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07 May 2024

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Boyd Raeburn’s Weird Swing – Phantom Dancer

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Boyd Raeburn was an American jazz band leader, tenor and bass saxophonist. No major label wanted to record him because his arrangements were considered “too weird” for dancers. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

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BOYD

Boyd Raeburn’s musical career started at the University of Chicago, where he led a campus band. He was then a commercial bandleader at Chicago’s World Fair (1933–1934) and worked for dance bands throughout the 30s, sometimes leading them.

In the 40s, Boyd passed through swing before becoming identified with the bop school.
His later 1944-1947 big band performed arrangements that were often comparable to those used by Woody Herman and the “progressive jazz” of Stan Kenton during the same period.

Female vocalist in the band was the popular singer, who was aslo Boyd’s wife, Ginny Powell.
The compositions arranged by George Handy were the most contemporary, utilising dissonance somewhat in the manner of Igor Stravinsky.

Johnny Richards joined in 1947 and stayed for a year writing 50 compositions.

Boyd Raeburn’s band made a big critical splash in New York.

Billy Eckstine, whose own bebop big band also suffered from the recording ban, was ecstatic about it, helping Raeburn play a week at the all-black Apollo Theatre.

Eckstine exhorted the audience to pay attention to what the band was playing.

During one of their New York gigs at the Commodore Hotel, their late-night broadcast was heard by trumpeter Roy Eldridge who rushed down and sat in night after night, for free, until the band’s manager simply hired him. (He stayed for two months.)

Bad luck dogged Raeburn throughout his career. His arranger, Finckel left in 1945 to become chief arranger for Gene Krupa’s big band. Sonny Berman and Earl Swope jumped to the high-profile band of Woody Herman. No major label wanted to record him because his arrangements were considered “too weird” for dancers.

Raeburn did record 12 sides for the small Guild label in 1945, including performances of “March of the Boyds” and “A Night in Tunisia” on which trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie sat in.

7 May PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 7 May 2024
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
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5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
7RPH Hobart Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Tony Pastor
Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week
Tony Pastor Orchestra (voc) Ruth McCullough
‘One Night Stand’
Jantzen Beach
Portland OR
AFRS Re-broadcast
5 May 1945
Sunday in Savannah
Tony Pastor Orchestra (voc) Tony Pastor
‘One Night Stand’
Jantzen Beach
Portland OR
AFRS Re-broadcast
5 May 1945
Bell Bottom TrousersTony Pastor Orchestra (voc) Tony Pastor and Ruth McCullough
One Night Stand’
Jantzen Beach
Portland OR
AFRS Re-broadcast
5 May 1945
I Got Rhythm + Temptation (close)Tony Pastor Orchestra‘One Night Stand’
Jantzen Beach
Portland OR
AFRS Re-broadcast
5 May 1945
Set 2
Latin American Music
Theme + Conga
Pedro Vida Orchestra
‘Guest Star America Latino’
AFRS Hollywood
1955
Esta Noche de Amor
Genaro Salinas
‘Guest Star America Latino’
AFRS Hollywood
1955
Me se la Mulatica
Mary Gaielco
‘Guest Star America Latino’
AFRS Hollywood
1955
El cuento del Sapo
Trio Janitzio

‘Guest Star America Latino’
AFRS Hollywood
1955
Set 3
Boyd Raeburn
Dalvatore Sally (theme) + The Hep Boyd
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morocco
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
That Little Dream that Got Nowhere
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) David Allyn
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morocco
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Rip van Winkle
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) Ginny Powell
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morocco
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Blue Prelude
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morocco
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Mabel
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) David Allyn
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morocco
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 4
Your Hit Parade
Be Happy Go Lucky (theme) + Song from Moulin Rouge
June Valli, Virginia Conwell and The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’
WNBT NBC TV NYC
2 May 1953
Singing in the Rain
Raymond Scott Quintet (voc) Dorothy Collins
‘Your Hit Parade’
WNBT NBC TV NYC
2 May 1953
Till I Waltz Again with You
Russell Arms
‘Your Hit Parade’
WNBT NBC TV NYC
2 May 1953
Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue
Snooky Lanson and The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’
WNBT NBC TV NYC
2 May 1953
I Believe + Close
Dorothy Collins
‘Your Hit Parade’
WNBT NBC TV NYC
2 May 1953
Set 5
Jack Hylton Records
The Gold Diggers’ Song
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
28 Jul 1933
Mausie
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
22 Jul 1931
Rosetta
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
11 May 1933
Today I Feel So Happy
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
7 Sep 1931
Set 6
Cotton Club
East St Louis Toodle-oo (theme) + Jig Walk + In a Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
22 May 1938
You Went to My Head
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
17 Apr 1938
I’m Slappin’ on Seventh Avenue + Lost in Meditation
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
22 May 1938
The Gal From Joe’s + Riding on a Blue Note
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
1 May 1938
Set 7
Benny Goodman
Airmail Special Delivery
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jan 1948
Rose Room
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jan 1948
Rattle and Roll
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
KHJ Mutual LA
14 Jan 1946
I Wish I Could Tell You + Goodbye
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Lisa Morrow
Meadowbrook Ballroom
KHJ Mutual LA
14 Jan 1946
Set 8
1950s Jazz
Open + Sweet Georgia BrownRoy Eldridge Quintet‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
Mar 1957
Embraceable YouRoy Eldridge Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
Mar 1957
ImaginationSlim Gaillard Quintet (voc) Slim Gaillard‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
2 Jun 1951
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