Johnny Ace: The Tear Beat on the Blue Note – Phantom Dancer 20 September 2022


Johnny Ace, R’n’B star from the early 1950s, known as ‘The Tear Beat on the Blue Note’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

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JOHNNY

John Marshall Alexander Jr., known by the stage name Johnny Ace, was an American rhythm-and-blues singer and musician. He had a string of hit singles in the mid 1950s. Ace died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound playing silly-buggers backstage at a concert, aged 25 and had two children.

Born the son of a baptist preacher who allowed no blues in the house. Ace dropped out of high school to join the US Navy. He was reported AWOL for much of his time there.

On discharge he joined Adolph Duncan’s Band as a pianist, playing around Beale Street in Memphis. The network of local musicians became known as the Beale Streeters, which included B. B. KingBobby BlandJunior ParkerEarl Forest, and Roscoe Gordon. Initially, they weren’t an official band, but at times there was a leader and they played on each other’s records.

In 1951 Ike Turner, who was a talent scout and producer for Modern Records, arranged for Ace and other Beale Streeters to record for Turner’s label. Alexander played piano on some of King’s records for RPM Records and backed King during broadcasts on WDIA in Memphis. When King departed for Los Angeles and Bland left the group, Ace took over both Bland’s vocal duties and King’s radio show on WDIA.

David James Mattis, program director at WDIA and founder of Duke Records, claimed that he created the stage name of Johnny Ace: “Johnny” for Johnny Ray and “Ace” for the Four Aces

ACE

Ace signed to Duke in 1952 and released his first recording, “My Song”, an urbane “heart ballad” which topped the R&B chart for nine weeks beginning in September. He began heavy touring, often with Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. In the next two years, Ace had eight hits in a row, including “Cross My Heart”, “Please Forgive Me”, “The Clock”, “Yes, Baby”, “Saving My Love for You” and “Never Let Me Go”.

In November 1954, Ace ranked No. 16 on the Billboard 1954 Disk Jockey Poll for R&B Favorite Artists.

In December 1954, he was named the Most Programmed Artist of 1954, according to the results of a national poll of disc jockeys conducted by the U.S. trade weekly Cash Box.

Early in 1955, Duke Records announced that three of his 1954 recordings, along with Thornton’s “Hound Dog“, had sold more than 1,750,000 copies.

“Pledging My Love” was a posthumous R&B number 1 hit for ten weeks beginning February 12, 1955. As Billboard bluntly put it, Ace’s death “created one of the biggest demands for a record that has occurred since the death of Hank Williams just over two years ago.”

Soon after Ace’s death, in early 1955, Varetta Dillard recorded ‘Johnny Has Gone’ for Savoy Records. She incorporated many of Ace’s song titles in the lyrics. This was the first of the many teen tragedy records that were to follow in the later 50s and early 1960s

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

Set 1
Les Brown  
Leap Frog (theme) + Long Ago and Far Away
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Butch Stone
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Going My Way
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Gordon Drake
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Bizet Has His Day + Leap Frog (theme)
Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Set 2
Woody Herman  
Blue Flame (theme) + The Magpie
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Apple Honey
 
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Caldonia
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Woody Herman
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Set 3
Stan Daugherty  
Blue Days (theme) + Just Anybody
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
Half a Love
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
A1 in the Army and A1 in my Heart + Few and Far Between
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
A Heavenly Hideaway + Blue Days (theme)
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
Set 4
Johnny Ace 1954 R’n’B  
Don’t You Know
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Never Let Me Go
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
No Money
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Pledging My Love + Let’s Go (close)
Johnny Ace + The Routers (on Let’s Go, 1962)
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Set 5
Women Singers on 1940s Radio  
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Ginny Simms
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC NYC
1 Mar 1947
There’s a Small Hotel
Ella Logan
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Long Ago and Far Away
Elizabeth Rogers (voc) Russ Morgan Orchestra
Garden Court
Hotel Claremont
San Francisco
11 Jul 1945
Santa Catalina
Dorothy Collins (voc) Raymond Scott Orchestra
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
16 Sep 1947
Set 6
1930s – 40s Australian Swing  
Pink Elephants
Jim Davidson and his Palais Royale Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
6 Jun 1933
Jungle Jive
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Hang Your Heart on a Hickory Limb
Jim Davidson and his Australian Broadcasting Commission Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jul 1939
There Goes That Song Again
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Set 7
Radio Trad Jazz  
Strut Miss Lizzie
Graeme Bell and his Dixieland Jazz Band (voc) Roger Bell
3AW
Melbourne
1949
St Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
Blue Note
WLS ABC Chicago
11 Dec 1948
Royal Garden Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1950
Hindustan
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NYC
4 Jul 1939
Set 8
1930s Dance Bands  
The Very Thought of You (theme) + Flowers for Madame
Ray Noble Orchestra (voc) Al Bowlly
‘Coty Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
13 Mar 1935
The Continental
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1935
When Gimbal Hits the Cymbal
Joe Haymes Orchestra
Grill Room
Hotel Alpen
WABC CBS NYC
29 Jan 1935
Tea for Two + Close
George Hall Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937

Ted Fio Rito Cocoanut Grove 1934 – Phantom Dancer 13 September 2022


Ted Fio Rito, band leader, composer and pianist, under the radio pseudonym ‘Vincent Valsanti’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist in a 1934 Cocoanut Grove radio transcription.

Since I’ve been playing radio transcriptions made in 1934 of ‘Valsanti’ from the Cocoanut Grove Los Angeles over the past three weeks, here’s a little about the Ted Fio Rito / Valsanti / Cocoanut Grove story along with videos from the era.

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COCOANUT GROVE

The Cocoanut Grove at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel was a lavishly appointed club – part of the massive 23-acre Ambassador resort, which also included four restaurants, a bowling alley, a billiard room, a shopping plaza, and even a movie theater – decorated in Moroccan style and featured full-sized palm trees reportedly salvaged from Rudolph Valentino’s film “The Sheik.” In addition to the decor, which also offered a night sky filled with stars (thanks to about 1000 small light bulbs), an elevated stage, and both dining and dancing room for several hundred patrons, customers came for the smooth musical entertainment provided by a series of dance orchestras and popular vocalists – many of whom would later go on to star careers in radio, recordings, and the film industry.

In the 1980 book, “Are the Stars Out Tonight?”, former Ambassador PR Director, Margaret Tante Burk, recalls the Grove’s opening night:

“…on the night of April 21, 1921… the new club officially opened its Moroccan style, gold leaf and etched palm tree doors… The Cocoanut Grove was aptly named, guests agreed as they were escorted by the maître de and captains down the wide plush grand staircase… Overhead, soaring about the room were cocoanut trees of papier mache, cocoanuts and palm fronds which had been rescued from the sandy beaches of Oxnard where they had served as atmosphere of the 1921 classic, The Sheik. Swinging from their branches were stuffed monkeys blinking at the revelers with their electrified amber eyes. Stars twinkled in the blue ceiling sky, and on the southernmost wall hung a full Hawaiian moon presiding over a painted landscape and splashing waterfall.”

Ray West Orchestra in 1930…

Due to the foresight of Abe Frank, the manager of both the hotel and the Grove, in the mid-1920s the Ambassador had been equipped with a small radio studio, allowing the music of the various orchestras to be broadcast and enjoyed well outside the confines of the nightclub. From the late 1920s well into the 1960s, live “remote” programs broadcast from the Cocoanut Grove were a popular feature of nighttime radio, allowing millions of people to enjoy the music they would otherwise be unable to afford to hear in person. These broadcasts, aired live nightly for two full hours, only increased the reputation of the Grove as “the place to be” when it came to top notch West Coast entertainment.

