The Magic Key – Phantom Dancer 4 December 2018


HIGH ART AND PARODY

One of the more ambitious US radio shows of the 1930s was NBC Blue Network’s ‘The Magic Key of RCA’, ‘unlocking a world of entertainment’, as announcer Milton J Cross would intone. It was a show that featured opera, symphony, critique, comedy, swing and hillbilly and was ‘Hi-Brow’. Parodying that show from 1940 was NBC Blue’s ‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’, ‘showcasing the 3 B’s – barrelhouse, boogie woogie and the blues’. It was ‘Lo-Brow’. For a short time in 1944, it too was narrated by Milton J Cross. We hear these shows side-by-side on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton.

Milton J Cross

PHANTOM DANCER

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MAGIC KEY

magic key

The Magic Key of RCA ran on NBC’s Blue Network from 29 September 29 1935 till 18 September 1939.

NBC used this quality program to demonstrate the cultural contribution radio could make. This is made clear in Milton Cross’s script on the Magic Key mix from 1937 and 1938 I’m presenting for you this week.

From 1938, they also used the show to promote RCA TV.

It is also made clear from the shows’s content I’m presenting to you this week – a recitation by one of the great Shakespearean actors, Eva Le Gallienne, an announcement for a Magic Key Eugene Goosens concert and two selections by RCA Victor recording artist, Fats Waller.

PRE-INTERNET CALLOUT

We’ll also hear a curious and successful proto-internet reach-out over radio for a rare magazine by literary critic, Alexander Woolcott.

We hear the story of this pre-Facebook call-out, it’s success and his thank you. Fascinating.

STARS

Performers who appeared on The Magic Key include Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Ray Noble, Ruth Etting, Rudolf Ganz, Casper Reardon, Paul Robeson, Eddie Green, Jane Froman, Rudy Vallée, Irving Berlin, Darryl Zanuck, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power, Paul Whiteman, Efrem Zimbalist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vienna Boys’ Choir, Gladys Swarthout, Guy Lombardo, Richard Himber, Eugene Ormandy, Lauritz Melchior, Fred MacMurray, Walt Disney and the Pickens Sisters.

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOWER BASIN STREET

The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street was something of a parody on The Magic Key and started on the Blue Network in 1940. It ran until 1944 but was revived on NBC from 1950-52 including one half-hour TV show. A broadcast from 1952 is your Phantom Dancer video of the week.

Radio Life magazine described The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street as ‘one of radio’s strangest offsprings… a wacky, strictly hep tongue-in-cheek burlesque of opera and symphony.’

It made an unknown regular vocalist named Dinah Shore a national recording and radio star.

Two resident bands provided the jazz and swing music. They were,
– Henry Levine (a former member of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band) and His Dixieland Octet offered traditional ‘readings’ of jazz standards;
– Paul Laval and His Woodwind Ten played the same type of music on more symphonic instruments, showing that such instruments as oboe, bassoon and celeste were equally capable of producing hot jazz. In 1943, Laval changed his surname to ‘Lavalle’ to avoid association with French fascist leader, Pierre Laval.

Each week the show would feature a notable guest from the jazz world. There were appearances by W.C. Handy, Eddie Condon, Lionel Hampton, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Bobby Hackett, Count Basie, Benny Carter and this week, Stuff Smith.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week a transcripton of the 19 April 1952 show with host Orson Bean.

4 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #343

107.3 2SER Tuesday 4 December 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 24 other stations.

