2SER Subscriber Drive 2018 – Week 1 Phantom Dancer

2SER Greg Poppleton

2SER subscriber drive

SUBSCRIBE

This is the first week of the annual 2SER subscriber drive.

The Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week. It’s been on 2SER since 1985, thanks to your financial support in 33 subscriber drives.

And over those years, Greg Poppleton and The Phantom Dancer have inspired musicians, painters, film, TV and theatre creatives.

On-air Tuesdays 12:04-2:00pm AEST (+11 GMT) and online

COMMUNITY

2SER is community radio with a wide range of specialist music, like The Phantom Dancer, plus independent news and current affairs unavailable on any other station.

2SER runs on your financial support. Give any amount you want this year and you’ll be in the running for some great prizes in the daily prize draw.

Standard annual subscriptions are:
$40 concession
$80 standard
$160 passionate
$600 life member

Support 2SER now.
Any money amount enters you into the daily prize draw.

FAVOURITE

Over the next fortnight, I’ll be sharing with you some of my favourite 2ser Phantom Dancer musical moments mixed from shows recorded ten years ago.

I’ve got some of my kids on-air moments to share with you, moments from when they were aged 4 and 6. And I’ve got some of your great listener stories to share with you, too!

Check out more 2SER listener stories on the 2SER home page, or read quotes from our listeners on this page.

You can hear lots of past Phantom Dancers, too, at 2ser.com.

2SER subscriber drive

LOVE

At 2SER, we’re really lucky to air such a wide range of specialist music shows, in depth news programs, and plenty of local and alternative stories from our community every day.

Listeners like yourself truly shape that content, sending us comments, letting us know about your events and businesses, and giving us all feedback too. And of course, being able to send all this into your earlobes wouldn’t be possible without your support!

STORIES

2SER Greg Poppleton

“I love your radio show! ” Harri
“Will keep listening for sure. I really love your show” Michelle, Melbourne
“Love your program. We tape it each week” Trish
“Your program is wonderful,” Tim
“Loving it! ” Nathan
“Knocked out by your show. We’ll be regular listeners from now on” Trevor & Betty
“Your show rocks!” Sonja
“Love your show” Tara

GIVE

Support 2SER now
You can also call in your support 61 2 9514 9500

VIDEO

Inside the Phantom Dancer 2SER study filmed just last month…

16 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #337

107.3 2SER Tuesday 16 October 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
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Swing That Music
Louis Armstrong (voc) Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Comm Rec
Los Angeles
Aug 1936
You Old Son of a Gun
Rosemary Clooney (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Stars for Defense’
Radio Transcription
Nov 1959
Sherlock Holmes & Wine Ad
Nigel Bruce
‘Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’
KHJ Mutual LA
Sep 1945
Wabash Blues
Jerry Thomas Quintet
Comm Rec
Zurich, Switzerland
1942
Set 2
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Open + Bridegroom Special
Yiddish Swing Orchestra
‘Yiddish Melodies in Swing’
WHN NY
1940
China Boy
Sidney Bechet (sop sax)
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue Network NYC
Feb 1945
Stage Coach
Wally Portingale Orchestra
‘Army on Parade’
2CH AWA Sydney
Oct 1943
That’s Love
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) The Three Ambassadors
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Set 3
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Unidentified
Jan Garber Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1945
Easter Parade
Martha Mears
’10-2-4 Time’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Mar 1948
Don’t Blame Me
Dinah Shore
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Dec 1948
Set 4
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Isn’t It Romantic?
Chet Baker Quartet
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
16 Mar 1954
Good Evening (theme) + April Showers
Del Courtney Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
San Francisco
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Jan 1948
Drifting and Dreaming (theme) + Cheek to Cheek
Orrin Tucker Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cocoanut Grove
Wiltshire Centre
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
1955
Pretending + Hold My Hand + Theme
Griff Williams Orchestra
Empire Room
Palmer House
WGN Chicago
5 Mar 1947
Set 5
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Love, Nuts and Noodles
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Jack Smith
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
I’d Rather Lead A Band + Farewell Blues + Theme
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby and The Four Freshman
‘Ford V-8 Revue’
Radio Transcription
1936
Arabian Lover
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
3 May 1929
These Foolish Things
Count Basie Nonet
Boston
7 Sep 1954
Set 6
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Levee Blues
Jimmy Dorsey’s Dorseyland Band (voc) Charlie Teagarden
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1950
Till The End of Time
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
‘Woody Herman Show’
ABC
1 Dec 1946
Margie
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘Trianon Time’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
KECA ABC LA
1945
I’ve Got Five Dollars (theme) + Ooh! That Kiss!
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
1932
You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It
Harry James Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
KECA ABC LA
Dec 1945
Section A + Theme
Raymond Scott Orchestra
‘Raymond Scott Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Set 7
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When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Jimmy Rushing (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
Aircheck
Savoy Ballroom
New York City
30 Jun 1937
The Glider
Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Santa Barbara Ca
10 Oct 1945
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Eager Beaver
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
28 Nov 1944
Savoy Blues
George Lewis
‘Dixieland Jamboree’
WDSU ABC New Orleans
7 Oct 1950
Get Out Of Town
Leah Matthews (voc) Woody Herman’s Third Herd
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Peony Park
WOW NBC Omaha
1954
Tangerine
Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberle (voc) Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Aircheck
Chicago
Benny Goodman
NBC TV
1967
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I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Phantom Dancer 9 Oct 2018


‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ was a 1928 hit for composer Jimmy McHugh and lyricist Dorothy Fields. This week’s Phantom Dancer, presented by authentic 1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton, features an ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’-a-thon.

SHOW

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1929 – 65 radio.

Mixed live-to-air by 1920s – 1930s singer and actor, Greg Poppleton, on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985, The Phantom Dancer is re-broadcast on 23 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online at 2ser.com.

You can hear lots of past Phantom Dancers, too, at 2ser.com.

PLAYLIST

A countdown of Australian Jazz from recordings made in 1930, 1940, 1950 and 1960, the ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ feature feature and a whole mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-50s radio. Read the full play list below.

And remember the ALL VINYL FINYL HOUR.

song writer dorothy fields
Lyricist Dorothy Fields

I

‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’is now a jazz standard. Music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Introduced in Januray 1928 by Adelaide Hall at Les Ambassadeurs Club in New York for Lew Leslie’s Blackbird Revue.

CAN’T

The revue opened later in 1928 on Broadway and was a hit with 518 performances.

GIVE

‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby’ is 24th in the 100-most recorded songs from 1890 to 1954.

YOU

Producer Lew Leslie wanted a hit tune for his Blackbirds revue. McHugh and Fields had already written the revue’s score. They were scratching their heads about coming up with a hit song.

ANYTHING

The story goes that Fields and McHugh were strolling along Fifth Avenue in New York City when they saw a young couple window-shopping at Tiffany’s. They heard the man say to his girlfriend, “Gee, honey I’d like to get you a sparkler like that, but right now, I can’t give you nothin’ but love!”

BUT

On hearing this, Fields and McHugh, came up with lyrics and music for Lew Leslie’s requested hit within an hour while as they sat on a train.

LOVE

Fats Waller’s son reported that his composer, piano playing father would always angrily switch off the song when he heard it on the radio. Waller believed that he had sold the melody to McHugh in 1926.

SONG

Here’s a link to my own version of the song from the album ‘Sweet Sue’ on Bandcamp, CDBaby and iTunes https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com/track/i-cant-give-you-anything-but-love

Sweet Sue digital download album. Only $7, 15 tracks, at Bandcamp
Sweet Sue digital download album, including ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, at Bandcamp