From the beginning, the Cocoanut Grove’s glamorous atmosphere attracted the top names in Hollywood for dining, dancing, and mingling. This celebrity connection was always well-publicized by the Ambassador and for a very good reason, too: tourists coming to Los Angeles for a vacation wanted to see the stars and there was no place where the stars came out quite so regularly as the Ambassador Hotel. On an average evening, it was common to see such well-known celebrities as Joan Crawford, Jack Oakie, or Jean Harlow coming to see Bing Crosby or Russ Columbo sing with Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra or dance to Jimmie Grier’s band as they accompanied Loyce Whiteman, The Three Ambassadors (Martin Sperzel, Jack Smith, and Al Teeter), or popular tenor Donald Novis. Even though there was a nationwide depression, Hollywood stars and executives still needed to be entertained — and the Cocoanut Grove was often their first choice.

From 1930 to 1943, six Academy Awards ceremonies were hosted at the hotel. As many as seven U.S. presidents stayed at the Ambassador, from Hoover to Nixon, along with heads of state from around the world.

It was the place to be even in the 1960s…

In 1968, the Ambassador Hotel was the scene of the shooting of Bobby Kennedy.

Due to the decline of the hotel and the surrounding area, the Ambassador Hotel was closed to guests in 1989. In 2001, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) purchased the property with the intent of constructing three new schools within the area. After subsequent litigations to preserve the hotel as a historic site, a settlement allowed the Ambassador Hotel to be demolished in 2005.

VALSANTI

Ted Fio Rito used the pseudonym ‘Valsanti’ for these Cocoanut Grove transcriptions because of an existing recording contract.

Fio Rito was a pianist, hammond organist and the composer of such classic tunes as, “I Never Knew,” “Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye,” “Laugh, Clown, Laugh,” “Roll Along, Prairie Moon” and “Alone at a Table for Two.”

He started his career as a pianist with a series of bands led by Harry Yerkes, then moved to Chicago in 1921 to join Dan Russo’s band. The following year, he joined with Russo to become the co-leader the Oriole Terrace Orchestra, which he eventually took over when Russo departed in 1928.

Before coming to the Cocoanut Grove in mid-1933, Fio Rito had spent a number of years touring the East Coast and Midwest, including many engagements in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Cincinnati. An early radio enthusiast, Fio Rito’s band was frequently heard on the air from various nightspots – preparing him well for the regular broadcasts scheduled to emanate from the Grove during his stay.

Musically, the orchestra that Fio Rito brought to the Grove was sweet, smooth and clever, playing highly danceable music accented with temple blocks, rapid triplets, and even an occasional solo on the Hammond organ by its talented leader.

Due to an existing recording contract, Theodore Salvatore Fiorito’s singers also adopted pseudonyms for these transcriptions. Muzzy Marcellino, Fio Rito’s guitarist and primary vocalist, sings as Jack Howard. Howard Phillips sings under the name of Bill Thomas, and Fio Rito’s vocal trio The Debutants appear as The Three Keys. 

Watch Ted Fio Rito from the Cocoanut Grove in this 1934 Paramount short ‘Star night atthe Cocoanut Grove’ also featuring Mary Pickford and Bing Crosby. You’ll hear the extreme high and low four octave voice of Jimmy Durante’s future comic foil Candy Candido in what is thought to be his earliest film performance….

 

 

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 September 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Swing Bands One Night Stand Radio  
Theme + Song of the Wanderer
Buddy Morrow Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 Mar 1946
16:00 On The Clock
Shep Field and His New Music
‘One Night Stand’
Copacabana NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1944
Come Rain Come Shine + Close
Hal McIntyre Orchestra (voc) Frankie Lester
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
15 May 1946
Set 2
1950s-60s Jazz Radio  
Jazz Connoisseur
Harry James Orchestra (dms) Buddy Rich
Moonbowl
Freedomland
WNEW NYC
1962
The Theme
Miles Davis Sextet
‘Treasury of Music’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
AFRTS Re-broadcast
25 Aug 1959
 
 
 
Set 3
Benny Goodman in Chicago  
Let’s Dance (theme) + Farewell Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 Jan 1936
Soft Spring
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
10 Aug 1941
King Porter Stomp + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Feb 1936
Set 4
Vincent Valsanti (Ted Fio Rito)  
Serenade of Love (theme) + Flirtation Walk
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
When You’re in Love
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Two Cigarettes in the Dark
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Phil Thomas
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Were You Foolin’? + I’ll Take an Option on You + Serenade of Love (theme)
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard and The Three Blue Keys
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Set 5
1930s German Swing  
Darf ich bitten?
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Sep 1936
Ja und nein
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Aug 1939
Aus lauter Liebe
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Peter Igelhoff
Comm Rec
Berlin
Jul 1937
Oh! Aha!
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Rudi Schuricke Terzett
Comm Rec
Berlin
Feb 1939
Set 6
Early Dorseys  
Theme + On The Beach at Bali Bali
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exhibition
KRLD CBS Dallas Tx
11 Aug 1936
Sandman (theme) + Is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Weary Blues
Eddy Howard Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exhibition
KRLD CBS Dallas Tx
4 Aug 1936
Farewell Blues
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘Chrysler Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 7
Sweet Music  
Romance (theme) + We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Ray Herbeck Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
24 Nov 1947
For You
King Sisters
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jun 1945
Sweet Lorraine
Frank Sinatra
‘Frank Sinatra Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Nov 1946
What is This Thing Called Love?
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Eugenie Baird
‘Forever Pops’
ABC Chicago
1947
Set 8
1930s Fats Waller  
Yacht Club Swing (theme) + Whatcha Know, Joe?
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Pent Up in a Penthouse
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
WABC CBS NY
14 Oct 1938
Sto Beating ‘Round The Mulberry Bush
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
I Had To Do It
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
WABC CBS NY
18 Oct 1938

Dinah Washington Forged Her Own Path – Phantom Dancer 6 September 2022


Dinah Washington, The Queen of the Blues, the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

As an artist, she was one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century.

  • Beloved, because she had a great voice.
  • Controversial, because she didn’t seek approval from ‘the gatekeepers’. And as you’ll hear in her Birdland radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer, she didn’t hold back from telling radio announcers to shut up or stop being corny.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 6 September at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/. This episode is a Phantom Dancer Classic which first went to air on 30 March 2021.

DINAH

Dinah Washington was the stage name of Ruth Lee Jones.

She was a jazz singer but also sang blues, R&B, and pop music.

As a child she sang gospel music in church and played piano, directing her church choir in her teens and sang lead with the first female gospel singers formed by Sallie Martin, co-founder of the Gospel Singers Convention. She joined the gospel choir after she won an amateur contest at Chicago’s Regal Theater, singing, ‘I Can’t Face the Music’.

HAMPTON

At 15, she started singing in clubs. By 1941–42 she was performing at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago with Fats Waller.

She was playing at the Three Deuces, a jazz club, when a friend took her to hear Billie Holiday at the Garrick Stage Bar. Club owner Joe Sherman was so impressed with her singing of “I Understand”, backed by the Cats and the Fiddle, who were appearing in the Garrick’s upstairs room, that he hired her. During her year at the Garrick, she sang upstairs while Holiday performed downstairs room. Sherman gave her her stage name.

Lionel Hampton came to hear Dinah at the Garrick and invited her to join his orchestra

She made her recording debut singing Evil Gal Blues, written by Leonard Feather (who wrote Blow Top Blues you’ll hear Dinah sing in this week’s show, live on 1952 radio) and backed by Hampton and musicians from his band. Both that record and its follow-up, ‘Salty Papa Blues’, made the Billboard “Harlem Hit Parade” in 1944.

