13 February Phantom Dancer – Pioneer African-American Singer And Stand-up


Pioneer African-American stand-up comedian, Timmie Rogers, is the focus of this week’s, The Phantom Dancer.

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

It’s been presented by 1920s-1930s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, since 1985.

Hear this show online for the next 4 weeks after the 13 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear the stars of jazz on Eddie Condon’s 1948 TV ‘Floorshow’. There’s a set of Benny Goodman from 1934-36 radio. And we visit ‘The Supper Club’, an NBC radio show, in 1944-45. The Birdland audience sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Billy Eckstine live on 1953 radio.

Plus, as mentioned, we hear Timmie Rogers, in live 1945-49 radio appearances. And there’s a bonus live Nat King Cole treatment of a Timmie Rogers song, broadcast from The Trocadero in Hollywood in 1945.

 

TIMMIE ROGERS

US comedian, band leader, singer, composer and actor, Timmie Rogers, was one of the first black comedians who directly addressed a white audience when he worked.

Before Rogers, African-American comedians had to either work in pairs or groups, talking only to each other while playing characters – think Mr Gallagher  and Mr Sheen.

In fact, Timmie Rogers began in vaudeville in 1932 with a partner, Freddie, doing a dance act.

 

STAND-UP PIONEER

He went his own way in 1944 and was an immediate success on radio. Today’s Phantom Dancer features some of Timmie Rogers early radio solo work.

Rogers had been dancing since age 8. He ran away from home at 12 working as a dishwasher. He learnt the languages he heard in the kitchens. He eventually could speak nine languages. He sang in French and German.

While working cleaning ashtrays in a ballroom, absorbed which what was happening on stage, he was invited to dance between acts. That was the beginning of his career in entertainment. First he was a dancer and singer. Then his main focus became stand-up, specialising in the topical and political.

FIRST TV SHOW 1949

In 1949, Rogers starred in the first black prime-time show on US TV (CBS), Uptown Jubilee.

 

OH, YEAH!

Rogers was known as the Unknown Pioneer of (Black) Comedy. His catchphrase was “Oh Yeah!”, which you’ll hear plenty of times in today’s Phantom dancer Timmie Rogers set and in The Phantom dancer Video of the Week below.

He was a recurring guest star on The Jackie Gleason Show for over 12 years. He ended up working with Gleason thirty years.

Rogers also a composer and lyricist. You’ll hear his song, ‘If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes’, sung by Nat King Cole in a live 1945 radio broadcast. He wrote songs for Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. His hits included ‘Back to School Again’ and ‘I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya’.

 

1961 TV APPEARANCE

On your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, enjoy Timmie Rogers as he wins over the studio audience on a 1961 TV Variety Show,

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #303

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 February 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
Benny Goodman 1934-36
Music Hall Rag
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
1934
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 May 1935
King Porter Stomp + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
NBC Chicago
3 February 1936
Set 2
Exotica on the Wireless
Theme + Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum
Sauter and Finegan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Sep 1953
Goodnight For A Murder
George Barnes
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY via Chicago
8 Sep 1941
Mocambo Mambo
Martin Denny Orchestra
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
1959
Set 3
NBC Supper Club
I May Be Wrong
Jo Stafford
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
10 Apr 1946
On The Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe
The Satisfiers
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
1945
The Brave Volunteer + Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Jo Stafford
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
1950
Set 4
Progressive Jazz Singers
I Didn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night
Arthur Prysock
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Anita O’Day (voc) Nat King Cole Trio
‘King Cole Court’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1959
Happy Birthday + Send My Baby Back To Me
Billy Eckstine
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
8 Jul 1953
Set 5
Jazz on 1948-49 TV with Eddie Condon
Fascinating Rhythm / I Got a Crush On You / ‘S Wonderful / They Can’t Take That Away From Me / The Man I Love / Embraceable You / I Got Rhythm
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WNBT TV NY
9 Jul 1949
I Cover The Waterfront
Sarah Vaughan
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
13 Dec 1948
Look At Me Now
June Christy
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WNBT TV NY
23 Jul 1949
Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
13 Dec 1948
Set 6
1930s Small Groups
Sweet Heartache
Valaida Snow
Comm Rec
London
9 Jul 1937
Deep Purple
Benny Goodman Quartet
‘Camel Caravan’
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
14 Feb 1939
Theme + Hold My Hand
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
Gin Mill Blues + Close
Bob Crosby
‘Swing Concert’
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
18 May 1937
Set 7
Timmie Rogers Comedian
Good Deal
Timmie Rogers
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
Stand-Up
Timmie Rogers
Apollo Theatre
New York City
17 Aug 1950
Daddy-O
Timmie Rogers
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
The Trouble With Me Is You
Nat King Cole (composed by Timmie Rogers)
Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
26 Apr 1945
Set 8
1940s-50s ‘Modern Jazz’
Twilight in Teheran
Buck Ram All-Stars
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Sep 1944
Intro + I’m In A Dancing Mood
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Mar 1957
Ain’t You A Mess
Stan Getz
Red Hill Inn
Pennsauken
WCBS CBS NY
18 May 1957
Dizzy’s Business
Dizzy Gillespie
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
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Phantom Dancer 23 January 2018 – Hear Singer Lawrie Brooks Dad of Pulitzer Winner Geraldine Brooks


