24 April 2018 Phantom Dancer – Bea Wain First To Record ‘Over The Rainbow’


You’ll hear some very loving and touching words on today’s Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer, presented every week by actor, Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer goes live from 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday after the noon news.

It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV sent to 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 24 April), and past Phantom Dancers, online at radio 2ser.com

In the mix this week, live 1930s-60s radio by Bob Crosby, Sammy Kaye, Al Trace, Larry Clinton and Bea Wain. See the full play list below.

THOSE TOUCHING WORDS?

“Beautiful, Bea Wain, beautiful.”

Who’s Bea Wain? She’s one of the greatest singers of the Swing Era and my absolute favourite.

Who said those words? You’ll hear them on today’s Phantom Dancer in the Bea Wain set, incidentally.

It was Andre Baruch, award-winning network radio announcer, who said them spontaneously as the announcer for the 1939 ‘Your Hit Parade’ after Bea Wain sang, ‘O, You Crazy Moon’.

They were married in 1938 and remained together until his death 53 years later. Bea Wain died last August aged 100.

THE UNSUNG SINGING GREAT

Bea Wain began singing on local radio at age six. She lived in the Bronx. Her accent disappeared when she sang. She had four No. 1 hits. And she never had a singing lesson.

She also had her name shortened from Beatrice to Bea by some unknown radio exec, to save space on record labels.

Quoting from her New York Times obituary,
“I never wanted anybody to teach me how to sing,” she said in an interview with Sara Fishko for the New York public radio station WNYC in 2013. “I had piano, elocution and dancing lessons, but never singing lessons.”

And she went on to sing professionally past the age of 90.

THE BIG BREAK

Was a big band arranger and in 1938 was forming a swing band with big RCA – NBC promotion. You’ll hear the band broadcasting ‘The RCA Campus Club’ from the Glen island Casino on today’s Phantom Dancer. The singer he hired to front this important band was Bea Wain.

How’d he find her.

She was in the chorus for the Kate Smith Radio Show. She stepped forward for an eight bar solo. That was enough for Clinton. She was hired. Again quoting from her NYT obit:

“The impeccable Wain never fails to captivate us as Clinton’s brassmen play natty little curlicues around her,” Will Friedwald wrote in his book “Jazz Singing: America’s Great Voices From Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond” (1990).Bea wain

OVER THE RAINBOW

In 1939 Billboard magazine’s college poll voted her the most popular female vocalist. Ella Fitzgerald was second.

In 1938 she was the first to record ‘Over The Rainbow’ from the film, ‘The Wizard of Oz’. MGM, which owned the rights, stopped the record from being issued until after the film, and Judy Garland’s version (who sang it in the movie) was released.

Wain’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ is the Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. It’s interesting to hear the first-ever version, totally untouched by Garland’s version.

Wain said in a 1988 interview, that when Helen O’Connell, a fellow big band singer, was asked how it felt to be a part of music history, she replied, “If I knew it was history, we would have paid more attention.”

HIT RECORDS

In a short recording career of just a few years (she got tired of touring and the poor recording fees and rarely made records after 18 months with the Clinton band), Bea Wain had four hit records, all with Larry Clinton’s Orchestra .
1. Heart and Soul, which she introduced in the short ‘A Song is Born’ announced by Andre Baruch
2. Deep Purple
3. Cry, Baby, Cry
4. My Reverie, an up-tempo version of the Debussy piano piece ‘Reverie’ with lyrics by Larry Clinton.

‘My Reverie’ became Bea Wain’s theme song but, quoting from her New York Times obituary, “it was almost scrapped when Debussy’s heirs learned, to their horror, that the music had been adapted for a pop audience with a brisk tempo and lyrics.

But when Larry Clinton sent them his recording, Wain recalled, they replied, “If this girl sings it, O.K”

MR AND MRS MUSIC

After the World War Two, during which Bea Wain sung in Army Camps and her husband, Andre Baruch served overseas, the couple became ‘Mr and Mrs Music,’ a daily program on WMCA, New York, on which they doubled as disc jockeys and interviewers.

bea wain and andre baruch

 

They continued on radio when they moved to Palm Springs in 1973 and retired from being DJs in 1980.

After that, Bea Wain sang on TV and in clubs, (there’s a 1983 TV medley of her 1938-39 hits on YouTube).

Quoting from the Wiki article on Wain, she told Christopher Popa in a 2004 interview, “Actually, I’ve had a wonderful life, a wonderful career. And I’m still singing, and I’m still singing pretty good. This past December, I did a series of shows in Palm Springs, California, and the review said, “Bea Wain is still a giant.” It’s something called Musical Chairs. I did six shows in six different venues, and I was a smash. And I really got a kick out of it.”