In December 1945 she made a series of twelve recordings for Apollo Records, 10 of which were issued, featuring the Lucky Thompson All Stars.

She stayed with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra until 1946.

SOLO

Her first solo recording, Fats Waller’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”, was another hit. Between 1948 and 1955, she had 27 R&B top-10 hits, making her one of the most popular and successful singers of the period.

‘Am I Asking Too Much?’ (1948) and ‘Baby Get Lost’ (1949) reached Number 1 on the R&B chart. Her version of Johnny Green’s 1930s hit, ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (1950) crossed over to reach Number 22 on the US pop chart.

Her hit recordings included blues, standards, novelties, pop covers, and even a version of Hank Williams’ ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ (R&B Number 3, 1951). At the same time as her biggest popular success, she also recorded sessions with many leading jazz musicians, including last week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley and Ben Webster.

In 1950, Dinah Washington performed at the sixth avalcade of Jazz concert held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Also featured on the same day were Lionel Hampton, PeeWee Crayton’s Orchestra, Roy Milton and his Orchestra plus Tiny Davis and Her Hell Divers. 16,000 were reported to be in attendance and the concert ended early because of a fracas while Lionel Hampton played ‘Flying High’.

Washington returned to perform at the twelfth Cavalcade of Jazz also at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in 1956. Performing that day were Little Richard, The Mel Williams Dots, Julie Stevens, Chuck Higgin’s Orchestra, Bo Rhambo, Willie Hayden & Five Black Birds, The Premiers, Gerald Wilson and His 20-Piece Recording Orchestra and Jerry Gray and his Orchestra.

In 1959, she had her first top ten pop hit, with a version of ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’. She followed it up with a version of Irving Gordon’s ‘Unforgettable’ and then two highly successful duets in 1960 with Brook Benton, ‘Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)’, which you’ll hear on this week’s show from a 1960 aircheck and ‘A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)’. Her last big hit was ‘September in the Rain’, in 1961.

She won the Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance, 1959, for ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’.

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

Set 1
One Night Stand Radio  
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + I Know That You Know
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Sep 1945
I’m In Love With Someone
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Glagys Tell
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1944
Poinciana
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Oct 1945
Set 2
Jimmy Grier  
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Just Friends
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Save The Last Dance For Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
The More You Hurt Me The More You Make Me Care + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Margaret Lawrence
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 3
1950s Jazz Radio  
Open + Without a Word of Warning
Arnett Cobb
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Jul 1952
Open + Small Hotel / All The Things You Are / Rose Room
Larry Green
Starlight Roof
Hotel Chase
KMOX CBS St Louis
1958
Open + Too Marvelous
Erroll Garner
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
6 May 1956
Set 4
Dinah Washington  
No Love, No Nothin’
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Traianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Mixed Emotions + Blow Top Blues
Dinah Washington
‘The Birdland Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
21 Jun 1952
You’ve Got What It Takes
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
Aircheck
WKBW Buffalo NY
1960
Set 5
Erskine Hawkins Commercial Discs  
Rockin’ Rollers’ Jubilee
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
12 Sep 1938
No Soap
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
14 May 1939
A Study in Brown
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Oct 1938
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Dolores Brown
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Dec 1939
Set 6
1930s Swing Radio  
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
KFI NBC Red
22 Aug 1935
You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
Kiss Me Again
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
You Do The Darndest Things, Baby
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jan 1937
Set 7
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1956  
Intro + Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Ridin’ Around in the Rain
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Sunny Side of the Street
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Just For Taking Bows
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 8
Carson Robinson Buckaroos  
Careless Love (theme) + Home on the Range
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie + Down on the Levee
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Goin’ Back to my Good Ol’ Texas Home + Golden Slippers
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wabash Moon + Boots and Saddles + Close
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939

Ted Fio Rito Cocoanut Grove 1934 – Phantom Dancer 24 May 2021


Ted Fio Rito, band leader, composer and pianist, under the radio pseudonym ‘Vincent Valsanti’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist in a 1934 Cocoanut Grove radio transcription.

Since I’ve been playing radio transcriptions made in 1934 of ‘Valsanti’ from the Cocoanut Grove Los Angeles over the past three weeks, here’s a little about the Ted Fio Rito / Valsanti / Cocoanut Grove story along with videos from the era.

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COCOANUT GROVE

The Cocoanut Grove at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel was a lavishly appointed club – part of the massive 23-acre Ambassador resort, which also included four restaurants, a bowling alley, a billiard room, a shopping plaza, and even a movie theater – decorated in Moroccan style and featured full-sized palm trees reportedly salvaged from Rudolph Valentino’s film “The Sheik.” In addition to the decor, which also offered a night sky filled with stars (thanks to about 1000 small light bulbs), an elevated stage, and both dining and dancing room for several hundred patrons, customers came for the smooth musical entertainment provided by a series of dance orchestras and popular vocalists – many of whom would later go on to star careers in radio, recordings, and the film industry.

In the 1980 book, “Are the Stars Out Tonight?”, former Ambassador PR Director, Margaret Tante Burk, recalls the Grove’s opening night:

“…on the night of April 21, 1921… the new club officially opened its Moroccan style, gold leaf and etched palm tree doors… The Cocoanut Grove was aptly named, guests agreed as they were escorted by the maître de and captains down the wide plush grand staircase… Overhead, soaring about the room were cocoanut trees of papier mache, cocoanuts and palm fronds which had been rescued from the sandy beaches of Oxnard where they had served as atmosphere of the 1921 classic, The Sheik. Swinging from their branches were stuffed monkeys blinking at the revelers with their electrified amber eyes. Stars twinkled in the blue ceiling sky, and on the southernmost wall hung a full Hawaiian moon presiding over a painted landscape and splashing waterfall.”

Ray West Orchestra in 1930…

Due to the foresight of Abe Frank, the manager of both the hotel and the Grove, in the mid-1920s the Ambassador had been equipped with a small radio studio, allowing the music of the various orchestras to be broadcast and enjoyed well outside the confines of the nightclub. From the late 1920s well into the 1960s, live “remote” programs broadcast from the Cocoanut Grove were a popular feature of nighttime radio, allowing millions of people to enjoy the music they would otherwise be unable to afford to hear in person. These broadcasts, aired live nightly for two full hours, only increased the reputation of the Grove as “the place to be” when it came to top notch West Coast entertainment.

From the beginning, the Cocoanut Grove’s glamorous atmosphere attracted the top names in Hollywood for dining, dancing, and mingling. This celebrity connection was always well-publicized by the Ambassador and for a very good reason, too: tourists coming to Los Angeles for a vacation wanted to see the stars and there was no place where the stars came out quite so regularly as the Ambassador Hotel. On an average evening, it was common to see such well-known celebrities as Joan Crawford, Jack Oakie, or Jean Harlow coming to see Bing Crosby or Russ Columbo sing with Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra or dance to Jimmie Grier’s band as they accompanied Loyce Whiteman, The Three Ambassadors (Martin Sperzel, Jack Smith, and Al Teeter), or popular tenor Donald Novis. Even though there was a nationwide depression, Hollywood stars and executives still needed to be entertained — and the Cocoanut Grove was often their first choice.

From 1930 to 1943, six Academy Awards ceremonies were hosted at the hotel. As many as seven U.S. presidents stayed at the Ambassador, from Hoover to Nixon, along with heads of state from around the world.

It was the place to be even in the 1960s…

In 1968, the Ambassador Hotel was the scene of the shooting of Bobby Kennedy.

Due to the decline of the hotel and the surrounding area, the Ambassador Hotel was closed to guests in 1989. In 2001, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) purchased the property with the intent of constructing three new schools within the area. After subsequent litigations to preserve the hotel as a historic site, a settlement allowed the Ambassador Hotel to be demolished in 2005.

