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02 January 2024

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George Olsen | Phantom Dancer

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George Olsen, was a U.S musician and bandleader. He was most popular in the years 1924-35, beginning with his recording of ‘The Hottest Man in Town’ becoming a hit. 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 2 January) and weeks of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

GEORGE

The George Olsen Orchestra first played at the Multnomah Hotel, Portland. He then headed to Broadway, as musical director for the shows Kid Boots (1923), the Ziegfeld Follies of 1924Ziegfeld Follies of 1925, and Good News (1927).

George Olsen and his orchestra were in Eddie Cantor’s 1928 Broadway hit Whoopee!, and in the 1930 movie version.

In the Follies George met his first wife, singer, Ethel Shutta, pronounced Shoot-tay. Olsen and Shutta were heard on the Oldsmobile Program on CBS radio in 1933. Olsen was also orchestra leader for the first season of The Jack Benny Program in 1932.

OLSEN

Olsen signed with Victor in 1924 and remained as one of Victor’s most popular bands until 1933 when he signed with Columbia. He stayed with Columbia till January, 1934. He recorded a single session in 1938 for Decca, and one final date for the Varsity label in 1940.

Singer-saxophonist Fred MacMurray was in the Olsen Orchestra in 1930 on his way to eventual movie stardom, recording a vocal on I’m in the Market for You.

Olsen’s long-time alto saxist and singer, Fran Frey, with his distinctive, reedy bass-baritone, was perhaps the best known Olsenite until he left in 1933 for a career as a music director in radio.

In 1936, Olsen became leader of Orville Knapp’s band after Knapp died in a plane crash. Olsen was chosen to lead the band by Knapp’s widow. He called it ‘The Orchestra of Tomorrow’. Morale problems plagued the group. In 1938, after many musicians had already left, the group disbanded.

In the 1960s Olsen ran a popular local restaurant in Paramus NJ  called “George Olsen’s”. A reviewer wrote, “Olsen is there every day greeting guests at lunch and dinner… In the background, the original George Olsen records of the Twenties play softly.”

2 January PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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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
Stars in Jazz
Theme + Disorder at the Border
Coleman Hawkins – Roy Eldridge
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
1952
Stuffy
Coleman Hawkins – Roy Eldridge
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
1952
I Only Have Eyes For You
Arthur Prysock
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
1952
Set 2
Early Rock
Three O’Clock in the Morning
King Porter Orchestra
‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX CBS LA
1956
Poor Butterfly
King Porter Orchestra
‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX CBS LA
1956
The Magic Touch
The Platters

‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX CBS LA
1956
One O’Clock Jump
King Porter Orchestra

‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX CBS LA
1956
Set 3
George Olsen
Theme + Two Cigarettes
George Olsen Orchestra (voc) Sherman Hayes
‘One Night Stand’
Copacabana NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Feb 1945
This Heart of Mine
George Olsen Orchestra (voc) Judith Blair
‘One Night Stand’
Copacabana NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Feb 1945
There Goes That Song Again
George Olsen Orchestra (voc) Sherman Hayes
‘One Night Stand’
Copacabana NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Feb 1945
Bell Bottom Trousers
George Olsen Orchestra (voc) Judith Blair and Sherman Hayes and Band
‘One Night Stand’
Copacabana NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Feb 1945
Set 4
Johnny Pineapple
Theme + Little Grass Shack
Johnny Pineapple
‘New Years Dancing Party’
Polynesian Village
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Jingle Bells + Hawaiian New Years
Johnny Pineapple and the Polynesian Sweethearts
‘New Years Dancing Party’
Polynesian Village
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
My Blooming Flower
Johnny Pineapple
‘New Years Dancing Party’
Polynesian Village
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Set 5
Charlie Barnet
Redskin Rhumba (theme) + Cotton Tail
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Aircheck
Los Angeles
Mar 1945
Strolling
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Aircheck
Dec 1945
Everything But You
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Fran Warren
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
Jan 1946
Poor Little Rich Girl
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Aircheck
Dec 1945
Set 6
Glenn Miller
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + The Lady’s in Love with You
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Tex Beneke and Glenn Miller
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
18 Apr 1939
Wishing
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
18 Apr 1939
Dear Arabella
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke and The Modernaires
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
27 Dec 1941
Elmer’s Tune + Keep ’em Flying + Close
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle and The Modernaires
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
27 Dec 1941
Set 7
Blue Barron
The Yam
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
1938
At Long Last Love
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ CarlyleRadio Transcription
1940
Love of My Life
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle
Radio Transcription
1939
You’re the Only Star in My Blue Heaven
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle and The Glee Club
Radio Transcription
1940
Set 8
Dave Brubeck
Spring is Here
Dave Brubeck
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Dec 1953
A Minor ThingDave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
In Your Own Sweet Way
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
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