9 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #336

107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 October 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
Spotlight Bands 1945-46 Radio
Open + Cool Breeze
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Phoenixville PA
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Dec 1945
I’ll Never Be The Same
Charlie Venyura (ts) Gene Krupa Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Dark Eyes + Close
George Olsen Music (voc) Judith Blair, Sherman Hayes and Chorus
‘Spotlight Bands’
Waukegan, Ill.
Blue Network
17 Mar 1945
Set 2
Your Hit Parade
Open + So Long As You’re Not In Love With Anyone Else + Brazil
Mark Warnow Orchestra (voc) Barry Woods and The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1943
I’m Gonna Love That Guy
Mark Warnow Orchestra (voc) The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
29 Sep 1945
I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams + Close
Al Goodman Orchestra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WABC CBS NY
22 Oct 1938
Set 3
Stan Kenton 1952 Radio
Artistry in Rhythm + Francesca
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
CBC Canada / NBC
Palace Pier
Toronto ON
3 Jun 1952
Opus in Pastels
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Devine’s Million Dollar Ballroom
WTMJ NBC Milwaukee WI
10 Jun 1952
Jump For Joe + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Club Harlem
KYW NBC Philadelphia
30 May 1952
Set 4
Miles Davis 1950s Radio
Move
Miles Davis
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
16 May 1953
Deep Sea Blues
Herbie Fields & Miles Davis
Comm Rec
New York City
24 Apr 1945
Nature Boys + Anthropology
Miles Davis
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
30 Oct 1957
Set 5
Australian Jazz Through the Decades
I’m Sailing on a Sunbeam
Des Tooley (voc) Frank Coughlan (tb) Beryl Newell (piano)
Comm Rec
Sydney
Mar 1930
Cuckoo in the Clock
Trocadero Dance Orchestra (voc) Olive Lester
Comm Rec
Sydney
10 Jan 1940
Katzenjammers Ball
Jack Allen’s Original Katzenjammerd
Comm Rec
Sydney
23 Feb 1950
Dream Lover
Graeme Bell (voc) Kerrie Neilson
Comm Rec
Sylvania Hotel
Sydneu
Jan 1960
Set 6
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Joe Turner (voc) Joe Sullivan and his Cafe Society Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
9 Feb 1940
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love + Close
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Jubilee’
AFRS NYC
1943
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
POrt Jackson Jazz Band (voc) Marie Harriot
Comm Rec
Sydney
25 Jun 1947
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Gene Williams
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
Set 7
1940s Radio ‘Jubilee’ Swing Bands
Jeep Rhythm
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Vine Street Boogie
Jay McShann Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Benny’s Original
Benny Carter Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS NYC
1943
Cuban Jam
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Set 8
1940s-1950s Mod Radio
C-Jam Blues/div>
Stan Hasselgard
AFRS Hollywood
1948
Koko + Hot House
Barry Ulanov’s All-Stars
‘Bands for Bonds’
WOR Mutual NY
9 Mar 1947
Bebop Boogie
Lester Young
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal roost
WMCA NY
4 Dec 1948

Greg Poppleton October Newsletter


OCTOBER NEWS

1. See Greg next
– Penrith RSL 2-5pm Sat 10 Nov
– Unanderra Hotel 3-6pm Sat 12 Jan
– Jazz at the Pines 12:30-4pm Sun 17 March

2. The Gin Mill Social is back!
Two shows only Thurs 15 Nov and Thurs 13 Dec.
Book now

3. We’re back at the Sydney Lord Mayor’s Seniors’ Christmas Party at Sydney Town Hall. Invitation only.

4. Sydney Rowers drops Sunday Jazz.

5. 2SER Phantom Dancer radio show Subscriber Drive this month. See this week’s play list. Greg Poppleton’s weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

6. Recording finished for next album.

7. Chill Mix on YouTube passes 1, 113,000 YouTube views…

GREG’S TIP-TOP TIP #2
Consider your event type

Weddings, parties and corporate events usually call for a band. Some types of events may justify booking the band in different combinations. For example a duo or trio from the band could open the event or play for cocktails, with the larger band or orchestra closing the evening for dancing.
SEPTEMBER PHOTOS
Entertaining at a corporate event
Entertaining at a corporate event
Audience mingling at corporate event. The Greg Poppleton trio creates 1920s background music
Audience mingling at corporate event. The Greg Poppleton trio creates 1920s background music
PHANTOM DANCER RADIO SHOW – LATEST PLAY LIST

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swing, jazz & dance from live 1920s-60s radio every week.

Listen online now and any time at 2ser.com
Heard on 24 radio stations across Australia.

2 OCTOBER PHANTOM DANCER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio Community Radio Network Show CRN #335

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 October 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 24 other stations.