VALSANTI

Ted Fio Rito used the pseudonym ‘Valsanti’ for these Cocoanut Grove transcriptions because of an existing recording contract.

Fio Rito was a pianist, hammond organist and the composer of such classic tunes as, “I Never Knew,” “Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye,” “Laugh, Clown, Laugh,” “Roll Along, Prairie Moon” and “Alone at a Table for Two.”

He started his career as a pianist with a series of bands led by Harry Yerkes, then moved to Chicago in 1921 to join Dan Russo’s band. The following year, he joined with Russo to become the co-leader the Oriole Terrace Orchestra, which he eventually took over when Russo departed in 1928.

Before coming to the Cocoanut Grove in mid-1933, Fio Rito had spent a number of years touring the East Coast and Midwest, including many engagements in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Cincinnati. An early radio enthusiast, Fio Rito’s band was frequently heard on the air from various nightspots – preparing him well for the regular broadcasts scheduled to emanate from the Grove during his stay.

Musically, the orchestra that Fio Rito brought to the Grove was sweet, smooth and clever, playing highly danceable music accented with temple blocks, rapid triplets, and even an occasional solo on the Hammond organ by its talented leader.

Due to an existing recording contract, Theodore Salvatore Fiorito’s singers also adopted pseudonyms for these transcriptions. Muzzy Marcellino, Fio Rito’s guitarist and primary vocalist, sings as Jack Howard. Howard Phillips sings under the name of Bill Thomas, and Fio Rito’s vocal trio The Debutants appear as The Three Keys. 

Watch Ted Fio Rito from the Cocoanut Grove in this 1934 Paramount short ‘Star night atthe Cocoanut Grove’ also featuring Mary Pickford and Bing Crosby. You’ll hear the extreme high and low four octave voice of Jimmy Durante’s future comic foil Candy Candido in what is thought to be his earliest film performance….

 

 

24 MAY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINECommunity Radio Network Show CRN #546

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 May 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Swing Bands One Night Stand Radio  
Theme + Song of the Wanderer
Buddy Morrow Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 Mar 1946
16:00 On The Clock
Shep Field and His New Music
‘One Night Stand’
Copacabana NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1944
Come Rain Come Shine + Close
Hal McIntyre Orchestra (voc) Frankie Lester
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
15 May 1946
Set 2
1950s-60s Jazz Radio  
Jazz Connoisseur
Harry James Orchestra (dms) Buddy Rich
Moonbowl
Freedomland
WNEW NYC
1962
The Theme
Miles Davis Sextet
‘Treasury of Music’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
AFRTS Re-broadcast
25 Aug 1959
 
 
 
Set 3
Benny Goodman in Chicago  
Let’s Dance (theme) + Farewell Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 Jan 1936
Soft Spring
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
10 Aug 1941
King Porter Stomp + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Feb 1936
Set 4
Vincent Valsanti (Ted Fio Rito)  
Serenade of Love (theme) + Flirtation Walk
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
When You’re in Love
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Two Cigarettes in the Dark
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Phil Thomas
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Were You Foolin’? + I’ll Take an Option on You + Serenade of Love (theme)
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard and The Three Blue Keys
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Set 5
1930s German Swing  
Darf ich bitten?
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Sep 1936
Ja und nein
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Aug 1939
Aus lauter Liebe
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Peter Igelhoff
Comm Rec
Berlin
Jul 1937
Oh! Aha!
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Rudi Schuricke Terzett
Comm Rec
Berlin
Feb 1939
Set 6
Early Dorseys  
Theme + On The Beach at Bali Bali
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exhibition
KRLD CBS Dallas Tx
11 Aug 1936
Sandman (theme) + Is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Weary Blues
Eddy Howard Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exhibition
KRLD CBS Dallas Tx
4 Aug 1936
Farewell Blues
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘Chrysler Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 7
Sweet Music  
Romance (theme) + We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Ray Herbeck Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
24 Nov 1947
For You
King Sisters
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jun 1945
Sweet Lorraine
Frank Sinatra
‘Frank Sinatra Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Nov 1946
What is This Thing Called Love?
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Eugenie Baird
‘Forever Pops’
ABC Chicago
1947
Set 8
1930s Fats Waller  
Yacht Club Swing (theme) + Whatcha Know, Joe?
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Pent Up in a Penthouse
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
WABC CBS NY
14 Oct 1938
Sto Beating ‘Round The Mulberry Bush
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
I Had To Do It
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
WABC CBS NY
18 Oct 1938

Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Rock’n’Roll Sax – Phantom Dancer 26 April 2022


Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor, influential 1940s jump and 1950s rock tenor saxophonist, is this week’s Phantom Dancer non-stop swing jazz feature artist. You’ll hear him from two 1956 Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party broadcasts on this week’s mix.

Because of the current Sydney Covid lockdown I can’t mix live from the 2SER studios as I normally do on Tuesdays, so this is a ‘classic’ Phantom Dancer from ‘the vaults’ in a ‘repeat premier’ for your aural enjoyment. Make sure you donate to community radio 2SER to keep these Phantom Dancers going.

Greg Poppleton has been bringing you The Phantom Dancer, your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV, each week since 1985.

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The finyl hour is vinyl.

Sam The man taylor

SAM ‘THE MAN’ TAYLOR

Taylor was born in Lexington, Tennessee. He attended Alabama State University, where he played with the Bama State Collegians. He later worked with Scatman Crothers, Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Buddy Johnson, Louis Jordan and Big Joe Turner. Taylor was one of the most requested session saxophone players in New York recording studios in the 1950s. He also replaced Count Basie as the house bandleader on Alan Freed’s radio series, Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party, on CBS, from where this week’s Phantom Dancer Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor tracks originate.

Taylor played the saxophone solo on Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll”. He also played on “Harlem Nocturne”; on “Money Honey”, recorded by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters in 1953; and on “Sh-Boom” by the Chords.

During the 1960s, he led a five-piece band, the Blues Chasers. In the 1970s, he frequently played and recorded in Japan.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor’s hit 1955 recording on the 1930s jazz standard, Harlem Nocturne. The song was written by Earle Hagen when he was a teenager! He later gave us some of the greatest TV themes ever: “Andy Griffith Show”, “Dick Van Dyke Show”, “Gomer Pyle USMC”, “Danny Thomas Show”, “That Girl”, “I Spy”, “Mod Squad”

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!

