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
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24 October Phantom Dancer – Don Redman 1920s Swing Pioneer


Thank you to everyone who supported 2SER and The Phantom Dancer during this October’s Subscriber Drive.

I’m looking forward to presenting another year of Phantom Dancer shows for you. The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV broadcasts.

In December, The Phantom Dancer will have been on air in various forms for 32 years.

Hear The Phantom Dancer live on 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday after the midday news and online at radio 2ser.com

See today’s play list below. It includes a 1956 ‘Rock’n’Roll Party’ WCBS NYC aircheck from 1956 of the swinging Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Williams and Big Al Sears. There’s also a RARE Don Redman aircheck from the same radio station when it was known as WABC and from 1933.

PROGRAM NOTES – DON REDMAN 1920s SWING PIONEER

My favourite 1930s singer and composer of witty songs, Don Redman talked-sung his way through many of his own compositions exceptional charisma.

Songs written by Don Redman include the jazz standard, Cherry, I Heard, Try Getting a Good Night’s Sleep,
Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good to You and today’s Phantom Dancer rarity, Watching the Knife and Fork Spoon.

It’s a rarity because extant Don Redman radio broadcasts are rare. In fact, I heard they were long lost. But the 1933 Don Redman radio broadcast on today’s Phantom Dancer sound like it comes from a home recording with all the crackle, surface noice and static. But though all the noise, the classic Redman charm shines through.

Don Redman had musical parents. He started learning trumpet at 3, joined his first band at 6, and could play all wind instruments by 12. He polished his musical knowledge at a conservatory, then began work as a professional jazz musician in New York City in the early 1920s.

In 1923 he joined the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra playing reeds and arrangements. His arrangements contributed hugely to the development of what become Swing. In 1927 he was invited to join McKinney’s Cotton Pickers as their musical director and leader and made it a huge success.

Don Redman then formed his own band in 1931, signed to Brunswick Records and also did a series of those now rare radio broadcasts, part of one of which we’ll hear today.

You can hear Don Redman online in the Betty Boop cartoon ‘I Heard’ for which he wrote the music and this Vitaphone musical short which has been a Phantom Dancer Video of the Week.

In 1940 he turned to freelance arranging, writing hits for Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie and Harry James.

Don Redman is was the great-uncle of saxophonist Joshua Redman.

Now as your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, here is the much faster tempo commercial recording made by Don Redman in 1933 of his song, Watching the Knife and Fork Spoon. You can hear the live 1933 radio version on today’s Phantom Dancer. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #284

107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 October 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
Dance Bands on 1941-45 Radio
Come Out Where Ever You Are
Harry James Music Makers (voc) Buddy DiVito
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KFI NBC LA
1944
Paxtonia
George Paxton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
New York City
AFRS re-broadcast
19 Jul 1945
War Dance For Wooden Indians + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Bermuda Room
Hotel Brunswick
WBZ NBC Boston
6 Dec 1941
Set 2
Club Hangover on 1954 Radio
Relaxing at the Touro (theme) + That Dada Strain
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
27 Nov 1954
Stomp, Mr Henry Lee!
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
17 Apr 1954
One O’Clock Jump + Deep Forest (theme)
Earl Hines
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Jan 1954
Set 3
1956 Rock’n’Roll Radio
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Perdido + Low Light + Beaver junction
Count Basie Orchestra
’Alan Freed Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Give Me Someone To Love
Joe Williams
’Alan Freed Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Right Now + Teeners’ Canteen
Big Al Sears
’Alan Freed Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Set 4
Early Swing 1933-36 Radio
Theme + Watching The Knife and Fork Spoon
Don Redman Orchestra (voc) Don Redman
Casino de Paree
WABC CBS NY
22 Dec 1933
I Got Rhythm
Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
5 May 1935
Honeysuckle Rose
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Feb 1936
Set 5
1930s-1940s Australian Dance Bands
Fair and Warmer
Jim Davidson New Palais Dance Orchestra (voc) Austral Singers
Comm Rec
Sydney
7 Sep 1934
Jungle Jive
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Hang Your Heart On A Hickory Limb
Jim Davidson ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jul 1939
Shoo Shoo Baby
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Set 6
Women Singers with 1950s Big Bands
Theme + Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Patty Ryan
’One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Jun 1955
Till I Waltz Again With You
Harry James Orchestra (voc) April Ames
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NY
25 May 1953
Too Young To Go Steady
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
May 1956
Indian summer
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Norma Oldham
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
6 Jun 1951
Set 7
Swing Era Toe-Tappers
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Huckleberry Duck
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1940
I’m Looking For A Guy Who Plays Alto and Baritone Doubles on a Clarinet and Wears a Size 37 Suit
Ozzie Nelson Orchestra (voc) Rose Ann Stevens
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
30 Mar 1940
Honeydripper
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Trio
’Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Blue Network
23 Nov 1945
Solid Geometry For Squares
Joe Marsala Orchestra (harp) Adele Girard
Band Remote
Log Cabin
New York
23 Oct 1942
Set 8
Bop and Cool
Broadway
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WJZ NYC
9 May 1953
I Want a Little Girl
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1957
Koko + Anthropology (theme)
Barry Ulanov All Star Metronome Jazzmen
WOR Mutual NY
8 Nov 1947