Set 1
Sweet Bands on 1944-45 Radio
Open + On The Sunny Side of the Street
Ted Straeter Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’ AFRS Re-broadcast 9 Apr 1945
Blues Concerto
Jerry Wald Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’ AFRS Re-broadcast 28 Oct 1955
Dark Eyes + Close
Billy Bishop Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’ Trianon Ballroom, Chicago AFRS Re-broadcast 1945
Set 2
Dixieland Club
Open + Copenhagen
Preacher Rollo and the Five Saints
‘Dixieland Club’ AFRS Re-broadcast 3 Sep 1951
Canadian Capers
Marie Marcus
‘Dixieland Club’ AFRS Re-broadcast 3 Sep 1951
Bye Bye Blackbird + Close
Preacher Rollo and the Five Saints
‘Dixieland Club’ AFRS Re-broadcast 3 Sep 1951
Set 3
Modern Jazz on 1951-60 Radio
Theme + No Name Number One
Gilbert Lacombe
‘Jazz du Canada’ Radio Canada Montreal 1960
I Had The Craziest Dream
Helen Forrest
‘The Navy Swings’ Radio Transcription 1959
Golden Bullet + One O’Clock Jump (close)
Count Basie Septet
‘Stars on Parade’ Radio Transcription 1951
Set 4
Bop Clarinet
Swedish Pastry
Stan Hasselgard (cl 2nd solo) Benny Goodman Sextet
Westchester County Centre White Plains NY WNEW NYC 26 Jun 1948
Open + Undercurrent Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’ Hollywood Palladium AFRS Re-broadcast 28 Mar 1949
The Squirrel
Buddy deFranco (cl) Miles Davis (tp)
‘All-Star Jazz Session’ WPIX TV NYC 17 Jan 1949
Set 5
Harry James on 1940s-50s Radio
In The Still of the Night
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Paula Gilbert
Radio Transcription 1954
Temptation
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Ginny Powell
‘One Night Stand’ Meadowbrook Gardens Culver City Ca AFRS Re-broadcast 10 Feb 1946
Open + How High The Moon?
Harry James Orchestra
‘Call For Music’ KNX CBS LA 1948
Till I Waltz With You Again
Harry James Orchestra (voc) April Ames
‘One Night Stand’ Hotel Astor Roof NYC AFRS Re-broadcast 25 May 1953
Set 6
1936 Jazz Radio
Lazy Bones
Claude Hopkins Orchestra (voc) Fred Norman
Radio Transcription New York City 1936
Inspiration Tango
Isham Jones Orchestra
WOR Mutual Network NYC 13 Mar 1936
Weary Blues
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’ Texas Centennial Exposition CBS Dallas TX Aug 1936
St Louis Blues
Jack Teagarden (tb) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’ WJZ NBC Blue New York City 16 Feb 1936
Set 7
Women Singers Part 2
Rocking Chair (theme) + Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone + I’ll Never Be The Same
Mildred Bailey
‘Music Till Midnight’ WABC CBS NY 1944
As Long As I’m Dreaming
Peggy Lee
‘Peggy Lee Show’ KNX CBS LA 1948
Mad About The Boy
Lena Horne
‘Jubilee’ AFRS Hollywood 1944
Chewin’ Gum + I Wanna Be A Rug Cutter
Ella Fitzgerald
Savoy Ballroom WEAF NBC Red NY 4 Mar 1940
Set 8
1940s-1950s Mod Radio
Bebop
Howard McGee Sextet
AFRS Hollywood 29 Apr 1947
Poor Little Rich Girl
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (arr. Gerry Mulligan)
‘One Night Stand’ Steel Pier Atlantic City NJ AFRS Re-broadcast 24 Apr 1956
Jam Seesion Blues
Ivie Anderson (voc) Joe Turner (voc) Johnny Otis Orchestra , Miguelito Valdez and his Cuban Rhythm
‘Jubilee’ AFRS Hollywood Oct 1945

Bop Clarinet 1940s Radio – Phantom Dancer 2 October 2018


Bop is often associated, instrument-wise, with Charlie Parker alto sax, Dizzy Gillespie trumpet, Bud Powell piano, Curley Russell double bass, Max Roach drums and many others. But what about Stan Hasselgard clarinet, Buddy deFranco clarinet and even Benny Goodman, clarinet? This week’s Phantom Dancer feature set is bop clarinet from live 1940s radio.

SHOW

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1929 – 65 radio.

Mixed live-to-air by 1920s – 1930s singer and actor, Greg Poppleton, on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985, The Phantom Dancer is re-broadcast on 23 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online at 2ser.com.

You can hear lots of past Phantom Dancers, too, at 2ser.com.

PLAYLIST

The Bop clarinet feature and a whole mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-50s radio. Read the full play list below.

Remember – from 1-2pm on 107.3 2SER it’s the ALL VINYL FINYL HOUR.

BOP CLARINET

What is bop? Well, for all you squares out there you’re 70 years too late to write to Symphony Sid c/- WMCA NY for your booklet ‘What is Bop?’. So I suggest you check out the definition somewhere online, or listen to this week’s Phantom Dancer for some aural clues.

