3 April 2018 Phantom Dancer. Helen Keller On How The Deaf Heard Radio Music In The 1920s


There’re some rare, rare early jazz radio broadcasts for your listening pleasure on this week’s Phantom Dancer. And below, read an insight from Helen Keller about how radio brought music to the deaf in the 1920s.

The Phantom Dancer is produced and presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s-style singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. It’s made in the studios of 2SER in Sydney. The Phantom Dancer is heard across Australia on stations of the Community Radio Network.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (and past Phantom Dancers online) at radio 2ser.com

Greg Poppleton music website.

In this week’s mix, you’ll hear sets of radio broadcasts by Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman over three days in October 1937 and The Andrew Sisters. There’s also a set of WW2 European dance bands from Prague, Moscow and Hilversum. The Prague recording features Andrew Sisters soundalikes, The Allan Sisters (Allanovy Sestry).

But the rare, rare radio comes from January 1929. Four ‘Sunny Meadows Washing Machine Programs’ featuring the Ray Miller Orchestra. These were recorded on five minute 78 rpm discs – six discs to a 30 minute show.

1920s radio set
1920s radio set

And that got me thinking about 1920s radio and how it was perceived. That’s when I found two letters from 1924 and 1926 quoted by Timmy D. Taylor in his paper, ‘Music and the Rise of Radio in 1920s
America: technological imperialism, socialization, and the transformation of intimacy’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2002.

The two letters come from the very early years of radio as a mass entertainment medium. They both describe how deaf people could ‘hear’ music on the radio.

 

HELEN KELLER REPORTS…

Helen Keller
Helen Keller

The first letter is from the famous deaf and blind social activist, Helen Keller, in 1924.

It is a letter to the Symphony Society of New York and describes her joy at hearing a symphonic concert on WEAF Radio, New York City.

“I have the joy of being able to tell you that, though deaf and blind, I spent a glorious hour last night listening over the radio to Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony.’

I do not mean to say that I ‘heard’ the music in the sense that other people heard it; and I do not know whether I can make you understand how it was possible for me to derive pleasure from the symphony. It was a great
surprise to myself. I had been reading in my magazine for the blind of the happiness that the radio was bringing to the sightless everywhere. I was delighted to know that the blind had gained a new source of enjoyment; but
I did not dream that I could have any part in the joy.

Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony some one suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations. He unscrewed the top, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm. What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibrations, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music. The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me. I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roll of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison. How the lovely speech of the violins flowed and flowed over the deepest tones of the other instruments! When the human voices leaped up thrilling from the surge of harmony, I recognized them instantly as voices. I felt the chorus grow more exultant, more ecstatic, upcurving swift and flame-like, until my heart almost stood still. The women’s voices seemed an embodiment of all the angelic voices rushing in a harmonious flood of beautiful and inspiring sound. The great chorus throbbed against my Žfingers with poignant pause and flow. Then all the instruments and voices together burst forth—an ocean of heavenly vibration—and died away like winds with the atom is spent, ending in a delicate shower of sweet notes.

Of course, this was not hearing, but I do know that the tones and harmonies conveyed to me moods of great beauty and majesty. I also sensed, or thought I did, the tender sounds of nature that sing into my hand—swaying reeds and
winds and the murmur of streams. I have never been so enraptured before by a multitude of tone-vibrations. As I listened, with darkness and melody, shadow and sound filling all the room, I could not help remembering that the great composer who poured forth such a flood of sweetness into the world was deaf like myself. I marveled
at the power of his quenchless spirit by which out of his pain he wrought such joy for others—and there I sat, feeling with my hand the magniŽficent symphony which broke like a sea upon the silent shores of his soul and mine.

Let me thank you warmly for all the delight which your beautiful music has brought to my household and to me. I want also to thank Station WEAF for the joy they are broadcasting in the world.”

 

JAZZING THE DEAF

The second report about the deaf ‘hearing’ radio in the 1920s comes from ‘Jazzing the deaf by radio’, Popular Radio, March 1926, p. 296.

“This information has been conveyed to Paul Ash, orchestra leader and radio star of KYW in letters from several women who explain that these are the only sounds they have been able to hear and that they enjoy the jazz music although otherwise deaf.

A famous ear specialist of Chicago has become interested in the subject, it is reported, and is conducting a series of tests to determine the possibilities of utilizing this means of ‘bone conduction’ of sound so that those
who have lost normal hearing may through radio have the pleasures of music.

