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16 August 2022

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Charlie Shavers Teenage Prodigy – Phantom Dancer 16 Aug 2022

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Charlie Shavers was an American jazz trumpeter. He played with Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Sidney Bechet, Midge Williams, Tommy Dorsey. and Billie Holiday. He was also an arranger and composer. One of his songs, “Undecided”, is a jazz standard.

Charlie Shavers and his trumpet on radio in the 1960s…

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

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 16 August) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

Charlie Shavers on the 1967 WCBS CBS TV NYC show, “Dail M for Music”…

YOUNG SHAVER

Charlie Shavers palyed piano and banjo before switching to trumpet.

Before the age of 16, in the mid-1930s, he was playing in the orchestras of Tiny Bradshaw and Lucky Millinder.

Aged 15, in 1935, he played in the trumpet section of Frankie Fairfax’s Campus Club Orchestra with Dizzy Gillespie and Carl (Bama) Warwick.

In 1936, he joined John Kirby’s Sextet as trumpet soloist and arranger. He was only 16, but gave his birth date as 1917 (he was born in 1920) to avoid child labor laws.

Shavers’s arrangements and solos helped make Kirby’s band one of the most commercially successful and imitated of its day. In 1937, he performed with Midge Williams and her Jazz Jesters.

Charlie Shavers on a 1950s Dorsey Brothers Stage Show…

YOUNG BLADE

In 1944, Shavers was playing sessions in Raymond Scott’s CBS staff orchestra, which you’ll here on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

He left John Kirby’s band in 1945 to join Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, with whom he toured and recorded, off and on, until Dorsey died in 1956.

In 1949, he sang and played the hit “The Hucklebuck” with the Dorsey Orchestra. You’ll hear him sing “Mt Daddy’s Got The Gleeks” with the Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra in 1956 on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

He played with the Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra on all “Stage Show” telecasts for CBS in the 1950s.

During this time he also appeared with the Metronome All-Stars and made a number of recordings as trumpet soloist with Billie Holiday.

From 1953 to 1954, he worked with Benny Goodman and toured Europe with Norman Granz’s popular Jazz at the Philharmonic series, where he was a crowd favorite. He formed his own band with Terry Gibbs and Louie Bellson.

Shavers died from throat cancer in New York in 1971 at the age of 50. His friend Louis Armstrong died while Shavers was on his deathbed, and his last request was that his trumpet mouthpiece be buried with Armstrong.

Charlie Shavers with the Benny Goodman Orchestra playing Sing, Sing, Sing on the Sid Caesar TV Show, 1 Nov 1954…

16 AUGUST PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 16 August 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 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
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 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Larry Clinton
Dipsy Doodle (theme) + Shh! Don’t Look Now
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain and Ford Leery
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Night Shades
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Strictly for the Persians
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Get Outta Town + half time announcementLarry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Set 2
Johnny Messner
Can’t We Be Friends (theme) + Moonlight Masquerade
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) Jack Ryan
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Mamma Maria
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) The 3 Jacks
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Madeleine
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) Jack Ryan
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Pearl Harbour Attack News
WOR News Room
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Set 3
Kay Kyser
I’m Sitting on Top of the World
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Going Home
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Glee Club
Radio Transcription
1934
Jungle Drums
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Who’s Going to Take Me Home?
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Kay Kyser,  Mohan Boag, Sully Mason and Band
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 4
Charlie Shavers
Theme + I Never Knew
Raymond Scott’s Capitivators
‘Morning Music’
WABC CBS NYC
10 Jan 1943
What is this Thing Called Love
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Your Daddy’s Got the Gleeks
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc and tp) Charlie Shavers
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
I Want a Little Girl + Bernie’s Tune
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Set 5
Phil Napoleon
Medley including Ballin’ the Jack
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Runnin’ Wild
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
The Alligator Crawl
Hank Duncan (piano)
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Up a Lazy River + Close
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Set 6
1938-39 Artie Shaw
Nightmare – opening theme +
You’re Mine You
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
20 Oct 1939
Nightmare – mid program theme + My Reverie
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
25 Nov 1938
Moonray
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
22 Oct 1939
Jungle Drums
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
30 Dec 1938
Set 7
Big Stars
You’re Just in Love
Louis Armstrong All-Stars (voc) Louis Armstrong, Thelma Middleton
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
12 Dec 1954
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James OctetAircheck
1950s
Clarinet a la King
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Aircheck
Virginia Beach
3 Sep 1949
Not Really the Blues
Woody Herman Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWL CBS New Orleans
20 Oct 1951
Set 8
1950s Jazz
Theme + Sweet Georgia Brown
Roy Eldridge Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
Mar 1957
When Your Lover Has Gone + Theme
Erroll Garner Trio
Storyville
WHDH Boston
Dec 1953
Little Girl Blue
Shelly Manne Quartet
Basin street
WCBS CBS NYC
1956
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