Set 1
Radio in 1930
Open + Sweeter Than Sweet
Studio Orchestra
WENR and W9XF
Chicago
1930
Dancing to Save Your Sole
Philco Orchestra
‘Philco Hour’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Blue Skies + Bye Bye Blues + My Future Just Passed + I Love You So Much
Philco Orchestra (voc) Kent Sisters
‘Philco Hour’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Set 2
Magic Key 1937-38
Open + The Merchant of Venice, Portia’s Scene Act 1
Eva La Gallion
‘The Magic Key of RCA’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
17 Apr 1938
Rare Book Call-Out Story
Alexander Woolcott
‘The Magic Key of RCA’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
17 Apr 1938
Hallelujah + A Thousand Dreams of You + Close
Fats Waller and his Victor Recording Orchestra
‘The Magic Key of RCA’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
7 Jan 1937
Set 3
Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street
Open + Running Wild
Paul Laval Woodwinds
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
19 Nov 1941
Lanterns on the Levee
Diane Courtney
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
19 Nov 1941
My Blue Heaven
Stuff Smith
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
19 Nov 1941
Set 4
Rock’n’Roll Dance Party
Pushin’ + Taylor Made
sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
4 Sep 1956
Ring Ding Dilly + Candy
Big Maybelle
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
4 Sep 1956
See Saw + Close
The Moonglows
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
4 Sep 1956
Set 5
Dance Bands on 1930s Radio
Goody Goodbye
Sterling Young Orchestra (voc) Bobbie Ennis
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1939
Us on a Bus
Guy Lombardo Orchestra (voc) Trio
‘Esso Boulevarde’
WABC CBS NY
13 Mar 1936
Open + Amour
Isham Jones Orchestra
WOR Mutual NYC
13 Mar 1936
42nd Street + When Summer Is Gone (theme)
Hal Kemp Orchestra
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 6
Glenn Miller Broadcasting in German 1944
In The Mood (theme) + Star Dust
Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Wehrmacht Hour’
ABSIE (American Broadcasting Station in Europe)
London
Nov 1944
Begin the Beguine
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Irene Manning
‘Wehrmacht Hour’
ABSIE (American Broadcasting Station in Europe)
London
Nov 1944
Long Ago and Far Away
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Johnny Desmond
‘Wehrmacht Hour’
ABSIE (American Broadcasting Station in Europe)
London
Nov 1944
Little Brown Jug + Cherokee (close)
Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Wehrmacht Hour’
ABSIE (American Broadcasting Station in Europe)
London
Nov 1944
Set 7
Tommy Dorsey on 1940s Radio
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme) + On The Sunnyside of the Street
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
400 Club
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Sep 1945
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) The Sentimentalists
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
29 Jan 1945
Just As Though You Were Here
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Raleigh-Kool Show’
Washington DC
18 Aug 1942
Well Get It
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mutual Network
5 Dec 1945
Set 8
Charlie Parker 1940s Bop Records
Max is Making Wax
Charlie Parker
Comm Rec
Los Angeles
29 Jul 1946
Shaw Nuff
Charlie Parker
Comm Rec
NYC
11 May 1945
Dark Shadows
Charlie Parker
Comm Rec
Hollywood
19 Feb 1947
Barbados
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1949

10 April New Listen Welcome Phantom Dancer – Symphony Sid, Bop DJ


“Dean took the wheel and drove clear the rest of the way to New York, and we began to hear the Symphony Sid show on the radio with all the latest bop, and now we were entering the great and final city of America.” (Jack Kerouac, On the Road, pt. 3, ch. 11)

Ah yes, we’ll be hearing some of those broadcasts from the ‘all-night, all-frantic one’, Symphony Sid, on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

NEW LISTENER WELCOME DRIVE

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Support 2SER NOW. Phone 02 9514 9500 or go online to subscribe or donate

This week you’ll also hear some early rock’n’roll airchecks from the 1950s, Jack Teagarden and his Trad band from Club Hangover over KCBS San Francisco (in particular Saint James Infirmary which has been requested), a set of Martha Tilton singing in front of Benny Goodman’s Orchestra over CBS in January and February 1939 and a whole lot more.

See the full play list below.

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.

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

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SYMPHONY SID

Born Sidney Tarnopol, which he shortened to Sid Torin, Symphony Sid was a DJ and bop promoter, credited with introducing bebop to the mass audience. He did this by co-producing ‘modern progressive jazz concerts’, as he called them, from 1945, but mainly through his radio show, the all-night, all-frantic Symphony Sid show.