On this week’s Phantom Dancer…
There’s jazz harpsichord by Sylvia Marlow from 1941 radio, a set Duke Ellington’s women singers on live 1930s-50s radio, and a set of  1943-45 recordings by Sydney swing band leader, George Trevare, with a track by singer Lawrie Brooks, father of Pulitzer author, Geraldine Brooks.

See the full play list, program link and weekly video here.

george trevare / don burrows

I’m Greg Poppleton, 1920s-1930s singer. I’ve been bringing you the Phantom Dancer on 107.3 2SER Sydney every week since December 1985. It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. And it’s now heard on 23 radio stations around Australia.

You can hear this week’s show online for the next four weeks on the website of radio station 2SER. And as always, the last hour of The Phantom Dancer is all vinyl.

LAWRIE BROOKS
The father of author, Geraldine Brooks, sings with the George Trevare Orchestra on today’s Phantom Dancer.

Quoting from a review of one his daughter’s novels in The Australian newspaper, 6 February 2008,
“Lawrie Brooks was American, ‘a big-band singer in Hollywood and Hawaii in the 1930s’ who, stranded in Australia in 1938 (when the band manager made off with the earnings), became an early star of Australian radio, and who, at the age of 54, transformed himself into a proofreader for a daily newspaper. He was a man of opinion and integrity, angry, flawed, eccentric and delightful.
An obsessive subject to drinking bouts, he was addicted also to firing off letters to notables such as Albert Einstein and Rupert Murdoch (and often receiving replies). With his mysterious past and an assumed name, he is the most vivid character in Brooks’s memoir: loveable, infuriating, certainly less than perfect, but a fellow most of us would stand in a queue for the pleasure of meeting.”

Lawrie Brooks

GERALDINE BROOKS (Officer of the Order of Australia)
is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author now based in the U.S.

Recognition
2006: Pulitzer Prize for ‘March’ (a chronicle of wartime service for the ‘absent father’ of the March girls in Louise May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’.)
2008: Australian Publishers Association’s Literary Fiction Book of the Year for People of the Book[12]
2009: Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award[13]
2010: Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award[14]
2016: Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours

Novels
Year of Wonders (2001)
March (2005)
People of the Book (2008)
Caleb’s Crossing (2011)
The Secret Chord (2015)

Nonfiction
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women. 1994.
Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over. 1997.
Boyer Lectures 2011: The Idea of Home (or “At Home in the World”). 2011.

Geraldine Brooks

Also on this week’s Phantom Dancer, Rosa Rio. His a short obit about her. She was still performing on the theatre organ age 107

