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12 December 2023

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Freddie Rich – Academy Award Winning Band Leader

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Freddie Rich, born in Poland, was a US pianist and band leader who lead dance bands then jazz bands in the 1920s, radio bands in the 1930s, and movie studio bands in the 1940s-50s.  Freddie Rich was co-writer of the song ‘I’m Just Wild About Animal Crackers’. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

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 12 December) and weeks of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

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Among the musicians in Freddie Rich’s 1920s bands were the Dorsey Brothers, Joe Venuti, Bunny Berrigan and Benny Goodman

He studied at the Damrosch Conservatory of Music and led an orchestra at the Hotel Astor from the earley 1920s..

His theme songs were “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” and “So Beats My Heart for You.”

Hee toured Europe from 1925-28 and enjoyed a long band residency at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

In the late 1920s he started leading a studio band.

He recorded for Okeh, Columbia, Paramount, Camden, and Vocalion, often under the names Fred Richards, the Astorites, and the Hotel Astor Band. He recorded piano rolls.

Rich also lead network radio bands and made radio transcriptions including ‘Friendly Five Footnotes’ for Jarman Shoes under the name of ‘Friendly Fred’.

In the late 1930s, he became musical director for radio stations.

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In 1942, he moved to a staff position with United Artists Studios in Hollywood, where he remained for most of his career.

He was nominated for two Academy Awards:

12 December PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #631

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 December 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program
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
7RPH Hobart Monday 3 – 4pm
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
Duke Ellington
Take the A-Train (theme) + Midriff
Duke Ellington  Orchestra
‘Date with the Duke’
400 Restaurant NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jun 1945
Candy
Duke Ellington  Orchestra (voc) Ray Nance
‘Date with the Duke’
400 Restaurant NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jun 1945
Black, Brown & Beige Suite: Worksong
Duke Ellington  Orchestra
‘Date with the Duke’
400 Restaurant NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jun 1945
Black, Brown & Beige Suite: Spiritual + Worksong and SpiritualDuke Ellington  Orchestra
‘Date with the Duke’
400 Restaurant NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jun 1945
Set 2
Les Paul & Mary Ford
Theme + Tiger Rag
Les Paul & Mary Ford
‘The Les Paul Show’
Radio Transcription
NBC Radio City LA
30 Jun 1950
Dry My Tears
Les Paul & Mary Ford
‘The Les Paul Show’
Radio Transcription
NBC Radio City LA
30 Jun 1950
Up the Lazy River
Les Paul & Mary Ford
‘The Les Paul Show’
Radio Transcription
NBC Radio City LA
30 Jun 1950
Some of these Days + If a Nightinggale Could Sing Like You (theme)
Les Paul & Mary Ford
‘The Les Paul Show’
Radio Transcription
NBC Radio City LA
30 Jun 1950
Set 3
Fred Rich
At Your Command
Fred Rich Orchestra (voc & tp) Bunny Berrigan
Comm Rec
NYC
15 Jun 1931
I’ve Got Five Dollars (theme) + Copenhagen
Fred Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
1932
Hiding in the Shadows of the Moon
Fred Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
1932
Some of These Days
Fred Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 4
Count Basie
April in Paris
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
1956
Two Franks
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
1956
The Comeback
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
1956
One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
1956
Set 5
Delta Rhythm Boys
Theme + Buying Alone
Harry Sosnick and the Savings Bonds Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
24 Apr 1949
How High the Moon
Delta Rhythm Boys
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
24 Apr 1949
East of the Sun
Delta Rhythm Boys
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
24 Apr 1949
Why Do I Love You? + Close
Harry Sosnick and the Savings Bonds Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
24 Apr 1949
Set 6
Buddy Rich
Rain on the Riff (theme) + Cool Breeze
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Phoenixville Pa
Blue Network
24 Dec 1945
Nellie’s Nightmare
Buddy Rich Orchestra
Aircheck
NYC
Apr 1947
Minding My Business
Buddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Dottie Reid
‘Spotlight Bands’
Phoenixville Pa
Blue Network
24 Dec 1945
Great Moments
Buddy Rich Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Mar 1946
Set 7
Dance Band Radio Trancriptions
I Wish I Had a Sweetheart
Carl Ravazza Orchestra (voc) Carl Ravazza and Band
Radio Transcription
1941
Make With the Kisses
Sterling Young Orchestra (voc) Bobbie EnnisRadio Transcription
1940
Violets For Your Furs
Carl Ravazza Orchestra (voc) Carl Ravazza
Radio Transcription
1941
It Had to Be You
Sterling Young Orchestra (voc) Bobbie Ennis
Radio Transcription
1940
Set 8
Jazz Mod
Two French Fries
Oscar Pettiford
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
Jun 1957
He’s My GuyOscar Pettiford
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
Jun 1957
Scrapple from the Apple
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
5 Feb 1949
All Gigs
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