This week, The Phantom Dancer features the common swing and trad jazz instrument least associated with bop – clarinet. In particular, well hear airchecks from three of its practitioners.

BENNY GOODMAN

The ‘King of Swing’ had a short dalliance with bop in 1948-49. The pianist in Goodman’s bop group, Buddy Greco had this to say about Goodman’s take on the new music,

“Benny respected boppers like Fats Navarro as the musicians they were, but I don’t believe he understood bop or ever really liked it. I know he didn’t like it. He had a habit of putting us on a little bit, making musical fun of what we were doing. Sometimes he did try to stretch out and play more modern, but he was so good at what he did that when he soloed on the new charts in his usual style, to my way of thinking he fit in just fine. It would have been a shame for him to change.”

Stan Hasselgard and Benny Goodman
Stan Hasselgard and Benny Goodman

STAN HASSELGARD

Hasselgård was a swing clarinetist in Sweden before moving to New York City in 1947. He was a Benny Goodman fan and joined the Goodman group, switching to bop when Goodman made his foray into the new music in 1948.

Hasselgård was the “famous bop clarinettist who died in an Illinois car crash recently” the memory of which spooked Sal Paradise on his journey to Chicago in Jack Kerouac’s 1957 book, On the Road.

Buddy de Franco
Buddy de Franco

BUDDY DE FRANCO

De Franco picked up the clarinet aged nine and by age 14 had won a national Tommy Dorsey swing contest.

He remained largely a swing player, leading the Glenn Miller orchestra in the 1960s and 70s.

But he also rose to the challenge of jazz clarinet, playing in bands lead by Charlie Parker and Miles Davis in 1947 and 1949 respectively.

VIDEO

Benny Goodman and Stan Hasselgård duet on ‘All The Things You Are’ in a 1948 broadcast from The click in Philadelphia, just five days before Stan was killed in a car crash.

2 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #335

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 October 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 23 other stations.

Set 1
Sweet Bands on 1944-45 Radio
Open + On The Sunny Side of the Street
Ted Straeter Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Apr 1945
Blues Concerto
Jerry Wald Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Oct 1955
Dark Eyes + Close
Billy Bishop Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 2
Dixieland Club
Open + Copenhagen
Preacher Rollo and the Five Saints
‘Dixieland Club’
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Sep 1951
Canadian Capers
Marie Marcus
‘Dixieland Club’
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Sep 1951
Bye Bye Blackbird + Close
Preacher Rollo and the Five Saints
‘Dixieland Club’
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Sep 1951
Set 3
Modern Jazz on 1951-60 Radio
Theme + No Name Number One
Gilbert Lacombe
‘Jazz du Canada’
Radio Canada
Montreal
1960
I Had The Craziest Dream
Helen Forrest
‘The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
1959
Golden Bullet + One O’Clock Jump (close)
Count Basie Septet
‘Stars on Parade’
Radio Transcription
1951
Set 4
Bop Clarinet
Swedish Pastry
Stan Hasselgard (cl 2nd solo) Benny Goodman Sextet
Westchester County Centre
White Plains NY
WNEW NYC
26 Jun 1948
Open + Undercurrent Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hollywood Palladium
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Mar 1949
The Squirrel
Buddy deFranco (cl) Miles Davis (tp)
‘All-Star Jazz Session’
WPIX TV NYC
17 Jan 1949
Set 5
Harry James on 1940s-50s Radio
In The Still of the Night
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Paula Gilbert
Radio Transcription
1954
Temptation
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Ginny Powell
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
10 Feb 1946
Open + How High The Moon?
Harry James Orchestra
‘Call For Music’
KNX CBS LA
1948
Till I Waltz With You Again
Harry James Orchestra (voc) April Ames
‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 May 1953
Set 6
1936 Jazz Radio
Lazy Bones
Claude Hopkins Orchestra (voc) Fred Norman
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Inspiration Tango
Isham Jones Orchestra
WOR
Mutual Network NYC
13 Mar 1936
Weary Blues
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exposition
CBS Dallas TX
Aug 1936
St Louis Blues
Jack Teagarden (tb) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue
New York City
16 Feb 1936
Set 7
Women Singers Part 2
Rocking Chair (theme) + Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone + I’ll Never Be The Same
Mildred Bailey
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
As Long As I’m Dreaming
Peggy Lee
‘Peggy Lee Show’
KNX CBS LA
1948
Mad About The Boy
Lena Horne
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Chewin’ Gum + I Wanna Be A Rug Cutter
Ella Fitzgerald
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Mar 1940
Set 8
1940s-1950s Mod Radio
Bebop
Howard McGee Sextet
AFRS Hollywood
29 Apr 1947
Poor Little Rich Girl
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (arr. Gerry Mulligan)
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Apr 1956
Jam Seesion Blues
Ivie Anderson (voc) Joe Turner (voc) Johnny Otis Orchestra , Miguelito Valdez and his Cuban Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945