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 #301

107.3 2SER Tuesday 23 Jan 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
Swing 1940-44 Radio
Theme + Chopping Wood
Woody Herman Orchestra
Famous Door
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jan 1940
It’s a Crying Shame
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
21 Aug 1944
Flying Home
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Civic Auditorium
Oakland Ca
4 Jun 1944
Set 2
Jazz Organ and Harpsichord
Sunrise Serenade (theme) + This Is The Missus
Rosa Rio
’Rosa Rio Time’
WJZ ABC NY
14 Jul 1947
Tea For Two
Johnny Saab
’Organ Interlude’
WJSV Washington DC CBS
21 Sep 1939
The Turkish March
Sylvia Marlowe (harpsichord)
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
17 Dec 1941
Set 3
Latin Strains On 1930s-40s Radio
Theme + Chiu Chiu + Begin the Beguine
Desi Arnez Orchestra (voc) DA and Band
Ciro’s
KECA ABC LA
1947
Habenero and Vacero
A&P Gypsies
’A&P Show’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1933
Night Must Fall + Nightingale + My Shawl (theme)
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Last Frontier
NBC Las Vegas
30 Nov 1953
Set 4
Bop and Hard Bop on 1950s Radio
Strike Up The Band
Pete Brown Quintet
’One Night Stand’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Sep 1952
Happy Birthday + Body and Soul
Sarah Vaughan
’Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
26 Mar 1953
Out of Nowhere + Jumping With Symphony Sid
Charlie Parker
Hi-Hat Club
WCOP Boston
24 Jan 1954
Set 5
Women Singers with the Duke Ellington Orchestra on 1930s-50s Radio
In A Mizz
Ivie Anderson (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Boston
26 Jul 1939
Riff Staccato
Joya Sherrill (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Oct 1945
Rose of the Rio Grande
Ivie Anderson (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
Eastwood Gardens
WWJ NBC Red Detroit
31 Jul 1940
Take The A Train
Bette Roche (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
The Kissing Bug
Joya Sherill (voc) Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Date With The Duke’
400 Restaurant
WJZ Blue NY
28 Apr 1945
Set 6
Commercial Sides: George Trevare and His Australians
Don’t Sweetheart Me
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Under The Trees
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Lawrence Brooks
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
No Love No Nothin’
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Al Royal
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Let’s Have One For The Road
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Unknown
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Set 7
Glenn Miller and his Orchestra 1939 – 41 Radio
Intro + Here We Go Again + White Cliffs of Dover
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
’Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
27 Dec 1941
Georgia On My Mind
Glenn Miller Orchestra
’Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
30 Aug 1941
Blueberry Hill
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
’Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
6 Nov 1940
My Blue Heaven + Close
Glenn Miller Orchestra
NBC Baltimore
5 Sep 1939
Set 8
Kings Of Jazz Trumpet on 1930s-50s Radio
Night Song
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Manhattan Centre
WNEW NY
26 Sep 1939
I’m Confessin’ That I Love You
Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS LA
Mar 1943
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Roy Eldridge (voc) Anita Love
Unissued Comm Rec
Paris
9 Jun 1950
Down South Camp Meeting
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Anita Love
Hotel Astor Roof
WCBS CBS NY
25 May 1953

16 January 2018 Phantom Dancer – Child Prodigies on 1930s-50s Radio.


The Phantom Dancer, presented by 1920s-1930s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, since 1985, is your non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

Hear this week’s episode online from 16 January for the next four weeks  on the website of radio 2SER Sydney.

This week’s Phantom Dancer features two sets of CHILDREN OF PROMISE outstanding talent under 15 years of age already engaged in professional music careers.

In play list order. (You can see this week’s full play list below)…

TONI HARPER
Toni Harper age 11
Born 1937, Toni retired from performing at the age of 29. Learning dance under Maceo Anderson, Harper was cast by the choreographer Nick Castle in Christmas Follies, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in 1945. She later went on to perform on stage with Herb Jeffries, Cab Calloway, and in Japan with Cannonball Adderley. Harper recorded ‘Candy Store Blues’ in 1946, aged 9, and you’ll hear her sing her hit on a live 1948 radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer. It was a platinum record.

FRANKIE LYMON
Frankie Lymon
Frankie Lymon was vocal lead for The Teenagers. His song, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” became The Teenagers’ first single in January 1956. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard pop singles chart and topped the Billboard R&B singles chart for five weeks. Six other top ten blues singles followed over the next year: including ‘I Promise to Remember’ which you’ll also hear in a live radio performance on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

FRANK SINATRA
frank sinatra
Today, The Phantom Dancer plays 15 year old Frank’s first radio appearance on NBC’s ‘Major Bowes Amateur Hour’. Sinatra joked during a Las Vegas Show in the 1960s that the quartet he started in, The Hoboken Four, was so popular on Major Bowes they appeared for weeks after under different names. They then toured the US as part of the Major Bowes theatre troupe, with Sinatra quitting mid-tour. He’d had enough.

SUGAR CHILE ROBINSON
sugar chile robinson
He won a talent show at age three, and by age seven in 1945 was playing guest spots with Lionel Hampton, who was prevented by child protection legislation from taking Robinson on tour with him. However, Robinson performed on radio with Hampton and Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson, and appeared as himself in the Hollywood film No Leave, No Love.
In 1946, he played for President Harry S. Truman at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, shouting out “How’m I Doin’, Mr. President?” – which became his catchphrase – during his performance of ‘Caldonia’. He stopped recording in 1952, “I wanted to go to school…I wanted some school background in me and I asked my Dad if I could stop, and I went to school because I honestly wanted my college diploma.”

