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Christmas Songs Phantom Dancer Part 1 – 14 December 2021

Christmas songs and Christmas themed 1930s-50s radio features in the first (nationally networked) part of this week’s Phantom Dancer.

LISTEN to this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 14 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

I’m Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer producer and presenter every week on 107.3 2SER radio Sydney since 1985.

First, 1952 TV Christmas greetings from your local, neighbourhood drug dealer…

XMAS MUSIC

Music associated with Christmas is thought to have its origins in 4th-century Rome, in Latin-language hymns such as Veni redemptor gentium. By the 13th century, under the influence of Francis of Assisi, the tradition of popular Christmas songs in regional native languages developed. Christmas carols in the English language first appear in a 1426 work of John Awdlay, an English chaplain, who lists twenty five “caroles of Cristemas”, probably sung by groups of ‘wassailers’ who would travel from house to house. In the 16th century, various Christmas carols still sung to this day, including “The 12 Days of Christmas”, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”, and “O Christmas Tree”, first emerged.

POPULAR

Of the top 30 most performed Christmas songs in 2015, 13 (43%) were written in the 1930s or 1940s and 12 (40%) were written in the 1950s and 1960s.

1930s-50s CHRISTMAS SONGS

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 1934
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 1944
“Winter Wonderland” Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith 1934
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! “Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 1945
“The Christmas Song” Mel Tormé, Robert Wells 1944
“Sleigh Ride” Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish 1948
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Johnny Marks 1939/1949
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” Meredith Willson 1951
“White Christmas” Irving Berlin 1940
“Carol of the Bells” Peter J. Wilhousky 1936
“Frosty the Snowman” Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins 1950
“Blue Christmas” Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson 1957
“The Little Drummer Boy” Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone 1941
“Silver Bells” Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 1950
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” Tommie Connor 1952
“Santa Baby” Joan Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer, and Fred Ebb 1953
“Happy Holiday” Irving Berlin 1948

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is the 24 Dec 1955 Christmas edition of the TV show ‘Your Hit Parade’…

14 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINE

Community Radio Network Show CRN #522

107.3 2SER Tuesday 14 DECEMBER 2021
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 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
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
Let’s Dance (theme) + Jingle Bells
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
25 Dec 1935
Open + It Had To Be You + The Fairy On The Christmas Tree
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) The 3 Sisters
BBC Regional Service
London
25 Dec 1936
Set 2
Open + Maple Leaf Rag
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Theme + Blue Christmas
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Ray Cordell
Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
1950
Weary Blues + Ad
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Set 3
Jingle Bells (open) + The Morning After
Chico Hamilton Quartet
‘Stars In Jazz’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
New York
25 Dec 1958
Wrap your Troubles In Dreams
Chico Hamilton Quartet (voc) Georgia Carr
‘Stars In Jazz’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
New York
25 Dec 1958
Blee Blop Blues + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
16 Dec 1956
Set 4
Happy Holidays + Here We Come a’Caroling + Silent Night
Bing Crosby and the Norman Luboff Choir (voc) Paul Weston Orchestra
‘Christmas Sing With Bing’
KNX CBS LA
24 Dec 1957
Description of Ballarat’s Carols By Candlelight + Joseph Mine, Help Me Cradle The Child Divine
Ted Furlong (station manager 3BA Ballarat) + The Ballarat YWCA Choir
Christmas Sing With Bing’
KNX CBS LA
via 3BA Ballarat
24 Dec 1957
Set 5
Personality
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Cozine Stewart
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
AFRS re-broadcast
1 May 1946
It’s Dawn Again
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
AFRS re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Eelibuj Boogle
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Mister Beebe
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) June Richmond
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Set 6
Let’s Dance (theme) + That Naughty Waltz
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York
6 Nov 1937
Once in a While
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York
6 Nov 1937
Satan Takes a Holiday
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
KNX CBS LA
17 Aug 1937
So Rare
Benny Goodman Trio
‘Camel Caravan’
KNX CBS LA
17 Aug 1937
Set 7
Right as Rain
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jamestown NY
Blue Network
19 Jan 1945
Even Stevens
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jamestown NY
Blue Network
19 Jan 1945
I’d Rather Sleep in a Hollow Log
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Roy Eldridge
Aircheck
CBS
25 Dec 1942
Drummin’ Man + Close
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
Aircheck
CBS
25 Dec 1942
Set 8
Stella by Starlight
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Doodlin’
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Manteca
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Stockholm
Radio Sweden
2 Feb 1948

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14 December 2021

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Christmas Songs Phantom Dancer Part 1 – 14 December 2021

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Christmas songs and Christmas themed 1930s-50s radio features in the first (nationally networked) part of this week’s Phantom Dancer.

