Phantom Dancer 12 Dec 2017. One Good Turn Deserves Another


The first all-vinyl set on this week’s Phantom Dancer features singer Mildred Bailey.

You’ll hear her sing four songs from her own CBS radio show, “Music Till Midnight”, which ran from 1 September 1944 to 9 February 1945.

And below, this side of the play list and Video of the week, you can read how one good turn deserved another and launched two outstanding careers in jazz for Mildred Bailey and Bing Crosby.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. It’s presented by authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton

Hear the past four Phantom Dancers at radio 2ser.com

ONE GOOD TURN

Born Mildred Rinker, (Bailey was the surname of her first husband), Mildred was the older sister to two musical brothers, Al, a vocalist and composer, and Charles, a lyricist.

Al Rinker, was one of Paul Whitemam’s famous ‘Rhythm Boys’ vocal group, along with Harry Barris and Bing Crosby, in the late 1920s.

Mildred was already an established blues and jazz singer based in Los Angeles by 1925 when her brother Al, and his musical partner Bing Crosby, moved in with her to try their luck in music.

She help Al and Bing, who at that time was a drummer, get their first gigs.

She also introduced Crosby to jazz singers. She played him her collection of records by Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith to get him started.

DESERVES ANOTHER

Four years later, When Bing Crosby was already successful with ‘The King of Jazz’ Paul Whiteman, Crosby in turn went out of his way to help Bailey.

He introduced her to Paul Whiteman at a house party. The Whiteman band, with Crosby, was in Los Angeles on tour.

Mildred sang at the party for Whiteman and was immediately hired. She then sang with Paul Whiteman’s band from 1929 to 1933.

When Bailey debuted on Paul Whiteman’s network radio show in 1929, singing “Moanin’ Low”, the favourable public reaction was, that she was an immediate star.

RADIO SHOW

Mildred Bailey had five network radio series of her own.

The broadcasts you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer are from her final series, “Music Till Midnight”.

She had been sick with diabetes and had come out of retirement to broadcast. Nonetheless, her voice is still strong, emotive, swinging and understated.

It is also a testimony to her standing as a singer and personality in the entertainment industry at that time, that she was also the announcer on her show. Enjoy!

TUNE

Now enjoy this 1938 Mildred Bailey version of Bob Hope’s theme tune, “Thanks For The Memory”.
It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week-

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #293

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

Set 1
Modern Jazz on 1950s Radio
Open + Sweets
Stan Kenton Orchestra
’Concert in Miniature’
WSOC NBC Charlotte NC
1952
Waldorf Mambo + Saving Bonds Ad
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Ramona Room
Hotel Last Frontier
NBC Las Vegas
30 Nov 1953
S’Wonderful + In The Still of the Night + Close
Larry Green Orchestra
Starlite Roof
Hotel Chase
KMOX CBS St Louis
1959
Set 2
Singers on the Air
White Christmas
Frank Sinatra
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
20 Dec 1947
The Nearness of You
Sarah Vaughan
’Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
21 Apr 1952
Blue Velvet
Arthur Prysock
’Music From Birdland’
Birdland
9 Sep 1952
Set 3
Philco Hour 1930-31
Let a Little Pleasure Interfere With Business
Philco Orchestra
’Philco Hour’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Oh Boy! Oh Boy! I’ve Got It Bad
Boswell Sisters
’Philco Hour’
WABC CBS NY
1931
Cinderella Brown
Philco Orchestra
’Philco Hour’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Set 4
1940s Dance Bands
Josephine
Art Kassels and his Kassels-in-the-Air
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Chicago
1949
Valse Triste by Sibelius
Russ Morgan Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Apr 1944
Flying Home
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Aquarium Restaurant
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
1949
Set 5
Mildred Bailey
Rocking Chair (theme) + Please Don’t Talk About Me While I’m Gone
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
19 Jan 1945
I Dream of You
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
Robin Hood
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jan 1945
Set 6
Les Brown
Dance of the Blue Devils (theme) + Spain
Les Brown Orchestra
Green Room
Hotel Edison NY
Aircheck
22 Nov 1938
Leap Frog (theme) + Floating
Les Brown Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Dec 1945
Coastin’ Along
Les Brown Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
16 Aug 1945
Bizet Has His Day + Leap Frog (theme)
Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
7 Jul 1944
Set 7
Original Crooners
The Song is You
Les Allen (voc) Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
4 Apr 1933
I Cried For You
Bing Crosby
WABC CBS
New York City
7 Nov 1931
I Never Had a Chance
Al Bowlly(voc) Ray Noble Orchestra
’Coty Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Mar 1935
I’m Not Lazy, I’m Dreaming
Russ Colombo
’Hollywood on the Air’
KECA NBC Blue Los Angeles
15 Jul 1934
Set 8
1930s Swing Bands
Song of India
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
’Ford Show’
NBC Dallas
Aug 1936
Every Tub + Song of the Wanderer
Count Basie Orchestra
’America Dances’
Famous Door
CBS NY/BBC London
Jul 1938
Hurry Home
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
I Can’t Get Started (theme) + Sugar Foot Stomp
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red
Chicago
Jul 1939
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Latest Greg Poppleton Live Music Clip – Tea For Two