JOEY PRESTON
joey preston drums
You’ll hear 8 year old Joey play drums with Sugar Chile and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra on this week’s Phantom Dancer. On June 27, 1947, a small record company out of Hollywood called Modern Records issued a six-record 78rpm set of ‘America’s Youngest Drumming Sensation: Joey Preston’s Sextette.’ On one of the songs, Preston plays piano. The liner notes were written by Stan Kenton, who calls Preston ‘an amazing talent,’ and that he has seen Preston ‘demonstrate his artistry on numerous occasions.’ Preston also appeared in three Hollywood films 1946-48.

JUDY GARLAND
judy garland 1938
So much as been written about Judy Garland I have nothing more to add here, except the scratchy 1939 radio recording you hear of her on this week’s Phantom Dancer is a brilliant send-up of opera by her.

BABY ROSE MARIE
baby rose marie
And as your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, here’s another child of promise, who started a hugely successful singing career at age 3, later co-starring in the Dick van Dyke show, The Monkees and more. She was the last pre-WWII hit-maker alive.
Here is a link to a column she wrote, July 2017, about standing up to her sexual harasser on set in the 1950s (and losing work because of it) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dick-van-dyke-star-rose-marie-what-happened-i-publicly-shamed-my-harasser-guest-column-1063597

Rose Marie died just two weeks ago, 28 December 2017, aged 94. Marvel at her extraordinary talent, aged just 5 in this Warner Brothers’ Vitaphone Short from 1929…

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #300

107.3 2SER Tuesday 16 January 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
Mod and Bop 1943 – 1956
Moppin’ and Boppin’
Fats Waller and his Rhythm
Comm Rec
Los Angeles
23 Jan 1943
Sweet Georgia Brown
Clifford Brown Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
6 May 1956
Cherry Blossom + Manhattan (Close)
Georgie Auld
‘Here’s To Veterans’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
Set 2
Dance Bands on 1944-51 Radio
Sound Off
Vaughan Monroe Orchestra (voc) VM and the Moon Men
Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
ABC
1951
How Do You Fall In Love?
Griff Williams Orchestra (voc) Walt King
Empire Room
Palmer House
WGN Chicago
5 Mar 1947
The Same Words
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Liz Tilton
’One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 May 1944
Set 3
Women Singers with 1940s Big Bands
Embraceable You
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Jule Hopkins
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
21 Feb 1946
I’ll Be Around
Sonny Dunham Orchestra (voc) Pat Cameron
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Apr 1944
Out of this World
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Frances Wayne
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
6 Aug 1945
Set 4
Children of Promise Part 1
Candy Store Blues
Toni Harper (9 years old) Count Basie Orchestra (piano) Eddie Beale
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
6 Jan 1948
Open + I Promise To Remember + Why Do Fools Fall In Love + Close
Frankie Lymon (aged 13) and The Teenagers, Sam The Man Taylor Orchestra
’Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
28 Aug 1956
Set 5
Children of Promise Part 2
Shine
Hoboken Four with Frank Sinatra (age 15)
‘Major Bowes Amateur Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1935
Caldonia Boogie
Sugar Chile Robinson (piano, age 6) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
Sugar’s Boogie Woogie
Sugar Chile Robinson, add Joey Preston (age 8) drums
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
Swing and Sweet + Thank for the Memory (opera send-up)
Judy Garland (age 14)
’Gulf Oil Show’
KFI NBC LA
Jan 1939
Set 6
1930s Radio Dance Orchestras
One, Two Button Your Shoe
Red Nichols Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
30 Nov 1936
Hot Lips (theme) + Rose Room
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1935
Isn’t This a Lovely Day?
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (voc) Carmen Lombardo
‘Esso Boulevarde’
WABC CBS NY
26 Aug 1935
Ain’t Cha Glad + When Summer is Gone (theme)
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 7
Headline 1940s Bands Live
Deed I Do
Tony Pastor Orchestra (voc) TP
Aircheck
New York City
Nov 1942
The Trouble With Me Is You
Nat King Cole Trio (voc) NKC
Trocadero
KHJ MBS LA
26 Apr 1945
Wagon Wheels
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Aug 1945
In There + Close
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
’Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1944
Set 8
Bop and Brubeck
Hot House
Miles Davis and Bud Powell
Carnegie Hall
VOA
25 Dec 1949
52nd Street Theme
Charlie Parker and Miles Davis
’Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
4 Sep 1948
All The Things You Are
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956

9 Jan Phantom Dancer – Comedian Has A Bad Night On Live 1958 Radio


The 1950s comedian, Pat McCaffrie, who you’ll hear with Hawaiian band leader, singer and composer, Johnny Pineapple, on this week’s Phantom Dancer (Sets 3 and 4 – see play list below) somehow reminds me of funny men characters Bobby Bittman and Krusty the Klown.