Brecht and his Opera – Phantom Dancer 25 September 2018


I remember, maybe inaccurately, a verse by satirist Barry Humphries‘ character, Sir Les Patterson, that went like this, “Singing songs by Brecht needs the memory of an elephant / But what they lack in tune, they gain in relevance.” Brecht’s original 1930 radio-like recording of the Threepenny Opera is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

SHOW

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1929 – 65 radio.

Mixed live-to-air by 1920s – 1930s singer and actor, Greg Poppleton, on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985, The Phantom Dancer is re-broadcast on 23 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online at 2ser.com.

You can hear lots of past Phantom Dancers, too, at 2ser.com.

PLAYLIST

The Brecht feature and a whole mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-50s radio. Read the full play list below.

Remember – the ALL VINYL FINYL HOUR.

DREIGROSCHENOPER

With song lyrics by Kurt Weill and book by Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera (Dreigroschenoper), ‘a play with music’, was based on an Elisabeth Hauptmann translation of John Gay’s 18th-century English ballad opera, The Beggar’s Opera. Hauptmann was Brecht’s girlfriend. Brecht did not credit her work.

RIP-OFF

1. Brecht claimed he did the translation, not Hauptmann
2. Brecht added four songs by French poet François Villon, without crediting Villon.
3. For these songs he used the translations by K. L. Ammer, without crediting Ammer.

When questioned by critics about these lapses, Brecht said he had, “a fundamental laxity in questions of literary property.”

Mack the knife

STANDARDS

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear Lotte Lenya (married to Weill), Kurt Gerron, Erich Ponto, Willy Trenk-Trebitsch and Erika Helmke sing songs from Brecht’s play. the recordings are from an album of 78rpm records with radio-like announcements, made in Berlin in 1930.

Two of these songs you’ll now recognise as standards. They are, ‘Die Moritat von Mackie Messer’ (Mack the Knife) a jazz standard, and ‘Seeräuberjenny’ (Pirate Jenny) a cabaret staple.

CAPITALIST

Opening on 31 August 1928 at Berlin’s Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, The Threepenny Opera, is a socialist critique on the capitalist world.

PETIT-BOURGEOIS

But despite its socialist credentials, Brecht’s ‘play with music’ was panned after its 1930 Soviet premier. Izvestia scowled: “It is high time that our theatres ceased playing homage to petit-bourgeois bad taste and instead turned to more relevant themes.” Oh, Sir Les!

IMPACT

Composer Weill’s artistic gave his intent for the music in a dense statement he issued in 1929, “Opera was founded as an aristocratic form of art. If the framework of opera is unable to withstand the impact of the age, then this framework must be destroyed. In the Dreigroschenoper, reconstruction was possible insofar as here we had a chance of starting from scratch.”

He also opined, “music cannot further the action of the play or create its background but achieves its proper value when it interrupts the action at the right moments.” This was much copied by subsequent Western doyens of agitprop-style worthiness.

BANKERS

The Threepenny Opera was slow to pick up audiences, but then it became a huge success in Berlin with 400 performances in its first run.

And ironically, the first run of Brecht’s socialist work was the place to be for Berlin’s monied classes. Socialites, bankers, industrialists and diplomats saw Brecht’s play as the place to be seen.

Productions elsewhere in the world in the 1930s were flops. Weill described a 1935 BBC broadcast of the play as totally misunderstanding what it was about. The 1930s Broadway production was described as dreary, though the music was praised, and closed after 12 performances.

SCORE

As you’ll hear, Weill’s music borrowed heavily from 1920s German jazz and dance band music, and this is its most interesting attribute.

Like Greg Poppleton’s 1920s-30s band, the original Lewis Ruth band in the 1930 album recording of The Threepenny Opera you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer were all multi-instrumentalists.

