September Newsletter – Greg Poppleton


Heigh Ho Music Lovers,

“As it enters the ear, does it come in like broken glass, or does it come in like honey?”
Eddie Condon

HOW’S THIS PHOTO FOR A STROKE OF LUCK?

How’s this photo for a stroke of luck?
Taken? Mosman Bowling Club, 13 August.
I must have clicked the camera shutter twice by accident and I got this fantastic action shot of all you lovely people who came to see the band on 13th August at Mosman Bowling Club.
I put it up on Instagram – and 10 x Grammy winners, Manhattan Transfer, left this comment,

Greg Poppleton Instagram Page:
“The audience at Mosman today for Sunday jazz @gregpoppletonmusic #singer #singingaudience #downthebowlo #sundays #jazzsinger @gregpoppleton
themanhattantransfer Good stuff!”

GIN MILL SOCIAL – SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
4-course meal | Music & Entertainment | $139 (+ booking fee) 

A night of glamour, food, drinks and entertainment… don’t forget your dancing shoes.” – Broadsheet

A lavish 1920s dinner party with live music, swing dancing and pop up performances – the perfect way to celebrate any occasion!

Give Gatsby a run for his money and party like it’s 1929 at the Gin Mill Social!… a night where you will feast, dance and play.

It’s like gold-class on steroids” – weekendnotes

Cellos is a heritage-listed grand dining room that has been beautifully restored to its Art Deco glory. This will be your playground for the evening. Enjoy a 4 course menu with food inspired by hotel banquets of the era. Music is lively. Greg Poppleton kicks off the night with a set of acoustic 1920s songs. Pop-up performances punctuate the night.

DRESS CODE
Guys in ties, girls in pearls

TICKETS
4 Course Meal, Music & Entertainment $139.00pp (+booking fee)
*Bookings of less than 6 people may be seated at share tables.

TIMING INFORMATION
Doors open at 6:45pm. STRICT ARRIVAL TIME OF 7pm. LATE ARRIVAL LOCK OUT PERIOD MAY APPLY.

PHOTOS FROM PENRITH RSL and SYDNEY ROWERS
We’re back at Penrith RSL, Saturday 11 November, 2-5pm Free.
And we return to Sydney Rowing Club 3 – 6pm. Free
PHANTOM DANCER

Every week I bring you a non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 60s radio and TV on The Phantom Dancer.

Produced at 107.3 2SER Sydney, where it’s heard Tuesdays after the 12 noon news, The Phantom Dancer is heard around Australia on 22 radio stations and online.

See the play list below for next Tuesday’s show.

You can hear all the August shows online as you work on the Radio 2SER website

2RRR listeners can hear the one hour show, Thursdays 11am
ArtSoundFM listeners get the 1 hour show, Sundays 7pm

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio Community Radio Network Show CRN #278