Judge for yourself when you listen to this week’s Phantom Dancer.

You’ll also be treated to a set of Harry James from live 1960s-70s radio, a set of Australian swing from 1930s-50s Sydney radio – plus Lee Gordon’s beatnik 1959 Sydney release – ‘She’s The Ginchiest’ – and Charlie Parker on live 1949 New Years radio.

The Phantom Dancer, presented by 1920s-1930s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, since 1985, is your non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

Hear the show online for 4 weeks from 9 January on the Radio 2SER website

While The Phantom Dancer is a music mix,  it’s also a first hand social history of the mid-20th century.

And sometimes I find something that is so awkward, I feel compelled to play it for you in its entirety.

The talent and professionalism of all actors in this broadcast is beyond dispute.

It just seems that radio had captured that one unfortunate ‘bad night’ , and everyone has bad nights, where anything that could go wrong beyond their control, sound-wise and audience-wise, did go wrong. This week’s Phantom Dancer has such a time for your edification…

NEW YEAR’S DAY 1958
I’m guessing this sixty year old tape with the awkward broadcast I’ll be playing for you today was recorded by someone in their home tuned into WGN radio Chicago for New Years.

They were taping the live bands WGN were broadcasting as part of their annual bringing in of the New Year. (I’ve also added the religious talk at the end of the broadcast day and the station sign-off for your enjoyment).

One of the bands that 1958 New Years Day, from the Polynesian Room of Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel, was Johnny Pineapple.

As well as his band Johnny Pineapple had a floor show in his hour radio spot on WGN, including dancers, a girl vocal group called The Polynesian Sweethearts one of whom calls out “Wait!” before they launch into Jingle Bells, and a comedian.

Perhaps the tape ran out during the comedian’s story about New York and the recordist had to find a new spool to thread on the tape recorder.

Or perhaps the recordist didn’t have an ear for comedy gold and switched the comedian off to save tape. Whatever the reason, there’s a break in Johnny’s hour spot that reduces the total play time to just over 30 minutes.

WHO’S JOHNNY?
David Kaonohi, dubbed ‘Johnny Pineapple’ by Hollywood movie scouts who spotted him performing while he was in his first year at university in 1938, made several appearances in Hollywood films but was primarily a Hawaiian musician and entertainer.

He played in New York’s Lexington Hotel and Stork Club and at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago from where he is broadcasting on today’s Phantom Dancer during New Year 1958.

He wrote 25 songs and died in 1981.

There’s another Johnny Pineapple (a son, perhaps?) who was leading a Hawaiian band in the US, and was a friend of Tiny Tim, according to his 2005 website.

WHO’S THE COMIC?
He’s Pat McCaffrie. And he’s having something of a tough night in this Johnny Pineapple show. He even asks, jokingly, if he’s in the wrong place. No-one’s laughing.

Quoting his IMDB bio, “Pat McCaffrie was born on January 12, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Patric Francis McCaffrie. He was an actor, known for Get Smart (he was Agent 47) (1965), The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and A Guide for the Married Man (1967). He died on December 4, 1992 in Orange, California, USA.”

What I love about McCaffrie’s comedy and awkwardness, though, is that he instantly reminded me of my favourite Second City TV character, funnyman Bobby Bittman.

BOBBY BITTMAN
I’ve been a big fan of Second City TV since it first aired in Sydney, usually around 1am Monday mornings, in the early to mid-1980s – we got it late.

And one of my favourite SCTV characters is funnyman, Bobby Bittman, played by Eugene Levy.

There are some who see a stylistic connection between Bobby Bittman and Krusty the Klown on The Simpsons.

And I hear a connection, in the delivery and tone of voice, between McCaffrie’s stand-up and Bobby Bittman.

I’m not saying there is a connection, like McCaffrie inspired Bittman. I just hear one, as a fan joining dots that are highly unlikely to actually exist.

