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Coon-Sanders Nighthawks – Phantom Dancer 26 Oct 2021

Coon-Sanders Nighthawks, from 1925-29 radio and recordings, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature. Started in 1918, as the Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra, this leading dancing orchestra and foundational member of the MCA agency was lead by drummer Carleton Coon and pianist Joe Sanders.

THANK YOU to for supporting 2SER during this year’s 2SER Radiothon.

My thanks especially goes to all of you who pledged your support and ranked The Phantom Dancer as one of your favourite shows.

Thank you to:
Adele, Gregory, Michael, Ian, Poppy, Paul, Peter, Tim, Maria, Ian, Michael, Pyman, Cybele, John, Liam, Kaillan Thomas, Adele, Bob, Jared, Harry, Jonathan, Lauren, Alison, Jamie, Troy, John, Greg, Liam, Virginia, Darren, Rowan, Anthony, Carrie, Jo, Anne, Lachlan, Bow, Lorretta, Luke, David and Fiona.

And thank you, Adele, for your message that The Phantom Dancer helped you get through the lockdown.

Also, thank you, Maureen & Ryszard, who subscribed to 2SER today, 26 October. Thank you for listening to The Phantom Dancer.

HEAR this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 26 October) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

I’m Greg Poppleton, and I’ve brought you The Phantom Dancer every week on 107.3 2SER radio Sydney since 1985

TICKER TAPE MACHINE

The orchestra began broadcasting in 1922 on clear channel station WDAF, which could be received throughout the United States. They were broadcast in performance at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City.

They took the name Nighthawks because they broadcast late at night (11:30pm to 1:00am). By 1924, their fan club had 37,000 members. Fans were encouraged to send in requests for songs by letter, telephone, or telegram. That move became so popular that Western Union set up a ticker tape between Sanders’s piano and Coon’s drums so the telegrams could be acknowledged during the broadcasts. Their song “Nighthawk Blues” includes the lines: “Tune right in on the radio/Grab a telegram and say ‘Hello’…”

BLACKHAWK

The group left Kansas City for the first time in 1924 for a three-month engagement in a roadhouse in ChicagoIllinois. The orchestra moved to Chicago the same year, where Jules Stein used the profits from a tour he booked for them to establish the Music Corporation of America (MCA), with the orchestra as its first client.

In 1925, they recorded the Paul Whiteman and Fred Rose composition “Flamin’ Mamie” which you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

The orchestra moved into the Blackhawk in Chicago in 1926. The members of the orchestra at that time were Joe Richolson and Bob Pope, trumpets; Rex Downing, trombone; Harold Thiell, John Thiell and Floyd Estep, saxophones; Joe Sanders, piano; Russ Stout, banjo and guitar; “Pop” Estep, tuba; Carleton Coon, drums. Teddy Roy also played with the group in the late 1920s.

In the following years, the Nighthawks performed at the Blackhawk every winter, doing remote broadcasts over radio station WGN. Their reputation spread coast-to-coast through these broadcasts and the many records they made for Victor Records. They also undertook successful road tours.

MEL TORME

Singer, and child prodigy, Mel Torme, first performed professionally at age four with the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, singing “You’re Driving Me Crazy” at Chicago’s Blackhawk restaurant.[

In 1931, the orchestra moved to New York City, for an 11-month broadcast engagement at the Hotel New Yorker arranged by William S. Paley, who needed a star attraction to induce radio stations to join the Columbia Broadcasting System.

At the peak of the band’s success, the musicians owned identical Cord automobiles, each in a different color with the name of the Orchestra and the owner embossed on the rear. The Orchestra’s popularity showed no signs of abating, and their contract with MCA had another 15 years to run in the spring of 1932 when Carleton Coon came down with a jaw infection and he died on May 4 that year.

Sanders attempted to keep the organization going; however, without Coon, the public did not support them. In 1935, he formed his own group and played until the early 1940s, when he became a part-time orchestra leader and studio musician.