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 September 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 One Night Stand, New York City, 1944-45
Blue Flame (Theme) + Good, Good, Good
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Woody Herman
’One Night Stand’ Cafe Rouge Hotel Pennsylvania AFRS Re-broadcast 6 Aug 1945
Theme + Memories of You + Begin The Beguine
Sonny Durham Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Cafe Rouge Hotel Pennsylvania AFRS Re-broadcast 14 Apr 1944
Crescendo in Blue + Close
Duke Ellington Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Club Zanzibar NYC AFRS Re-broadcast 7 Oct 1945
Set 2
Your Navy Swings 1957-70
Samba de Orpheus
Bola Sete with Vince Guaraldi Trio
’The Navy Swings’ Radio Transcription Hollywood 1965
The Old Colouring Book
Sandy Stewart (voc) Tony Motolla Quartet
’The Navy Swings’ Radio Transcription Hollywood 1963
That Ol’ Black Magic
Buddy de Franco Quartet
’The Navy Swings’ Radio Transcription Hollywood 1959
Set 3
Sweet Bands on 1950s Radio
Theme + Kominoi Ostrow
Lawrence Welk
Aragon Ballroom Ocean Park Ca KECA ABC LA 1955
Gone Five Minutes
Freddy Martin Orchestra (voc) Peggy Barrett
’One Night Stand’ Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel LA AFRS Re-broadcast 1951
Jealous Lover + Armaund’s Theme
Freddy Martin Orchestra (voc) Ralph Anthony
’One Night Stand’ Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel LA AFRTS Re-broadcast 1955
Set 4
Trad Stars from Club Hangover
Theme + Royal Garden Blues
Kid Ory and his Creole Jazz Band
Club Hangover KCBS CBS San Francisco 20 Nov 1954
St James Infirmary
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover KCBS CBS San Francisco 7 May 1955
After Hours + When The Saints Go Marching In
Muggsy Spanier with Red Richards (piano)
Club Hangover KCBS CBS San Francisco 20 Nov 1954
Set 5
Fats Waller
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (theme) + Hold My Hand
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red New York City 16 Jul 1938
Flat Foot Floogie
Fats Waller
Yacht Club Aircheck New York City 14 Oct 1938
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room Hotel Sherman WMAQ NBC Red Chicago 3 Dec 1940
I Had To Do It
Fats Waller
Yacht Club Aircheck New York City 18 Oct 193
Set 6
Harry James
Ciribiribin
Harry James with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’ WABC CBS NY 3 Jan 1939
Carnival of Venice
Harry James Orchestra
Southland Cafe WNAC NBC Red Boston 19 Mar 1940
Theme + Shorty George
Harry James Orchestra
’America Dances’ WABC CBS NY and BBC London 19 Jul 1939
Jeffrie’s Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Blue Room Hotel Lincoln WABC CBS NY 22 May 1941
Set 7
Early Radio
Intro + Let’s Fly Away
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Bill Moreing
Hotel Mark Hopkins KGO NBC San Francisco 1932
My Favourite Band
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Parker Gibbs and Arthur Jarrett
Comm Rec Chicago 16 Feb 1931
Out Of Nowhere + What Is It?
Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Loyce Whiteman (voc) Gus Arnheim Orchestra
’MJB Demi-Tasse Revue’ Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel KFI NBC Gold LA 1931
Set 8
Benny Goodman’s Modern Small Groups
Liza
Benny Goodman Trio
’Kings of Jazz’ BBC NYC 8 Dec 1945
Little White Lies
Benny Goodman Sextet (voc) Patti Page
’One Night Stand’ Click Philadelphia 3 Jun 1948
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Benny Goodman Quintet
’Jubilee’ AFRS Hollywood Philadelphia Jan 1948
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5 September Phantom Dancer – Ep 10 Radar Men From The Moon


If the 29 August show is anything to go by, the 5 September Phantom Dancer is going to be the best show ever.

Check out the truth of that last assertion. You can hear all the August Phantom Dancers at the Radio 2SER Phantom Dancer website

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.

This week you’ll hear Fats Waller from live 1938-40 radio, jazz stars on pre-recorded 1960s radio, Harry James’ live radio farewell from the Benny Goodman Orchestra, 3 Jan 1939, and a set of early 1930s radio dance bands.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is episode 10 of the 1952 Republic serial, Radar Men From The Moon.
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 #278

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 September 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 One Night Stand, New York City, 1944-45
Blue Flame (Theme) + Good, Good, Good
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Woody Herman
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
6 Aug 1945
Theme + Memories of You + Begin The Beguine
Sonny Durham Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Apr 1944
Crescendo in Blue + Close
Duke Ellington Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
Set 2
Your Navy Swings 1957-70
Samba de Orpheus
Bola Sete with Vince Guaraldi Trio
’The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1965
The Old Colouring Book
Sandy Stewart (voc) Tony Motolla Quartet
’The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1963
That Ol’ Black Magic
Buddy de Franco Quartet
’The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1959
Set 3
Sweet Bands on 1950s Radio
Theme + Kominoi Ostrow
Lawrence Welk
Aragon Ballroom
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
1955
Gone Five Minutes
Freddy Martin Orchestra (voc) Peggy Barrett
’One Night Stand’
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
1951
Jealous Lover + Armaund’s Theme
Freddy Martin Orchestra (voc) Ralph Anthony
’One Night Stand’
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel LA
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1955
Set 4
Trad Stars from Club Hangover
Theme + Royal Garden Blues
Kid Ory and his Creole Jazz Band
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS
San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
St James Infirmary
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS
San Francisco
7 May 1955
After Hours + When The Saints Go Marching In
Muggsy Spanier with Red Richards (piano)
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS
San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
Set 5
Fats Waller
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (theme) + Hold My Hand
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red
New York City
16 Jul 1938
Flat Foot Floogie
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
Aircheck
New York City
14 Oct 1938
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Dec 1940
I Had To Do It
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
Aircheck
New York City
18 Oct 193
Set 6
Harry James
Ciribiribin
Harry James with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Carnival of Venice
Harry James Orchestra
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Mar 1940
Theme + Shorty George
Harry James Orchestra
’America Dances’
WABC CBS NY and BBC London
19 Jul 1939
Jeffrie’s Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
22 May 1941
Set 7
Early Radio
Intro + Let’s Fly Away
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Bill Moreing
Hotel Mark Hopkins
KGO NBC San Francisco
1932
My Favourite Band
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Parker Gibbs and Arthur Jarrett
Comm Rec
Chicago
16 Feb 1931
Out Of Nowhere + What Is It?
Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Loyce Whiteman (voc) Gus Arnheim Orchestra
’MJB Demi-Tasse Revue’
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
KFI NBC Gold LA
1931
Set 8
Benny Goodman’s Modern Small Groups
Liza
Benny Goodman Trio
’Kings of Jazz’
BBC NYC
8 Dec 1945
Little White Lies
Benny Goodman Sextet (voc) Patti Page
’One Night Stand’
Click
Philadelphia
3 Jun 1948
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Benny Goodman Quintet
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Philadelphia
Jan 1948

