Greg Poppleton 1920s Great Gatsby Party – Raising Dollars For Scholars


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters had the flappers and gentlemen dancing The Charleston at a 1920s Great Gatsby gala raising money for education.

Taking the photos: MICHAEL HENNESSY PHOTOGRAPHY
MOBILE NO. 0425292809
EMAIL: michael@hennos.com

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are the absolute best in Sydney 1920s-30s jazz and swing:
Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s-30s singer / film and TV actor
Geoff Power – cornet and sousaphone
Paul Furniss – alto and soprano saxes plus clarinet
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Lawrie Thompson – drums and washboard.

Tony Jex provided the sound for the 1000 seat hall.

Looking for a swinging jazz band for your wedding, corporate event and party?
Trio to full 1920s orchestra. Sound, lights and staging for small parties to big events.
Call Tony or email. Contact.

Looking for a swinging jazz band for your wedding, corporate event and party?
Trio to full 1920s orchestra. Sound, lights and staging for small parties to big events.
Call Tony or email. Contact.

Official 2016 Art Deco Ball Photos


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

Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters have been the band for the popular Great Art Deco Ball, the highlight of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival since 2013.

Brigitte Grant took the official photos of the ball in 2016. I am now able to show them to you.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s singer and megaphone
Geoff Power – trumpet and sousaphone
Chuck Morgan – guitar and banjo
Jim Elliot – clarinet, alto sax and bass saxophone

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play for clubs and festivals across Australia and NZ. We’re also available for your wedding, corporate function and party. Contact.

10 January Phantom Dancer – 1924 Sound Film Ben Bernie Jazz Orchestra


HEAR your Jan 10 Phantom Dancer mix ONLINE at 2SER radio

Today on your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio you’ll hear a set of Australian dance bands my parents danced to in the 1930s, Frank Coughlan and his Trocadero Orchestra, Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra and Dudley Cantrell’s Grace Granadiers (who played in the Grace Brothers department store ballroom on Broadway in Sydney.)

There’s also a set of women band leaders on the wireless Ella, Billie, Anna Mae Winburn and a set of jazz from swinging 60s radio and TV by Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa and the Charlie Shavers Quartet without Charlie Shavers.

Eight sets in total – names, bands, song titles and the originating radio station and date are listed in the play list below.

The play list is after The Phantom Dancer video of the Week.

Here is The Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. “A very important bit of film, both for the history of Film and Music in the early twentieth century! Surely one of the earliest films with the sound printed on the nitrate film itself instead of a separate disc or cylinder. It was produced by the De Forest Phonofilm system, which unfortunately was met with little success because there was no backing by any major studio. All that came of it were a few films of mostly musical subjects – which were at the time still making records by the acoustic process!” Alex Allen, YouTube. Enjoy!

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

Thank you.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #248

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 January 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations

Set 1
It’s Trad, Dad on Live 1940s Radio
Open + Dark Eyes
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
23 Jun 1941
Basin Street Blues
Frank, Jack and Tom Coughlan with the Wally Portingale Orchestra (voc) Frank, Jack & Tom
‘Army on Parade’
2CH AWA Network
Oct 1943
Tiger Rag
Wild Bill Davison and band (members announced)
‘This Is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
10 May 1947
Set 2
1940s Radio Swing Bands with Women Singers
St Louis Blues (Le tristezze di San Luigi)
Trio Lescano (voc) Pippo Barzizza Orch
Comm Rec
Turin
1940
Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night of the Week
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
18 Feb 1945
Somebody Loves Me
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Kitty Kallen
Rice Hotel
CBS Houston
Apr 1953
Set 3
Stan Kenton 1952 NBC ‘Concerts in Miniature’
Open + Sweets
San Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert In Miniature’
WSOC NBC Charlotte NC
1952
Artistry in Bolero
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
WRC NBC Washington DC
15 Jul 1952
Blue Moon
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
30 Sep 1952
Set 4
Paul Whiteman Orchestra on 1936-39 Radio
Ad + Flight of a Hay Bag
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
2 Feb 1936
Open + The Music Goes Round and Round
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Jack Teagarden
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
12 Jan 1936
Comes Love
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Show’
Hotel Schroeder
CBS Milwaukee
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1939
Set 5
1930s – 1940s Sydney Dance Bands. For My Father’s 100th Birthday
Don’t Sweetheart Me
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Harlem Heat
Dudley Cantrell and the Grace Grenadiers
Comm Rec
Sydney
22 Nov 1937
Hang Your Heart On A Hickory Limb
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith and Jack Carpenter
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jul 1939
Blue Birds In The Moonlight
Dick Freeman and his Trocadero Dance Band (voc) Barbara James
Comm Rec
Sydney
Mar 1940
Set 6
1930s – 40s Women Band Leaders
Some Other Spring
Billie Holiday Orchestra (voc) Billie Holiday
Comm Rec
New York City
5 Jul 1939
Who Ya’ Hunchin’?
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
26 Feb 1940
Mary Lou Williams’ Girl Stars
Boogie Misterioso
Comm Rec
New York City
24 Jul 1946
Diggin’ Dyke
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Set 7
Swinging Sixties Radio and TV Jazz
Chicago
Benny Goodman Quartet
‘Illinois Sesquicentennial’
WMAQ NBC TV Chicago
21 Aug 1967
Hello Dolly
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City
AFN Europe Re-broadcast
Jul 1964
A Tisket A Tasket
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Fascinatin’ Rhythm
Gene Krupa Quartet
‘Guard Session’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1963
Set 8
A Date With The Duke ABC 1945
A Friend Of Yours
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
Regal Theatre
ABC Chicago
25 May 1945
Chelsea Bridge
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
Apollo Theatre
WJZ ABC NYC
30 Mar 1945
Blues On The Double
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
ABC Battle Creek Mich.
2 Jun 1945
C Jam Blues
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
ABC Toledo OH
9 Jun 1945

Carols In The Garden – Fairfield Museum


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters returned to one of our favourites venues on Saturday – Fairfield Museum – for their Carols in the Gardens.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters quartet played: Greg Poppleton 1920s singer, Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet, Jim Elliot alto sax and clarinet, Grahame Conlon guitar.

This beautifully laidback community event is held in the leafy courtyard of the museum.

The museum itself is like a little town with historic buildings sourced from demolition sites in the local area. There’s an 1890s weatherboard house and school room, an art gallery, machine shed, printery and grocers.

Around the courtyard, locals set up Christmas biscuit and sand art stalls. On the stage facing the courtyard, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters opened the two hour entertainment with 1920s jazz and carols.

In between, local groups serenaded in English, Spanish and Mandarin. Children from the local primary school sang a well-programmed medley of carols accapella.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer and speakeasy Great Gatsby jazz band of world-touring musicians.

Talk to Tony Jex to book the band for your corporate event, wedding and party.

I took my trusty blurry-lens camera to snap a few Bakelite Broadcaster photos for you…

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Fairfield Museum - Grahame Conlon (g) Jim Elliot (cl/as) Geoff Power (tp/sousaphone)

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Fairfield Museum – Grahame Conlon (g) Jim Elliot (cl/as) Geoff Power (tp/sousaphone)

 

1920s singer and band leader Greg Poppleton takes a selfie while Geoff Power solos on trumpet.

1920s singer and band leader Greg Poppleton takes a selfie while Geoff Power solos on trumpet.

 

A snap of some of the picnickers laying back in the museum's leafy courtyard for Fairfield's Carols in the Garden

A snap of some of the picnickers laying back in the museum’s leafy courtyard for Fairfield’s Carols in the Garden

Now it’s time to talk to Tony Jex to book Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your corporate event, wedding and party. Enquire now.