26 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINECommunity Radio Network Show CRN #515

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 OCTOBER 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
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1940s One Night Stand Radio
My First Love
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Paul Charlie
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Feb 1944
Sackhouse Stomp
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Feb 1944
No Love No Nothin’ + King Porter Stomp
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Gladys Tell
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Feb 1944
Set 2
Guest Star
Open + With Every Breath I Take
Buddy Clark
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Jun 1949
Far Away Places
Margaret Whiting
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Jun 1949
Running Off the Rails
Ted Dale and the Contented Hour Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Jun 1949
Cheek to Cheek + Close
Buddy Clark and Contented Hour Singers
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Jun 1949
Set 3
Chamber Music
By Heck + Fletcher’s Folly
Henry Levine
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
30 Jun 1941
In The Hush of the Night
Diane Courtney
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
30 Jun 1941
Angie-Wangie Blues + Close
Angie Watina
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
30 Jun 1941
Set 4
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks
Open + Harold Teen + Mississippi
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Flamin’ Mamie
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
Comm Rec
Chicago
21 Dec 25
Bless You Sister
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Kansas City Kitty + What a Girl, What a Night!
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Set 5
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Open + The Sergeant Was Shy
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
400 Restaurant NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Apr 1945
I Can’t Get Started
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Kay Starr
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NYC
11 Sep 1944
Murder at Peyton Hall
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
3 Jan 1947
Keep the Home Fires Burning + Close
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NYC
11 Sep 1944
Set 6
Cotton Club
Three Blind Mice
Duke Ellington Cotton Club Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
17 Apr 1938
Downtown Uproar
Duke Ellington Cotton Club Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
17 Apr 1938
If Dreams Come True
Duke Ellington Cotton Club Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
24 May 1938
That Gal From Joes + Riding on a Blue Note
Duke Ellington Cotton Club Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
1 May 1938
Set 7
Gimmick Band Radio Transcriptions
They Ought To Write a Book
Shep Field and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
1940
Moonlight Serenade
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
1939
Cecilia
Shep Field and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
1940
You Are My Dream
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
1939
Set 8
Charlie Parker
Half Nelson
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
Royal Roost
26 Feb 1949
Night in Tunisia
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
Royal Roost
26 Feb 1949
Theme + 52nd Street ThemeCharlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
Royal Roost
4 Sep 1948
Ko-Ko
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
Royal Roost
4 Sep 1948

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26 October 2021

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Coon-Sanders Nighthawks – Phantom Dancer 26 Oct 2021

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Coon-Sanders Nighthawks, from 1925-29 radio and recordings, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature. Started in 1918, as the Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra, this leading dancing orchestra and foundational member of the MCA agency was lead by drummer Carleton Coon and pianist Joe Sanders.

THANK YOU to for supporting 2SER during this year’s 2SER Radiothon.

My thanks especially goes to all of you who pledged your support and ranked The Phantom Dancer as one of your favourite shows.

Thank you to:
Adele, Gregory, Michael, Ian, Poppy, Paul, Peter, Tim, Maria, Ian, Michael, Pyman, Cybele, John, Liam, Kaillan Thomas, Adele, Bob, Jared, Harry, Jonathan, Lauren, Alison, Jamie, Troy, John, Greg, Liam, Virginia, Darren, Rowan, Anthony, Carrie, Jo, Anne, Lachlan, Bow, Lorretta, Luke, David and Fiona.

And thank you, Adele, for your message that The Phantom Dancer helped you get through the lockdown.

Also, thank you, Maureen & Ryszard, who subscribed to 2SER today, 26 October. Thank you for listening to The Phantom Dancer.

HEAR this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 26 October) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

I’m Greg Poppleton, and I’ve brought you The Phantom Dancer every week on 107.3 2SER radio Sydney since 1985

TICKER TAPE MACHINE

The orchestra began broadcasting in 1922 on clear channel station WDAF, which could be received throughout the United States. They were broadcast in performance at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City.

They took the name Nighthawks because they broadcast late at night (11:30pm to 1:00am). By 1924, their fan club had 37,000 members. Fans were encouraged to send in requests for songs by letter, telephone, or telegram. That move became so popular that Western Union set up a ticker tape between Sanders’s piano and Coon’s drums so the telegrams could be acknowledged during the broadcasts. Their song “Nighthawk Blues” includes the lines: “Tune right in on the radio/Grab a telegram and say ‘Hello’…”

BLACKHAWK

The group left Kansas City for the first time in 1924 for a three-month engagement in a roadhouse in ChicagoIllinois. The orchestra moved to Chicago the same year, where Jules Stein used the profits from a tour he booked for them to establish the Music Corporation of America (MCA), with the orchestra as its first client.