Hi, here’s the latest live Greg Poppleton clip. It’s Tea for Two, written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar for the 1925 musical No, No, Nannette.

An audience member filmed this on their smartphone at the latest Greg Poppleton show at Sydney Rowers.

The band and I hope you will enjoy the Tea for Two Cha-Cha and give it a thumb up on YouTube!

I also took some photos for you below.

Only the first minute of the video was useable. As people came up to dance, the band was obscured from the camera’s view. And their was camera shake and blur.

We’ll be back at Sydney Rowing Club on the beautiful Parramatta River on Easter Sunday 1 April.

Check out where we’ll be next on the band website gregpoppletonmusic.com
Drum kit, Parramatta River, Greg Poppleton band, 1920s - 30s swing and jazz at Sydney Rowing ClubLooking through the drum kit at the Parramatta River below from the Greg Poppleton bandstand at Sydney Rowing Club.

Dancers, dancing, Greg Poppleton, Sydney 1920s-1930s jazz singerDancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s-1930s songs

Greg Poppleton 1920s jazz band quartetThe Greg Poppleton band in silhouette.

1920s-30s swing musicians Greg Poppleton bandGreg Poppleton band. (L-r) Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Stan Valacos double bass, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Damon Poppleton alto sax and clarinet.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and megaphoneGreg Poppleton singing through his 1920s megaphone.

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Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer

You’re Really Kickin’ – December Newsletter


What’s Happening?

Free Show Sydney Rowing Club 3 Dec
Free Xmas Show Fairfield Museum 9 Dec
Private Event 11 Dec
Radio Show 107.3 2SER 5,12,19, 26 Dec

“You’re Really Kickin’,” says Norma in New York. Listen…

We’re at Sydney Rowing Club!
3-6pm, 3 December

Greg PoppletonAustralia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer with over 1.1 Million YouTube views, and his swinging jazz band, are back at Sydney Rowing Club, 3pm 3 Dec, for their fun & energetic show. Don’t miss out! FREE!

Sydney Rowing Club, 613 Great North Road, Abbotsford, 3-6pm, Sunday 3 December.

Restaurant, Bistro, bar, river views. Tons of free parking. Right on Abbotsford Ferry wharf and at the terminus for the 438 City-Abbotsford bus.

We’ll Sing You Jazzy Christmas Carols
Fairfield Museum
6-8pm, 9 December

What a lovely way to spend an early evening! Greg and the 1920s – 1930s band will be a-carolling and playing the songs of the 1920s-30s at Fairfield Museum’s annual evening of holiday festivities! And it’s FREE!

This is Greg’s third Christmas at Fairfield. It’s always a warm, family friendly, community-spirited get-together.

Bring your picnic rugs, snacks and festive outfits for this annual family event, held in the open under shady trees in the Museum’s ‘Old Sydney Town’ style central square.

There’ll be kids’ activities, stalls and performances by,
– Greg Poppleton (jazz and Xmas carols),
– Shae Mowen School of Dance,
– The Choir of Love,
– Spanish Speaking Community Choir
– Karen Children’s & Adult’s Choir
– William Stimson Public School, Wetherill Park

Address: Corner The Horsley Drive & Oxford Street, Smithfield.
(634 The Horsley Drive). Heaps of free street parking.

Private Event 11 December

It’s a thrill to be asked back this year to play for one of our favourite clients. We have had an association with this client for six years.