Symphony Sid introducing Charlie Parker
Symphony Sid introducing Charlie Parker

Listening to many Symphony Sid airchecks, it seemed the show ran on WMCA New York from 1948-49, and then on the flagship New York ABC station, WJZ, until 1953, from midnight to 5pm Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Symphony Sid championed what he called ‘the finest in modern progressive jazz’. And as we’ll hear today, he also championed latin music by Machito and others, and he also hosted gospel radio shows not much later in his career when he moved from New York to Boston. At the end of his radio career in Miami, he was an influential Latin DJ and hosted live latin music on WBUS.

His show was a DJ show, where he’d spin records and listeners could call in Circle 6-2500 (WMCA) or Circle 6-4343 (WJZ), “guess the ‘gone’ side,” and make requests.

Then from 3:03am to 4, the show broadcast live bop (mostly) from The Royal Roost nightclub, and then from Birdland.

Sid would make the live introductions in a ‘flying-by-the-seat-of-his-pants’ style: a little bit dope-addled perhaps, sometimes forgetting names, sometimes covering for time with an impromptu interview, but always conversational and hipster.

Bandleaders who played these early morning shows included Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, Dinah Washington, Terry Gibbs, Lester Young, Machito, Charlie Ventura, Dave Brubeck, Chubby Jackson and Slim Gaillard.

Being on the Symphony Sid Show gave huge exposure to musicians. Some wrote tribute songs to him. ‘Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid’, which became his radio theme, was written by Lester Young with lyrics added later by King Pleasure. It was a hit in 1950 for the George Shearing Quintet. Illinois Jacquet wrote ‘Symphony in Sid’. Louis Jordan’s song, ‘After School Swing Session’ had the added title, ‘Swinging With Symphony Sid’.

“[Symphony Sid] is probably the greatest middleman jazz has ever known. A broadcaster for 35 years, once billed as ‘the all-night, all-frantic one’, he was the man to listen to in the forties, fifties and sixties if you wanted to know what was happening in jazz.”— Leslie Gourse, New York Times.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is a short aircheck of Symphony Sid introducing the live portion of on eof his 1948 WMCA shows from The Royal Roost. He introduces the Tadd Dameron small group. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #310

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 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
1940s Pop Radio
Theme + I Haven’t Got a Worry in the World
Griff Williams Orchestra
Empire Room
Palmer House
WGN Chicago
5 Mar 1947
Am I Blue? + Taking a Chance on Love
Ethel Waters
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
17 Jul 1945
Twilight Time + Close
Dean Hudson Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Nov 1944
Set 2
Modern Progressive Jazz on Radio
Ol’ Man BeBop
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
AFRS Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1946
No, No, Chi-Chi, No!
Machito (voc) Gracie Graziella and Band
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Francesca + Artistry in Rhythm (theme)
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Hampton Casino
Hampton Beach NH
WBZ NBC Boston
21 Jul 1953
Set 3
Rock’n’Roll
Open + Straight Life
King Porter
‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX CBS LA
1956
Ad + But I Don’t Care
Sid King and the Five Strings
KTAE Taylor TX
1955
Flagwaver + Close
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
Set 4
Jack Teagarden at Club Hangover
Stardust on the Moon + Dear Old Southland
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
7 May 1954
Stomp, Mr Henry Lee
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
17 Apr 1954
Lazy River + I Got a Right to Sing the Blues (theme)
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Apr 1954
Set 5
Martha Tilton Sings with Benny Goodman 1939
Hurry Home
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Gotta Get Some Shuteye
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
7 Feb 1939
I Have Eyes
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
10 Jan 1939
Sweet Little Headache
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
14 Feb 1939
Set 6
1950s Radio Swing Bands
Blue Flame (theme) + Hollywood Blues
Woody Herman Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWL CBS New Orleans
1951
Hob Nail Boogie
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Aug 1952
Flager’s Drive
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Summertime
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
Set 7
Sing-a-long Tunes with Blue Barron
Heart and Soul
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle
Radio Transcription
New York City
1938
You’re The Only Star In My Blue Heaven
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle and the Glee Club
Radio Transcription
New York City
1938
Scatterbrain
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
You Are My Sunshine
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Set 8
Symphony Sid Show
Intro + Blue ‘n’ Boogie
Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
31 Mar 1951
Symphony Sid live ad
Symphony Sid
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Sep 1948
I’m Glad There’s You
Charlie Ventura Group (voc) Jackie Cain
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Nov 1958
Symphony Sid live ad
Symphony Sid
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
18 Sep 1948
How High The Moon
Lester Young (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
27 Nov 1948

19 July Phantom Dancer Vintage Jazz Radio – Groucho Marx You Bet Your Life


Two hours of non-stop swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. That’s The Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. Produced in the studios of 2SER in Sydney, heard online and over 30 radio stations across Australia.