26 APRIL PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #542

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 April 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Swing on 1930s Radio
Open + Star Dust
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WOR Mutual NY
1951
Take the A Train (theme) + Koko
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Town Casino
NBC Cleveland OH
1952
GI Jive + Close
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Collins
‘The Raymond Scott Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 2
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
Open + Push It
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
4 Sep 1956
Flag Waver
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
11 Sep 1956
Taylor Made + Close
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
4 Sep 1956
Set 3
Hillbilly Radio
Theme + Sugar Foot Rag
Skip Skipper Quartet
‘Stokely Hi Noon Roundup’
WMPS Memphis
1952
I Found It In Mother’s Bible
Skip Skipper Quartet (voc) Miss Sally Carter
‘Stokely Hi Noon Roundup’
WMPS Memphis
1952
I’ve Got A Gal Up On My Mind + Rainbows End + Close
The Plainsmen
‘Call of the Range’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
1946
Set 4
Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney
Enchanted
Rosemary Clooney (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney Show’
CBS Hollywood
20 Mar 1962
Shine On Harvest Moon
Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney Show’
CBS Hollywood
20 Mar 1962
Deed I Do
Bing Crosby (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney Show’
CBS Hollywood
20 Mar 1962
Baby, Baby + Close
Rosemary Clooney (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney Show’
CBS Hollywood
20 Mar 1962
Set 5
Louis Armstrong
Open + I Never Knew
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Spotlight Bands’
Dallas Tx
Blue Network
17 Aug 1943
You Rascal You
Louis Armstrong All-Stars (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
7 May 1950
Basin Street Blues
Louis Armstrong All-Stars (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
12 Dec 1954
Skeleton in the Closet + Close
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
Set 6
1930s Australian Dance Orchestras
Marmelade
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Band
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jan 1938
Cosmopolitan Blues
Maurice Gilman Orchestra (voc) Noel Judd
Comm Rec
Sydney
8 Jan 1935
Annie Laurie
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Band (voc) Alice Smith
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jan 1938
Harlem Heat
Dudley Cantrell and his Grace Grenadiers
Comm Rec
Sydney
22 Nov 1937
Set 7
1940s Dance Band Singers
I Dream of You
Bob Allen (voc) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘For The Record’
Carnegie Hall
WEAF NBC NY
17 Apr 1944
Playmates
Lorraine Benson (voc) Ray Herbeck and his Music with Romance Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Chicago
24 Nov 1947
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?
Betty Martin and Randy Ryan (voc) Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WOR Mutual NY
5 Aug 1944
Old Fashioned Love
Eddy Howard (voc) Eddy Howard Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
5 Dec 1948
Set 8
Charlie Parker’s 100th Birthday
Repetition / Interview / They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Charlie Parker and Strings
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
7 Apr 1951
52nd Street Theme
Charlie Parker and Miles Davis
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Sep 1948
Night in Tunisia
Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
Birdland
31 Mar 1951
Ornithology
Charlie Parker and Kenny Dorham
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1 Jan 1949

Shuffle Rhythm – Phantom Dancer 22 February 2022


Shuffle Rhythm features in this week’s Phantom Dancer with a set of 1930s shuffle rhythm by the exponents of the style, Jan Savitt and Henry Busse

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton. Hear past Phantom Dancer online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 22 February at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

 

SHUFFLE

Is one of three varieties of quaver (or eighth note) rhythms musicians use. The others are straight and swing.

It’s based on triplet subdivisions of the beat and it’s easiest to understand it by hearing it, hence the shuffle rhythm videos and set featuring Jan Savitt and Henry Busse.

Shuffle quavers alternate a long note and a short note. The long note falls on the beat and the short one in-between on the upbeat.

It’s a quaver triplet without playing the middle note of the triplet. Think of the first two notes of the triplet being tied together or even missing the middle note of the triplet.

NOTATION

Mostly if a song uses shuffle it does it all through the song. To make it easier to read the notation the notes are written as straight quavers. At the start of the music there’ll be a note to read the quavers as shuffle quavers.

A common marking for shuffle is a little equation written at the beginning expressing 2 quavers are to be played like a triplet with the first two notes tied. Or, the first two quavers of the triplet are written as a crochet.

Another way to indicating shuffle is to simply write the word shuffle at the top of the music.

22 FEBRUARY PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #532

107.3 2SER Tuesday 22 February 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Glenn Miller in German  
Spoken Intro + Here We Go Again
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra
‘Wehrmacht Stunde’
ABSIE
American Broadcsting Station in Europe
Abbey Road Studios
London
30 Oct 1944
Begin the Beguine
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra (voc) Irene Manning
‘Wehrmacht Stunde’
ABSIE
American Broadcsting Station in Europe
Abbey Road Studios
London
27 Nov 1944
Long Ago and Far Away
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra (voc) Johnny Desmond
‘Wehrmacht Stunde’
ABSIE
American Broadcsting Station in Europe
Abbey Road Studios
London
6 Nov 1944
Set 2
Mickey Mouse Bands on 1940s Radio  
Open + Sing a Song About Susie
Gay Claridge Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Chez Paree
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Aug 1944
As If I Didn’t Have Enough on my Mind
Leighton Noble Orchestra (voc) Helen Lind
‘One Night Stand’
Starlight Room
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Aug 1946
Riff Raff + Close
Bob Strong Orchestra (voc) Band
‘One Night Stand’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Aug 1944
Set 3
Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street  
Open + The March of the Goons
Paul Lavalle
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
14 Jul 1941
Long, Long Ago
Diane Courtney
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
14 Jul 1941
Dark Eyes
Toots Mondelo
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
14 Jul 1941
Swanee River
Henry Levine
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
14 Jul 1941
Set 4
Shuffle Rhythm  
Hot Lips (theme)+ Hurry Home
Henry Busse Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Sep 1944
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Sep 1945
Cherokee
Henry Busse Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Sep 1944
Set 5
Swing Musicians Play Rock  
Come A’Runnin’
Big Al Sears (voc) Jessie Stone
Comm Rec
NYC
22 Apr 1955
Open + Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Let’s Face It
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
1956
I Almost Lost My Mind
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Ivory Joe Hunter
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Set 6
Harry James Sells Bonds  
Intro + Save The American Way
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
‘Treasury War Bond Show’
Transcribed
Mar 1942
This is Worth Fighting For
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Jimmie Saunders
‘Treasury War Bond Show’
Transcribed
Mar 1942
My Beloved is Rugged
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
‘Treasury War Bond Show’
Transcribed
Mar 1942
Back Beat Boogie + Close
Harry James Orchestra
‘Treasury War Bond Show’
Transcribed
Mar 1942
Set 7
Gimmick Band Radio Transcriptions  
Snuff Stuff
Seger Ellis and his Choirs of Brass
Radio Transcription
1937
Let There Be Love
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
1940
Walkin’ the Dog
Seger Ellis and his Choirs of Brass
Radio Transcription
1937
It Never Entered My Mind
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
1940
Set 8
Progressive Jazz Radio  
Open + Sweet Georgia Brown
Roy Eldridge
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NY
Mar 1957
Perdido + Tiny’s Blues
Terry Gibbs All-Stars
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1948
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
1957
Not So Sleepy
Oscar Pettiford
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
1957

All Day Practice Makes Outstanding Trumpeter – Phantom Dancer 8 February 2022


Clifford Brown is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature. Clifford Brown was an outstanding jazz trumpeter who in a career spanning only a few years became a jazz sensation . He composed the jazz standards Sandu, Joy Spring (his nickname for his wife) and Daahoud.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton. This week’s Phantom Dancer is a ‘classic’from March last year. I can’t go into the studio because I have caught COVID.

Hear past Phantom Dancer online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

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CLIFFORD

Brown came from a musical family. His father organized his four sons, including Clifford, into a vocal quartet. He started playing trumpet at school at ten and began private lessons at age thirteen.

He first went to university as a maths major, but music took over. He played in the fourteen-piece, jazz-oriented Maryland State Band. In June 1950, he was injured in a car accident after a performance. While in the hospital, he was visited by Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy encouraged him to pursue a career in music. He got back into music despite his severe injuries by playing piano while recuperating.

BROWN

Brown was influenced and encouraged by trumpeter, Fats Navarro. He played for a week with Charlie Parker who was amazed by Brown’s trumpet ideas.

Clifford’s first recordings were with R&B bandleader Chris Powell. He worked with Art BlakeyTadd DameronLionel HamptonJ. J. Johnson.a

He formed a band with Max RoachSonny Rollins joined the band and remained a member of the group for the rest of its existence. You’ll hear the Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet with Sonny Rollins on live 1956 radio in this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Brown stayed away from drugs and didn’t like alcohol. Rollins, who was recovering from heroin addiction, said that “Clifford was a profound influence on my personal life. He showed me that it was possible to live a good, clean life and still be a good jazz musician.”