8 Nov Phantom Dancer – Personal Hygiene For Young Girls (c1920)


It’s Phantom Dancer time Tuesday on radio and online – your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio with Greg Poppleton. What’s on?

You can now here it ONLINE at 2SER.com

Well, there’s a set of ‘Sweet Bands’ from live 1930s-40s radio and some early late night Benny Goodman from 1935. The Velvet Fog, Mel Torme, sings two songs including one when aged 17 in front of Chico Marx’s Orchestra on a CBS Fitch Bandwagon and the last hour is all vinyl.

Tirelessly searching YouTube for a swingy, jazzy, instructive, or ‘weird and wonderful’ Video of the Week, I’ve found something curiously wonderful – a circa 1920s ‘Women’s Hygiene’ film. It actually is medically educational (and educational as a social history) though the shower scene does verge on the pseudo-educational sexploitation films of the 1950s-60s. Enjoy!

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

Thank you.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #238

107.3 2SER Tuesday 8 November 2016
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
2SER Sunday 2SER 5 – 6pm
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 30 other stations.

Set 1
Swing on 1950s Radio
One O’Clock Jump + Sixteen Men Swinging
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Sitting In The Sun
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) JoAnn Greer
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC LA
12 Oct 1953
Capital Idea + (theme)
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Magnolia Room
Hotel Claridge
WMC NBC Memphis
19 Jun 1953
Set 2
Swing Dance Bands on 1942-44 Radio
Open + Abraham
Chico Marx Orchestra (voc) Mel Torme
‘Fitch Band Wagon’
Blackhawk Restaurant
WBBM CBS Chicago
20 Dec 1942
Was It Like That?
Lionel Hampton Orchestra (voc) Dinah Washington
‘One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Jun 1944
One Night Stand + Close (Coca Cola Waltz in 4/4 Swing)
Denny Beckner Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Norfolk, Virginia
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Mar 1944
Set 3
Navy Star Time Singers 1952 Radio
Baby, That Ain’t Right
Frankie Laine (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Mel Torme (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
I’ll Get By + Close
Jo Stafford (voc) Buzz Adlam Orchestra
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
Set 4
1946 Radio Swing
Instrumental
Harry James Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands ‘
El Patio Playhouse
KHJ Mutual LA
13 Apr 1946
Begin The Beguine
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 jun 1946
Blue Moon + Summertime
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Dec 1946
Set 5
1934 – 36 Radio Bands
There’s Something In The Air
Red Nichols Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Robins and Roses
Lee Wiley (voc)
WABC CBS NY
17 Jun 1936
Christopher Columbus
Isham Jones Orchestra
WOR Mutual NY
13 Mar 1936
Goodbye
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
2 Feb 1935
Set 6
Big Bands 1942-45 Radio
McGhee Special
Andy Kirk and his 12 Clouds of Joy
Comm Rec
New York City
14 Jul 1942
Open + Smiles
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
Slip Of The Lip
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Fourth War Loan Drive’
WEAF NBC NY
1 May 1943
One O’Clock Jump (open) + Unidentified Time
Johnny Otis Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Set 7
Sweet Bands on 1930-40s Wireless
You Are My Dream
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Glass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
It Was Just One Of Those Things
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles
13 May 1946
Words Of Love
Eddy Howard Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
5 Dec 1945
It’s A Whole New Thing
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
New York City
1938
Set 8
Bop Inspired Radio
Moppin’ The Blues
Pete Brown Quintette
Comm Rec
New York City
11 Jul 1944
A Minor Thing + In Your Own Sweet Way
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
High On An Open Mike
Fats Navarro (tp) Bill Harris (tb) Alen Eager, Charlie Ventura (ts) Ralph Burns (piano) Al Valente (g) Chubby Jackson (b) Buddy Rich (d)
‘Saturday Night Swing Session’
WNEW NY
12 Apr 1947
Fine and Dandy
Slim Gaillard Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
2 Jun 1951

New Album! Free Download. November Newsletter – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


STOP PRESS

Just in this minute!

