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Bob Chester – Phantom Dancer 8 December 2020

Bob Chester, swing band leader and tenor saxophonist, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

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Bob Chester began his music career as a sideman under Irving Aaronson, Ben Bernie, and Ben Pollack. He formed his own orchestra in Detroit in 1939, with a Glenn Miller-influenced sound. This band was unsuccessful in local engagements and quickly dissolved.

He then put together a new band on the East Coast under the direction of Tommy Dorsey and with arrangements by David Rose. This ensemble fared much better, recording for Bluebird Records. Billed “The New Sensation of the Nation,” Chester’s band had its own radio show on CBS briefly in the spring of 1939. The twenty-five-minute program aired from the Hotel Van Cleve in Dayton, Ohio 12:30 Friday mornings some of which you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Chester’s Bluebird records have proved excellent sellers, both for retail dealers and coin phonograph operators such as “From Maine to California”; “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie”; “Madeliaine”; and two songs from “Banjo Eyes” – “Not a Care in the World” and “A Nickel to My Name”.

His one national hit was “With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair” (b/w “I Walk With Music”; Bluebird 10614), which featured Dolores O’Neill on vocals and went to #18 on the charts in April 1940. Chester’s orchestra included saxophonist Peanuts Hucko and trombonist Bill Harris.

His female singers included Dolores O’Neill, Kathleen Lane, and Betty Bradley. The orchestra disbanded in the mid-1940s, due in part to the shrinking market for big band sound. Chester assembled another band for a short time in the early 1950s, but after it failed he retired from music and returned to Detroit to work for the rest of his life in car manufacturing.


8 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream Community Radio Network Show CRN #445

107.3 2SER Tuesday 8 December 2020
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am 3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am 4NAG Keppel FM Monday 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 1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am 2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm 5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm 7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am 3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am 6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am 3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Stan Kenton Radio Transcriptions 
Trumpet Symphonette
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription Los Angeles Oct 1941
Concerto for Doghouse
Stan Kenton Orchestra
 
Radio Transcription Los Angeles 13 Feb 1942
El Choclo
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription Los Angeles Oct 1941
Set 2
1930s Radio 
Station Open
Staff Announcer
W2XAF Schenectady NY 1938
Susannah
Harry Richman (voc) Dodge Orchestra
‘Dodge Program’ Radio Transcription 1936
There’s a Tavern in the Town
Rudy Vallee
‘Fleishmann Yeast Hour’ WEAF NBC Red NY 13 Dec 1934
I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams + Theme
Al Goodman Orchestra (voc) The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’ WABC CBS NY 22 Oct 1938
Set 3
1940s Swing Radio 
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Fine
Scatman Carruthers Orchestra (voc) Scatman
‘Jubilee’ AFRS Hollywood 13 Mar 1944
Theme + Sherwood’s Forest
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’ Casino Gardens Ocean Park Ca AFRS Re-broadcast Jan 1947
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me + Take The A-Train
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
Sherman’s Dine and Dance Mutual Network San Diego 20 Nov 1943
Set 4
Bob Chester 
Theme + Shoot The Sherbert To Me, Herbert
Bob Chester Orchestra (voc) Kathleen Lane
Mayfair Restaurant Hotel Van Cleve CBS Dayton OH 22 Sep 1939
Speak Low
Bob Chester Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’ Panther Room Hotel Sherman Chicago AFRS Re-broadcast 8 Oct 1944
Stay In My Arms, Cinderella + Theme + News + Station Close
Bob Chester Orchestra (voc) Stu Braden
Mayfair Restaurant Hotel Van Cleve CBS Dayton OH 22 Sep 1939
Set 5
Count Basie 
Red Bank Boogie
Count Basie with Harry Sosnick’s Orchestra
‘Guest Star’ Radio Transcription 23 Oct 1949
One O’clock Jump (theme) + Out of Nowhere
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland WNBC NBC NY 31 Aug 1952
Basie Boogie
Count Basie with Harry Sosnick’s Orchestra
‘Guest Star’ Radio Transcription 23 Oct 1949
Lullaby of Birdland + Close
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’ Birdland WNBC NBC NY 14 Jan 1953
Set 6
Eddie Condon 
Monday Night Special
Eddie Condon
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’ WJZ NBC Blue NY 5 Jan 1941
Singin’ the Blues
Eddie Condon (featuring Bobby Hackett)
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’ WJZ NBC Blue NY 16 Sep 1944
The Blues
Eddie Condon
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’ WJZ NBC Blue NY 5 Jan 1941
Sweet Georgia Brown
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’ WJZ NBC Blue NY 14 Oct 1944
Set 7
Bing Crosby 
Open + She Loves Me Not
Bing Crosby (voc) Georgie Stoll Orchestra
‘Woodbury Soap Program’ KHJ Mutual LA 18 Sep 1934
I’ve Got To Pass Your House To Get To My House
Bing Crosby (voc) Jimmy Grier Orchestra
Los Angeles 9 Jun 1933
Remember Me
Bing Crosby (voc) John Scott Trotter Orchestra
‘Kraft Music Hall’ KFI NBC Red LA 7 Oct 1937
Shadows of Love
Bing Crosby (voc) Jimmy Grier Orchestra
Los Angeles 10 Mar 1934
Set 8
1950s Mod Radio 
Hot House
Miles Davis
‘Stars of Modern Jazz Concert’ Carnegie Hall Voice of America 25 Dec 1949
Night in Tunisia
Dizzy Gillespie
‘Symphony Sid Show’ Birdland WJZ NY 31 Mar 1951

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