Brown also had the habit of practicing all day off-stage, starting from 6am on the band bus. This gave him phenomenal stamina, clarity and tone on the bandstand.

8 FEBRUARY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 8 February 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
4RPH Brisbane Sunday 3 – 4am
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Big Bands on 1946 Radio  
Intro + There’s Good Blues Tonight
Hal McIntyre Orchestra (voc) Johnny Turnbull
‘One Night Stand’
Century Rook
Hotel Commodore NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
15 May 1946
Without You
Leighton Noble Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Starlight Roof
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Jun 1946
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes + Perdido (close)
Buddy Morrow Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 Mar 1946
Set 2
Phil Harris  
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Just Friends
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Save The Last Dance For Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
The More You Hurt Me The More You Make Me Care + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Margaret Lawrence
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 3
West Coast Trad 1949-59 Radio  
I Cover The Waterfront (theme) + Struttin’ With Some BBQ
Estuary Jazz Band
Pier 23
KGO San Francisco
1959
Open + Mississippi Mud
Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band
Beverly Cavern Club
KGFJ Los Angeles
28 Jun 1949
March of the Bobcats + Honeysuckle Rose + I’ve Got a Right To Sing The Blues (theme)
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
24 Apr 1954
Set 4
Clifford Brown  
Sweet Georgia Brown + What’s New?
Clifford Brown – Max Roach Quintet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
6 May 1956
Interview
Clifford Brown interviewed by Willis Connover
‘Jazz Hour’
Voice of America
1956
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
1957
Set 5
Extended Works by Duke Ellington  
Diminuendo in Blue
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
30 Jun 1951
Crescendo in Blue
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
30 Jun 1951
Black, Brown and Beige Work Song
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Date with the Duke’
400 Club
WJZ Blue NYC
28 Apr 1945
Black, Brown and Beige Spiritual
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Date with the Duke’
400 Club
WJZ Blue NYC
28 Apr 1945
Set 6
Harry James Radio Transcriptions  
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Radio Transcription
1943
Caxton Hall Swing
Harry James Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1954
Honeysuckle Rose
Harry James Orchestra (g) Allen Reuss
Radio Transcription
1943
In The Still of the Night
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Paula Gilbert
Radio Transcription
1954
Set 7
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1956  
Intro + Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Ridin’ Around in the Rain
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Sunny Side of the Street
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Just For Taking Bows
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 8
Progressive Jazz Radio  
A Foggy Day
Carmen McRae
‘Timex All Star Jazz Show’
CBS TV
30 Dec 1957
They All Laughed
Carmen McRae
‘Timex All Star Jazz Show’
CBS TV
30 Dec 1957
Lester Leaps In
Lester Young
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
27 Nov 1948
Moose The Mooche + Lullaby of Broadway
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
9 May 1953

Dinah Washington Forged Her Own Path – Phantom Dancer 25 January 2022


Dinah Washington, The Queen of the Blues, the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

As an artist, she was one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century.

  • Beloved, because she had a great voice.
  • Controversial, because she didn’t seek approval from ‘the gatekeepers’. And as you’ll hear in her Birdland radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer, she didn’t hold back from telling radio announcers to shut up or stop being corny.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 25 January at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/. This episode is a Phantom Dancer Classic which first went to air on 30 March 2021.

 

DINAH

Dinah Washington was the stage name of Ruth Lee Jones.

She was a jazz singer but also sang blues, R&B, and pop music.

As a child she sang gospel music in church and played piano, directing her church choir in her teens and sang lead with the first female gospel singers formed by Sallie Martin, co-founder of the Gospel Singers Convention. She joined the gospel choir after she won an amateur contest at Chicago’s Regal Theater, singing, ‘I Can’t Face the Music’.

HAMPTON

At 15, she started singing in clubs. By 1941–42 she was performing at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago with Fats Waller.

She was playing at the Three Deuces, a jazz club, when a friend took her to hear Billie Holiday at the Garrick Stage Bar. Club owner Joe Sherman was so impressed with her singing of “I Understand”, backed by the Cats and the Fiddle, who were appearing in the Garrick’s upstairs room, that he hired her. During her year at the Garrick, she sang upstairs while Holiday performed downstairs room. Sherman gave her her stage name.

Lionel Hampton came to hear Dinah at the Garrick and invited her to join his orchestra

She made her recording debut singing Evil Gal Blues, written by Leonard Feather (who wrote Blow Top Blues you’ll hear Dinah sing in this week’s show, live on 1952 radio) and backed by Hampton and musicians from his band. Both that record and its follow-up, ‘Salty Papa Blues’, made the Billboard “Harlem Hit Parade” in 1944.

In December 1945 she made a series of twelve recordings for Apollo Records, 10 of which were issued, featuring the Lucky Thompson All Stars.

She stayed with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra until 1946.

SOLO

Her first solo recording, Fats Waller’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”, was another hit. Between 1948 and 1955, she had 27 R&B top-10 hits, making her one of the most popular and successful singers of the period.

‘Am I Asking Too Much?’ (1948) and ‘Baby Get Lost’ (1949) reached Number 1 on the R&B chart. Her version of Johnny Green’s 1930s hit, ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (1950) crossed over to reach Number 22 on the US pop chart.

Her hit recordings included blues, standards, novelties, pop covers, and even a version of Hank Williams’ ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ (R&B Number 3, 1951). At the same time as her biggest popular success, she also recorded sessions with many leading jazz musicians, including last week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley and Ben Webster.

In 1950, Dinah Washington performed at the sixth avalcade of Jazz concert held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Also featured on the same day were Lionel Hampton, PeeWee Crayton’s Orchestra, Roy Milton and his Orchestra plus Tiny Davis and Her Hell Divers. 16,000 were reported to be in attendance and the concert ended early because of a fracas while Lionel Hampton played ‘Flying High’.

Washington returned to perform at the twelfth Cavalcade of Jazz also at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in 1956. Performing that day were Little Richard, The Mel Williams Dots, Julie Stevens, Chuck Higgin’s Orchestra, Bo Rhambo, Willie Hayden & Five Black Birds, The Premiers, Gerald Wilson and His 20-Piece Recording Orchestra and Jerry Gray and his Orchestra.

In 1959, she had her first top ten pop hit, with a version of ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’. She followed it up with a version of Irving Gordon’s ‘Unforgettable’ and then two highly successful duets in 1960 with Brook Benton, ‘Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)’, which you’ll hear on this week’s show from a 1960 aircheck and ‘A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)’. Her last big hit was ‘September in the Rain’, in 1961.

She won the Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance, 1959, for ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’.

25 JANUARY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 25 January 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
One Night Stand Radio  
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + I Know That You Know
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Sep 1945
I’m In Love With Someone
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Glagys Tell
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1944
Poinciana
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Oct 1945
Set 2
Jimmy Grier  
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Just Friends
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Save The Last Dance For Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
The More You Hurt Me The More You Make Me Care + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Margaret Lawrence
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 3
1950s Jazz Radio  
Open + Without a Word of Warning
Arnett Cobb
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Jul 1952
Open + Small Hotel / All The Things You Are / Rose Room
Larry Green
Starlight Roof
Hotel Chase
KMOX CBS St Louis
1958
Open + Too Marvelous
Erroll Garner
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
6 May 1956
Set 4
Dinah Washington  
No Love, No Nothin’
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Traianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Mixed Emotions + Blow Top Blues
Dinah Washington
‘The Birdland Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
21 Jun 1952
You’ve Got What It Takes
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
Aircheck
WKBW Buffalo NY
1960
Set 5
Erskine Hawkins Commercial Discs  
Rockin’ Rollers’ Jubilee
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
12 Sep 1938
No Soap
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
14 May 1939
A Study in Brown
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Oct 1938
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Dolores Brown
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Dec 1939
Set 6
1930s Swing Radio  
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
KFI NBC Red
22 Aug 1935
You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
Kiss Me Again
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
You Do The Darndest Things, Baby
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jan 1937
Set 7
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1956  
Intro + Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Ridin’ Around in the Rain
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Sunny Side of the Street
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Just For Taking Bows
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 8
Carson Robinson Buckaroos  
Careless Love (theme) + Home on the Range
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie + Down on the Levee
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Goin’ Back to my Good Ol’ Texas Home + Golden Slippers
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wabash Moon + Boots and Saddles + Close
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939

Cocoanut Grove Radio 1934 – Phantom Dancer 4 January 2022


Ted Fio Rito, band leader, composer and pianist, under the radio pseudonym ‘Vincent Valsanti’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist in a 1934 Cocoanut Grove radio transcription.

