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06 December 2022

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Gus Arnheim Introduces Bing Crosby – Phantom Dancer 6 December 2022

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Gus Arnheim was a popular US band leader, composer and pianist. Bing Crosby first achieved solo popularity singing with the Arnheim band. You’ll hear Bing sing live with Arnheim on live 1931 radio on this week’s Phantom Dancer. Gus Arnheim is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

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

GUS

Gus Arnheim was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote the pop hits ‘Sweet & Lovely’ (his radio theme) and I Cried For You amongst others.

He began his professional music career in 1919 playing piano at the Sunset Inn, Santa Monica with fellow future band leaders, Abe Lyman, on drums and, Harry Halstead, on viloin.

He was accompanist to vaudevillian Sophie Tucker.

When Lyman organized a full dance orchestra, Arnheim came along as pianist. He left to start his own group in 1927. Arnheim’s orchestra made at least three film short subjects for Warner Brothers’ Vitaphone Corporation in 1928–29.

Arnheim first recorded for OKeh in 1928–1929. He signed with Victor in 1929 –  1933, then Brunswick 1933 – 1937.

COCOANUT GROVE

During 1928–31, Arnheim had an extended engagement at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles. That’s where you’ll hear him from in 1931 radio broadcasts on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

In 1930, when Paul Whiteman finished filming The King of Jazz for Universal, The Rhythm Boys vocal trio, consisting of Bing Crosby, Harry Barris and Al Rinker decided to stay in California. They signed up with Arnheim’s band.

The Rhythm Boys only recorded one song with Arnheim, “Them There Eyes” (which also happened to be The Rhythm Boys final recording).

Arnheim’s Orchestra backed Crosby on a number of songs released by Victor Records in 1931. These popular records, coupled with Arnheim’s radio broadcasts featuring Crosby’s solo vocals, were a key element to the beginning of Crosby’s popularity as a crooner.

NOTABLE

Between 1930 and 1933, some notable people worked in or with Arnheim’s band:

    • Fred MacMurray played clarinet and tenor sax in 1930-31 and sang on one recording “All I Want Is Just One”.

    • Russ Columbo played violin in 1930 and sang on “A Peach of a Pair”.

  • Future popular bandleader Jimmie Grier was staff arranger during this time. Grier had played lead alto saxophone and clarinet in Arnheim’s band from its founding in 1928.
  • Eddie Cantor and Joan Crawford each recorded a song for Arnheim on July 23, 1931, although the Crawford side (“How Long Will It Last?”) was not issued. Cantor’s side, “There’s Nothing Too Good for My Baby,” was issued but without vocalist credit.

    • Future popular singer Buddy Clark sang with Arnheim in 1932.

    • Shirley Ross sang with Arnheim in 1933

    • Stan Kenton played piano with Arnheim starting in 1937.

Between 1939 and 1944, Mexican American crooner Andy Russell played the drums and sang with Arnheim. Arnheim was the one who suggested that Russell sing bilingually in English and Spanish and change his last name from Rábago to Russell (in honor of Russ Columbo) leading to his first million-selling record “Bésame Mucho”.

Here’s Arnheim on a 1927 Vitaphone music short…

6 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

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3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
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2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
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
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Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
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2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
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Set 1
Xavier Cugat
Theme + Temptation
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Choir
‘Xavier Cugat ‘
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Alma Llanera
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Miguelito Valdés & Choir
‘March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Say Si Si
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Nito Rosa & Choir
‘March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Canta Noche un AmorXavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Del Campo & Choir
‘March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1 Dec 1946
Set 2
Dodo
Rose Room + Close
Dodo Marmarosa
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1947
Set 3
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Theme + Little Rock Getaway
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul & Mary Ford Show’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
26 May 1950
Until I Hold You Again
Les Paul (voc) Mary Ford
‘Les Paul & Mary Ford Show’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
26 May 1950
Puttin’ on the Style
Les Paul and Mary Ford (voc) LP and MF
‘Les Paul & Mary Ford Show’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
26 May 1950
What is This Thing Called Love + If a Nightingale Could Sing Like You
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul & Mary Ford Show’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
26 May 1950
Set 4
Gus Arnheim
Sweet and Lovely (theme) + Can’t You Read Between the Lines
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) George Gramlich
‘Cocoanut Grove Show’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Making Faces at the Man in the Moon
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
‘Cocoanut Grove Show’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Dancing with the Daffodils
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
‘Cocoanut Grove Show’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Out of Nowhere + What is It?
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Bing Crosby & Loyce Whiteman
‘MJB Demi-Tasse Revue’
KFI NBC Gold
Los Angeles
1931
Set 5
Jimmy Dorsey
Contrasts (theme) + Just You, Just Me
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
8 Feb 1943
Jug Music
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC Red LA
20 Oct 1941
Moonlight on the Ganges
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
8 Feb 1943
Mood in Da Groove
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KFI NBC Red LA
20 Oct 1941
Set 6
1930s English Dance Bands
Young & Healthy
Billy Cotton Band (voc) Alan Breeze
Comm Rec
London
18 Mar 1933
The Gold Diggers’ Song
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
28 Jul 1933
I’ve Had My Moments
Billy Cotton Band (voc) Chips Chippendale
Comm Rec
London
14 Aug 1934
Hylton Stomp
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
12 Oct 1932
Set 7
Ford Startime
Intro by Ronald Reagan _ Drum Boogie
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
‘Ford Startime’
KFI NBC TV
9 Feb 1960
Chatanooga Choo Choo
Tex Beneke & The Modernaires‘Ford Startime’
KFI NBC TV
9 Feb 1960
South Rampart Street Parade
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Ford Startime’
KFI NBC TV
9 Feb 1960
Big Noise from Winnetka
Ray Bauduc & Bobby Haggart
‘Ford Startime’
KFI NBC TV
9 Feb 1960
Set 8
Ellington 64
Afro Bossa
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Jul 1964
Call Me IrresponsibleDuke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Jul 1964
Hello Dolly
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRTS Re-broadcast
Jul 1964
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