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week the first recording of ‘Over The Rainbow’ sung by Bea Wain in 1938 but not released until after the ‘Wizard of Oz’ (in which the song features) came out in 1939. Enjoy this original take wholly uninfluenced by Judy Garland…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #313

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 April 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye
Theme + Elmers Tune
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Three Kaydettes
‘Spotlight Bands’
Washington DC
Blue Network
31 Jan 1942
Ad + It’s a Great Feeling
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Kaydettes
‘Sammy Kaye Showreel’
Radio Transcription
1949
Medley: How Deep is the Ocean? + I’m In The Mood For Love + Avalon + Close
Sammy Kaye Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Set 2
Bob Crosby
Open + Mama Why Don’t You Dance With Me
Bob Crosby and The Modernaires (voc) Jerry Gray Orchestra
‘Club 15’
KNX CBS LA
25 Nov 1947
Don’t Forget Tonight Tomorrow
Bob Crosby (voc) Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hollywood Palladium
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Muskrat Ramble
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1950
Set 3
WGN Parade of Bands Home Recordings
Open + Isn’t It Romantic
Al Trace and his Shuffle Rhythm
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Marie + Linger Awhile
Ted Fio Rito Orchestra
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Chez Paree
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Bella Bella Marie + Medley: In My Dreams + I Love You So Much It Hurts
Jimmy Featherstone Orchestra (voc) JF and Peggy Murdoch
‘WGN Parade of Bands’
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WGN Chicago
c 1950
Set 4
Bea Wain
East of the Sun
Bea Wain (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Jul 1938
Try, Try Again
Bea Wain and Band (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Jul 1938
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Bea Wain
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Oct 1939
Set 5
Swing Trumpet Stars on Ballads
Cirribirribin (theme) + You’re In Love With Someone Else
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Hotel Astor Roof
WABC CBS NY
28 Aug 1942
Oh What It Seemed To Be
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Mitchell
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Goodnight, Good Neighbour
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Daye
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Feb 1945
Clouds
Henry Busse Orchestra (voc) Carl Grayson
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1935
Set 6
Hal Kemp and Skinnay Ennis Sells Beauty Creme
When Summer Is Gone (theme) + You’ve Got Me Crying Again
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Last Year’s Girl
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
It’s Only A Paper Moon + Ad
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
I Couldn’t Tell Them What To Do
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 7
1950s-60s Radio Swing Bands
One O’Clock Jump + Blee Blop Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Cohn’s Alley
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Peony park
WOW NBC Omaha
1954
Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Flashback From The Future
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Aircheck
24 Oct 1965
Set 8
Mickey Mouse Bands Live and Transcribed
Romance (theme) + We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Ray Herbeck and his Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
24 Nov 1947
I’ll See You In My dreams
Jan Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1941
Would It Make Any Difference To You?
Carl Ravazza Orchestra (voc) CR
Radio Transcription
1943
Can’t We Be Friends?
Johnny Mesner Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
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10 April New Listen Welcome Phantom Dancer – Symphony Sid, Bop DJ


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

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

NEW LISTENER WELCOME DRIVE

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

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

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

See the full play list below.

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

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

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

Greg Poppleton music website.

SYMPHONY SID

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

Symphony Sid introducing Charlie Parker
Symphony Sid introducing Charlie Parker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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

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

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 April 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

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

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


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

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

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

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

Greg Poppleton music website.

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

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

1920s radio set
1920s radio set

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

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

 

HELEN KELLER REPORTS…

Helen Keller
Helen Keller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

JAZZING THE DEAF

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

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

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

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

 

VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 April 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Russ Morgan his Wah-Wah Trombone and his Orchestra
Does Your Heart Beat For Me?
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1937
Sheik of Araby
Russ Morgan Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Apr 1944
Open Up That Door and Let Me In + So Long (Close)
Russ Morgan Orchestra (voc) Al Jennings
‘One Night Stand’
Garden Room
Hotel Claremont
Berkeley Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Jun 1945
Set 2
Andrew Sisters on Radio
Open + Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe
Andrew Sisters with Raymond Paige Orchestra
‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
6 Sep 1945
Begin the Beguine
Andrew Sisters with Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
31 Jan 1940
White Christmas + Jingle Bells Nash Ad + Apple Blossom Time (Close)
Andrew Sisters with Curt Massey and Vic Schoen Orchestra
‘Nash – Kelvinator Show’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
19 Dec 1945
Set 3
Swing from WWII Europe
Poznate lehce nas rytmus
Allanovy Sestry
Comm Rec
Prague
17 Dec 1942
Baron von der Pschek (Bel Mir Bist Du Schoen)
Leonid Utesov
Comm Rec
Moscow
1943
Ja
De Ramblers (voc) Ferry Barendse and Band
Comm Rec
Hilversum
2 Mar 1944
Set 4
Benny Goodman – 3 Days in October 1937
Stardust on the Moon + Dear Old Southland
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Where or When + Someday Sweetheart
Benny Goodman Trio and Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Dixieland Band + Goodbye
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual NY
23 Oct 1937
Set 5
Duke Ellington on 1951-53 Radio
VIP’s Boogie
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Aircheck
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
4 Oct 1953
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC New York
11 Jun 1951
Great Times
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
11 Feb 1951
Just a Sit-in’ and a Rockin’ + Mood Indigo
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Set 6
Ray Miller on 1929 Radio
Open + Angry
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
I’ll Never Ask For More
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Mary Williams
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
Tell Me Who + There’s No Place Like Home (theme)
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Bob Nolan
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
25 Jan 1929
Set 7
Bob Crosby 1939 Radio
South Rampart Street Parade
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
27 Jun 1939
Little Rock Getaway
Bob Crosby Orchestra (piano) Joe Sullivan
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
4 Jul 1939
O, You Crazy Moon
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
11 Jul 1939
Diga Diga Doo
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
18 Jul 1939
Set 8
Buddy Rich Radio
Rain on the Riff (theme) + Cool Breeze
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Phoenixville PA
Mutual
24 Dec 1945
Nellie’s Nightmare
Buddy Rich Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
1947
In a Prescribed Manner
Buddy Rich Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Nov 1958

27 March Phantom Dancer – Bunny Berigan and How Disease Effects Legacy


It never ceases to amaze me how disease can over-shadow the brilliant legacy of a person’s life. How much ‘expert’ blather was there about Stephen Hawking’s motor neurone disease as an excuse to avoid explaining and understanding his discoveries in physics? It’s belittling and disrespectful.

Louis Armstrong’s favourite trumpet player was Bunny Berigan. We’ll be hearing radio broadcasts by Bunny Berigan on this week’s The Phantom Dancer.

Even today, seventy years after his death, he is still considered to have been one of the top trumpet players in jazz.

But what I find additionally interesting is how his legacy has been marred by the alcoholism that affected the inventiveness of his playing in the latter part of his short thirty-three years and which ultimately killed him through cirrhosis of the liver.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll also hear a set of live vintage radio by Dave Brubeck, Jack Teagarden and women singers with their own radio shows – Lee Wiley, Peggy Lee, Dinah Show and Mildred Bailey.

 

THE PHANTOM DANCER is two hours of non-stop swing and jazz mixed from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV by Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Broadcast 12:04pm Tuesdays 107.3 2SER Sydney then over 22 radio stations and online.

HEAR The Phantom Dancer live-streamed and afterwards online on the Radio 2SER website. http://www.2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

HOW DISEASE EFFECTS LEGACY

When jazz musicians talk about Bunny Berigan, his alcoholism always comes up.

‘What might have been had he not drank?’, is usually the most positive musing. But to me, from a music perspective, his illness should have no bearing on his legacy. Surely it’s his trumpet playing and technique that’s important, the music played, the songs composed, the landmark recordings made. Louis Armstrong praised Bunny Berigan’s trumpet sound and jazz ideas both before and after Berigan’s death.

I have known jazz musicians, world-touring, who’ve died after long illnesses. They kept their illnesses private, performing to the very end. Even though everyone knew they were terminally ill, the particulars of their illnesses were never discussed. These musicians had the luxury and the determination to never be defined by their disease. Nowadays, when people talk about them, they talk about their music, the good times and their positive legacy. How they died, their disease, and their substance abuse (in one case) are irrelevancies.

However, other jazz musicians I have known, have had deaths after long, debilitating illnesses during which time it was impossible to perform. Others have died suddenly – a heart attack, an overdose, a bleed. Always, these musicians are discussed in terms of their deaths, their creative life work overshadowed by the fabula of their failing health or their fatal surprise.

I guess it’s easier to talk about sickness and death than music. The musical process is a specialist field. Feeling poorly and falling off the perch is something on which everyone has an expert opinion.

BUNNY BERIGAN…
…was the stage name of Roland Bernard Berigan.

