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Doris Day – 1930s-40s 17 March 2020 Phantom Dancer Radio

Doris Day is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist and opens an all vinyl Phantom Dancer today – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-50s radio with Greg Poppleton.

The Phantom Dancer produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton can be heard online from 12:05pm AEDST Tuesday 17 March at

This week’s all vinyl Phantom Dancer also has Fats Waller on 23 September 1943 radio, a set of Dizzy Gillespie on 1950s radio and live Trad Bands including Eddie Condon and George Wettling. See the play list below

Doris Day

Doris Day


Doris Day was born Doris Mary Kappelhoff in 1922.

She began her career as a big band singer with Barney Rapp and his New Englanders in 1939, which is where we’ll first hear her in a broadcast over NBC from Cincinnati.

She reached commercial success in 1945 with two No. 1 recordings, ‘Sentimental Journey’ and ‘My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time’ with Les Brown and his Band of Renown. We’ll also hear from live airchecks with Les Brown from that period.

She left Brown to embark on a solo career and recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967.

In 2011 at age 89, she released her 29th studio album My Heart which contained new material and became a UK Top 10 album and #12 on the Amazon bestseller list.

Doris Day and dance act partner Jerry, 1937

Doris Day and dance act partner Jerry, 1937


Day’s film career began with the film Romance on the High Seas (1948), leading to a 20-year career as a motion picture actress.

She starred in film musicals, comedies and dramas.

She played the title role in Calamity Jane (1953) and starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) with James Stewart. Her best-known films are those in which she co-starred with Rock Hudson including 1959’s Pillow Talk, for which she was nominated an Academy Award for Best Actress.

She worked with James Garner on both Move Over, Darling (1963) and The Thrill of It All (1963), and also starred with Clark Gable, Cary Grant, James Cagney, David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Richard Widmark, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and Rod Taylor.


She became one of the biggest film stars in the early 1960s and ended her movie career in 1968. She then moved to TV, starring in the sitcom The Doris Day Show (1968–1973) during and after which she starred in TV specials.


She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 1960, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures in 1989. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; this was followed in 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award.


In 1971, Doris Day co-founded Actors and Others for Animals, and appeared in a series of newspaper advertisements denouncing the wearing of fur, alongside Mary Tyler Moore, Angie Dickinson and Jayne Meadows.

In 1978, Day founded the Doris Day Pet Foundation, now the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). A non-profit charity, DDAF funds other non-profit causes throughout the US that share DDAF’s mission of helping animals and the people who love them.

To complement the Doris Day Animal Foundation, Day formed the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1987, a national non-profit citizen’s lobbying organisation whose mission is to reduce pain and suffering and protect animals through legislative initiatives.

Day actively lobbied the United States Congress in support of legislation designed to safeguard animal welfare on a number of occasions and in 1995 she originated the annual Spay Day USA. The DDAL merged into The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 2006. The HSUS now manages World Spay Day, the annual one-day spay/neuter event that Day originated.

A facility bearing her name, the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center, which helps abused and neglected horses, opened in 2011 in Murchison, Texas, on the grounds of an animal sanctuary started by her late friend, author Cleveland Amory. Day contributed $250,000 towards the founding of the center.

Day was a vegetarian.


This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is a 1964 interview with Doris Day by Lucille Ball. Enjoy!


Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #428

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 March 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Mon 2:30 – 3:30am
4NAG Keppel FM 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Swing and Sway with Doris Day on 1939-45 Radio
I’m Happy About The Whole Thing
Doris Day (voc) Barney Rapp and his New Englanders
NBC Cincinatti
17 Jun 1939
Blue Music
Doris Day (voc) Les Brown Orchestra
Peacock Room
Baker Hotel
CBS Dallas
9 Aug 1945
Long Ago and Far Away
Doris Day (voc) Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
7 Jul 1944
I Wish I Knew
Doris Day (voc) Les Brown Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Hollywood
16 Aug 1945
Set 2
Fats Waller 23 Sep 1943 in Story and Song
Reefer Song
Fats Waller
Comm Rec
New York City
23 Sep 1943
Ain’t Misbehavin’ + There’s a Girl in my Life + Honeysuckle Rose
Fats Waller
’Personally, It’s Off The Record’
23 Sep 1943
Set 3
1934 Radio Jazz and Dance
Maniacs’ Ball
Glen Gary and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
Intro + It Don’t Mean A Thing
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
’Chrysler Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Song of the Vipers
Louis Armstrong
Comm Rec
Oct 1934
Swingy Little Thingy
Hal Kemp Orchestra
’Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Set 4
Bop and Hop On 1940s-50s Radio
A Night In Tunisia
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
12 Mar 1949
Now’s The Time
Howard McGee
Oct 1951
I’m Glad There’s You
Charlie Ventura (voc) Jackie Kain and Roy Kral
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
Set 5
Dizzy Gillespie on 1940s-50s Radio
Lady Byrd
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Apollo Ballroom
Harlem NY
22 Jan 1947
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Radio Sweden
2 Feb 1948
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Jul 1956
Jam Session
Dizzy Gillespie with Orchestra
Rex Theatre
RTF Paris
Feb 1953
Set 6
Piano Playing Band Leaders on the Air
If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes
Nat King Cole Trio
KHJ Mutual LA
26 Apr 1945
Body and Soul
Teddy Wilson Orchestra
’America Dances’
BBC London via WABC CBS NY
Every Tub
Count Basie Orchestra
’Stars in Jazz’
14 Jan 1953
Flying Home
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Set 7
1930s Radio Jazz and Dance Bands
Black and Blue Rhythm
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
26 Sep 1933
Crazy Rhythm
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
’Let’s Dance’
New York City
8 Dec 1934
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
’Saturday Night Swing Club’
31 Oct 1936
Haunting Me
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Set 8
Trad Bands on Radio
Beale Street Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Heebie Jeebies
Eddie Condon Group
’Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
9 Sep 1944
I’m Confessin’
Hot Lips Page
’Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM New York City
That’s A Plenty
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953

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