But it’s also a good excuse to introduce you to some classic Bittman from SCTV. It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. Enjoy! And enjoy Pat McCaffrie and Johnny Pineapple live from New Years 1958 on The Phantom Dancer!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #298

107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 January 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
Harry James on 1960s-70s Radio
Cirribirribin (theme) + Shiny Stockings
Harry James Orchestra
’New Year All-Star Parade of Bands’
Crystal Room
Desert Inn
NBC Las Vegas
31 Dec 1970
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
El Patio Ballroom
KCBS San Francisco
20 May 1961
Jumpin’ at the Woodside + Close
Harry James Orchestra
Moon Bowl
Freedomland
WCBS CBS NYC
31 Aug 1962
Set 2
1930s-50s Australian Swing on the Air
Sobbin’ Blues
Frank Coughlan
Aircheck
Trocadero Ballroom
Sydney
25 May 1937
Open + Three Little Words
Edwin Duff
’The George Wallace Show’
2GB Macquarie Network Sydney
1952
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
George Sorlie (voc) Humphrey Bishop &​ His AWA Light Opera Company
’The Showman’
2CH AWA Network Sydney
1944
Set 3 and 4
An Awkward New Year
Theme + Comic Intro
Johnny Pineapple and Pat McCaffrie (comedian)
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Little Grass Shack + Comedy
Johnny Pineapple
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Jingle Bells + Hawaiian New Year
The Polynesian Sweethearts and Johnny Pineapple
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
My Blooming Flower + A Million Moons Over Hawaii + Comedy (gets cut-off)
Johnny Pineapple and Pat McCaffrie
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Canadian Sunset + Kila Kila Holi’akala + Theme
Johnny Pineapple
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Religious Talk + Station Close
Staff Announcer
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Set 5
Count Basie 1937-38 Radio
Moten Swing (theme) + King Porter Stomp
Count Basie Orchestra
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Pittsburgh
8 Feb 1937
John’s Idea
Count Basie Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
Nov 1937
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Billie Holiday (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Jun 1937
One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
’America Dances’
WABC CBS NY/BBC London
Famous Door NY
Jul 1948
Set 6
Swing Bands on 1940s Radio
Theme + Smile
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
Flight of the Jitterbug
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Radio Aircheck
New York City
1940
Minnie’s in the Money
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) BG
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cornell University
Ithaca NY
Blue Network
25 Sep 1943
Frenesi
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
Arcadia Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
11 Dec 1940
Set 7
Radio Jazz in Opera Halls
Blue Cellophane
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Chicago Opera House
Blue Network
25 Mar 1945
All God’s Children Got Rhythm
Bud Powell Trio
Carnegie Hall
VOA
25 Dec 1949
Trumpets No End
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Carnegie Hall NYC
13 Nov 1948
Tea for Two + Close
Esquire All Stars
’Spotlight Bands’
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue NY
18 Jan 1944
Set 8
Mod Sounds
She’s The Ginchiest
Lee Gordon
Comm Rec
Sydney
1959
How High The Moon
Jubilee All-Stars with Miguelito Valdez’s Cuban Rhythm Section
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Be-Bop + Slow Boat To China
Charlie Parker
’Symphony Sid New Years Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1 Jan 1949

“Every Second Is As Authentic As Can Be,” All About Jazz Review


“Every second of Back In Your Own Backyard is as authentic as can be, making listening to Poppleton and the band not only a joy, but a clear window into the essence of the music of early jazz era.” BUDD KOPMAN, All About Jazz (U.S)

Back In Your Own Backyard CD available here.
You can buy mp3s at Bandcamp, CDBaby and iTunes

ALL ABOUT JAZZ REVIEW by Budd Kopman…

Back in Your Own Backyard - 1920s and 1930s songs by Greg Poppleton

 

Greg Poppleton album cover

“There is something about early jazz before the Swing Era, especially that of the 1920s. Its infectious happiness, innocence and floating lightness, its close ties to Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook and how much this music was an integral part of the times makes it irresistible to almost anyone even remotely interested in the history of jazz.

However, jazz is forever restless, and, even back then, always in search of new means of expression. Those who loved this music pushed back, so to speak, and a number of revivals have taken place over the years. The advent of the compact disc in the 1980s saw a burst of activity by collectors of 78s to preserve this music while introducing it to another generation (see Rivermont Records, Jazz Oracle, Mosaic Records, Frog Records, Timeless Records and Retrieval Records).

The seminal histories of early jazz were written by Gunther Schuller (Early JazzThe Swing Era) and Richard Sudhalter (Lost Chords). A few of the people who have worked to keep early jazz alive are band leader Alex Mendham (see Whistling In The Dark), Vince Giordano and Rich Conaty who hosted The Big Broadcast radio show on WFUV for over forty years, playing jazz and pop music from the 1920s and 1930s until his untimely death late in 2016.