You can hear it now online at 2SER.COM

Past shows are also archived for you to hear any time at 2ser.com

See the latest play list, for the Tues 19 July 2SER show below.

Remember Jaye P. Morgan from 1970’s TV show, The Gong Show? She’ll be singing jazz on live 1950s TV for you on today’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. There’s also a set of 1930s dance bands from Germany, jazz on the air from radio stations in Buenos Aires, France and the USA, and a set of Count Basie from live 1950s radio.

See the full play list below. And the last hour is ALL VINYL.

So tune in Tues 12 noon, Sunday 5pm, 107.3 2SER Sydney and online. Or check out past shows here.

And on this week’s Phantom Dance Video of the Week, Grouch Marx meets a 78 year old who tells him to put out his cigar on a You Bet Your Life TV show from 1958

 

 

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #223

107.3 2SER Tuesday 19 July 2016
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 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 and Dance Bands on 1937 Radio
Let’s Dance (theme) + Minnie The Moocher’s Wedding Day
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual New York City
21 Oct 1937
Am I Blue?
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
September In The Rain + Ad + Close
Jack Hylton Orchestra (voc) Dick Mertre + Ad by ‘Mrs Goodsort’
‘The Rinso Review’
International Broadcasting Company London
Radio Normandy
26 Dec 1937
Set 2
Count Basie on 1954 – 56 Radio
One O’Clock Jump + You For Me
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
American Legion Park, Ephrata Pa
WLAN ABC Lancaster Pa
2 Sep 1954
Sent For You Yesterday
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
‘Fifth Anniversary of Birdland’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
16 Dec 1954
All Right OK You Win
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
9 Dec 1956
Set 3
The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street WJZ NY 1941
Open + Ida
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
30 Jun 1941
The Bullfrog and The Robin
Paul Lavalle Woodwinds
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
30 Jun 1941
Angie Wangie Blues + Close
Paul Lavalle Woodwinds
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC NY
25 Aug 1941
Set 4
Jazz Radio in 1960
Intro + Love Letters
Rodolfo Alchourron Quartet
‘Esto Es Jazz’
LR1 Radio el Mundo, Buenos Aires
28 May 1960
Theme + Sweet and Lovely
Lee Konitz
‘Jazz International’
AFRTS Hollywood
16 Jun 1960
Rhythm A Ning
Thelonius Monk Quintet
‘The World Jazz Series’
Connie Mack Park
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
3 Mar 1960
Set 5
Medium Tempo Swing On 1940s Radio
Bluebirds In The Moonlight
Dick Freeman and his Trocadero Orchestra (voc) Barbara James
Comm Rec
Sydney
Mar 1940
Together
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Frolics Club Miami
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Jul 1944
I Never Knew
Raymond Scott’s Captivators
‘Morning Music’
WABC CBS NY
10 Jan 1943
Shoo Shoo Baby
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 6
Small Groups from the Big Bands on the Radio
Sugar
Mel Powell Trio (from the Glenn Miller Orch.)
Comm Rec
Paris
1945
The Sad Sack
Gramercy 5 (from the Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Santa Ana Ca
ABC Los Angeles
3 Oct 1945
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Benny Goodman Trio
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 jan 1939
Wire Brush Stomp
Gene Krupa Trio
‘Spotlight Bands’
Newport Rhode Island
Blue Network
2 Oct 1944
Set 7
Swing From 1930s Germany
Musik! Musik! Musik!
Otto Stenzel von deer Scala Berlin mitt seinem Tanzorchester (voc) Wilfred Sommer
Comm Rec
Berlin
7 Jun 1939
Aus Lauter Liebe
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Peter Igelhoff
Comm Rec
Berlin
Jul 1937
Über die Dächer der großen Stadt
Hans Carste Orchestra (voc) Schuricke-Terzett
Comm Rec
Berlin
1939
Wenn Wir Uns Einmal Wiederseh’n
Joop Carlquist und sein Hawaiian-Tanzorchester
Comm Rec
Berlin
1938
Set 8
Mod Women Jazz Singers On The Air
Once In A While
Sarah Vaughan
‘Jazz Club USA’
Washington DC
25 Dec 1949
Just A’Sittin’ And A’Rockin’
Julie Christie
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Nov 1945
Confess
Patti Page
‘One Night Stand’
Click, Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
My Baby Just Cares For Me + The Lady Is A Tramp
Jaye P. Morgan
‘Second Timex All-Star Jazz Show’
CBS TV
30 Apr 1958