The seven-piece ensemble played 23 instruments.

VIDEO

Max Raabe introduces Bertolt Brecht…

25 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #333

107.3 2SER Tuesday 25 September 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 23 other stations.

Set 1
Raymond Scott on 1940-41 Radio
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Wellesley High Jump
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
21 Oct 1940
Humpty-Dumpty Heart
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Roberta Leigh
Burmuda Room
Hotel Brunswick
WBZ Boston
6 Dec 1941
Huckleberry Duck + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
1 Nov 1940
Set 2
John Coltrane live on 1960s Radio
Afro Blue
John Coltraine
The Half-Note
WCBS-FM NY
26 Mar 1965
Set 3
Trad Jazz on 1940s Radio
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (theme) + Original Dixieland One Step
Wild Bill Davison
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
17 May 1947
Song of the Wanderer
Muggsy Spanier
‘Eddie Condon’s Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
17 Feb 1945
I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling + Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (theme)
Wild Bill Davison
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
24 May 1947
Set 4
Dreigroschenoper 1930
Overture + Mack the Knife
Lewis Ruth Band (voc) Kurt Gerron
Dreigroschenoper Album
Comm Rec
Berlin 1930
Ballad of the Agreeable Life + Love Duet + Cannon Song
Lewis Ruth Band (voc) Willy Trenk-Trebitsch, Erika Helmke, Gerron
Dreigroschenoper Album
Comm Rec
Berlin 1930
Pirate Jenny + Finale Act 1
Lewis Ruth Band (voc) Lotte Lenya, Erika Helmke, Erich Ponto
Dreigroschenoper Album
Comm Rec
Berlin 1930
Set 5
Harmonists on 1930s Radio
Swingin’ on the Strings
The Inkspots
WEAF NBC Red NY
9 Aug 1935
Swing for Sale
Mills Brothers
‘Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
NYC
1937
Why Don’t You Practice What You Preach?
Boswell Sisters
‘Woodbury Show’
KNX CBS LA
18 Sep 1934
Down Among the Sleepy Pines
The Three Ambassadors + Jean Shark
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1932
Set 6
Cab Calloway
Shout, Shout, Shout
Cab Calloway
Comm Rec
New York City
30 Aug 1938
Hey Now, Hey Now
Cab Calloway
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
We, The Cats, Shall Hep You
Cab Calloway
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jul 1945
Ducktrot
Cab Calloway
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
17 Sep 1950
Set 7
Royal Garden Blues
Royal Garden Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
11 Apr 1953
Royal Garden Blues
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows Show’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
26 Jan 1929
Royal Garden Blues
Louis Armstrong
‘Damon Runyon Memorial Jazz Concert’
Blue Note
ABC Chicago
11 Dec 1948
Royal Garden Blues
Hot Lips Page
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM NYC
1950
Set 8
Women Singers Part 2
Rocking Chair (theme) + Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone + I’ll Never Be The Same
Mildred Bailey
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
As Long As I’m Dreaming
Peggy Lee
‘Peggy Lee Show’
KNX CBS LA
1948
Mad About The Boy
Lena Horne
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Chewin’ Gum + I Wanna Be A Rug Cutter
Ella Fitzgerald
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 Mar 1940

Lester Young – Phantom Dancer Radio Show 18 September 2018


Lester Young started playing jazz in the family band. He became one of the most influential tenor saxophonists in jazz. He also coined a lot of hipster words. Lester Young is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

SHOW

The Phantom Dancer is a non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio.

Mixed live-to-air by Greg Poppleton on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985.

The Phantom Dancer is re-broadcast on 23 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online at 2ser.com.

And 2ser.com is where you can hear lots of past Phantom Dancers, too.

PLAYLIST

The Lester Young feature and a whole mix of swing and jazz from live 1930s-50s radio. Read the full play list below. ALL VINYL FINYL HOUR.

LESTER YOUNG

Known as ‘Prez’, Lester Young was one of the most influential tenor saxophonists in jazz.

Reams have been written about Lester Young’s cool, fluid style so I won’t wax lyrical about that here.

Better you hear it first hand from live 1950s broadcast recordings on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Lester Young

HIPSTER

Less known about Lester Young, is that he coined or popularised a lot of the hipster jargon that came to be associated with jazz.