Massive Hand Painted 1920s Signage Revealed At Demolition Site


In November 2011, I posted how demolition of a building damaged by fire had revealed a wall sealed off for decades and on which was a well preserved, hand painted advertising hoarding from 1911.  https://gregpoppleton.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/840/

Hand-Painted Waratah Motor Spirit Sign From 1911
Hand-Painted Waratah Motor Spirit Sign From 1911

That sign was vandalised, then disappeared in the new development that replaced the burnt-out building.

Rare 1911 Newtown Art Defaced By Lame Tagger
Rare 1911 Newtown Art Defaced By Lame Tagger

To the developer’s great credit, they hired a sign-writer to reproduce the historic commercial artwork in the entranceway of their new building.

Recreated 1911 Mural, 3 November 2014. A work-in-progress.
Recreated 1911 Mural, 3 November 2014. A work-in-progress.

Strolling down Sydney’s main street, George Street, now largely dug up and traffic-free as a new tramline gets put in…

George St Sydney looking south from Wynyard, Sunday 27 August 2017
George St Sydney looking south from Wynyard, Sunday 27 August 2017

I spot another revealed vintage sign from the Art Deco 1920s, again seeing the light of day as a building is demolished, and again in good condition after 90 years this time…

Peapes Department Store signage, newly revealed, and 90 years after being painted.
Peapes Department Store signage, newly revealed, and 90 years after being painted.

I particularly like the heraldic shield for this men and boys clothing department store.

While the centre is gone, the wolf inside the top of the crest suggests to me a piece of commercial whimsy – a wolf in sheep’s clothing for a store selling woollens.

Peapes was a descendant of the famous 17th century London diarist, Samuel Pepys. So Pepy’s bewigged head was stitched into the label of all tailored Peapes dandyware.

Here’s a glimpse of the storefront in the 1950s I found on Flickr-

The Hotel Plaza above Wynyard Station is long gone, too. And the old Wynyard tunnel from George Street down to the train platforms – the old tunnel where Bodgies and Widgies hung out in 1947 and hadn’t much changed over the years – is now also being rebuilt.

Oh, and the Wiki article I’ve linked Bodgies and Widgies to, referring to them as a 1950s rock’n’roll youth culture is wrong.

29 August Phantom Dancer Swing Jazz Radio – Ep 9 Radar Men From The Moon


If the 22 August show is anything to go by, the 29 August Phantom Dancer is going to be the best show ever.

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV has been presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney, since 1985.

You can now hear The Phantom Dancer live-streamed and online on Radio 2SER’s website: http://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

See the full play list below.