Fats Waller’s Classical Background – 19 September Phantom Dancer Radio Show Play List


If the 19 September Phantom Dancer radio show is anything to go by, the 26 September non-stop mix of swing and dance from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV is going to be the best show ever.

This week you’ll hear Fats Waller, Benny Goodman and news on the European Crisis over WABC NY in 1938 which we didn’t get to hear on last week’s show. We ran out of time with so much good music.

There’s also a set of women bop singers including Sarah Vaughan and Jackie Kane, and tune in for Part 4 in the Harry James aircheck series 1948-51.

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV is presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer since 1985.

You can now hear it live-streamed and online on Radio 2SER’s website: http://www.2ser.com/phantomdancer.

See the full play list below.

FATS WALLER

Fats Waller was a composer, pianist and entertainer. He wrote such jazz standards as Keeping Out of Mischief Now, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Honeysuckle Rose. You’ll hear him play his popular tune, The Joint is Jumpin’, on today’s Phantom Dancer on a live WABC NYC broadcast from 1938.

What’s little known about Fats Waller is the classic background that informed his unique jazz stride piano style.

Waller’s grandfather was an accomplished violinist. His mother, Adeline, was a church organist. She taught him to play organ, gave him his first lessons in classical music, and hired a tutor for him. His church musical director introduced him to the works of J.S. Bach.

1920s stride piano stars James P. Johnson and Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith later mentored Fats, teaching him stride piano style and introducing him to the works of impressionistic composers of the nineteenth century.

Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #280

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 September 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Tunes on 1936 Radio
On The Beach At Bali Bali
Teddy Stauffer and his Original Teddies
Comm Rec
Berlin
19 Sep 1936
The Way You Look Tonight
Freddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Freddy Rich
’Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
21 Oct 1936
Fix It Easy + Ro-Ro-Rolling Along (theme)
Bob Crosby’s Bobcats (theme voc: The Freshmen)
’Ford V8 Revue’
Radio Transcription
NBC NYC
1936
Set 2
1947 Swing Radio
Spring Isn’t Everything
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Stuart Foster
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
1947
Naughty Angeline
Nat King Cole Trio (voc) Nat King Cole
’King Cole Trio Time’
KFI NBC Hollywood
5 Jul 1947
Come To The Mardi Gras + Close
Ray Eberle Orchestra
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Set 3
1950s Big Bands
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Little Pony
Count Basie Orchestra
’Stars in Jazz’
WNBC NBC NY
31 Jul 1952
I’ll Take Romance
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) June Christy
’The Charlie Barnet Show’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
20 Jan 1957
Limelight + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra
’Concert in Miniature’
WBOW NBC Terre Haute IN
16 Jun 1953
Set 4
Swing Bands on 1945 Radio
Theme + No Can Do
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) Judy Tremain
’One Night Stand’
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
Caldonia (theme) + You Was Right, Baby
Louis Jordan Tympani 5 (voc) LJ
Zanzibar Cafe
WOR Mutual NYC
15 Oct 1945
Taco Tico + Close
Clyde Lucas Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
12 Jan 1945
Set 5
Women Bop Singers
What More Can A Woman Do?
Dizzy Gillespie Septet (voc) Sarah Vaughan
Comm Rec
New York City
25 May 1945
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kain and Roy Kral (voc) Charlie Ventura Group
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1948
The Man I Love
Benny Goodman Sextet (voc) Patti Page
’One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
3 Jun 1948
I’m Glad There’s You
Jackie Kain (voc) Charlie Ventura Group
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1948
Set 6
Harry James on 1948-51 Radio
Open + How High The Moon
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
1948
Ciribiribin (theme) + Don’t Be That Way
Harry James Jazz Octet
Blue Room
Roosevelt Hotel
WWJ CBS New Orleans
1950
Open + New York Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
1949
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Jazz Octet
Blue Room
Roosevelt Hotel
WWJ CBS New Orleans
1950
Set 7
1930s Radio Dance Bands
You Stayed Away To Long
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Moonshine Over Kentucky + Heigh Ho
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WOR MBS NY
3 May 1938
St Louis Blues
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (tb) Jack Teagarden
’Paul Whiteman’s Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue
New York City
16 Feb 1936
My Melancholy Baby + The White Star of Sigma Nu
Joe Haymes Orchestra
Grill Room
Hotel McAlfin
WABC CBS NYC
29 Jan 1935
Set 8
1938 Radio, WABC New York
The Joint is Jumping / Summertime / Stomping At The Savoy
Fats Waller
’This is New York’
WABC CBS NY
11 Dec 1938
CBS News
WABC CBS NY
25 Sep 1938
Love Me Or Leave Me
Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
23 Aug 1938