When the unique investigation has been completed the renowned specialist promises the issuance of a report and a test program over the air is to be given with deaf persons asked to ‘listen in’ and to report what they ‘hear’.”

 

VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Videos of the Week feature Helen Keller herself.

In the first video, the teacher who taught her to speak, Anne Sullivan (who was blind herself), explains with Helen demonstrating, how Helen learnt to talk after hitherto being dumb as well as deaf and blind. Her first word was ‘it’. Her first sentence, “I am not dumb now.” Be amazed…

And here is a 1919 dramatisation of her childhood. The film is called ‘Deliverance’…

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #309

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 April 2018
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
Russ Morgan his Wah-Wah Trombone and his Orchestra
Does Your Heart Beat For Me?
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1937
Sheik of Araby
Russ Morgan Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Apr 1944
Open Up That Door and Let Me In + So Long (Close)
Russ Morgan Orchestra (voc) Al Jennings
‘One Night Stand’
Garden Room
Hotel Claremont
Berkeley Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Jun 1945
Set 2
Andrew Sisters on Radio
Open + Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe
Andrew Sisters with Raymond Paige Orchestra
‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
6 Sep 1945
Begin the Beguine
Andrew Sisters with Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
31 Jan 1940
White Christmas + Jingle Bells Nash Ad + Apple Blossom Time (Close)
Andrew Sisters with Curt Massey and Vic Schoen Orchestra
‘Nash – Kelvinator Show’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
19 Dec 1945
Set 3
Swing from WWII Europe
Poznate lehce nas rytmus
Allanovy Sestry
Comm Rec
Prague
17 Dec 1942
Baron von der Pschek (Bel Mir Bist Du Schoen)
Leonid Utesov
Comm Rec
Moscow
1943
Ja
De Ramblers (voc) Ferry Barendse and Band
Comm Rec
Hilversum
2 Mar 1944
Set 4
Benny Goodman – 3 Days in October 1937
Stardust on the Moon + Dear Old Southland
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Where or When + Someday Sweetheart
Benny Goodman Trio and Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Dixieland Band + Goodbye
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual NY
23 Oct 1937
Set 5
Duke Ellington on 1951-53 Radio
VIP’s Boogie
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Aircheck
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
4 Oct 1953
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC New York
11 Jun 1951
Great Times
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
11 Feb 1951
Just a Sit-in’ and a Rockin’ + Mood Indigo
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Set 6
Ray Miller on 1929 Radio
Open + Angry
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
I’ll Never Ask For More
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Mary Williams
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
Tell Me Who + There’s No Place Like Home (theme)
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Bob Nolan
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
25 Jan 1929
Set 7
Bob Crosby 1939 Radio
South Rampart Street Parade
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
27 Jun 1939
Little Rock Getaway
Bob Crosby Orchestra (piano) Joe Sullivan
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
4 Jul 1939
O, You Crazy Moon
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
11 Jul 1939
Diga Diga Doo
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
18 Jul 1939
Set 8
Buddy Rich Radio
Rain on the Riff (theme) + Cool Breeze
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Phoenixville PA
Mutual
24 Dec 1945
Nellie’s Nightmare
Buddy Rich Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
1947
In a Prescribed Manner
Buddy Rich Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Nov 1958
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13 March Phantom Dancer – Ukuleles


A hint of ukuleles takes a set on this week’s The Phantom Dancer with Harry Reser and Wendall Hall from 1925 and 1931.

The Phantom Dancer is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

Hear the show and past Phantom Dancers at the Radio 2SER website.

Presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer, this week’s Phantom Dancer also has a set of shuffle from 1940s radio, Les Paul and Mary Ford from their 1950 radio series, and Charlie Parker from live January – February 1949 ‘Symphony Sid Show’ broadcasts

 

UKELELE

Synonymous with Hawaii and the 1920s Jazz Age, the ukulele harks back to the 1880s as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete. The name roughly translates as ‘jumping flea’.

Its popularity in Hawaiian music and culture came mainly through the royal patronage of King Kalākaua. He added it to the music played at Hawaiian royal gatherings.

A lute-like instrument, the uke commonly has four nylon strings. It can also have six or eight strings with strings paired.

Ukes come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. Sopranino and contrabass ukes are also played.

 

WORLDWIDE

The 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco is credited with having introduced the ukulele to the wider world (even though the ukulele was mentioned in print in New York in 1907 and related Hawaiian guitar duos were already recording for HMV London in 1914).

The Hawaiian Pavilion at the 1915 Exposition had a guitar and ukulele ensemble plus George E. K. Awai and his Royal Hawaiian Quartet and ukulele maker and player Jonah Kumalae.