He composed, sang, and most famously was a brilliant trumpet player. Of his compositions, we’ll hear a live recording of one, ‘Chicken and Waffles’, from a live 1936 radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

He was best known for his virtuoso jazz trumpeting. His 1937 classic recording of a song from a flop music, ‘I Can’t Get Started’ (which we’ll also hear in two live 1930s versions on this week’s Phantom Dancer) was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975. ‘I Can’t Get Started’ was Berigan’s radio theme when he launched his own band in 1937.

Bunny Berigan had learnt violin and trumpet and was playing in local bands by his mid-teens. In 1930 he joined the Hal Kemp Orchestra and soon came to notice. He became a sought-after studio musician in New York as well as playing in the orchestras of Freddy Rich, Freddy Martin, Ben Selvin, Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman. In fact, Goodman’s manager only got ‘that ace drummer man’ Gene Krupa to join the band by telling him Berigan was already on board.

After leaving Goodman, Berigan began to record regularly under his own name and to back singers such as Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Billie Holiday. We’ll hear him this week with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in early 1937. His solo on ‘Marie’ became one of his signature performances. We’ll hear a 1940 radio version. And, of course, a critic describing Berigan’s trumpet on the 1940 show had to bring up his alcoholism.

After leaving Goodman, Berigan began to record regularly under his own name and to back singers such as Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Billie Holiday. We’ll hear him this week with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in early 1937. His solo on ‘Marie’ became one of his signature performances. We’ll hear a 1940 radio version. And, of course, a critic describing Berigan’s trumpet on the 1940 show had to bring up his alcoholism.

MUSICAL ADVICE FROM BERIGAN
And instrumentalists PLEASE TAKE NOTE. There’s nothing more irritating to a singer than an instrumentalist taking too much air during the singer’s solo, or cramping the singer’s freedom of expression by trying to steer the improvisation…

Your Phantom Dancer Bunny Berrigan singing and playing trumpet on ‘Until Today’ with Freddy Rich’s Orchestra in 1936 . Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #308

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 March 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
Swing on 1940s Radio
Theme + Girl of My Dreams
Randy Brooks Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
17 Nov 1945
K.C. Caboose + Are You Happy?
John Kirby Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
Aquarium Restaurant NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Jul 1944
They Didn’t Believe Me + Blue Moon (Close)
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Jul 1945
Set 2
Big Bands on 1950s Radio
Theme + I’m Walking
Johnny Richards Orchestra
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Birdland
WABC ABC NYC
1957
If I Had You
Ted Heath Orchestra
‘International Bandstand’
London
NBC/BBC
2 Mar 1959
It’s All In The Game
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
1952
Set 3
Bing Crosby Radio
Open + Pistol Packin’ Mama
Bing Crosby
‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
16 Dec 1943
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra
Bing Crosby
’Philco Radio Time’
KECA ABC LA
19 Nov 1947
Ukulele Lady + Green Grow The Lilacs + Close
Bing Crosby + Rosemary Clooney (2nd song)
’Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show’
KNX CBS LA
19 Oct 1961
Set 4
Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street
Open + Dixieland One-Step
Henry Levine Octet
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
1 Sep 1941
O Sussanah
Diane Courtney
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
1 Sep 1941
Cheery-Beery-Bee
The Tune Toppers
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
1 Sep 1941
Dangerous Mood
Paul Lavalle Woodwinds
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
1 Sep 1941
Set 5
Trombonist Jack Teagarden
Announcer’s Blues
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Paul Whiteman’s Music Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
19 jan 1936
Mr Jessie
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
22 Nov 1941
You Took Advantage of Me + Tea For Two + Close
The Three T’s (Jack and Charlie Teagarden and Frank Trambauer)
Hickory House
WEAF NBC Red NY
9 Dec 1936
(1936 Home Recording)
Wolverine Blues + Close
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
27 Dec 1941
Set 6
Women Singers With Their Own Radio shows
Somebody Loves Me
Peggy Lee
‘Peggy Lee Show’
KNX CBS LA
1947
Beg Your Pardon
Dinah Shore
‘Dinah Shore Show’
KNX CBS LA
4 May 1948
Too Good To Be True
Lee Wiley
‘Lee Wiley Sings’
WABC CBS NY
1 Jul 1936
Summertime
Mildred Bailey
‘Mildred Bailey Show’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jan 1945
Set 7
Bunny Berigan
I Can’t Get Started (theme) + Organ Grinder’s Swing
Bunny Berigan Orchestra
‘Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
I Can’t Get Started (theme) + Ay, Ay, Ay
Bunny Berigan Orchestra
Manhattan Centre
WNEW NY
26 Sep 1939
Marie
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Bunny Berigan tp feature)
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
9 Mar 1940
Runnin’ Wild + Chicken and Waffles
Bunny Berigan Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
31 Oct 1936
Set 8
Dave Brubeck
This Can’t Be Love
Dave Brubeck
Aircheck
Jan 1954
The Song Is For You
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Mar 1957
Stardust
Dave Brubeck
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Dec 1953
All The Things You Are
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956

20 March 2018 Phantom Dancer – Miff Mole Pioneer 1920s Jazz Trombonist


Miff Mole was a trombone player who became famous in the jazz world of the 1920s. And we’ll be hearing radio broadcasts by Miff on this week’s The Phantom Dancer.

