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14 November 2023

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Ginny Simms 1930s-40s Singer Housing the Homeless | Phantom Dancer

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Ginny Simms was a US singer, radio star and Hollywood actress. She sang with big bands, Dinah Shore, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Jo Stafford. As an MGM and Universal film actress she appeared in 11 movies from 1939 to 1951. Ginny Simms is 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.

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GINNY

Ginny Simms studied piano in high school and teachers’ college. She played in college productions, singing with sorority sisters and forming a popular college vocal trio.

This made her want a career as a singer. By 1932 she had her own program on a local radio station.

In that year, Simms also became the vocalist for the Tom Gerun band in San Francisco. Other vocalists in the band were Tony Martin and Woody Herman.

In 1934, she joined the Kay Kyser Orchestra, with which she received her first national exposure appearing on radio shows with Kyser, who she almost married.

She appeared in three films with Kyser: That’s Right—You’re Wrong (1939), You’ll Find Out (1940) and Playmates (1941).

On April 6, 1941, Simms and Kyser costarred in Niagara to Reno (described as “an original comedy”) on CBS radio’s Silver Theater.

She left Kyser in September 1941 for her own radio show.

She starred in more films post-Kyser, including Here We Go Again (1942), Hit the Ice (1943), Broadway Rhythm (1944) and the Cole Porter biopic Night and Day (1946).

In 1951, Simms hosted a local television show on KTTV Channel 11 in Los Angeles that featured dance bands and talent from military bases around Southern California.

HOMELESS

Simms entertained troops during World War II, and after the war, she continued to help servicemen. In 1947, a radio station’s newsletter noted: “[N]ow she is helping provide new homes for them. Ginny is sponsoring the construction of 450 homes for vets in Los Angeles.”

A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California Walk of Stars was dedicated to Simms in 1993.

14 November PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 14 November 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
Vincent Valsanti aka Ted Fio Rito
Serenade of Love (theme) + You Got Everything
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Rusty Bennett and the Three Blue Keys
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Song of Love
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
The Day You Came Along
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Serenade of Love (theme)Vincent Valsanti Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Set 2
John Coltrane
Body and Soul
John Coltrane Quartet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WADO NYC
9 Jun 1962
Cousin Mary
John Coltrane Quartet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WADO NYC
9 Jun 1962
Set 3
Ginny Simms
Open + My Guy’s Come Back
Ginny Simms (voc) Frank de Vol Orchestra
‘Borden Show’
KNX CBS LA
28 Dec 1945
Symphony
Ginny Simms (MC) Lyn Johnson (voc) Frank de Vol Orchestra
‘Borden Show’
KNX CBS LA
28 Dec 1945
Nancy
Ginny Simms (MC) Frank Sinatra (voc) Frank de Vol Orchestra
‘Borden Show’
KNX CBS LA
28 Dec 1945
Set 4
Trad Jazz
Medley including Ballin’ the Jack
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
WOR Mutual NYC
20 Jul 1949
Runnin’ Wild
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
WOR Mutual NYC
20 Jul 1949
The Alligator Crawl
Hank Duncan (piano)
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
WOR Mutual NYC
20 Jul 1949
Up a Lazy River + Close
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
WOR Mutual NYC
20 Jul 1949
Set 5
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Open + Opus Number 1
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Statler Hotel
WRCA NBC NYC
Dec 1955
Once in Awhile
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Statler Hotel
WRCA NBC NYC
Dec 1955
Harlem Express
Tommy Dorsey OrchestraMeadowbrook Ballroom. Cedar Grove, New Jersey
WCBS CBS NYC
25 Nov 1956
Don’t Worry About Me
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
Meadowbrook Ballroom. Cedar Grove, New Jersey
WCBS CBS NYC
25 Nov 1956
Set 6
Johnny Otis 
Empty Bed Blues
Johnny Otis Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Love My Baby
Johnny Otis Orchestra (voc) Joe Turner
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Improvised Blues
Johnny Otis Orchestra (congas) Miguelito Valdez
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Johnny Otis Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Set 7
Russ Morgan Wah-Wah Trombone
Open + Cotton Pickers’ Congregation
Rose Morgan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant NYC
Aircheck
14 Oct 1938
Long Ago and Far Away
Rose Morgan Orchestra (voc) Elizabeth RogersAircheck
Claremont Hotel
San Francisco
11 Jul 1945
Jean
Rose Morgan Orchestra
Aircheck
Claremont Hotel
San Francisco
11 Jul 1945
Sophisticated Swing
Rose Morgan Orchestra
Aircheck
Claremont Hotel
San Francisco
11 Jul 1945
Set 8
Modern Jazz
Don’t Blame Me
Charlie Parker
Storeyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
22 Sep 1953
20th Century BluesSir Charles Thompson All-Stars
Comm Rec
NYC
4 Sep 1945
Groovin’ High
Charlie Parker
Storeyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
22 Sep 1953
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