg sandwiches. And on whiskey … I had to drink half a pint of whiskey in the morning before I could get out of bed.”

FUNNY NOTES
Coleman Hawkins was quoted in the sleeve notes for ‘Pee Wee Russell / Coleman Hawkins, Jazz Reunion’ (Candid 9020) as saying, “For thirty years, I’ve been listening to him play those funny notes. He used to think they were wrong, but they weren’t. He’s always been way out, but they didn’t have a name for it then.”

pee wee russell and coleman hawkins

POST-SWING
Charles Ellworth Russell expanded the vocabulary of the clarinet. He was the pioneering post-swing modernist on the instrument.

He was also something of a natural comic actor, too. See him in this 1937 Louis Prima short, ‘Swing It’. It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week.

 

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #301

107.3 2SER Tuesday 30 January 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 22 radio stations.

Set 1
Glenn Miller and his Legacy
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Little Brown Jug
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
23 Nov 1940
Troop Movement + Moonlight Serenade (theme)
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
11 Sep 1946
Caribbean Clipper + Close
Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
30 Jun 1957
Set 2
Modern Jazz Radio 1959-60
Rhythm-a-Ning
Thelonius Monk
Connie Mack Park
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
3 Mar 1960
So What
Miles Davis
‘Treasury of Song’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
25 Aug 1959
Flamingo
Rudolfo Alchourron (g)
’Esta es Jazz’
LR1 Radio el Mundo
Buenos Aires
Argentina
28 May 1960
Set 3
Piano Led Dance Bands
Theme + Amor
Joe Reichman Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Biltmore Bowl
Biltmore Hotel
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1944
Sunrise Serenade (theme) + Let’s Do It Again
Frankie Carle Orchestra (voc) Band
’Your Saturday Dance Date’
Marine Ballroom
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Aug 1950
The Doll Dance
Vincent Lopez Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Grill Room Room
Taft Hotel
NYC
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Set 4
The Outskirts of Trad on Radio
It’s Alright with Me + Hava Nagala
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
30 Mar 1962
Slow Blues
Johnny Mercer (voc) Mary Lou Williams (piano) Pee Wee Russell (clarinet)
’Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
1948
Set 5
Jumping 1944 Radio
Paradise Valley
Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy
Aircheck
Apollo Theatre NYC
7 Jun 1944
Elk’s Parade
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Aircheck
Terrace Room NJ
17 Feb 1945
Bangs
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1944
Futurama
Gene Krupa Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Newport RI
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Set 6
1931-32 Radio
I’ve Got Five Dollars (Theme) + Copenhagen
Friendly Five Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
You Could Have Been The One, Baby
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1932
Take It From Me
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) The Three Ambassadors
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Egyptian Shimmy
Anson Weeks Orchestra
Peacock Court
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KGO NBC San Francisco
1932
Set 7
Trumpeter Charlie Spivak on Radio
Charlie Horse
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1941
You Turned The Tables On Me
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
But None Like You
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day and Tommy Mercer
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
Half Past Jumpin’ Time
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Feb 1945
Set 8
Post Swing Alto Sax
Let The Good Times Roll
Louis Jordan (as) Tympani 5
Aircheck
Empire Hotel
Los Angeles
Apr 1949
St Louis Blues
Dave Brubeck Quartet (as) Paul Desmond
’Timex Jazz Show’
WRCA TV NYC
30 Dec 1957
These Foolish Things
Lee Konitz (as)
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954

Phantom Dancer 2 Jan 2018 – Glenn Miller Talks to Germany


Hear your Phantom Dancer #1 for 2018. Greg Poppleton plays you a non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio every week, originating from 107.3 2SER Sydney, with the play list and video of the week published on this blog.

Hear the 2 January 2018 Phantom Dancer online at 2SER.com from Jan 2 till Jan 30.

The Phantom Dancer is as much a first hand social history program as much as it is a music show.

The last set of this week’s Phantom Dancer is a mix of the Glenn Miller Orchestra broadcasting from London in 1944 over ABSIE, the American Broadcasting Station in Europe.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra was actually recorded over six weeks in the Abbey Road Studios, London, and the discs edited into half hour shows for the ‘Wehrmacht Hour’ aimed at German listeners in Europe.

The second half of the hour was news in German, with commentary and satire, by Thomas Mann’s son, Golo, amongst others. The program was popular in Germany. It was even heard on shortwave as far away as New Zealand.