November saw Greg Poppleton play for a Wedding (see photo above), the Sydney Bus Museum ‘Deckers in the Night‘ event and the Sydney Town Hall Christmas Concert.

As an example of what we do, please read Greg’s article about the wedding, and find out how Greg Poppleton and the band can add real 1920s – 1930s charm to your event.
Book Greg for your event

Pot of Gold Radio Show

Did you know? Greg Poppleton is Australia’s longest running swing DJ. A 23rd radio station has just signed to pick up Greg Poppleton’s Phantom Dancer radio show each week – 89.1FM Cairns. Greg publishes his play lists, videos and expert articles on jazz and swing every week on his blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge.

Read Greg’s latest 3 Dec play list and expert Swing Era article about big band leader Horace Heidt, his Pot of Gold radio show, his link to Louis Farrakhan, his Trianon Ballroom and his Los Angeles School for Stammerers.

The Pick of November Band Photos

Sydney Town Hall


The Greg Poppleton band got the joint jumping in the Lower Sydney Town Hall Ballroom. A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s…

See article »

Deckers in the Night


Greg Poppleton provided the hi-octane musical atmosphere with a selection of bouncy 1920s – 30s tunes. Entertaining, energetic and engaging, Greg and the band…

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Contact Greg’s Management

Contact Tony Jex, directly at OzManagement for all performance enquiries, private events and functions: info@ozmanagement.com

Is Being A Good Musician Enough? The Horace Heidt Story. Phantom Dancer Radio Show 5 Dec 17


On this week’s Phantom Dancer, the first all-vinyl set (top of the second hour) is dedicated to band leader, Horace Heidt and his Trianon Ballroom.

Horace Heidt and the Musical Knights produced some of the best-known tunes of the Big Band Era including the 1941 international hit, The Hut-Sut Song.

The Phantom Dancer, presented every week by authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. It’s broadcast from 107.3 2SER Sydney to 22 radio stations across Australia and online.

Listen to the past four Phantom Dancers at radio 2ser.com

 

POT OF GOLD

Horace Heidt was a showman. He hit the big time after fifteen years of running a band by producing and presenting a radio show the US broadcasting regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, called ‘a thinly disguised lottery’ and then forced off air.

“Pot of Gold” featured Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights with singing quartet, The King Sisters, playing popular songs while operators during the broadcast placed three calls to random phone numbers across the U.S.

When someone answered, announcer Ben Grauer shouted “Hold it, Horace, stop the music.” The phone answerer would automatically win $1000 – a huge amount in the late 1930s – whether they had been listening to the show or not.

The show was so popular that cinema operators complained of low movie attendances while Pot of Gold was on air. Some offered $1,000 to anyone who was called while attending their films. How you proved you got the call would have been time consuming and difficult.
Horace Heidt - sheet music

 

NATION OF ISLAM

Heidt’s fame as a band leader came through his promotions. Before “Pot of Gold” he produced “Answers by the Dancers,” in which dancers at the Hotel Drake in Chicago were interviewed between rumbas and fox trots.

On his “Treasure Chest” show, married couples celebrating anniversaries would compete for prizes.

In the late 1940 and early 50s, as the big band era wound down and other bands couldn’t book gigs, Heidt’s band continued touring the U.S with his “Youth Opportunity” radio show.

Talented violinist and later Nation of Islam bigwig Louis Farrakhan (formerly Eugene Walcott) was a successful contestant.
Horace Heidt with Louis Farrakhan

 

BELL-RINGING DOG

Famed Jazz musicians Alvino Rey, Bobby Hackett and Jess Stacy played in the Heidt band at various times.

The band even accompanied a trained dog. “We would play ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s’ and the dog would ring the bells,” Heidt recalled at a 1982 party celebrating seven decades in show business.

Heidt’s smart showbiz sense meant his big band were still playing ballrooms while other bands were shutting down as the Swing Era came to a close after WW2.

 

HIGH STAKES

Heidt bought the popular Trianon Ballroom in South Gate Ca in the early 40s as a base for his band. On today’s Phantom Dancer you’ll hear air checks by Benny Carter and Lionel Hampton broadcasting from this now long demolished ballroom.

He started a trend for big band leaders to own their own ballrooms after Billboard reported, 10 Jan 1942, that not only had Heidt recouped his $100,000 investment, but he made $40,000 profit through the ballroom in only its first year.

