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28 February 2023

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Carson Robison 1st Country Record. Early Rap – Phantom Dancer

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Carson Robison was a two-tone whistler, guitarist, banjoist, singer and composer. He recorded the first country record, early rap, and popularised radio via his radio shows. And he is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

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CARSON

Carson Jay Robison’s father was a champion fiddler; his mother played the piano and sang. Robison became a professional musician in the American Midwest at the age of 14, backing Wendell Hall on the early 1920s music hall circuit. He worked as a singer and whistler at radio station WDAF (Kansas City, Missouri).

With a continuous studio career from 1924 to 1956, Carson J. Robison is probably the most recorded singer-songwriter in country music history. He was also one of the first full-time country writers.

In 1924, he moved to New York City and was signed to his first recording contract with the Victor Talking Machine Company.

That year he started a professional collaboration with Vernon Dalhart, accompanying Dalhart on guitar, harmonica, whistling, and harmony vocals.

In one of their first collaborations, Robison accompanied Dalhart on the landmark recording of “Wreck of the Old ’97” b/w “The Prisoner’s Song” (1924), regarded as country music’s first million-seller. It sold over 7 million copies.

Dalhart reportedly treated Robison like a sideman and demanded one-third of his songwriting royalties. When this escalated to one-half of Robison’s royalties, the songwriter severed the partnership.

Robison immediately teamed up for duets with Frank Luther, who could sing almost exactly like Dalhart. They had an instant hit with “Barnacle Bill the Sailor” and followed it with four sequels. With Luther’s wife, fiddler Zora Layman, they also aped Dalhart’s trio records. The Luther-Robison partnership lasted until they parted amicably in 1932.

ROBISON

Next, Robison reinvented himself as a cowboy singer. He traveled with his group to Great Britain and Ireland in 1932, 1936 and 1939, becoming the first act to take country music overseas. Stateside, he starred in a string of national radio series for CBS and NBC throughout the 1930s. During this phase of his career Robison wrote such cowboy classics as “Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie.”

According to Billboard, his 1942 reworking of the standard “Turkey in the Straw”, with new lyrics relating to World War II, was that year’s most popular song.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. His most famous recording was 1948’s “Life Gets Tee-Jus Don’t It”, a worldwide hit for MGM Records.

Although he played country music for most of his career, he is also remembered for writing expurgated lyrics for “Barnacle Bill the Sailor” with music by Frank Luther.

Ever alert to changing tastes, he wrote and recorded “Rockin’ and Rollin’ with Grandma” in 1956, the year before his death.

28 FEBRUARY PLAY LIST

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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
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
Count Basie
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Move
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars on Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Apr 1951
Basie Boogie
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars on Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Apr 1951
Bluebeard Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars on Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Apr 1951
One O’Clock Jump (theme)Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars on Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Apr 1951
Set 2
Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney
A Touch of the Blues
Rosemary Clooney (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show’
KNX CBS LA
22 Mar 1960
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
Bing Cosby and Rosemary Clooney (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show’
KNX CBS LA
22 Mar 1960
Yours + Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Bing Crosby (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show’
KNX CBS LA
22 Mar 1960
All The Way + Avalon Town + Close
Rosemary Clooney/Bing Crosby (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show’
KNX CBS LA
22 Mar 1960
Set 3
1920s Jazz
Open + Harold Teen
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
28 Feb 1929
Mississippi, Here I Am
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Carleton Coon
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
28 Feb 1929
Sittin’ and ‘Whittlin’
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
28 Feb 1929
Way Down in the Deep South
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Carleton Coon
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
28 Feb 1929
Set 4
Carson Robison
Theme + Somebody Loves You
Carson Robison and his Pioneers
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Swing Low Sweet Chariot + When I Lost You
Carson Robison and his Pioneers
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Old Faithful + The Old Chisholm Trail (rap)
Carson Robison and his Pioneers
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
When I Was A Boy From The Mountains + Close
Carson Robison and his Pioneers
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Set 5
Uptempo 1940s Swing
Open + Rockin’ in Rhythm
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Miss Thing + On the Sunny Side of the Street
Nat King Cole Trio
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
16 Apr 1945
A Bee Bezindt
Ozzie Nelson Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
30 Mar 1940
Cherokee
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Set 6
1930s Dance Bands
There’s Something in the Air
Red Nichols Orchestra
Radio Transcription
NYC
30 Nov 1936
Small Fri
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Time’
WABC CBS NYC
28 Sep 1938
Organ Grinder’s Swing
Red Nichols Orchestra
Radio Transcription
NYC
30 Nov 1936
John Peel
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Time’
WABC CBS NYC
28 Dec 1938
Set 7
Glenn Miller
In the Mood
Glenn Miller and the Band of the AAF training Command
‘Uncle Sam Presents’
Radio Transctiption
NYC
Feb 1944
Holiday for Strings
Glenn Miller and the Band of the AAF training Command‘Uncle Sam Presents’
Radio Transctiption
NYC
Feb 1944
String of Pearls
Glenn Miller and the Band of the AAF training Command
‘Uncle Sam Presents’
Radio Transctiption
NYC
Feb 1944
Don’t Be That Way
Glenn Miller and the Band of the AAF training Command
‘Uncle Sam Presents’
Radio Transctiption
NYC
Feb 1944
Set 8
Modern Jazz
All the Things You Are
Thelonius Monk
Aircheck
1948
A Foggy Day + They All LaughedCarmen McCrae‘Timex All Star Jazz Show’
NBC TV NYC
30 Dec 1957
Such Sweet Thunder
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Timex All Star Jazz Show’
NBC TV NYC
30 Dec 1957
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