Other American celebrities who performed for ABSIE include Spike Jones, Morton Downey, and as you’ll hear in this short clip, Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore. Enjoy! Read more in Glenn Miller Declassified, Dennis M. Spragg, University of Nebraska Press.

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!

Happy New Year!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #296

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

Set 1
Cutting Edge Swing From 1945-49 Hollywood Radio
Undercurrent Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
29 Mar 1949
All Too Soon
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra (tp) Skippy Layton
‘One Night Stand’
Avodon Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1946
Tonsillectomy + Close
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morocco
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 2
Organ Music on Radio Normandie and WJSV Washington DC 1937-39
Happy Days Are Here Again (theme) + Here Comes The Sun + The Sun Breaks Through + There’s A Place In The Sun For You + Sunshine Ahead + Ad
Sandy MacPherson (theatre organ) Peggy and Ronny (voc)
‘Rinso Radio Review’
Empire Theatre
London
Radio Normandie
1938
Time On My Hands (theme) + Summertime + Tea For Two
Johnny Saab (Hammond B2 Organ)
‘Let’s Take Time Out’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Set 3
1930s Crooner Dan Donovan on BBC London and AVRO Hilversum
Bye Bye Baby
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Dan Donovan
Comm Rec
London
1936
A Garden In Granada
Dan Donovan (voc) Radio AVRO Orkest
Aircheck
AVRO Radio
Hilversum Holland
9 Jan 1939
Swing Bolero
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Dan Donovan
Radio Broadcast
BBC London
Apr 1937
Set 4
1944 – 51 Dance Bands on the Air
Son Belle
Natalino Otto
Comm Rec
Turin
1948
Open + Side By Side
Orrin Tucker Orchestra (voc) Orrin Tucker
Boulevarde Room
Hotel Stevens
ABC Chicago
1951
Twilight Time
Dean Hudson Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Edison
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Nov 1944
Set 5
Women Jazz Singers 1950s Radio & TV
Intro + Fine & Mellow
Billie Holliday
’The Sound of Jazz’
WCBS CBS TV NY
8 Dec 1957
My Gentleman Friend
Sarah Vaughan
’Concert Recording’
Apollo Theatre NY
17 Aug 1950
All Of Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Betty Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Ridin’ High
Ella Fitzgerald (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Texaco Swing Into Spring’
WRCA TV NBC NY
9 Apr 1958
Set 6
Cab Calloway on Live 1940s Radio From Cafe Zanzibar NYC
Do I Care? No, No
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Mar 1940
Minnie The Moocher (theme) + The Very Thought Of You
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Sep 1944
The More I See You
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
10 Jul 1945
Lammar’s Boogie + Coastin’ With JC
Cab Calloway Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 July 1946
Set 7
Early Radio Jazz and Dance
Blue Melody Blues
Tiny Parham and his Musicians
Comm Rec
Chicago
1 Feb 1929
Me
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman and Dave Marshall
’Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
1931
What Is This Thing Called Love? + Where The Golden Daffodils Grow
The Ambassadors of Melodyland
’Dr Scholl’s Program’
Radio Transcription
1931
Is It Spain + A Most Remarkable Girl
The Dixie Two-Steppers (voc) The Dixie Tenor
’Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
1929
Set 8
Glenn Miller Broadcasting to Germany 1944
Intro + Here We Go Again
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra
Radio Transcription
American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)
Abbey Road Studios
London
Oct-Nov 1944
Now I Know
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra (voc) Johnny Desmond
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Begin the Beguine
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra (voc) Irene Manning
Radio Transcription
American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)
Abbey Road Studios
London
Oct-Nov 1944
Great Day + Close
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra
Radio Transcription
American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)
Abbey Road Studios
London
Oct-Nov 1944

Could you Buy a Fax Machine before 1988? 7 November Phantom Dancer Play List


Yes you could – in 1938!

And the faxes were sent over AM radio, not the phone line.

Hear one in operation on today’s Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV (and with a whole hour of live 1930s swing radio today).

I bring you The Phantom Dancer every Tuesday after the midday news on 107.3 2SER and online at radio 2ser.com

A 1938 radio fax used to promote personalities on the radio station transmitting it
A 1938 radio fax used to promote personalities on the radio station transmitting it. Three generations of John Gamblings broadcast on New York City radio between 1925 and September 2016.