Exciting news from the US. “Too Marvelous” from Back In Your Own Backyard is the featured track at All About Jazz today. Listen to it and download it for free from here.

After 30 Oct, you can check it out on this video, filmed in New Zealand while the band was performing at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival…

 

Hello Bakeliters,

New Album, Back In Your Own Backyard. On Sale from Today!

31 October. The new Modern Vintage album of 1920s-30s songs by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Back In Your Own Backyard, can now be downloaded from your favourite online music shop from today. 12 swinging trad jazz knee-knockers with authentic 1920s-30s vocals…

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1920s – 1930s jazz album Back In Your Own Backyard by Greg Poppleton

Listen free before you buy at:

Bandcamp

iTunes

Amazon

 

A Dozen Swinging 1920s-30s Songs For Your Listening Pleasure…
1. Cake Walking Babies From Home
2. They Didn’t Believe Me
3. Too Marvelous for Words
4. I’ll See You in My Dreams
5. Back in Your Own Backyard
6. Egyptian Ella
7. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
8. Honeysuckle Rose
9. Nobody’s Sweetheart
10. Lady Is a Tramp
11. Makin’ Whoopee
12. Yes, We Have No Bananas

 

In the Band
Back In Your Own Backyard has the best of Sydney’s classic jazz scene playing your favourite songs’

Paul Furniss: soprano sax, alto sax and clarinet
Geoff Power: sousaphone, trumpet and trombone
Grahame Conlon: steel string Spanish guitar
Lawrie Thompson: drums and washboard
Greg Poppleton: 1920s – 30s vocals

 

Online Bargains

The CD will be posted to you from Bandcamp for $12 USD + postage (which works out close to the $20 AUD the CDs for at gigs, like next Sunday’s at Sydney Rowing Club, 613 Great North Road, Abbotsford 3-6pm Free).

The digital album downloads CD quality straight to your device for only $5 USD.

 

 

ARIA Jazz Charts

When you buy or download the album from Bandcamp today ARIA will be counting each purchase towards their weekly ARIA jazz chart.

How’s that? Buying Back In Your Own Backyard CD or download could put Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters in the Australian Jazz Top Ten for the week! (The pre-orders have been going strong, so it’s, in turn, a strong possibility).

 

Movie Music

They Didn’t Believe Me has already been selected to be used in the soundtrack from the German-Israeli movie co-production ‘The Cakemaker’.

 

Do You Have These Albums?
Greg Poppleton has released six albums of 1920s-30s jazz and swing all available on Bandcamp, iTunes and CDBaby:

2006 – The Phantom Dancer: Album of the Week: Women’s Vintage Radio (US)

2012 – Doin’ The Charleston: Album of the Week: 2CH Commercial Radio Sydney, ArtSoundFM Canberra, 5MBS Adelaide.

2013 – Sweet Sue: Album of the Week: 102.5FM Fine Music Sydney, ArtSoundFM

2014 – 1920s-30s Background Chill Mix 1 (songs from 3 albums) 770,000 YouTube views

2015 – 1920s-30s Background Chill Mix 2 (songs from 3 albums)   60,000 YouTube views

2016 – Back In Your Own Backyard. Release date 31 October.

 

November Gigs

Sun 6 Nov   3-6pm Sydney Rowing Club, 613 Great North Road, Abbotsford. Free

Fri 14 Nov 6:45pm Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, 41 Oxford St, Surry Hills (last 1920s Gin Mill Social for 2016) TICKETS

 

New Website
Check out the new website for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters later this week. Better layout, more photos, movie posters, more music with song links for you to buy and share. Enjoy!

 

Weddings, Corporate Events and Birthday Parties
We love adding 1920s-1930s glamour to your special occasion.

Email or call to Tony to find out more 61 2 9567 7171  0407 941 263.

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