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

Now in its 33rd year, The Phantom Dancer is produced and presented by Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll also hear a set of live vintage radio by Nat King Cole, Marion Hutton and Charlie Spivak.

Broadcast 12:04pm Tuesdays 107.3 2SER Sydney then over 22 radio stations and online.

HEAR The Phantom Dancer live-streamed then online on the Radio 2SER website.

 

MIFF MOLE…

…was the stage name of Irving Milfred Mole (March 11, 1898 – April 29, 1961).

He was a jazz trombonist and band leader. He created ‘the first distinctive and influential solo jazz trombone style.’

Miff Mole’s soloing style had rapid-fire cadenzas, octave-leaps and shakes. He was a big influence on later trombonists Bill Rank, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Harrison.

His heyday was the mid-1920s when he recorded popular and critically acclaimed records with such stars as Sophie Tucker (Red Hot Mama (1924)) and Bix Beiderbecke (Davenport Blues (1925)).

Miff Mole studied classical violin and piano as a child. He picked up the trombone age 15. He was playing professionally by 1920 and went on to play in some of the greatest New York City bands in the Jazz Age.

TROMBONE

Miff Mole played in the Original Memphis Five (1922), and with Ross Gorman, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Sam Lanin, Ray Miller and many others. With cornetist Red Nichols, he led Miff Mole and His Little Molers, recording from 1926 – 1930.

Miff Mole waxed sides with a lot of Red Nichols ‘aggregations’: The Red Heads, The Hottentots, The Charleston Chasers, The Six Hottentots, The Cotton Pickers, Red and Miff’s Stompers, and Red Nichols and His Five Pennies.

But Miff’s style became ‘old-hat’ when Jack Teagarden arrived in New York in 1928. Teagarden brought a more legato, blues-oriented approach to jazz.

After the 1920s, Miff Mole took to radio as an NBC studio musician until 1938 when he joined Paul Whiteman’s orchestra. By then, even Mole had been influenced by Teagarden. He was in Benny Goodman’s orchestra from 1942-43 and led various dixieland bands, one of which we hear on today’s Phantom Dancer – his Nixieland Six – from 1942-47. He worked in Chicago in 1947–54 when bad health reduced the amount of playing he did. He died in 1961.

Miff Mole’s records have been used in the soundtracks of two twenty-first century movies.

His 1928 recording of ‘Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble’ with the Little Molers was used in Russell Crowe;s movie, Cinderella Man.

His composition ‘There’ll Come a Time (Wait and See)’, is heard in the Academy Award-nominated movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Your Phantom Dancer Miff Mole Video of the Week – Miff Mole hanging out on a hotel rooftop in 1943. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #308