1930s RADIO FAXES
On today’s Phantom Dancer, marvel at the ‘pump and wheeze’ sound of a 1930s fax machine taken from a recording made in 1938 to introduce WOR New York’s new radio fax service.

As the radio announcer and station engineer tell us, the fax service is a ‘new breakthrough’ in radio to transmit news and information overnight to subscribers with radio fax machine in their homes.

About a dozen US AM radio stations in the late 1930s transmitted a radio fax service, with news faxes sent between midnight and 6am when the stations were ordinarily shut down.

A WOR radio fax from 1938
A WOR radio fax from 1938

Static was a problem. Static from a passing car or lightening could wipe out whole pages of information.

By the early 1940s shortwave and ultra short wave frequencies were set aside solely for the transmission of faxes.

When FM radio was introduced after WW2, some FM stations transmitted radio faxes on their broader bandwidth subcarriers. A page of news and pictures would take 15 minutes to be printed from an FM service.

So easy to use, even a child can operate it. A 1938 publicity photo shows a Finch home printer receiving a facsimile newspaper from WWJ in Detroit. (Detroit News Archives)
So easy to use, even a child can operate it. A 1938 publicity photo shows a Finch home printer receiving a facsimile newspaper from WWJ in Detroit. (Detroit News Archives, The Radio Historian)

Lack of public interest in this expensive substitute newspaper technology killed the mass production of home radio fax machines.

However, radio facsimile was still in use for the transmission of weather maps by satellite in 2010.

See the full Phantom Dancer play list below, including the 1938 announcement of WOR’s radio fax service.

Internet source:
http://www.theradiohistorian.org/Radiofax/newspaper_of_the_air1.htm

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer. He is also a film and TV actor who has worked with Adrien Brody, Nicole Kidman, John Goodman and many others.
Band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
Actor and Voiceover: www.gregpoppleton.com

PHANTOM DANCER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #286

107.3 2SER Tuesday 7 November 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news,
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Raymond Scott on 1940-41 Radio
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Wellesley High Jump
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
21 Oct 1940
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + A Symphony Under The Stars
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Bermuda Room
Hotel Brunswick
WBZ NBC Boston
6 Dec 1941
Huckleberry Duck + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
1 Nov 1940
Set 2
A New Radio Service
Il Pesce e l’Uccellina
EIAR Orchestra Moderna (voc) Silvana Fioresi and Trio Lescano
Comm Rec
Rome
1938
Facsimile ‘Visual’ Radio
Interview
WOR Mutual NYC
9 Feb 1938
Set 3
1930s Local Radio Music
Theme + Sugar + On The Lone Prairie + When The Rest of the Crowd Goes Home + Heigh Ho + Theme
Our Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Set 4
1935-36 Radio
Open + Ad Music + I Got Rhythm
Freddy Rich Orchestra
’Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Sleep (theme) + On Your Toes
Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians (voc) Johnny Davis and Trio
’Ford Show’
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1936
Syncopated Love Song
Nathaniel Shilkret
KFI NBC LA
1935
Set 5
Swing on 1939 Radio
Top Hat Shuffle
Jan Savitt Top Hatters
Radio Transcription
New York
1939
Basin Street Blues
Jack Teagarden and Benny Goodman
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
31 Jan 1939
You Can Count On Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Boston
26 Jul 1939
Man From Mars + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NY
21 Oct 1939
Set 6
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra on the Air
Theme + Little John
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Casa Mañana
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
Honey Dripper
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Blue Network
23 Nov 1945
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
I Need a Lift
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Casa Mañana
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 May 1945
Wham + For Dancers Only
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Band
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Set 7
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra on 1955-56 Radio
Theme + Opus No. 1
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Ridin’ Around in the Rain (voc) Dolly Houston
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Apr 1956
I’ll Always Be In Love With You
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Statler
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
Mar 1956
Tender Trap
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer
’NBC Bandstand’
NBC Radio and TV NY
1956
Set 8
Bop and Cool
Broadway
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WJZ NYC
9 May 1953
Sugar Beat
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
2 Dec 1947
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1957
Koko + Anthropology (theme)
Barry Ulanov All Star Metronome Jazzmen
WOR Mutual NY
8 Nov 1947

Fats Waller’s Classical Background – 19 September Phantom Dancer Radio Show Play List


If the 19 September Phantom Dancer radio show is anything to go by, the 26 September non-stop mix of swing and dance from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV is going to be the best show ever.

