26 Dec New Years Phantom Dancer – Wynn The Astrologer Predicts The Future


Your New Year’s Phantom Dancer is choc-a-bloc full of New Years swing and jazz from live 1936 – 1966 radio,

Presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, since 1985 on 107.3 2SER Sydney, the show is now re-broadcast over 23 stations of the Community Radio Network across Australia.

See the play of swing, jazz and dance in all styles from live 1920s-60s radio below.

SEER
This famous 1930s astrologer gives his prognostications for 1937 on  today’s Phantom Dancer. In fact, get ready for disappointment at the end of Set 1, where I play Wynn’s ‘wise words’ (and some musical excerpts) from the 1936 New Year’s Eve Rudy Vallee show.

You’ll hear most of what Wynn had to say about the year ahead. I cut it short for time. Think of the audience for the 1936 radio broadcast, they never got that Wynn wasted time back.

Wynn, born Sidney Kimball Bennett, wrote the stars for the New York Daily News. And it seems he didn’t do it for a laugh. He was ridiculously serious about himself, as you’ll hear.

SPOOKY
His claim to fame was a prediction he made in the NY Daily News in 1932. He ‘foresaw’ financial turmoil for early March of 1933. That’s when President Roosevelt closed the banks for a week as the US struggled with the Great Depression.

UNCANNY
Wynn’s predictions for 1937 are typically vague, and, well, predictable. More interesting is just a short list of what actually happened in 1937 out of the trillions of things Wynn’s charts failed to predict…

  • Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain
  • Bradman scores 270 Aust v England at the MCG, incl 110 singles
  • 2nd of Stalin‘s purge trials; Pyatakov & 16 others sentenced to death
  • DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
  • Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile
  • Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes
  • Mexico nationalizes oil
  • Pope Pius XI publishes anti-nazi-encyclical Mit brennender Sorge
  • Astronomer Fritz Zwicky publishes his research on stellar explosion in which he coins the term “supernova” and hypothesizes that they were the origin of cosmic rays
  • Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye
  • Debut of cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig
  • German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain
  • 1st commercial flight across Pacific operated by Pan Am
  • The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% voted yes
  • San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • Spam, the luncheon meat, is first introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation
  • Japanese & Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge, beginning the Second Sino-Japanese War
  • Buchenwald Concentration Camp opens
  • Isolation of pituitary hormone announced (Yale University)
  • 1st FM radio construction permit issued (W1X0J (WGTR) in Boston MA)
  • Date celebrated as the first International Hobbit Day and the birthdays of Bibo and Frodo Baggins
  • 1st Santa Claus Training School opens (Albion NY)
  • Balinese Tiger declared extinct
  • Dmitri Shostakovitch’s 5th Symphony premieres
  • Clifford Odets’ “Golden Boy” premieres in NYC
  • Japanese troops conquer and plunder Nanjing (Nanjing Massacre)
  • Bill O’Reilly takes 9-41 for NSW against South Australia
  • Constitution of Ireland (Irish: Bunreacht na hÉireann) is enacted and Irish free state is named Eire
  • Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand

Here’s some footage of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile. How did Wynn miss this one? Probably the same way he missed foretelling his own 1926 car accident…(gosh, on today’s Phantom Dancer he warns Rudy Vallee to be ‘careful of cars’, spooky!)

Phantom Dancer
26 December 2017
107.3 2SER Sydney 12 – 2pm and Online
CRN (Community Radio Network) Program #294