9 May Phantom Dancer – The Greatest Double Bass Film Performance (1946)


Here’s your Phantom Dancer radio show play list and Video of the Week for Tuesday 9 May.

Two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985.

In this week’s mix hear a set of Women Singers and Headliners on 1930s-40s Radio and dance bands from love 1937 radio.

The last hour is all vinyl.

Live-streamed and archived online at 2ser.com, your Phantom Dancer is heard on over 22 radio stations.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens. Forget the clown who titled this clip with ‘Hilarious’, watch the double bass player, he is brilliant.
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 #262

107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 May 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Swing Bands on mid-1940s Radio
Poinciana (Open) + Rise and Shine/I Want To Be Happy
Garwood Van Orchestra
Starlight Room
Hotel Chase
St Louis
Mutual Network
9 Aug 1944
Walking Stick
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ ABC NYC
22 Sep 1947
I Hear You Screaming + Moonlight Serenade (close)
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
2 Oct 1946
Set 2
Swing Bands on 1959-1961 Radio
It Took Ten Days Blues
Jerry Gary and his Band of Today
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC Los Angeles
30 Oct 1959
Redskin Rhumba (Open) + Skyliner
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC Los Angeles
12 Sep 1959
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
El Patio Ballroom
KCBS CBS San Francisco
20 May 1961
Set 3
Early Radio Music
All Muggled Up
Blue Steele Orchestra
Comm Rec
Memphis
15 May 1930
Ooh That Kiss
The Nehi Quartet
’Nehi Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1931
Land of Sunset Dreams + Melancholy Moon + It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More (theme)
Wendall Hall
’The Pineapple Picador’
KTSP NBC Minneapolis
2 Apr 1931
Set 4
Women Singers in 1938-39 New York City Swing Bands
Bluebirds in the Moonlight
Marion Hutton (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue
7 Dec 1939
East of the Sun
Bea Wain (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
’RCA Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Feb 1940
When I Go A-Dreaming
Helen Forrest (voc) Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1938
Set 4
Women Vocal Trios On Air
Il Pinguino Innimorato
Trio Lescano and Silvana Fires (voc) Pippo Barzizza Orchestra
Cetra, Rome
1940
I’ve Got No Strings
Andrew Sisters (voc) Glenn Miller Orchestra
’Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
13 Feb 1940
Shoo Shoo Baby
Thrasher Sisters (voc) Phil Davis Orchestra
’Fountain Of Fun’
WLW Cincinnati
21 Nov 1943
Set 5
Women Singers and Headliners on 1930s-40s Radio
I Wish I Were Twins
Valaida Snow (voc) Billy Mason Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
18 Jan 1935
From The Land of the Sky Blue Water
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
’Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
It’s Funny To Everyone But Me
Helen Ward (voc) Bob Crosby Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
18 Jul 1939
My Baby Said Yes
Irene Day (voc) Charlie Spivak Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Feb 1945
Set 6
Swing on 1937 Radio
Cosmic Rhythm
Seger Ellis and his Choirs of Brass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
Russian Swing
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Marek Windheim and Alexander Chorus
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Aug 1937
St Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
’Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
Swing It, Brother, Swing
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Billie Holliday
Savoy Ballroom
Aircheck NYC
30 Jun 1937
Set 7
Early 1930s Radio Jazz and Dance Bands
Cheer Up and Ballyhoo
Eddie Cantor (voc) Phil Spitalny’s Music, Bob Effros (tp) Joe Venuty (violin)
Hit of the Week Record
New York City
Oct 1931
Dinah
Freddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Bob Effros (tp)?
’Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Do The New York
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
’Cocoanut Grove’
TRANSCO Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (1920s and 1940s version)
’Forever Pops’
ABC Chicago
1950
Set 8
Bop on Radio
Katzenjammer’s Ball
Jack Allen’s Original Katzenjammers
Comm Rec
Sydney
23 Feb 1950
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Three Little Words
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
5 Sep 1956
Cheryl
Charlie Parker Quintet
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1 Jan 1949