This week you’ll hear Fats Waller, Benny Goodman and news on the European Crisis over WABC NY in 1938 which we didn’t get to hear on last week’s show. We ran out of time with so much good music.

There’s also a set of women bop singers including Sarah Vaughan and Jackie Kane, and tune in for Part 4 in the Harry James aircheck series 1948-51.

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV is presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer since 1985.

You can now hear it live-streamed and online on Radio 2SER’s website: http://www.2ser.com/phantomdancer.

See the full play list below.

FATS WALLER

Fats Waller was a composer, pianist and entertainer. He wrote such jazz standards as Keeping Out of Mischief Now, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Honeysuckle Rose. You’ll hear him play his popular tune, The Joint is Jumpin’, on today’s Phantom Dancer on a live WABC NYC broadcast from 1938.

What’s little known about Fats Waller is the classic background that informed his unique jazz stride piano style.

Waller’s grandfather was an accomplished violinist. His mother, Adeline, was a church organist. She taught him to play organ, gave him his first lessons in classical music, and hired a tutor for him. His church musical director introduced him to the works of J.S. Bach.

1920s stride piano stars James P. Johnson and Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith later mentored Fats, teaching him stride piano style and introducing him to the works of impressionistic composers of the nineteenth century.

Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #280

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 September 2017
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
Tunes on 1936 Radio
On The Beach At Bali Bali
Teddy Stauffer and his Original Teddies
Comm Rec
Berlin
19 Sep 1936
The Way You Look Tonight
Freddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Freddy Rich
’Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
21 Oct 1936
Fix It Easy + Ro-Ro-Rolling Along (theme)
Bob Crosby’s Bobcats (theme voc: The Freshmen)
’Ford V8 Revue’
Radio Transcription
NBC NYC
1936
Set 2
1947 Swing Radio
Spring Isn’t Everything
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Stuart Foster
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
1947
Naughty Angeline
Nat King Cole Trio (voc) Nat King Cole
’King Cole Trio Time’
KFI NBC Hollywood
5 Jul 1947
Come To The Mardi Gras + Close
Ray Eberle Orchestra
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Set 3
1950s Big Bands
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Little Pony
Count Basie Orchestra
’Stars in Jazz’
WNBC NBC NY
31 Jul 1952
I’ll Take Romance
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) June Christy
’The Charlie Barnet Show’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
20 Jan 1957
Limelight + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra
’Concert in Miniature’
WBOW NBC Terre Haute IN
16 Jun 1953
Set 4
Swing Bands on 1945 Radio
Theme + No Can Do
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) Judy Tremain
’One Night Stand’
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
Caldonia (theme) + You Was Right, Baby
Louis Jordan Tympani 5 (voc) LJ
Zanzibar Cafe
WOR Mutual NYC
15 Oct 1945
Taco Tico + Close
Clyde Lucas Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
12 Jan 1945
Set 5
Women Bop Singers
What More Can A Woman Do?
Dizzy Gillespie Septet (voc) Sarah Vaughan
Comm Rec
New York City
25 May 1945
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kain and Roy Kral (voc) Charlie Ventura Group
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1948
The Man I Love
Benny Goodman Sextet (voc) Patti Page
’One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
3 Jun 1948
I’m Glad There’s You
Jackie Kain (voc) Charlie Ventura Group
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1948
Set 6
Harry James on 1948-51 Radio
Open + How High The Moon
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
1948
Ciribiribin (theme) + Don’t Be That Way
Harry James Jazz Octet
Blue Room
Roosevelt Hotel
WWJ CBS New Orleans
1950
Open + New York Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
1949
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Jazz Octet
Blue Room
Roosevelt Hotel
WWJ CBS New Orleans
1950
Set 7
1930s Radio Dance Bands
You Stayed Away To Long
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Moonshine Over Kentucky + Heigh Ho
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WOR MBS NY
3 May 1938
St Louis Blues
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (tb) Jack Teagarden
’Paul Whiteman’s Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue
New York City
16 Feb 1936
My Melancholy Baby + The White Star of Sigma Nu
Joe Haymes Orchestra
Grill Room
Hotel McAlfin
WABC CBS NYC
29 Jan 1935
Set 8
1938 Radio, WABC New York
The Joint is Jumping / Summertime / Stomping At The Savoy
Fats Waller
’This is New York’
WABC CBS NY
11 Dec 1938
CBS News
WABC CBS NY
25 Sep 1938
Love Me Or Leave Me
Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
23 Aug 1938

21 February 2017 Phantom Dancer Swing Jazz Mix – Why Is It So? (1960s TV)


The Phantom Dancer radio show is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton since 1985.