Julius Sumner Miller 38 ‘Electrostatic Phenomena’. Phantom Dancer 2 Hour Radio Swing Jazz Mix 2SER 23 June.


Greetings Phantom Dancers,

Here is your Phantom Dancer play list for Tuesday 23 June 107.3 2SER Sydney 12noon – 2pm and online at http://www.2ser.com

You can now hear the show online at 2ser.com

On this week’s 2 hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio you’ll hear swing band sets from live 1930s and 1940s radio, live radio bop, live early radio dance bands, and a smattering of 1930s – 40s commercial recordings by Alice Smith (Australia) and Bai Hung (China).

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Julius Sumner Miller giving Dramatic Demonstrations in Physics on the matter of Electrostatic Phenomena. This is program 38, recorded at ABC-TV in Sydney in 1969. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #163

2SER Tuesday 23 June 2015
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:03 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
(2SER repeat Sundays 5-6pm)

Set 1
Trocadero Promotion
Frank Coughlan Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Sydney
Apr 1936
You Are The Spring Breeze
Bai Hung
Comm Rec
Pathe, Shanghai
1948
Waltzing Matilda
116th Rhythm Ensemble
(voc) Ron Williams
Aircheck
Sydney
1943
Set 2
Instrumental
Ray McKinley Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore
New York
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Artistry in Rhythm (open) + I Know That You Know
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
New York
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Sep 1945
Study in Blue
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Coconut Grove
Hotel Park Central
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jul 1939
Set 3
Happy Feet
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Rhythm Boys (Bing Crosby / Al Rinker / Harry Barris) (vln) Joe Venuti
‘Comm Rec’
Hollywood
10 Feb 1930
Thou Swell
Philco Orchestra
‘The Philco Hour’
WABC CBS NY
1931
Ballin’ The Jack
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
Radio City
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Aug 1941
Set 4
Colorado Sunset
Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith
Comm Rec
Sydney
14 Mar 1939
Open (Lullaby of Birdland) + Love For Sale
Erroll Garner Trio
‘The All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
24 Jul 53
Mean To Me
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
21 Apr 1952
Set 5
My First Impression Of You
Teddy Wilson Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York
17 Dec 1937
Solitude
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Let’s Dance’
Radio City
WEAF NBC Red Ny
9 Mar 1935
A Fine Romance
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘R.H. Macy Morning Show’
Oct 1935
Tears From My Inkwell
Jack Teagarden Orchestra (voc) Linda Keene
‘Young Man With A Band’
WABC CBS NY
Nov 1939
Set 6
Chatanooga Choo Choo
Jan Savitt Orchestra
Comm Rec
Chicago
6 Aug 1941
Dancing Room Only
Tony Pastor Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
1945
Cirribirribin (Open) + Joe Blow
Harry James Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
1945
Oh So Good
Glenn Miller Orchestrs
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
23 Jun 1942
Set 7
It Had To Be You
Sterling Young Orchestra (voc) Bobby Ennis
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1939
Snootie Little Cutie
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers (incl Jo Stafford)
‘Tommy Dorsey Show’
Capitol Theatre
Washington DC
Aircheck
18 Aug 1942
My Baby Said Yes
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Daye
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Feb 1945
In A Mizz
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Red Boston
26 Jul 1939
Set 8
Slow Boat To China
Charlie Parker Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
26 Feb 1949
Interview
Gerard Hoffnung and Charles Richardson
‘Saturday Night on the Light’
BBC Light Program
London
1955
Blue and Boogie (theme) + Together
Billy Eckstine Orchestra (voc) BE
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Nearness of You
Ben Webster Quartet
Aircheck
May 1962