25 April Phantom Dancer – Boswell Sisters Film Clip ‘Crazy People’ (1932)


The Phantom Dancer, which I’ve been presenting on 107.3 2SER Sydney since 1985, is your non-stop 2 hour swing and jazz mix from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

Today’s Phantom Dancer includes:
– a set of Duke Ellington trombonist’s Juan Tizol compositions,
– a set of Cuban rhythms by Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnez,
– 2 sets of rare mid-1930s swing and more from live 1920s-60s radio and TV broadcasts.

You can now hear today’s show online at radio 2SER.

And the last hour is all vinyl!

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week: The Boswell Sisters singing ‘Crazy People’ in 1932. Enjoy!

 

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #260

107.3 2SER Tuesday 25 April 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12 noon
2SER Sundays 5 – 6pm
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 30 other stations.

Set 1
1930s Swing on the Wireless
Back Room Romp (A Contrapuntal Stomp)
Rex Stewart and his 52nd Street Sompers
Comm Rec
NYC
7 July 1937
Margie
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York
6 Sep 1938
Here Comes Your Pappy Down The Own Dusty Road + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) The Freshman
‘Ford V-8 Revue’
NYC
1936
Set 2
The Songs of Juan Tizol
Zambu
Harry James Orchestra featuring Juan Tizol
Meadowbrook Gardens
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
Feb 1946
Take The A-Train (theme) + Caravan
Duke Ellington featuring Juan Tizol (tb)
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
24 Nov 1952
Perdido + Lullaby of Birdland (theme)
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars In Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 53
Is There Life On Other Planets?
Various Learned Professors
‘University of Chicago Roundtable’
NBC Chicago
1948
Set 3
The Great Jazz Singers of the 1950s on Radio and Tv
Keeps On Raining
Billie Holliday
‘Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
1949
You’re My Thrill
Carmen McCrea
‘All-Star Parade Of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Linger Awhile + Tenderly (Close)
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Sardi’s Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 4
Cuban Rhythms – Cugie and Desi on the Radio
Open + Brazil
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Choir
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Cachita
Desi Arnez Orchestra (voc) DA
Ciro’s
Hollywood
KNX CBS LA
1946
Chiu Chiu + Close
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Nita Rosa
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 5
1944 – 1946 Radio Swing on One Night Stand
Cherokee
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Radio Transcription
21 Jul 1944
Zanzi
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jul 1945
On The Road To Mandalay
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Joplin, Missouri
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Mar 1946
Holiday For Swing + Trinidad
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Set 6
1930s Swing on the Radio
can You Take It?
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York
18 Aug 1933
Let’s Dance (theme) + Te Object Of My Affection
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Buddy Clark
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1934
Zonky
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Dec 1935
Happy As The Day Is Long + Close
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exposition
Dallas
Aug 1936
Set 7
Bix Beidebecke
Singin’ The Bluess
Frankie Trambauer Orchestra Orchestra, Bix Beidebecke (cnt) The 1st recorded jazz ballad?
Comm Rec
New York
4 Feb 1927
In A Mist + Candlelight – both composed by Bix
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson (piano)
‘Eddie Condon’s Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue Network NY
22 Jul 1944
You Took Advantage Of Me
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Bing Crosby (cnt) Bix Beidebecke
Comm Rec
New York
28 Apr 1928
Set 8
Bop Singers On The Air
What’s The Matter Now?
Clyde Hart’s All-Stars (tp) Dizzy Gillespie (voc) Rubberleg Williams
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
Hurry Home + Deedle + Royal Roost Bop
Dave Lambert and Buddy Stewart (voc)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 Mar 1949
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kane and Roy Kral (voc) Charlie Ventura Quartet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NY
1949
Romance Without Finance
Charlie Parker Quintet (voc) Jimmy Butts
Comm Rec
NYC
15 Sep 1944