This week hear Charlie Parker and Strings, Glenn Miller from the Meadowbrook Ballroom NJ in 1939 and the dixie trombone of Miff Mole on 1944 radio.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is episode 9 of the 1952 Republic serial, Radar Men From The Moon.
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 #277

107.3 2SER Tuesday 29 August 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
Sweet Bands on One Night Stand
Theme + Kentucky
Gay Claridge Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Chez Paree
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Aug 1945
Theme + Some Day I’ll Meet You Again
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Billy Williams
’One Night Stand’
Astor Roof
Hotel Astor NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Aug 1944
Saturday Night Is The Lonliest Night of the Week + Sweet Dreams + Theme (Peer Gynt)
Freddy Martin Orchestra (voc) The Martin Men
’One Night Stand’
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jan 1944
Set 2
Swing Bands on 1938 Radio
Theme + Stop Beating Around The Mulberry Bush
Al Goodman Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain and The Hit Paraders
’Your Hit Parade’
WABC CBS NY
22 Oct 1938
Dipsy Doodle Theme + The One Rose
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
’RCA Victor Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle
WEAF NBC RED NY
2 Jul 1938
Shine On Harvest Moon
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1938
Set 3
Django Reinhardt
Bei Dir war es immer so schoen
Django Reinhardt (g) Fud Candrix Orchestra
Comm Rec
Brussels
16 Apr 1942
Limehouse Blues
Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France
’Saturday Night Swing Club’
Bricktop Cabaret
Montmatre, Paris
Via shortwave to WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
Moten Swing + Close
Django Reinhardt and the ATC Orchestra
’AFN Bandstand’
AFN Paris
26 Oct 1945
Set 4
Paul Whiteman in the 1930s
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
26 Jun 1936
Don’t Count Your Kisses
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Little Durelle
’Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue
New York City
2 Feb 1936
Comes Love
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
’Chesterfield Show’
Schroeder Hotel
Milwaukee Wis CBS
New York City
9 Aug 1939
Set 5
Jimmy Dorsey
Just For a Thrill
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Helen O’Connell
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Dixieland Detour
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
5 Oct 1939
Contrasts (theme) + Just You Just Me
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
8 Feb 1943
I Should Care + Jumping Jehosephat (close)
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Teddy Walters
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
11 Feb 1945
Set 6
Miff Mole on 1944 Radio
Big Butter and Egg Man
Miff Mole Six
’For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
30 Oct 1944
Rosetta/Memphis Blues/There’ll Be Changes Made/I Would Do Anything For You
Miff Mole with Eddie Condon Group
’Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
16 Sep 1944
Peg O’ My Heart
Miff Mole Six
’For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
30 Oct 1944
Set 7
Glenn Miller at The Meadowbrook 1939
Intro + The Lady’s In Love With You
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Tex Beneke and Glenn Miller
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Apr 1939
Love With a Capital You
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
24 Nov 1939
Pavanne
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Apr 1939
Farewell Blues + Moonlight Serenade
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
25 Nov 1939
Set 8
Charlie Parker and Strings
Repetition + They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WJZ NYC
7 Apr 1951
April in Paris
Charlie Parker
The Spotlight
Apollo Theatre NYC
17 Aug 1950

19 August Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz Photos


Thank you to all of you who came to Penrith RSL for jazz this Saturday and made the afternoon so much fun.

The jazz audience at Penrith RSL make the whole afternoon a great social occasion, so the band and I always look forward to playing in the city by the Nepean.

In fact, we’ll be back at Penrith RSL for Armistice Day, 11 November, 2 – 5pm.

With me in the band today as I sang the songs of the 1920s and 1930s, we had, by special request, the great honour of being joined by bass brass virtuoso, Cazzbo Johns, formerly of the Australian Opera.

Bob Gillespie, musical director for Lovelace Watkins and drummer for Maynard Fergusson’s English Band was on the kit.

Guitarist for Ricky May, Grahame Conlon, swung on his Spanish guitar and banjo.

Damon Poppleton, aged 14, jammed on alto and tenor saxes. And Flynn Poppleton, age 10, sat in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street.

As always, I’ve taken some happy snaps for you below. See you at Penrith, 11 November!

Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton, the sign in front of the Penrith RSL building.
Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton, the sign in front of the Penrith RSL building.

 

Here I am saying cheese as the band plays Cherokee. Greg Poppleton 1920-30s vocals, Bob Gillespie drums, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Here I am saying cheese as the band plays Cherokee. Greg Poppleton 1920-30s vocals, Bob Gillespie drums, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Damon Poppleton alto sax.

 

Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.
Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.

Please visit the band website: gregpoppletonmusic.com