Billboard 3 Feb 1945 reported that Heidt had ‘expanded his outside business holdings’ by buying an exclusive Beverley Hills steak house and renaming it “Horace Heidt’s”, though he didn’t book any live music in the room.

He later went into housing development.
Horace Heidt - developer

STAMMERER

Billboard 3 Feb 1945 also reported that Heidt had set up a school in Los Angeles for stammerers. Horace used to stammer himself and he announced that he had developed a foolproof way to stop stammering. He put Leo Neibaur, trombonist and vocal instructor with Heidt’s band, in charge of the school.

 

REMOTES

By 1946, having bands broadcasting from Horace Heidt’s Trianon, and other ‘danceries’ was getting ‘exsy’, as Billboard, 24 Aug 1946, reported. Another reason Heidt moved from big bands to real estate.
Horace Heidt - Billboard magazine 1946

OVER THE RAINBOW

Now enjoy Horace Heidt’s 1939 version of “Over The Rainbow”. You’ve heard this commercial version on an earlier Phantom Dancer mix, spun by Arthur Godfrey as WJSV Washington DC breakfast announcer on 21 September 1939.
It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week –

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #291

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 December 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Bop Influenced Swing on live 1940s Radio
Open + Nola (theme) + Two Hearts
Vincent Lopez Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Grill Room
Hotel Taft NYC
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Ruby
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Johnny Amoroso
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Magnolia Room
Hotel Claridge
WMC NBC Memphis
1956
Boo Hoo
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
Starlite Roof
Edgewater Hotel
CBS Madison WI
12 Jul 1950
Set 2
Vocal Groups on the Air
Three Minutes of Music
Allanovy Sestry
Comm Rec
Prague
1945
I’m Lucky I Have You
The Inkspots
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1952
Say Si, Si
Andrew Sisters (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
’Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1940
Set 3
Glenn Miller Radio 1938-39
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + I Never Knew
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Dec 1938
Moon Love
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red
20 Jun 1939
We Can Live On Love
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red
20 Jun 1939
Set 4
Chamber Music Society on NBC 1940-41
Intro + Beale Street Blues
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
16 Jun 1940
Monday Night Special
Eddie Condon
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
5 Jan 1941
Honeysuckle Rose + Farewell Blues + Basin Street Blues(theme)
Benny Carter (as) + Paul Lavalle’s Woodwinds
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue New York City
5 May 1940
Set 5
Horace Heidt and the Trianon Ballroom
History of Music
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
19430
Melancholy Lullaby (theme) + Old Man River
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate Ca
KNX CBS LA
1944
Moonglow + Swanee River
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Now is the Hour
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1945
Set 6
Drummer Gene Krupa on Radio
Intro + Murdy Purdy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Aircheck
26 Nov 1938
Wire Brush Stomp
Gene Krupa Trio
’Spotlight Bands’
Newport RI
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Indiana
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Caravan
Gene Krupa Quartet
’Guard Sessions’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1963
Set 7
Guy Lombardo 1935-36
Open + Isn’t Love The Grandest Thing?
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Trio
’Esso Boulevard’
WABC CBS NY
7 Oct 1935
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Lebert Lombardo
Comm Rec
New York City
17 Sep 1936
Isn’t This a Lovely Day?
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
’Esso Boulevard’
WABC CBS NY
26 Aug 1935
Sweethearts on Parade
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
Comm Rec
New York City
4 Dec 1936
Set 8
Jazz Goes Mod on Radio
I’ve Got Plenty o’ Nothin’
Art Tatum
Aircheck
1951
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
Lester Young
’Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
27 Nov 1948
Serenade in Vout
Slim Gaillard
’Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
29 Sep 1951

Were You At Sydney Town Hall?


Community variety shows are such fun. The Greg Poppleton band got the joint jumping in the Lower Sydney Town Hall Ballroom today. A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s played by singer Greg Poppleton and his quartet of world-toured jazz musicians…

We filled the dance floor as you can see in this photoGreg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer and jazz band, filled the dance floor


And lots of guests wanted their photos taken with me singing. I managed to get some of the photo takers to capture a few snaps on my phone, tooAnd lots of guests wanted their photos taken with me singing. I managed to get some of the photo takers to capture a few snaps on my phone, too

Greg Poppleton at the Sydney Town Hall Christmas Concert


Keeping the beat on drum kit and washboard with the Greg Poppleton band was Adam Barnard.Keeping the beat on drum kit and washboard with the Greg Poppleton band was Adam Barnard.