21 March Phantom Dancer Swing Jazz Radio – Les Brown Dance of Renown Telescription 1945


The Phantom Dancer radio show is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton since 1985.

In this week’s mix, enjoy a mix of Les Brown from 1938-45 radio, women bandleaders on 1943-45 radio and a set of jazz piano stars on 1950s-60s radio.

Now online at Radio 2SER.com. LISTEN

See the play list below.

Live-streamed and archived online at 2ser.com, your Phantom Dancer is heard on over 22 radio stations.

Your Phantom Dancer video of the Week: Les Brown and his Band of Renown with the Dance of Renown

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 #256

107.3 2SER Tuesday 21 March 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
Dance Bands From Late 1930s Radio
Twilight In Turkey
Tommy Dorsey’s Clambake Seven
Comm Rec
New York City
15 Apr 1937
The Lamp Is Low + Ads
The King’s Men
‘Sunrise’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Like The Wind You Are Gone + Thinking of You (theme)
Kay Kyser Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WGN MBS Chicago
21 Sep 1939
Set 2
Jazz Piano Stars On 1950s-60s Radio
Too Young (piano) + After All It’s Spring
Frankie Carle Orchestra (piano) Frankie Carle (voc) Joan House
‘One Night Stand’
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
1951
Instrumental
Thelonius Monk (piano) Quintet
Connie Mack Park
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
3 Mar 1960
Walkin’ + Close
Andre Previn (piano) Trio
‘One Night Stand’
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Set 3
The Original Phantom Dancer Radio Show
A Boy and a Girl Were Dancing + The Song of Surrender (from Moulin Rouge) + One Morning In May + The Carioca + I’ll String Along With You + Will You Be Hating Me Tomorrow For Loving You Tonight + A Boy and a Girl Were Dancing
Uncredited Singers and Orchestra
‘The Phantom Dancer Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 4
Women Bandleaders On 1943-45 Radio
Down By The Riverside
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
2 Aug 1943
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Rose Murphy
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
18 Jan 1945
Sweet Georgia Brown
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
5 Jun 1944
Prelude In C# Minor + Close
Dorothy Donnegan
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
5 Jun 1944
Set 5
Swing Bands on 1944-45 Radio
Dancing Room Only
Tony Pastor Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
May 1945
My What A Fry + Jumpin’ At The Woodside
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
5 May 1944
Blue Bells of Harlem + I’m Beginning To See The Light
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’
Radio City
WJZ ABC NY
7 Jul 1945
Set 6
Dance Bands On 1936 Radio
Organ Grinders Swing
Red Nichols Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
30 Nov 1936
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter + Christopher Columbus
Fats Waller and his Rhythm
‘Magic Key’
WEAF NBC Red NY
24 May 1936
Three Little Words
Lee Wiley
WABC CBS NY
12 Aug 1936
Walking The Dog
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
9 Jan 1936
Set 7
Les Brown and his Orchestra 1938 – 45 Radio
Dance of the Blue Devils (theme) + Spain
Les Brown and his Blue Devils
Green Room
Hotel Edison
New York City
22 Nov 1938
Rhapsody in Blue
Les Brown and his Band of Renown
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Dec 1945
A Red Kiss On A Blue Letter
Les Brown and his Band of Renown
Peacock Room
Baker Hotel
CBS Dallas
9 Aug 1945
Bizet Has His Day + Leap Frog (theme)
Les Brown and his Band of Renown
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
28 Dec 1945
Set 8
Bop and Hop On 1940s-50s Radio
A Night In Tunisia
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Mar 1949
Now’s The Time
Howard McGee
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Oct 1951
I’m Glad There’s You
Charlie Ventura (voc) Jackie Kain and Roy Kral
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1949

21 February 2017 Phantom Dancer Swing Jazz Mix – Why Is It So? (1960s TV)


The Phantom Dancer radio show is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton since 1985.