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 March 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
The Lesser Known 1940s Dance Bands
Straighten Up and Fly Right (theme) + Sunday + Ad + Wildroot Creme Oil Song
Nat King Cole Trio (voc) NCK
‘King Cole Trio Time’
KFI NBC LA
6 Mar 1948
Open + Little Joe From Chicago (theme) + Boogie a la King
Nat King Cole Trio (voc) NCK
Radio Transcription
1959
Go Bongo + Close
Nat King Cole Trio (bongos) Jack Costanza
‘Just Jazz’
Shrine Auditorium LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 2
1950s Modern Jazz Radio
Leap Frog (Theme) + At Sundown
Les Brown Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
Hershey Park Ballroom
WLAN ABC Lancaster PA
1957
Always
Kai Winding
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Sep 1952
Perdido
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1952
Set 3
Hot Music on 1930-32 Radio
Coca Cola Waltz (theme) + So Sympathetic
Leonard Joy and the Coca Cola Orchestra
‘Coca Cola Top Notchers’
WEEI NBC Boston
26 Mar 1930
Bugle Call Rag
George Olsen Music
’Lucky Strike Orchestra’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1932
Whistling in the Dark + Sweet and Lovely (close)
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
’Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1931
Set 4
Pop Singers 1950s-60s Radio
Open + Baby, I Want It
Frankie Laine
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
Cheek to Cheek
Rosemary Clooney
‘Bing Crosby Show’
KNX CNS LA
19 Oct 1960
I Get a Kick Out of You + Period (close)
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
21 Apr 1952
Set 5
Marion Hutton sings on 1938-39 Radio
Oh, Johnny, Oh!
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
5 Dec 1939
The Jumping’ Jive
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
NBC Radio
Baltimore
5 Sep 1939
I Just Got a Letter
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
6 Dec 1939
In a Russian Foxhole
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Apr 1939
Set 6
Charlie Spivak on 1940s Radio
After I Say I’m Sorry
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) The Stardusters including Marion’s sister June
Radio Transcription
New York City
1941
Stomping Room Only
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Hollywood
4 Apr 1948
20 May 1940
Besume Mucho
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Massenet’s Elegy
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Hollywood
Apr 1948
20 May 1940
Set 7
Miff Mole
Davenport Blues
Red and Miff’s Stompers
Comm Rec
New York City
11 Feb 1927
Peg o’ My Heart
Miff Mole Nixieland Six
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
30 Oct 1944
Nobody’s Sweetheart
Irving Mill’s Hotsy Totsy Gang (tb) Miff Mole
‘Brunswick Brevities’
WABC CBS NY
Oct 1928
Waiting For The Evening Whistle + Bugle Call Rag
Eddie Condon Group (tb) Miff Mole
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
30 Sep 1944
Set 8
Charlie Barnet
Makin’ Whoopee
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
Dec 1946
Come To Baby Do
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Lena Horne
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Strolling
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Aircheck
Dec 1945
Dear Old Southland + Close
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Ft Devon, Mass
Blue Network
15 Oct 1945

13 March Phantom Dancer – Ukuleles


A hint of ukuleles takes a set on this week’s The Phantom Dancer with Harry Reser and Wendall Hall from 1925 and 1931.

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

Hear the show and past Phantom Dancers at the Radio 2SER website.

Presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer, this week’s Phantom Dancer also has a set of shuffle from 1940s radio, Les Paul and Mary Ford from their 1950 radio series, and Charlie Parker from live January – February 1949 ‘Symphony Sid Show’ broadcasts

 

UKELELE

Synonymous with Hawaii and the 1920s Jazz Age, the ukulele harks back to the 1880s as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete. The name roughly translates as ‘jumping flea’.

Its popularity in Hawaiian music and culture came mainly through the royal patronage of King Kalākaua. He added it to the music played at Hawaiian royal gatherings.

A lute-like instrument, the uke commonly has four nylon strings. It can also have six or eight strings with strings paired.

Ukes come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. Sopranino and contrabass ukes are also played.

 

WORLDWIDE

The 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco is credited with having introduced the ukulele to the wider world (even though the ukulele was mentioned in print in New York in 1907 and related Hawaiian guitar duos were already recording for HMV London in 1914).

The Hawaiian Pavilion at the 1915 Exposition had a guitar and ukulele ensemble plus George E. K. Awai and his Royal Hawaiian Quartet and ukulele maker and player Jonah Kumalae.

The popularity of the ensembles with visitors launched a fad for Hawaiian-themed songs among Tin Pan Alley songwriters. These made the uke as big a hallmark of 1920s America as The Charleston and the Raccoon coat.

In fact, Tin Pan Alley sheet music up to the swing era often had ukulele tablature printed on top of the vocal and piano lead sheet for the home ukeist.

Japan is the second home for the uke. It was introduced to Japan in 1929 by Hawaiian-born Yukihiko Haida. The country still has big ukulele clubs.

In the UK, the ukulele is synonymous with 1930s comedian, George Formby, even though, Formby often played the banjolele.

The banjolele is a hybrid instrument consisting of an extended ukulele neck with a banjo resonator body. Bertie Wooster tried to learn banjolele much to the chagrin of his personal gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in the P. G. Wodehouse novels.

RESURGENCE

Today, the ukulele has had a resurgence in popularity. The Jazz Age revival, the ukulele’s ease of play, its portability and its low cost has made it as popular today with amateur players as it was in the 1920s. There are even electric ukuleles.