As it’s the holiday season and I’m taking a day off, this is a repeat of The Phantom Dancer broadcast 11 May 2021

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

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COCOANUT GROVE

The Cocoanut Grove at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel was a lavishly appointed club – part of the massive 23-acre Ambassador resort, which also included four restaurants, a bowling alley, a billiard room, a shopping plaza, and even a movie theater – decorated in Moroccan style and featured full-sized palm trees reportedly salvaged from Rudolph Valentino’s film “The Sheik.” In addition to the decor, which also offered a night sky filled with stars (thanks to about 1000 small light bulbs), an elevated stage, and both dining and dancing room for several hundred patrons, customers came for the smooth musical entertainment provided by a series of dance orchestras and popular vocalists – many of whom would later go on to star careers in radio, recordings, and the film industry.

In the 1980 book, “Are the Stars Out Tonight?”, former Ambassador PR Director, Margaret Tante Burk, recalls the Grove’s opening night:

“…on the night of April 21, 1921… the new club officially opened its Moroccan style, gold leaf and etched palm tree doors… The Cocoanut Grove was aptly named, guests agreed as they were escorted by the maître de and captains down the wide plush grand staircase… Overhead, soaring about the room were cocoanut trees of papier mache, cocoanuts and palm fronds which had been rescued from the sandy beaches of Oxnard where they had served as atmosphere of the 1921 classic, The Sheik. Swinging from their branches were stuffed monkeys blinking at the revelers with their electrified amber eyes. Stars twinkled in the blue ceiling sky, and on the southernmost wall hung a full Hawaiian moon presiding over a painted landscape and splashing waterfall.”

Ray West Orchestra in 1930…

Due to the foresight of Abe Frank, the manager of both the hotel and the Grove, in the mid-1920s the Ambassador had been equipped with a small radio studio, allowing the music of the various orchestras to be broadcast and enjoyed well outside the confines of the nightclub. From the late 1920s well into the 1960s, live “remote” programs broadcast from the Cocoanut Grove were a popular feature of nighttime radio, allowing millions of people to enjoy the music they would otherwise be unable to afford to hear in person. These broadcasts, aired live nightly for two full hours, only increased the reputation of the Grove as “the place to be” when it came to top notch West Coast entertainment.

From the beginning, the Cocoanut Grove’s glamorous atmosphere attracted the top names in Hollywood for dining, dancing, and mingling. This celebrity connection was always well-publicized by the Ambassador and for a very good reason, too: tourists coming to Los Angeles for a vacation wanted to see the stars and there was no place where the stars came out quite so regularly as the Ambassador Hotel. On an average evening, it was common to see such well-known celebrities as Joan Crawford, Jack Oakie, or Jean Harlow coming to see Bing Crosby or Russ Columbo sing with Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra or dance to Jimmie Grier’s band as they accompanied Loyce Whiteman, The Three Ambassadors (Martin Sperzel, Jack Smith, and Al Teeter), or popular tenor Donald Novis. Even though there was a nationwide depression, Hollywood stars and executives still needed to be entertained — and the Cocoanut Grove was often their first choice.

From 1930 to 1943, six Academy Awards ceremonies were hosted at the hotel. As many as seven U.S. presidents stayed at the Ambassador, from Hoover to Nixon, along with heads of state from around the world.

It was the place to be seen even in the 1960s…

In 1968, the Ambassador Hotel was the scene of the shooting of Bobby Kennedy.

Due to the decline of the hotel and the surrounding area, the Ambassador Hotel was closed to guests in 1989. In 2001, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) purchased the property with the intent of constructing three new schools within the area. After subsequent litigations to preserve the hotel as a historic site, a settlement allowed the Ambassador Hotel to be demolished in 2005.

VALSANTI

Ted Fio Rito used the pseudonym ‘Valsanti’ for these Cocoanut Grove transcriptions because of an existing recording contract.

Fio Rito was a pianist, hammond organist and the composer of such classic tunes as, “I Never Knew,” “Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye,” “Laugh, Clown, Laugh,” “Roll Along, Prairie Moon” and “Alone at a Table for Two.”

He started his career as a pianist with a series of bands led by Harry Yerkes, then moved to Chicago in 1921 to join Dan Russo’s band. The following year, he joined with Russo to become the co-leader the Oriole Terrace Orchestra, which he eventually took over when Russo departed in 1928.

Before coming to the Cocoanut Grove in mid-1933, Fio Rito had spent a number of years touring the East Coast and Midwest, including many engagements in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Cincinnati. An early radio enthusiast, Fio Rito’s band was frequently heard on the air from various nightspots – preparing him well for the regular broadcasts scheduled to emanate from the Grove during his stay.

Musically, the orchestra that Fio Rito brought to the Grove was sweet, smooth and clever, playing highly danceable music accented with temple blocks, rapid triplets, and even an occasional solo on the Hammond organ by its talented leader.

Due to an existing recording contract, Theodore Salvatore Fiorito’s singers also adopted pseudonyms for these transcriptions. Muzzy Marcellino, Fio Rito’s guitarist and primary vocalist, sings as Jack Howard. Howard Phillips sings under the name of Bill Thomas, and Fio Rito’s vocal trio The Debutants appear as The Three Keys. 

Watch Ted Fio Rito from the Cocoanut Grove in this 1934 Paramount short ‘Star night atthe Cocoanut Grove’ also featuring Mary Pickford and Bing Crosby. You’ll hear the extreme high and low four octave voice of Jimmy Durante’s future comic foil Candy Candido in what is thought to be his earliest film performance….

 

 

4 JANUARY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 4 JANUARY 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am, Sunday 11 – 11:56pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am, Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Swing Bands One Night Stand Radio  
Theme + Song of the Wanderer
Buddy Morrow Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 Mar 1946
16:00 On The Clock
Shep Field and His New Music
‘One Night Stand’
Copacabana NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1944
Come Rain Come Shine + Close
Hal McIntyre Orchestra (voc) Frankie Lester
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
15 May 1946
Set 2
1950s-60s Jazz Radio  
Jazz Connoisseur
Harry James Orchestra (dms) Buddy Rich
Moonbowl
Freedomland
WNEW NYC
1962
The Theme
Miles Davis Sextet
‘Treasury of Music’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
AFRTS Re-broadcast
25 Aug 1959
 
 
 