In 1925, they recorded the Paul Whiteman and Fred Rose composition “Flamin’ Mamie” which you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

The orchestra moved into the Blackhawk in Chicago in 1926. The members of the orchestra at that time were Joe Richolson and Bob Pope, trumpets; Rex Downing, trombone; Harold Thiell, John Thiell and Floyd Estep, saxophones; Joe Sanders, piano; Russ Stout, banjo and guitar; “Pop” Estep, tuba; Carleton Coon, drums. Teddy Roy also played with the group in the late 1920s.

In the following years, the Nighthawks performed at the Blackhawk every winter, doing remote broadcasts over radio station WGN. Their reputation spread coast-to-coast through these broadcasts and the many records they made for Victor Records. They also undertook successful road tours.

MEL TORME

Singer, and child prodigy, Mel Torme, first performed professionally at age four with the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, singing “You’re Driving Me Crazy” at Chicago’s Blackhawk restaurant.[

In 1931, the orchestra moved to New York City, for an 11-month broadcast engagement at the Hotel New Yorker arranged by William S. Paley, who needed a star attraction to induce radio stations to join the Columbia Broadcasting System.

At the peak of the band’s success, the musicians owned identical Cord automobiles, each in a different color with the name of the Orchestra and the owner embossed on the rear. The Orchestra’s popularity showed no signs of abating, and their contract with MCA had another 15 years to run in the spring of 1932 when Carleton Coon came down with a jaw infection and he died on May 4 that year.

Sanders attempted to keep the organization going; however, without Coon, the public did not support them. In 1935, he formed his own group and played until the early 1940s, when he became a part-time orchestra leader and studio musician.

26 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINECommunity Radio Network Show CRN #515

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 OCTOBER 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
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1940s One Night Stand Radio
My First Love
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Paul Charlie
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Feb 1944
Sackhouse Stomp
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Feb 1944
No Love No Nothin’ + King Porter Stomp
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Gladys Tell
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Feb 1944
Set 2
Guest Star
Open + With Every Breath I Take
Buddy Clark
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Jun 1949
Far Away Places
Margaret Whiting
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Jun 1949
Running Off the Rails
Ted Dale and the Contented Hour Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Jun 1949
Cheek to Cheek + Close
Buddy Clark and Contented Hour Singers
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Jun 1949
Set 3
Chamber Music
By Heck + Fletcher’s Folly
Henry Levine
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
30 Jun 1941
In The Hush of the Night
Diane Courtney
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
30 Jun 1941
Angie-Wangie Blues + Close
Angie Watina
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
30 Jun 1941
Set 4
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks
Open + Harold Teen + Mississippi
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Flamin’ Mamie
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
Comm Rec
Chicago
21 Dec 25
Bless You Sister
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Kansas City Kitty + What a Girl, What a Night!
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Set 5
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Open + The Sergeant Was Shy
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
400 Restaurant NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Apr 1945
I Can’t Get Started
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Kay Starr
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NYC
11 Sep 1944
Murder at Peyton Hall
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
3 Jan 1947
Keep the Home Fires Burning + Close
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NYC
11 Sep 1944
Set 6
Cotton Club
Three Blind Mice
Duke Ellington Cotton Club Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
17 Apr 1938
Downtown Uproar
Duke Ellington Cotton Club Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
17 Apr 1938
If Dreams Come True
Duke Ellington Cotton Club Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
24 May 1938
That Gal From Joes + Riding on a Blue Note
Duke Ellington Cotton Club Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
1 May 1938
Set 7
Gimmick Band Radio Transcriptions
They Ought To Write a Book
Shep Field and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
1940
Moonlight Serenade
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
1939
Cecilia
Shep Field and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
1940
You Are My Dream
Gray Gordon and his Tic Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
1939
Set 8
Charlie Parker
Half Nelson
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
Royal Roost
26 Feb 1949
Night in Tunisia
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
Royal Roost
26 Feb 1949
Theme + 52nd Street ThemeCharlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
Royal Roost
4 Sep 1948
Ko-Ko
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NYC
Royal Roost
4 Sep 1948
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