In the Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s band, the ukulele is played by Chuck Morgan (playing the uke of a famous 1920s Hollywood star) and Grahame Conlon on Roaring ’20s songs like Tip Toe Through the Tulips and Singing in the Rain. Greg Poppleton band website

Your Phantom Dancer ukulele Video of the Week. It’s a June 1926 Vitaphone short featuring ‘The Wizard of the Strings’, Roy Smeck. He plays Hawaiian guitar, ukulele, then banjo in this pre-‘The Jazz Singer’ sound-on-disc short film. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y3f9CWCTes

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #307

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 March 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
The Lesser Known 1940s Dance Bands
Poor Bubber
Rex Stewart Orchestra
Comm Rec
Hollywood
3 Jul 1941
Open + Smoke Rings (theme) A Sure Thing
Glen Grey and the Casa Loma Orchestra (voc) Eugenie Baird
‘One Night Stand’
Tune Town Ballroom
St Louis
AFRS Re-broadcast
5 Apr 1944
I Got Rhythm + Close
Lenny Conn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 2
Count Basie 1956 Radio
One O’Clock Jump (Theme) + Sixteen Men Swinging
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
2 Jul 1956
Shiny Stockings
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
9 Jan 1956
One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
14 May 1956
Set 3
Hint of Ukulele
Ukulele Lady
Harry Reser Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
1 Jun 1925
Lonely Lane + Land of My Sunset Dreams + Melancholy Moon + It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More + Aloha Oe
Wendall Hall
’The Pineapple Picadour’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Apr 1931
Set 4
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Open + Brazil
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford Show’
NBC
12 May 1950
Dry My Tears
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford Show’
NBC
30 Jun 1950
The Rustic Dance + Looking For The Bully of the Town + If A Nightingale Could Sing Like You (theme)
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford Show’
NBC
30 Jun 1950
Set 5
1940s Swing Bands on the Wireless
Cape Horn
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Aircheck
1944
Lover
Joe Marsala Orchestra
Aircheck
Log Cabin Farm
Armouk NY
30 Oct 1942
Mister Pastor Goes To Town
Tony Pastor Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
Feb 1942
In a Russian Foxhole
Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle
WOR Mutual NYC
5 Aug 1944
Set 6
1940s Trad Style Big Bands
Back To Croajingalong
George Trevare Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
1945
Intro + I Ain’t Gonna Give No One None Of My Jelly Roll + Secrets in the Moonlight + Shake Down the Stars + Out of this World + Yours is My Heart Alone + I Love You Much Too Much
Bud Freeman Summa Cum Laude Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
Complainin’
Bob Crosby Orchestra Orchestra
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker
WOR Mutual NYC
25 Mar 1940
It Had To Be You (request)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
25 Nov 1938
Set 7
Shuffle Rhythm
Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Red Ingle
‘Beat The Band’
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Good Morning
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Quaker City Jazz
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Arcadia Restaurant
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
2 Dec 1938
Sidewalks of Cuba + When Day is Done (theme)
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1935
Set 8
Charlie Parker at the Royal Roost jan-Feb 1949
Scrapple From The Apple
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
15 Jan 1949
Barbados
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1949
Oo Bop Sh’bam
Charlie Parker (voc) CP and Band
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
22 Jan 1949
Salt Peanuts
Charlie Parker (voc) CP
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
19 Feb 1949

6 March Phantom Dancer – Hans Albers, The German John Wayne and a Clown Called Quick.


The Phantom Dancer is presented by authentic 1920s – 30s singer, Greg Poppleton..

The Phantom Dancer, goes to the movies this week. In one of the vinyl sets in the last hour, you’ll hear movie songs hits by 1930s-40s German film star, Hans Albers. (You’ll also hear sets of Raymond Scott, Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman from live 1940s radio)

Hear the mix after the 27 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com

Why Hans Albers?

I am in the process of memorising the German lyrics for ‘La Paloma’. La Paloma is probably the most recorded Spanish song in history. It has become a quasi-folk song in many cultures. Written by Sebastián Yradier as a contradanza (the progenitor of danzon, mambo and cha cha cha), it was published in Madrid in 1859 as a ‘Cancion Americana con acompañamiento de Piano’.

The lyrics I’m learning are those sung by Hans Albers in the 1943 film ‘Grosse Freiheit Nr 7’. This is one of three films in the Nazi era that celebrated the individual rather than fascist corporatist ideas.

Also in this week’s Phantom Dancer we’ll hear a set of swing from live 1936 radio. Other sets are dedicated to 1940s dance orchestras and there’s two sets of music radio from the 1950s.

 

HANS PHILIPP AUGUST ALBERS…

…was one of the most popular German actors, and singers, of the twentieth century.

He was an actor in theatre and in more than a hundred silent films.

He then starred in the first German talkie Die Nacht gehört uns (The Night is Ours) in 1929. He was the big-mouthed strong man Mazeppa alongside Marlene Dietrich in her star-making film Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) in 1930.

Albers himself hit stardom that same year in the movie, The Copper.

