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1940s Trumpet Player Band Leaders – Phantom Dancer 31 March 2020

1940s trumpet player band leaders: Pippo Barzizza, Charlie Spivak and Randy Brooks, are the Phantom Dancer feature artists kicking off this week’s non-stop live radio mix.

The Phantom Dancer produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton can be heard online from 12:05pm AEDST Tuesday 31 March at

Two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985.

In this week’s mix hear Jo Stafford and a set of women pop singers on 1930s-50s radio, a set of Dizzy Gillespie radio and a set of 1940s radio swing bands lead by trumpet players Barzizza, Spivak and Randy Brooks.

The last hour is all vinyl.


With his friend and rival Cinico Angelini, Pippo Barzizz became the pre-eminent Italian swing and jazz band leader in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Beginning with his Blue Star Orchestra, then with Orchestra Cetra in the 1930s (which recorded 7,000 sides), and his Orchestra Moderna in the 1950s (which included a young Ennio Morricone), Barzizza broadcast regularly on EAIR, the national Italian radio, and then its post-war successor, RAI, intil 1954.

He composed songs and film soundtracks. His treatise on musical exercises, “Barzizza’s method” was published in 1952.

Pippo composed songs such as “Domani”, “Sera”, (a beautiful piece “with a harmony almost too high for that period”) and solo orchestra songs as “Do sol la si do” and his extraordinary “Adagio”.

pippo barzizza


Spivak’s band was one of the most successful in the 1940s and survived until 1959.

Spivak’s experience playing with jazz musicians had little effect on his own band’s style, which was straight dance music, made up mainly of ballads and popular tunes. Spivak himself (known as “Cheery, Chubby Charlie”) had been noted for his trumpet’s sweet tone and his strength for playing lead parts, rather than for any improvisational ability. He was also known as “The Man Who Plays The Sweetest Trumpet In The World”.

Charlie Spivak


Brooks began on trumpet at age six, and by eleven was touring with Rudy Vallee. He then worked with Claude Thornhill, Bob Allen, Bernie Cummins, Art Jarrett, and Les Brown before founding his own band in 1944. John Benson Brooks (no relation) contributed arrangements to the ensemble, and Stan Getz played in it in 1946. Among his hits for Decca Records were “Tenderly”, “Harlem Nocturne” and “The Man With The Horn”, but his swing-based style and large ensemble were out of step with the times, and his success eroded toward the end of the decade.
He was married to singer and band leader, Ina Ray Hutton.

randy brooks

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Pippo Barzizza leading and conducting the RAI TV Orchestra on his compositions “Il Boscaiolo” and “Sera” on the 60th Anniversary RAI TV broadcast of 1986.

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!


Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #430

107.3 2SER Tuesday 31 March 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Mon 2:30 – 3:30am
4NAG Keppel FM 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
7LTN Launceston 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Swing Bands of Trumpet Playing Leaders on 1940s Radio
Non Hai Piu La Veste A Fiori Blu
Alberto Rabagliati e Quartetto Vocale Hot (voc) Pippo Barzizza Orchestra
Comm Rec
Cetra, Rome
Open + Stomping Room Only
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
Perdido + Theme
Randy Brooks Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Jul 1945
Set 2
Mickey Mouse Bands On 1950s – 60s Radio
Open + Tea For Two
Leon Kellner Orchestra
Blue Room
Roosevelt Hotel
WWL CBS New Orleans
Mississippi Mud
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Al Galante and Band
Aragon Ballroom
Aragon Ballroom
WBBM CBS Chicago
Dec 1950
Little Girl + Goodnight My Love + Drifting and Dreaming (Close)
Orrin Tucker Orchestra (voc) OT
Boulevarde Room
Stevens Hotel
ABC Chicago
Set 3
Women Pop Singers on 1930s-50s Radio
More Than You Know
Jo Stafford (voc) Victor Young Orchestra
’Your Melody Hour’
KFI NBC Los Angeles
5 Aug 1951
If This Is Love, I Don’t Want Love
Kay Thompson
’Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Brahm’s Lullaby + Close
Ginny Simms + Chorus (voc) Cookie Fairchild Orchestra
’Personal Album’
AFRS Hollywood
Set 4
Crooners on 1940s Radio
Open + Careless Hands
Frank Sinatra and The Hit Paraders (voc) Alex Stordahl Orchestra
’Your Hit Parade’
30 Apr 1949
Open + Let’s Have Another Cup Of Coffee + Rise and Shine
Gordon MacRae
’The Railroad Hour’
KFI NBC Los Angeles
7 Aug 1950
Lucky Ol’ Sun
Dick Haymes and The Andrew Sisters (voc) Jerry Gary Orchestra
’Club 15’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
23 Sep 1949
Set 5
Dizzy Gillespie on 1940s-50s Radio
Lady Byrd
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Apollo Ballroom
Harlem NY
22 Jan 1947
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Radio Sweden
2 Feb 1948
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Jul 1956
Jam Session
Dizzy Gillespie with Orchestra
Rex Theatre
RTF Paris
Feb 1953
Set 6
Piano Playing Band Leaders on the Air
If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes
Nat King Cole Trio
KHJ Mutual LA
26 Apr 1945
Body and Soul
Teddy Wilson Orchestra
’America Dances’
BBC London via WABC CBS NY
Every Tub
Count Basie Orchestra
’Stars in Jazz’
14 Jan 1953
Flying Home
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Set 7
1930s Radio Jazz and Dance Bands
Black and Blue Rhythm
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
26 Sep 1933
Crazy Rhythm
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
’Let’s Dance’
New York City
8 Dec 1934
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
’Saturday Night Swing Club’
31 Oct 1936
Haunting Me
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Set 8
Trad Bands on Radio
Beale Street Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Heebie Jeebies
Eddie Condon Group
’Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
9 Sep 1944
I’m Confessin’
Hot Lips Page
’Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM New York City
That’s A Plenty
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953

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