‘Bread’ for money is a Lester Young original. ‘Bread’ became a Lester Young feature song in the 1956 Count Basie Orchestra. He’d ask, “How does the bread smell?” to mean what does the gig pay? He popularised the word ‘cool’, meaning ‘in vogue’.

FAMILY

Lester came from a musical family. His father was a band leader and Lester commenced his music career touring with the family band. His brother, Lee, was a drummer. In earler Phantom Dancers you would have heard the Lee and Lester Young band broadcasting from Los Angeles over KHJ.

CLARINET

Lester occasionally doubled on clarinet in the 1930s Walter Page Blue Devils Band and in the Count Basie Orchestra. It was stolen in 1939 and he didn’t pick up a licorice stick again until jazz promoter Norman Granz bought one for him in 1957.

INFLUENCE

Young wasn’t influenced by an earlier tenor sax player, but by Frankie Trambauer from Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra. FT played C-Melody Sax, the main sax played in the 1920s and pitched between alto and tenor.

BLUES

DB Blues is a Lester Young original you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer from a 1945 ‘Jubilee’ Armed Forces Radio broadcast.

Drafted into the army in 1944, Young was caught with marijuana and alcohol and dishonourably discharged. He was held in a DB ‘dentention barracks’ for one trauma filled year.

SOLO

Alcoholism, with symptoms of malnutriton and liver disease, affected his playing in the 1940s and 1950s, but there were also many moments of brilliance.

The most famous, which you can find online in an earlier Phantom Dancer, is his economic and emotive solo on ‘Fine and Mellow’, backing Billie Holliday in an all-star band on the CBS TV special, ‘The Sound of Jazz’.

VIDEO

Lester Young and that famous Lester Young solo on ‘The Sound of Jazz’, CBS TV, in 1957.

18 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #332

107.3 2SER Tuesday 18 September 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 23 other stations.

Set 1
Gus Arnheim 1931 Radio
Sweet and Lovely (theme) + You Don’t Need Glasses To See I’m In Love
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
It’s The Girl
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
I Got The Ritz From The One I Love + Sweet and Lovely (theme)
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Set 2
Modern Singers on 1950s Radio
Open + Blue Velvet
Arthur Prysock
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Open + Tenderly + The Nearness of You
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Happy Birthday + Send My Baby Back To Me + Close
Billy Eckstine
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
8 Jul 1953
Set 3
Club Hangover 1954
Relaxin’ at the Trouro + Senstation Rag
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
27 Nov 1954
Flying Home
Earl Hines
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Jan 1954
Dardenella + Checkin’ With Chuck (theme)
Ralph Sutton
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
24 Jul 1954
Set 4
Lester Young
DB Blues
Lester Young
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
22 Apr 1956
Call Me Darling
Count Basie Orchestra, Lester Young (ts) Thelma Capenter (voc)
V-Disc
New York City
27 May 1944
Polkadots and Moonbeams
Lester Young
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NY
22 Dec 1956
Set 5
Headline Women Singers on 1940s Radio
The Starlit Hour
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra (voc) EF
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
26 Feb 1940
Honeysuckle Rose
Lena Horne (voc) Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Aintcha Ever Comin’ Back?
Peggy Lee (voc) Paul Weston Orchestra
‘Peggy Lee Show’
KNX CBS LA
1947
It Had To Be You + Close
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NY
1944
Set 6
Cotton Club
Oh, Babe! Maybe Someday
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WCBS CBS NY
24 Mar 1938
I’m Slappin’ on Seventh Avenue + Lost In Meditation
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WCBS CBS NY
22 May 1938
The Gal From Joe’s + Riding on a Blue Note
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WCBS CBS NY
1 May 1938
East St Louis Toodle-oo + Jig Walk + In a Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WCBS CBS NY
8 May 1938
Set 7
1937 Radio
I’d Do Anything For You
Seger Ellis and his Choirs of Brass
Radio Transcription
NYC
1937
Pennies from Heaven
Mills Brothers
‘Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
NYC
1937
Johnny One Note
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
1937
Blue Skies + Closing
George Hall Orchestra
Radio Transcription
NYC
1937
Set 8
Bop Big Bands on Radio
Oo-Pop-A-Da
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Radio Sweden
Stockholm
2 Feb 1948
Belvedere Bop
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NY
12 Mar 1949
Serenade in Sulphur-8
Slim Gaillard
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
7 Jul 1951