In 1932 he starred in my favourite Albers film, ‘Quick’ in which he plays two roles, one being an English vaudeville clown, speaking German in an English accent.

Many of Albers’ movie songs became huge hits. We’ll hear four of them today on The Phantom Dancer, including ‘Gnaedige Frau komm’ und spiel’ mid mir’ from ‘Quick’. In the film he sings the song after sliding down a giant banjo on a theatre stage, then flying around the theatre until he lands on one of the balconies to serenade his lady love.

Although Albers became Germany’s most popular actor under the Nazi regime, he never supported the Nazis. He instead supported his Jewish girlfriend Hansi Berg. She left for Switzerland, then England in 1939, with Hans Albers continuing to financially support her until they reunited after the war. They stayed together until his death.

Nevertheless, he continued to star in major films during the war in ‘hero’ roles. After 1945, when the occupation powers didn’t want German heroes in German films, he was typecast in wise-aged-man roles.

He remained active in film and theatre until three months before his death due to alcohol related disease in 1960.

TWO PHANTOM DANCER VIDEOS OF THE WEEK!

Your Phantom Dancer ‘Video of the Week’ #1 shows Hans Albers as the singing hero in living Agfacolour.

It’s the song, La Paloma, from the 1943 movie, Grosse Freiheit Nr7. Enjoy…

Your Phantom Dancer ‘Video of the Week’ #2 shows Hans Albers as vaudeville clown, Quick.

It’s the song, La Paloma, from the 1943 movie, Grosse Freiheit Nr7. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #306

107.3 2SER Tuesday 6 March 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
Woody Herman Orchestra and Vocals on 1940s Radio
Blue Flame (Theme) + I’m Going To See My Baby
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH
‘One Night Stand’
Empire Room
Rice Hotel
Houston
1955
There, I Said It Again
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
21 Jul 1945
I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues + Blue Flame (theme)
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
21 Aug 1944
Set 2
Club Hangover
Relaxin’ At The Trouro (Theme) + Sensation Rag
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
Riverside Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
Royal Garden Blues + I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues (theme)
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
17 Apr 1954
Set 3
Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
Theme + Octave Jump
Bob Chester Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
College Inn
Hotel Sherman, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Oct 1944
Personality + I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme)
Sy Oliver Orchestra (voc) Buddy Moreno
’Endorsed By Dorsey’
WOR Mutual NY
3 Mar 1946
With My Head In The Clouds + Lady Be Good
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra (voc) Johnny Desmond and the Modernaires
’Uncle Sam Presents’
WEAF NBC NY
12 Feb 1944
Set 4
Frank Sinatra on Your Hit Parade 1943-44
I’ve Heard That Song Before
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’ (Dress Rehearsal)
WEAF NBC NY
27 Feb 1943
I’ll Be Seeing You
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC NY
26 Aug 1944
I Love You + Theme
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC NY
6 May 1944
Set 5
Hans Albers 1930s movie Hits
Hoppla, jets komm’ ich
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Der Sieger’ 1932
La Paloma
Hans Albers
Movie: Grosse Freiheit Nr7, 1943
Gnaedige Frau, komm’ und spiel’ mit mir
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Quick’, 1932
Goodbye Jonny
Hans Albers
Movie: Wasser fuer Canitoga 1939
Set 6
Raymond Scott on the Air
I’ll Be Around
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1944
Blues Theme
Raymond Scott ‘The Captivators’
WABC CBS NY
10 Jan 1943
In A Magic Garden
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
Apr 1944
Four Beat Shuffle + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Set 7
Hit Of The Week Cardboard Records
You Bought a New Kind of Love to Me
Don Vorhees Orchestra (tp either Red Nichols or Bob Effros)(voc) Dick Robertson
‘Hit of the Week’ Record
New York City
Aug 1930
Cheer Up – Ballyhoo
Phil Spitalny Music (voc) Eddie Cantor (v) Joe Venuti (tp) Bob Effros
‘Hit of the Week’ Record
New York City
Oct 1931
I’ll Be Blue
Hit of the Week Orchestra (tp) Manny Klein (voc) Dick Robertson
‘Hit of the Week’ Record
New York City
Nov 1930
Reaching For The Moon
Sam Lanin Orchestra (voc) Scrappy Lambert
‘Hit of the Week’ Record
New York City
Mar 1931
Set 8
Louis Armstrong On 1943-44 Radio
Brother Bill
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Geiger Field
Blue Network
1943
If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Lazy River
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Dallas TX
Blue Network
17 Aug 1943
It Had To Be You + Close
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Tuskagee, Alabama
Blue Network
5 Oct 1944