Add to the above vocalist Greg Poppleton from Australia. From the age of three, when he saw Louis Armstrong on television, Poppleton caught the early jazz bug and never looked back; his entire persona reflects the jazz age of the 1920s and the Swing Era of the later 1930s. Not only that, he shares his love of this music over the radio on Phantom Dancer broadcast.

Given the knowledge of the era and the authenticity of performance Poppleton’s latest release, Back In Your Own Backyard is real delight, sure to surprise lovers of early jazz that such is happening Down Under, as well as win over “newbies” to the music. The twelve tracks are all very well known tunes, mostly from the 1920s, but with four from the 1930s—The Real Dixieland Book / Tunes Of The Twenties has most of them.

Most tracks are around three minutes, with a few getting close four, each being an almost perfect interpretation of what the song is about. Accompanied by the Bakelite Broadcasters (Paul Furniss: clarinet and alto saxophone, Geoff Power: saxophone, trumpet and trombone, Grahame Conlon: banjo and guitar and Lawrie Thompson: drums, washboard), Poppleton and company get inside each tune with their complete commitment to the style. It would take an extremely jaded heart not to smile and tap your foot, much less dance around the room.

All the tracks are extremely well done, but standout tracks include the plaintive “They Didn’t Believe Me” (1914—Jerome Kern/Herbert Reynolds), “I’ll See You In My Dreams” (1924 -Isham Jones/Gus Kahn) which will be familiar to any fan of the movie Sweet And Lowdown, the pure fun of “Egyptian Ella” (1930 -Walter Doyle), a “Honeysuckle Rose” (1929 -Thomas “Fats” Waller/Andy Razaf) which would make Fats himself jealous and low-key version of “Makin’ Whoopee” (1928 -Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn).

Every second of Back In Your Own Backyard is as authentic as can be, making listening to Poppleton and the band not only a joy, but a clear window into the essence of the music of early jazz era.”  BUDD KOPMAN, All About Jazz (U.S)


Track Listing: Cake Walking Babies Back Home; They Didn’t Believe Me; Too Marvellous For Words; I’ll See You In My Dreams; Back In Your Own Backyard; Egyptian Ella; When My Dreamboat Comes Home; Honeysuckle Rose; Nobody’s Sweetheart; The Lady Is A Tramp; Makin’ Whoopee; Yes, We Have No Bananas.

Personnel: Greg Poppleton: vocals; Paul Furniss: clarinet, alto saxophone, Geoff Power: sousaphone, trumpet and trombone; Grahame Conlon: banjo,guitar; Lawrie Thompson: drums, washboard.

Title: Back In Your Own Backyard | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

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Get Back In Your Own Backyard now. CD available here.
Buy mp3s at Bandcamp, CDBaby and iTunes

Phantom Dancer 2 Jan 2018 – Glenn Miller Talks to Germany


Hear your Phantom Dancer #1 for 2018. Greg Poppleton plays you a non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio every week, originating from 107.3 2SER Sydney, with the play list and video of the week published on this blog.

Hear the 2 January 2018 Phantom Dancer online at 2SER.com from Jan 2 till Jan 30.

The Phantom Dancer is as much a first hand social history program as much as it is a music show.

The last set of this week’s Phantom Dancer is a mix of the Glenn Miller Orchestra broadcasting from London in 1944 over ABSIE, the American Broadcasting Station in Europe.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra was actually recorded over six weeks in the Abbey Road Studios, London, and the discs edited into half hour shows for the ‘Wehrmacht Hour’ aimed at German listeners in Europe.

The second half of the hour was news in German, with commentary and satire, by Thomas Mann’s son, Golo, amongst others. The program was popular in Germany. It was even heard on shortwave as far away as New Zealand.

Other American celebrities who performed for ABSIE include Spike Jones, Morton Downey, and as you’ll hear in this short clip, Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore. Enjoy! Read more in Glenn Miller Declassified, Dennis M. Spragg, University of Nebraska Press.

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!