LISTEN to this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 14 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

I’m Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer producer and presenter every week on 107.3 2SER radio Sydney since 1985.

First, 1952 TV Christmas greetings from your local, neighbourhood drug dealer…

XMAS MUSIC

Music associated with Christmas is thought to have its origins in 4th-century Rome, in Latin-language hymns such as Veni redemptor gentium. By the 13th century, under the influence of Francis of Assisi, the tradition of popular Christmas songs in regional native languages developed. Christmas carols in the English language first appear in a 1426 work of John Awdlay, an English chaplain, who lists twenty five “caroles of Cristemas”, probably sung by groups of ‘wassailers’ who would travel from house to house. In the 16th century, various Christmas carols still sung to this day, including “The 12 Days of Christmas”, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”, and “O Christmas Tree”, first emerged.

POPULAR

Of the top 30 most performed Christmas songs in 2015, 13 (43%) were written in the 1930s or 1940s and 12 (40%) were written in the 1950s and 1960s.

1930s-50s CHRISTMAS SONGS

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 1934
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 1944
“Winter Wonderland” Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith 1934
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! “Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 1945
“The Christmas Song” Mel Tormé, Robert Wells 1944
“Sleigh Ride” Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish 1948
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Johnny Marks 1939/1949
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” Meredith Willson 1951
“White Christmas” Irving Berlin 1940
“Carol of the Bells” Peter J. Wilhousky 1936
“Frosty the Snowman” Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins 1950
“Blue Christmas” Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson 1957
“The Little Drummer Boy” Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone 1941
“Silver Bells” Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 1950
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” Tommie Connor 1952
“Santa Baby” Joan Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer, and Fred Ebb 1953
“Happy Holiday” Irving Berlin 1948

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is the 24 Dec 1955 Christmas edition of the TV show ‘Your Hit Parade’…

14 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINE

Community Radio Network Show CRN #522

107.3 2SER Tuesday 14 DECEMBER 2021
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 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
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
Let’s Dance (theme) + Jingle Bells
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
25 Dec 1935
Open + It Had To Be You + The Fairy On The Christmas Tree
Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (voc) The 3 Sisters
BBC Regional Service
London
25 Dec 1936
Set 2
Open + Maple Leaf Rag
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Theme + Blue Christmas
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Ray Cordell
Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
1950
Weary Blues + Ad
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
25 Dec 1954
Set 3
Jingle Bells (open) + The Morning After
Chico Hamilton Quartet
‘Stars In Jazz’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
New York
25 Dec 1958
Wrap your Troubles In Dreams
Chico Hamilton Quartet (voc) Georgia Carr
‘Stars In Jazz’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
New York
25 Dec 1958
Blee Blop Blues + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
16 Dec 1956
Set 4
Happy Holidays + Here We Come a’Caroling + Silent Night
Bing Crosby and the Norman Luboff Choir (voc) Paul Weston Orchestra
‘Christmas Sing With Bing’
KNX CBS LA
24 Dec 1957
Description of Ballarat’s Carols By Candlelight + Joseph Mine, Help Me Cradle The Child Divine
Ted Furlong (station manager 3BA Ballarat) + The Ballarat YWCA Choir
Christmas Sing With Bing’
KNX CBS LA
via 3BA Ballarat
24 Dec 1957
Set 5
Personality
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Cozine Stewart
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
AFRS re-broadcast
1 May 1946
It’s Dawn Again
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
AFRS re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Eelibuj Boogle
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Mister Beebe
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) June Richmond
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Set 6
Let’s Dance (theme) + That Naughty Waltz
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York
6 Nov 1937
Once in a While
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS New York
6 Nov 1937
Satan Takes a Holiday
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
KNX CBS LA
17 Aug 1937
So Rare
Benny Goodman Trio
‘Camel Caravan’
KNX CBS LA
17 Aug 1937
Set 7
Right as Rain
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jamestown NY
Blue Network
19 Jan 1945
Even Stevens
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jamestown NY
Blue Network
19 Jan 1945
I’d Rather Sleep in a Hollow Log
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Roy Eldridge
Aircheck
CBS
25 Dec 1942
Drummin’ Man + Close
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
Aircheck
CBS
25 Dec 1942
Set 8
Stella by Starlight
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Doodlin’
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Manteca
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Stockholm
Radio Sweden
2 Feb 1948
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