Julius Sumner Miller 34 Resonance. Phantom Dancer 2 Hour Mix Play List 26 May 2015


Here’s your non-stop 2 hour Phantom Dancer swing and jazz mix – almost all from live 1920s-60s radio – with minimum talk by presenter Greg Poppleton. LISTEN NOW ONLINE AT 2SER.COM

Why minimum talk? It’s so you can hear more music. And it’s the multimedia 21st Century. So you can read the playlist here. And I put up notes on 2SER and Greg Poppleton twitter every 10 minutes during the live show. Ears AND eyes.

For those of you who can’t pick up 2SER 107.3 FM on your wireless, The Phantom Dancer is live-streamed at http://www.2ser.com., and archived on the same site (2ser/program guide/phantom dancer) for you to listen to at your pleasure.

Today’s Tuesday 26 May play list, which you can read in full below, includes a set of 1950s live modern jazz airchecks, late 1920s and early 1930s airchecks, a set of Spotlight Bands swing airchecks and plenty more. See the full play list below.

And your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Julius Sumner Miller giving Dramatic Demonstrations in Physics on the matter of resonance. This is program 34, recorded at ABC-TV in Sydney in 1969. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #159

2SER Tuesday 26 May 2015
12 noon – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

Set 1
Greetings + Tail End Charlie
Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Wehrmacht Hour’
ABSIE American Broadcasting Station in Europe
London
20 Nov 1944
It Had To Be You
Lee Castle Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Ice Terrace
Newark NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Aug 1944
At Sundown + Close
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jun 1947
Set 2
Open + Woodchoppers Ball
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
“Hear America Swinging’
Royal Grove
Peony Park
Omaha Nebraska
NBC
1948
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Love For Sale
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Encore Time on Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
23 Apr 1953
Circle of Fourths + Close
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Ravinia Festival’
WBBM CBS Chicago
1 Jul 1937
Set 3
Open + Hallelujah
Ina Rae Hutton Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Fort Monroe Virginia
Blue Network
13 Apr 1943
Taboo
Tommy Tucker Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Biloxi Miss.
Blue Network
15 Feb 1945
Rose of the Rio Grande
Hal McIntyre Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Miami Beach Fl.
Blue Network
20 Nov 1943
Dark Eyes + Close
Jimmy Joy Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Harlingen Tx.
Blue Network
6 Jan 1945
Set 4
Cosa Farai Di Me
EIAR Orchestra Moderna (voc) Vittorio Belleli
Comm Rec
Rome
1938
Homesick, That’s All
Your Hit Parade Orchestra (voc) Dick Todd
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS / NBC
27 Oct 1945
Everybody Loves Somebody Somehow
Buddy Clark (voc)
‘Carnation Contented Hour’
CBS
26 Jul 1948
Set 5
Horizon
Jan Savitt Orchestra
Comm Rec
Chicago
3 Apr 1941
Theme + Tea For Two
Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle
WOR Mutual NY
5 Aug 1944
Jungle Drums
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
18 Jan 1939
Anvil Chorus
Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Wehrmacht Hour’
ABSIE American Broadcasting Station in Europe
London
20 Nov 1944
Set 6
Something Had To Happen
Ramona (voc and p) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York
3 Nov 1933
Hiding In The Shadows Of The Moon
Freddy Rich Orchestra (voc) FR
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
New York
1931
Is It Spain / A Most Remarkable Girl
Ray Miller Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1929
Who’s Your Little Who’zis?
Anson Weeks
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KGO NBC San Francisco
1932
Set 7
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Billie Holliday
Aircheck
Apollo Theatre
Harlem NY
24 May 1944
Interview
Gerard Hoffnung and Charles Richardson
‘Saturday Night On The Light’
Light Programme
BBC London
1955
You’ve Got Me Crying Again
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
New York
1934
Where or When
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Bob Allen
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
1936
Set 8
Salt Peanuts
Charlie Parker Quintet
Comm Rec
New York
12 Feb 1949
Lullaby of Birdland + Up ‘n’ Adam
Lester Young Quintet
‘Stars in Jazz’
WNBC NBC NY
15 Apr 1953
Oo-Pop-A-Da
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Radio Sweden
Stockholm
2 Feb 1948

Phantom Dancer Swing Mix 24 Feb 2015. Julius Sumner Miller Video 23 – Convection


Harps, Phantom Dancers!