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
New Years Eve Aboard An Ocean Liner Raymond Scott Quintette Comm Rec
New York
21 Jul 1939
In The Mood Glenn Miller Orchestra ‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
27 Dec 1939
Never Should Have Told You + Predictions for 1937 + Chim Bomba + Close Rudy Vallee and Wynn the Astrologer ‘Royal Gelatin Show’
WEAF NBC Red NY
31 Dec 1936
Set 2
Open + Happy Holidays Bing Crosby (voc) John Scott Trotter Orchestra ‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
30 Dec 1943
Rhapsody In Blue (theme) + Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Paul Whiteman Orchestra and Chorus ‘The Paul Whiteman Show’
WJZ ABC NY
1 Jan 1947
Poinciana + Close Bing Crosby (voc) John Scott Trotter Orchestra ‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
30 Dec 1943
Set 3
Deep Forest (theme) + Dippermouth Blues + When The Saints Go Marching In + Tiger Rag Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
1 Jan 1957
Set 4
Auld Lang Syne + Newport Up + Together + Maccarena + You Better Know It Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Grissom and Ozzie Bailey ‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Set 5
Sad Sack Harry James Orchestra (Hollywood) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
One O’Clock Jump Count Basie Orchestra (New York) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Warsaw Concerto Freddy Martin Orchestra (Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Woodchopper’s Ball Woody Herman Orchestra (Meadowbrook Ballroom, Cedar Grove NJ) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Set 6
Open + Stompin’ At The Savoy + Tea For Two Teddy Wilson Trio ‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Embers
WRCA NBC NY
31 Dec 1957
Stompin’ Down Broadway + Opus 1 (close) Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Set 7
Afterthoughts + Canadian Sunset + Soft Summer Breeze + The Man I Love + Begin The Beguine Eddie Haywood Trio ‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Embers
WRCA NBC NY
31 Dec 1957
Set 8
Robin Hood Louis Prima Orchestra (voc) LP ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Gotta Be This Or That Benny Goodman Orchestra (with Slam Stewart b, Red Norvo vibes, Boston) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Let The Zoomers Drool Duke Ellington Orchestra (Evansville, Indiana) ‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
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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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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.
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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…

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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

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.

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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

What Was I Doing With The Band At Sydney Bus Museum?


Greg Poppleton provided the hi-octane musical atmosphere with a selection of bouncy 1920s – 30s tunes sung by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer.

Entertaining, energetic and engaging, Greg and the band were the focus of plenty of happy snaps by nostalgic bus fans. We’ve even appeared on a few Facebook pages since.

Greg can entertain for you, too. Duo to full 1920s Orchestra. Act now.

Enjoy this selection of photos of the night taken by Greg Poppleton, a visitor, and DJ/dancer Swingin’ Kitten

Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s Band. Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Paul Baker banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s Band in front of a 1930 Sydney bus. Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Paul Baker banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Damon Poppleton alto sax. Photo by Swingin’ Kitten.

 

Greg Poppleton sings 'Margie' from the front platform of a 1970 Atlantean double decker. Photo by Swingin' Kitten.
Greg Poppleton sings ‘Margie’ from the front platform of a 1970 Atlantean double decker. Photo by Swingin’ Kitten.

 

1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton with Limpin' Jimmy and Swingin' Kitten, swing and rockabilly DJs.
1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton with Limpin’ Jimmy and Swingin’ Kitten, swing and rockabilly DJs.

 

Greg Poppleton singing into a visitor’s camera with Damon on alto sax. Photo by Swingin’ Kitten

 

Damon and Dad on the way home after the gig in the back of an old Atlantean bus
Damon and Dad on the way home after the gig in the back of an old Atlantean bus

Remember, Greg can entertain for you, too. Duo to full 1920s Orchestra. Act now.

Penrith RSL Remembrance Day, Greg Poppleton, Bob Gillespie, Lovelace Watkins and Marion Harris


Greg Poppleton and his band of 1920s – 1930s jazz swing musicians had a fantastic Saturday. We played two fun jazz gigs audiences greatly enjoyed and danced to – Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz, followed by ‘Deckers in the Night’ at the Sydney Bus Museum.

Saturday was Remembrance Day. At the band’s previous show in August I had been asked by Penrith Club members to introduce a suitable song to commemorate the day.

I chose the 1918, armistice year hit, ‘After You’ve Gone’, inspired by one of my favourite singers, Marion Harris,

I also shot a little tongue-in-cheek Christmas promo for the band’s four albums of CDs and mp3s. Please form an orderly queue now to the online Bandcamp shop. See full details in the description below this YouTube video shot live at the Penrith show:

As always, I took some snaps of the Greg Poppleton band for you. The band features some of Sydney’s most experienced swing, jazz musicians. All are world-toured.

Drummer, Bob Gillespie, played in the Glenn Miller Orchestra for their 1990s Australian tours as well as being drummer for Maynard Ferguson’s English Band and musical director for Lovelace Watkins. You can see him here backing Lovelace Watkins on ‘My Way’.

Now for a triple threat (as they say in ‘showbiz’) of the Greg Poppleton Penrith RSL Remembrance Day show photos…

Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years
Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years

 

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer

 

The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert - Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.
The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert – Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.

A real 1920s – 1930s singer and band is a must for a successful 1920s – 1930s themed event.

Greg Poppleton’s energy and authentic 1920s – 1930s vocals bring dynamic, Great Gatsby charm to concerts, clubs, weddings, corporate events and house parties. Find out how we can make your next event swing…

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