Set 3
Benny Goodman in Chicago  
Let’s Dance (theme) + Farewell Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 Jan 1936
Soft Spring
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
10 Aug 1941
King Porter Stomp + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Feb 1936
Set 4
Vincent Valsanti (Ted Fio Rito)  
Serenade of Love (theme) + Flirtation Walk
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
When You’re in Love
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Two Cigarettes in the Dark
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Phil Thomas
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Were You Foolin’? + I’ll Take an Option on You + Serenade of Love (theme)
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard and The Three Blue Keys
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Set 5
1930s German Swing  
Darf ich bitten?
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Sep 1936
Ja und nein
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Aug 1939
Aus lauter Liebe
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Peter Igelhoff
Comm Rec
Berlin
Jul 1937
Oh! Aha!
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Rudi Schuricke Terzett
Comm Rec
Berlin
Feb 1939
Set 6
Early Dorseys  
Theme + On The Beach at Bali Bali
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exhibition
KRLD CBS Dallas Tx
11 Aug 1936
Sandman (theme) + Is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Weary Blues
Eddy Howard Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exhibition
KRLD CBS Dallas Tx
4 Aug 1936
Farewell Blues
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘Chrysler Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 7
Sweet Music  
Romance (theme) + We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Ray Herbeck Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
24 Nov 1947
For You
King Sisters
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jun 1945
Sweet Lorraine
Frank Sinatra
‘Frank Sinatra Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Nov 1946
What is This Thing Called Love?
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Eugenie Baird
‘Forever Pops’
ABC Chicago
1947
Set 8
1930s Fats Waller  
Yacht Club Swing (theme) + Whatcha Know, Joe?
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Pent Up in a Penthouse
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
WABC CBS NY
14 Oct 1938
Sto Beating ‘Round The Mulberry Bush
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
I Had To Do It
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
WABC CBS NY
18 Oct 1938

Ray Miller Top 1920s Band Leader Disappears – 9 November 2021


Ray Miller, popular 1920s band leader and trombonist, whose jazz band was the first to play at the White House (in 1924) is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. This is a ‘classic’ Phantom Dancer from May of this year. I won’t be in the studio due to a film commitment.

Check out this scholarly article about that first White House encounter with jazz which included Ray Miller and his Orchestra, Al Jolson and a host of New York City showbiz stars
http://vjm.biz/white_house.pdf

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV which I’ve had the plaesure of producing and presenting for you since 1985.

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HEAR show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 9 November at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

 

RAY

Not much is known about Ray Miller outside of his performance career which stretched from 1916 until he disappeared off the scene in 1930.

In 1916, he worked as a singing waiter at the Casino Gardens in Chicago, home of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (ODJB).

Miller followed the ODJB to New York City, where he formed a band, the Black and White Melody Boys, featuring himself on drums and New Orleans native Tom Brown on trombone. The band performed in vaudeville and featured in musical productions before disbanding.

Around 1920s, Miller formed a dance band. At different times, its members included Ward Archer (drums); Charlie Rocco (trumpet); Miff Mole (trombone); Danny Yates (violin); Roy Johnston (trumpet); Rube Bloom and Tommy Satterfield (piano); Louie Chasone (tuba); Frank TrumbauerAndy Sannella, Billy Richards and Andy Sandolar (saxophones); and Frank O. Prima (banjo).

The orchestra recorded for  Columbia and OKeh before signing an exclusive contract with Brunswick Records in late 1923.

MILLER

The Ray Miller Orchestra played more  jazz-influenced music after Mole and Trumbauer joined in 1924.  Late, in thart year, after performing for President Coolldge at the White House on 17 October, they recorded  Irving Berlin‘s song “All Alone” with Al Jolson singing. The band had residencies at the New York Hippodrome and Arcadia Ballroom in New York City as well as in Atlantic City. 

Their most successful recordings included “The Sheik of Araby” (OKeh, 1922), “I’ll See You In My Dreams” (Brunswick, 1925), and “When It’s Springtime in the Rockies” (Brunswick, 1930). 

After Mole and Trumbauer left, Miller moved his base to the Hotel Gibson in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1927, and performed regularly for the powerful radio station WLW. He left Cincinnati and formed a new band in Chicago in 1928, which for a few months included trumpeter Muggsy Spanier and clarinetist Volly De Faut. Miller and his orchestra recorded regularly for Brunswick in Chicago until 1930.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll hear the Miller Band on radio transcriptions recorded to advertise Sunny Meadows washing machines recorded on five minute 78 rpm radio discs between December 1928 and February 1929.

His last Brunswick recording, ‘Kiss Me With Your Eyes’ with ‘When It’s Springtime in the Rockies’, was recorded in Chicago in March 1930.

He disbanded in 1930 afterwhich he disappeared from the record. It is guessed that he died in 1974.

 

 

9 NOVEMBER PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #517

107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 NOVEMBER 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
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+ Sunday 11pm – 12am
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Set 1
Swing Bands One Night Stand Radio  
Tin Roof Blues (theme) + That’s A’Plenty
Pee Wee Erwin
‘One Night Stand’
Nick’s Restaurant
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Dec 1950
Tampico
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) June Christy and Band
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
27 Sep 1945
I Get a Kick Out of You + Close
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Jan 1952
Set 2
Vincent Valsanti (Ted Fio Rito)  
Stay As Sweet As You Are
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Bill Thomas
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Two Hearts
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Miss Otis Regrets + What a Difference a Day Makes + Close
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Spooky Dickinson
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Set 3
Trad  Radio  
Open + Mississippi Mud
Jimmy Dorsey ‘Dorseyland’ Band
‘The Jimmy Dorsey Show’
Radio Transcription
1950s
The Clock Watcher’s Show
The Clock Watcher
KTSP
St Paul-Minneapolis
1949
San Francisco Bay Blues
Jessie Fuller
Pier 23
KGO San Francisco
1959
Set 4
Ray Miller  
No Place Like Home (theme) + Angry
Ray Miller Orchestra + Vocal
Sunny Meadows Radio Show
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Mary Williams
Sunny Meadows Radio Show
Radio Transcription
Chicago
25 Jan 1929
Caressing You
Ray Miller Orchestra + Vocal
Sunny Meadows Radio Show
Radio Transcription
Chicago
14 Dec 1928
Royal Garden Blues + No Place Like Home (theme)
Ray Miller Orchestra
Sunny Meadows Radio Show
Radio Transcription
Chicago
14 Dec 1928
Set 5
Benny Goodman 1930s Radio  
Let’s Dance + Hunkadola
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Apr 1935
Where or When
Benny Goodman Trio (voc) Audience
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NY
23 Oct 1937
Walk, Jenny, Walk
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 May 1935
Swingtime in the Rockies
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NY
27 Oct 1937
Set 6
1940s Radio Transcriptions  
A Little Bit Independent
Eddy Howard Orchestra (voc) Eddy Howard
Radio Transcription
New York
1948
The Answer is Love
Sterling Young Orchestra (voc) Bobbie Ennis and Alan Simms
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1940
Cherokee
Eddy Howard Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
1948
It Had To Be You
Sterling Young Orchestra (voc) Bobbie Ennis
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1940
Set 7
Esquire Jazz Concert  
Blues
Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden
‘First Esquire All Star Jazz Concert’
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue NYC
18 Jan 1944
Esquire Bounce
Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden
‘First Esquire All Star Jazz Concert’
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue NYC
18 Jan 1944
Ol’ Rockin’ Chair
Mildred Bailey
‘First Esquire All Star Jazz Concert’
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue NYC
18 Jan 1944
Basin Street Blues
Jack Teagarden and Coleman Hawkins
‘First Esquire All Star Jazz Concert’
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue NYC
18 Jan 1944
Set 8
1950s Jazz TV  
When the Saints Go Marching In
Dorsey Brothers
‘Stage Show’
CBS TV NY
1 Jan 1955
Basin Street Blues + Jeepers Creepers
Jack Teagarden (tp & voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS TV NY
30 April 1958
Night Walk
Gerry Mulligan
‘Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS TV NY
30 April 1958
St Louis Blues
Everybody
‘Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS TV NY
30 April 1958