One of the acts I managed to get a photo of while they were rehearsing before the show was The Friendship Bridge Dance Group.One of the acts I managed to get a photo of while they were rehearsing before the show was The Friendship Bridge Dance Group.

I also had my photo taken with the Friendship Bridge Dance Group as the Greg Poppleton band played, 'This Time The Dream's On Me'.I also had my photo taken with the Friendship Bridge Dance Group as the Greg Poppleton band played, ‘This Time The Dream’s On Me’.

There was also Welcome to Country by Aunty Norma Ingram, Cultural Dance and song in a variety of Aboriginal Languages by Terry Olsen, Zumba Flash Mob,  Community Theatre with Kelly on piano (who I hadn’t seen since last century), Thor the Magician, the St Mary’s Cathedral Boys Choir and a wonderful MC.

Sydney's popular Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, welcomed the concert goers. She was mobbed as she went from table to table.Sydney’s popular Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, welcomed the concert goers. She was mobbed as she went from table to table.


Geoff Power doubled sousaphone and cornet with the Greg Poppleton bandGeoff Power doubled sousaphone and cornet with the Greg Poppleton band

The Greg Poppleton band instruments on stage and sound-checked ready for the show.The Greg Poppleton band instruments on stage and sound-checked ready for the show.

Paul Furniss doubled clarinet and alto sax. Grahame Conlon doubled guitar and banjo with the Greg Poppleton band.Paul Furniss doubled clarinet and alto sax. Grahame Conlon doubled guitar and banjo with the Greg Poppleton band.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer. Operatically trained, entertaining and energetic, Greg puts on a show full of verve and exceptional musicianship by the world-toured band.

We play for festivals, clubs, bars and all private occasions.

Visit: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

MC For The Centenary Of Recorded Jazz Ball


2017 is the official Centenary of Recorded Jazz. The first jazz record was recorded and released in 1917 (though there is a contender from 1916 called “That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland”.)

Jazz promoter Robert Scheltema de Heere re-booked me to MC his 100 years of jazz on record concert. I had MC’d his Jazz Band Ball last year.

I also sang the 1920s classic, ‘Cake Walkin’ Babies From Home’, with Geoff Power’s Classic Jazz Band.

The concert was held in the majestic Art Deco Petersham Town Hall in Sydney. Petersham Town Hall was built in 1937-38  in the Inter-War Stripped Classical Style. Similar buildings in the style include Finland's parliament house. The concert was held in the majestic Art Deco Petersham Town Hall in Sydney.
Petersham Town Hall was built in 1937-38  in the Inter-War Stripped Classical Style. Similar buildings in the style include the Finnish parliament building in Helsinki.

Petersham Town Hall's largely intact Art Deco interiors has made it a popular filming location for film and television. Scenes for Baz Luhrmann's breakout film, Strictly Ballroom, were shot here in 1992Petersham Town Hall’s largely intact Art Deco interiors has made it a popular film and movie location. Scenes for Baz Luhrmann’s breakout film, Strictly Ballroom, were shot here in 1992.

Here I'm posing in the foyer with the 'All About Swing' swing dance troupe. I'm standing next to one of the school's principals, Siobhan FordHere I’m posing in the foyer with the ‘All About Swing’ swing dance troupe. I’m standing next to one of the school’s principals, Siobhan Ford (in dark blue).

 

Backstage with All About Swing (Greg Poppleton L and Matt Adami R)Backstage with All About Swing as they warm-up. (Greg Poppleton L and co-principal, Matt Adami R)

The night opened with Geoff Power's Classic Jazz Band. For the last number of their set I sang 'Cake Walking Babies From Home' as All About Swing swirled and glided across the large dance floor.The night opened with Geoff Power’s Classic Jazz Band. For the last number of their set I sang ‘Cake Walking Babies From Home’ before introducing Paul Furniss’ Licorice All-Sorts.

Waiting backstage to announce the duelling pianos of international stars Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt.A photo of the stage I took while waiting in the wings, ready to introduce the duelling jazz pianos of international stars Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt.

CONTACT

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer. Greg and his band play for festivals, clubs and bars as well as all private functions.

To find out more, please visit Greg’s website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

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