Live-streamed and archived online at 2ser.com. The Phantom Dancer is heard on over 22 radio stations.

You can hear it archived online now at radio 2ser.com

In the Phantom Dancer mix this week: (in the last hour of vinyl) airchecks by the Benny Goodman Orchestra and alumni Gene Krupa, Helen Ward and Harry James plus a set of women bands on radio including Ella Fitzgerald and Ann Mae Winburn.

See the full play list below.

Your Phantom Dancer video of the Week is another educational ‘Why Is It So?’ from ABC TV Sydney in the 1960s. In this episode, Professor Julius Sumner Miller investigates the fascinating physics behind balance.

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 #252

107.3 2SER Tuesday 21 February 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Woody Herman on 1944 – 46 Radio
Blue Flame (theme) + Irresistible You
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York City
21 Aug 1944
Bijou
Woody Herman Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York City
23 Jul 1945
Wild Root + Blue Flame (theme)
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘Wild Root Creme Oil Show’
Eastwood Gardens
ABC Detroit Mich.
26 Apr 1946
Set 2
1950s Novelty Songs on the Radio
The Thing
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) PH and Band
Aircheck
Hollywood
1950
Wimoweh
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Band
Starlite Roof
Edgewater Hotel
CBS Madison Wis.
4 Aug 1952
Old Piano Roll Rock
Vincent Lopez Orchestra (voc) Johnny Messner
‘One Night Stand’
Grill Room
Hotel Taft NYC
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Set 3
Piano Jazz and Dance on 1930s Radio
If You Were Someone Else + You and I Know + Goodbye Jonah
Fairchild and Carroll
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Sep 1937
The New York Boat
Ramona
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue
2 Feb 1936
Oceans of Time + Let’s Face The Music and Dance (close)
Dick Carroll and his Music
‘The World Dances’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Set 4
Stank Kenton 1941-45 Radio Transcriptions
Got A Penny, Jenny?
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) June Christy
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Dec 1945
Flamingo
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Red Dorris
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
6 Jan 1942
I Haven’t Got The Heart + Artistry In Rhythm (theme)
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Oct 1941
Set 5
Benny Goodman and alumni
Intro + Sugarfoot Stmp
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield Mass
Blue Network
29 Sep 1943
Theme + Amour
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
Aircheck
1941
My Funny Valentine
Helen Ward
‘Eddie Condon’s Floorshow’
WNBT-TV NBC NY
29 Mar 1949
Feet Draggin’ Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
Chatterbox
Mountainside NJ
Feb 1940
Set 6
Early 1930s Radio and Film Music
Gnädige Frau komm und spiel mit mir
Hans Albers
‘Quick’ (film)
Berlin
19 32
Wagon Wheels
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘Chrysler Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
You’re My Everything
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Pete Fylling
Peacock Court
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KGO NBC San Francisco
1932
Somebody Love Me
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Gelatine Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Set 7
Women Band Leaders on 1940s Radio
Galvanising
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
The Boogie Woogie Girl
Dorothy Chatman Orchestra (voc) Sammy Price
Comm Rec
New York City
6 Apr 1944
Central Avenue Boogie
Anna Mae Winburn (voc) International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Chewin’ Gum + I Wanna Be A Rug Cutter
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra (voc) EF
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Mar 1940
Set 8
Jazz on 1950s Telly
Them There Eyes
Billie Holliday
‘Tonight Show’
NBC Hollywood
1958
Ellington Medley
Duke Ellington (piano) Tommy Dorsey (tb) Jimmy Dorsey (as) Lee Castle (tp) Buddy Rich (d) and Orchestra
‘Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show’
CBS-TV NY
1 Jan 1955
St Louis Blues Jam Session
Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Gene Krupa, lionel Hampton and more
‘Second Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS-TV NY
30 Apr 1958