The popularity of the ensembles with visitors launched a fad for Hawaiian-themed songs among Tin Pan Alley songwriters. These made the uke as big a hallmark of 1920s America as The Charleston and the Raccoon coat.

In fact, Tin Pan Alley sheet music up to the swing era often had ukulele tablature printed on top of the vocal and piano lead sheet for the home ukeist.

Japan is the second home for the uke. It was introduced to Japan in 1929 by Hawaiian-born Yukihiko Haida. The country still has big ukulele clubs.

In the UK, the ukulele is synonymous with 1930s comedian, George Formby, even though, Formby often played the banjolele.

The banjolele is a hybrid instrument consisting of an extended ukulele neck with a banjo resonator body. Bertie Wooster tried to learn banjolele much to the chagrin of his personal gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in the P. G. Wodehouse novels.

RESURGENCE

Today, the ukulele has had a resurgence in popularity. The Jazz Age revival, the ukulele’s ease of play, its portability and its low cost has made it as popular today with amateur players as it was in the 1920s. There are even electric ukuleles.

In the Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s band, the ukulele is played by Chuck Morgan (playing the uke of a famous 1920s Hollywood star) and Grahame Conlon on Roaring ’20s songs like Tip Toe Through the Tulips and Singing in the Rain. Greg Poppleton band website

Your Phantom Dancer ukulele Video of the Week. It’s a June 1926 Vitaphone short featuring ‘The Wizard of the Strings’, Roy Smeck. He plays Hawaiian guitar, ukulele, then banjo in this pre-‘The Jazz Singer’ sound-on-disc short film. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y3f9CWCTes

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #307

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 March 2018
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
The Lesser Known 1940s Dance Bands
Poor Bubber
Rex Stewart Orchestra
Comm Rec
Hollywood
3 Jul 1941
Open + Smoke Rings (theme) A Sure Thing
Glen Grey and the Casa Loma Orchestra (voc) Eugenie Baird
‘One Night Stand’
Tune Town Ballroom
St Louis
AFRS Re-broadcast
5 Apr 1944
I Got Rhythm + Close
Lenny Conn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 2
Count Basie 1956 Radio
One O’Clock Jump (Theme) + Sixteen Men Swinging
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
2 Jul 1956
Shiny Stockings
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
9 Jan 1956
One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
14 May 1956
Set 3
Hint of Ukulele
Ukulele Lady
Harry Reser Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
1 Jun 1925
Lonely Lane + Land of My Sunset Dreams + Melancholy Moon + It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More + Aloha Oe
Wendall Hall
’The Pineapple Picadour’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Apr 1931
Set 4
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Open + Brazil
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford Show’
NBC
12 May 1950
Dry My Tears
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford Show’
NBC
30 Jun 1950
The Rustic Dance + Looking For The Bully of the Town + If A Nightingale Could Sing Like You (theme)
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford Show’
NBC
30 Jun 1950
Set 5
1940s Swing Bands on the Wireless
Cape Horn
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Aircheck
1944
Lover
Joe Marsala Orchestra
Aircheck
Log Cabin Farm
Armouk NY
30 Oct 1942
Mister Pastor Goes To Town
Tony Pastor Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
Feb 1942
In a Russian Foxhole
Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle
WOR Mutual NYC
5 Aug 1944
Set 6
1940s Trad Style Big Bands
Back To Croajingalong
George Trevare Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
1945
Intro + I Ain’t Gonna Give No One None Of My Jelly Roll + Secrets in the Moonlight + Shake Down the Stars + Out of this World + Yours is My Heart Alone + I Love You Much Too Much
Bud Freeman Summa Cum Laude Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
Complainin’
Bob Crosby Orchestra Orchestra
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker
WOR Mutual NYC
25 Mar 1940
It Had To Be You (request)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
25 Nov 1938
Set 7
Shuffle Rhythm
Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Red Ingle
‘Beat The Band’
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Good Morning
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Quaker City Jazz
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Arcadia Restaurant
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
2 Dec 1938
Sidewalks of Cuba + When Day is Done (theme)
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1935
Set 8
Charlie Parker at the Royal Roost jan-Feb 1949
Scrapple From The Apple
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
15 Jan 1949
Barbados
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1949
Oo Bop Sh’bam
Charlie Parker (voc) CP and Band
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
22 Jan 1949
Salt Peanuts
Charlie Parker (voc) CP
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
19 Feb 1949

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 –

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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

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!

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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