Happy New Year!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #296

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 January 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
Cutting Edge Swing From 1945-49 Hollywood Radio
Undercurrent Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
29 Mar 1949
All Too Soon
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra (tp) Skippy Layton
‘One Night Stand’
Avodon Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1946
Tonsillectomy + Close
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morocco
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 2
Organ Music on Radio Normandie and WJSV Washington DC 1937-39
Happy Days Are Here Again (theme) + Here Comes The Sun + The Sun Breaks Through + There’s A Place In The Sun For You + Sunshine Ahead + Ad
Sandy MacPherson (theatre organ) Peggy and Ronny (voc)
‘Rinso Radio Review’
Empire Theatre
London
Radio Normandie
1938
Time On My Hands (theme) + Summertime + Tea For Two
Johnny Saab (Hammond B2 Organ)
‘Let’s Take Time Out’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Set 3
1930s Crooner Dan Donovan on BBC London and AVRO Hilversum
Bye Bye Baby
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Dan Donovan
Comm Rec
London
1936
A Garden In Granada
Dan Donovan (voc) Radio AVRO Orkest
Aircheck
AVRO Radio
Hilversum Holland
9 Jan 1939
Swing Bolero
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) Dan Donovan
Radio Broadcast
BBC London
Apr 1937
Set 4
1944 – 51 Dance Bands on the Air
Son Belle
Natalino Otto
Comm Rec
Turin
1948
Open + Side By Side
Orrin Tucker Orchestra (voc) Orrin Tucker
Boulevarde Room
Hotel Stevens
ABC Chicago
1951
Twilight Time
Dean Hudson Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Edison
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Nov 1944
Set 5
Women Jazz Singers 1950s Radio & TV
Intro + Fine & Mellow
Billie Holliday
’The Sound of Jazz’
WCBS CBS TV NY
8 Dec 1957
My Gentleman Friend
Sarah Vaughan
’Concert Recording’
Apollo Theatre NY
17 Aug 1950
All Of Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Betty Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Ridin’ High
Ella Fitzgerald (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Texaco Swing Into Spring’
WRCA TV NBC NY
9 Apr 1958
Set 6
Cab Calloway on Live 1940s Radio From Cafe Zanzibar NYC
Do I Care? No, No
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Mar 1940
Minnie The Moocher (theme) + The Very Thought Of You
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Sep 1944
The More I See You
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
10 Jul 1945
Lammar’s Boogie + Coastin’ With JC
Cab Calloway Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 July 1946
Set 7
Early Radio Jazz and Dance
Blue Melody Blues
Tiny Parham and his Musicians
Comm Rec
Chicago
1 Feb 1929
Me
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman and Dave Marshall
’Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
1931
What Is This Thing Called Love? + Where The Golden Daffodils Grow
The Ambassadors of Melodyland
’Dr Scholl’s Program’
Radio Transcription
1931
Is It Spain + A Most Remarkable Girl
The Dixie Two-Steppers (voc) The Dixie Tenor
’Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
1929
Set 8
Glenn Miller Broadcasting to Germany 1944
Intro + Here We Go Again
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra
Radio Transcription
American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)
Abbey Road Studios
London
Oct-Nov 1944
Now I Know
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra (voc) Johnny Desmond
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Begin the Beguine
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra (voc) Irene Manning
Radio Transcription
American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)
Abbey Road Studios
London
Oct-Nov 1944
Great Day + Close
Glenn Miller AEF Orchestra
Radio Transcription
American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)
Abbey Road Studios
London
Oct-Nov 1944

January Newsletter – Happy New Year


What’s Happening?
SOLD OUT 5 YEARS RUNNING
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Blue Mountains 1920s Festival 3 FebBuilders Club Wollongong 4 Feb
Penrith RSL 10 Mar
Jazz at the Pines Dural 18 Mar
More dates and info

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with band. We play for weddings, corporate events and house parties, as well as festivals, clubs and balls.
Contact us now.

Happy New Year!

Doof-doof, rap-rap, yeah-yeah, oo-oo, plink-plonk and strum-strum is not my soundtrack for New Year’s Eve.

So I’ll be enjoying the spectacular New Year fireworks here in Sydney with family and friends to a different soundtrack! And you’re welcome to share.

These are swing and jazz soundtracks I’ve made for you myself:

1. New Year’s Phantom Dancer radio show: enjoy a two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1930s-50s radio. You can stream it right now at 2ser.com.

2. Enjoy these popular mixes of 1920s – 1930s songs from my four albums. Enjoy!

1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 1
Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at:
https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com

1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 2
Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at:
https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com

1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 3
Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at:
https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com

December Band Photos

Sydney Town Hall

A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s by singer Greg Poppleton…

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Art Gallery Xmas Party

The Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s trio never dreamt we’d one day meet royalty! To set the scene…

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Contact Greg’s management, Tony Jex, directly at OzManagement for all performance enquiries, private events and functions: info@ozmanagement.com