Yes, there’re jazz harps on today’s Phantom Dancer, a 2 hour swing, jazz and dance mix from live 1930s – 60s radio and TV (listen online at http://www.2ser.com) for you every Tuesday, presented by Greg Poppleton.

HEAR THE SHOW ONLINE AT 2SER FOR NEXT 4 WEEKS

Still from Broadway Melody of 1936 featuring old NYC radio station callsign WHN.
Still from Broadway Melody of 1936 featuring old NYC radio station callsign WHN.

 

Well two harps. But both associated with new music. Live from Shep Fields in 1943 and Oscar Pettiford in 1957. See the play list for lots more live otr goodies including brackets of early 1929-31 radio bands, Glenn Miller, hot swing, dixie and modernists.

As this week’s Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, recorded at ABC-TV in Sydney in 1969, Julius Sumner Miller investigates the Heat Energy Transfer By Convection. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN#146

2SER Tuesday 24 Feb 2015
12 noon – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)

Set 1
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Little Brown Jug
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
23 Nov 1940
Tiger Rag
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
5 Dec 1939
Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
10 Aug 1939
Set 2
Open + Running Wild
Paul Lavalle Woodwinds
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
19 Nov 1941
St Louis Blues
Sidney Bechet
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
28 Jul 1940
Aunt Hagar’s Children Blues + Basin St Blues (theme)
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
16 Jun 1940
Set 3
Easy To Remember
Billie Holiday
‘Art Ford Jazz Party’
WNTA TV NY
18 Jul 1958
Magic Is The Moonlight
Lena Romay
‘Personal Album’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Suddenly It’s Spring
Glen Gray and the Casa Lona Orchestra (voc) Eugenie Baird
‘One Night Stand’
Tune Town Ballroom
St Louis
AFRS re-broadcast
5 Apr 1944
You’re The Cream In My Coffee + I Know That You Know
Nat King Cole Trio
‘King Cole Trio Time’
Cincinnati
AFRS re-broadcast
6 Dec 1947
Set 4
No Love no Nothing
Shep Fields New Music (voc) Meredith Blake
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
1943
Blue Moon
Stan Kenton Orchestra (featuring) Lee Konitz (as)
‘Concert Encores’
NBC
30 Sep 1952
Redskin Rhumba (theme) + Skyliner
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC LA
12 Sep 1959
Set 5
Mr Basie Goes To Washington
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Aircheck
New York
28 Apr 1944
The Elk’s Parade
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Aircheck
Terrace Room NJ
17 Feb 1945
Let’s Blow
Buddy Rich Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
27 Mar 1946
A Night In Tunisia
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
19 Jul 1945
Set 6
Reaching For The Moon
Sam Lanin Orchestra (voc) Scrappy Lambert
Hit of the Week Records
New York
Mar 1931
Turn On The Heat (theme) + Strike Up The Band + Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Red Nichols Orchestra (voc) Dick Robertson
‘Heat’
New York
3 Aug 1930
You’re The Cream In My Coffee
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows’
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
You Said It
Earl Burtnett Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Set 7
History of Music
Horace Heidt Orchestra (narr.) HH
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1943
Henry Busse Orchestra
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
28 Dec 1944
The Little Man Who Wasn’t There
Johnny Messner Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
1939
Copenhagen + Close
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
25 Nov 1938
Set 8
Confirmation
Ben Webster
Concert
1962
Undecided (theme) + Pennies From Heaven
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Two French Fries
Oscar Pettiford
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
26 May 1957
Lover Come Back To Me
Stan Getz
Basin Street
WRCA NBC NY
1956