Live-streamed and archived online at 2ser.com. The Phantom Dancer is heard on over 22 radio stations.

You can hear it archived online now at radio 2ser.com

In the Phantom Dancer mix this week: (in the last hour of vinyl) airchecks by the Benny Goodman Orchestra and alumni Gene Krupa, Helen Ward and Harry James plus a set of women bands on radio including Ella Fitzgerald and Ann Mae Winburn.

See the full play list below.

Your Phantom Dancer video of the Week is another educational ‘Why Is It So?’ from ABC TV Sydney in the 1960s. In this episode, Professor Julius Sumner Miller investigates the fascinating physics behind balance.

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 #252

107.3 2SER Tuesday 21 February 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
Woody Herman on 1944 – 46 Radio
Blue Flame (theme) + Irresistible You
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York City
21 Aug 1944
Bijou
Woody Herman Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York City
23 Jul 1945
Wild Root + Blue Flame (theme)
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘Wild Root Creme Oil Show’
Eastwood Gardens
ABC Detroit Mich.
26 Apr 1946
Set 2
1950s Novelty Songs on the Radio
The Thing
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) PH and Band
Aircheck
Hollywood
1950
Wimoweh
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Band
Starlite Roof
Edgewater Hotel
CBS Madison Wis.
4 Aug 1952
Old Piano Roll Rock
Vincent Lopez Orchestra (voc) Johnny Messner
‘One Night Stand’
Grill Room
Hotel Taft NYC
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1959
Set 3
Piano Jazz and Dance on 1930s Radio
If You Were Someone Else + You and I Know + Goodbye Jonah
Fairchild and Carroll
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Sep 1937
The New York Boat
Ramona
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue
2 Feb 1936
Oceans of Time + Let’s Face The Music and Dance (close)
Dick Carroll and his Music
‘The World Dances’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Set 4
Stank Kenton 1941-45 Radio Transcriptions
Got A Penny, Jenny?
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) June Christy
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Dec 1945
Flamingo
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Red Dorris
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
6 Jan 1942
I Haven’t Got The Heart + Artistry In Rhythm (theme)
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Oct 1941
Set 5
Benny Goodman and alumni
Intro + Sugarfoot Stmp
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield Mass
Blue Network
29 Sep 1943
Theme + Amour
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
Aircheck
1941
My Funny Valentine
Helen Ward
‘Eddie Condon’s Floorshow’
WNBT-TV NBC NY
29 Mar 1949
Feet Draggin’ Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
Chatterbox
Mountainside NJ
Feb 1940
Set 6
Early 1930s Radio and Film Music
Gnädige Frau komm und spiel mit mir
Hans Albers
‘Quick’ (film)
Berlin
19 32
Wagon Wheels
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘Chrysler Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
You’re My Everything
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Pete Fylling
Peacock Court
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KGO NBC San Francisco
1932
Somebody Love Me
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Gelatine Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Set 7
Women Band Leaders on 1940s Radio
Galvanising
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
The Boogie Woogie Girl
Dorothy Chatman Orchestra (voc) Sammy Price
Comm Rec
New York City
6 Apr 1944
Central Avenue Boogie
Anna Mae Winburn (voc) International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Chewin’ Gum + I Wanna Be A Rug Cutter
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra (voc) EF
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Mar 1940
Set 8
Jazz on 1950s Telly
Them There Eyes
Billie Holliday
‘Tonight Show’
NBC Hollywood
1958
Ellington Medley
Duke Ellington (piano) Tommy Dorsey (tb) Jimmy Dorsey (as) Lee Castle (tp) Buddy Rich (d) and Orchestra
‘Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show’
CBS-TV NY
1 Jan 1955
St Louis Blues Jam Session
Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Gene Krupa, lionel Hampton and more
‘Second Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS-TV NY
30 Apr 1958