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Hal Kemp – Phantom Dancer 21 July 2020

Hal Kemp is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist in 1930s radio broadcasts and his last musical short film.

The Phantom Dancer is presented and produced by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton. It’s been on-air every week over 107.3 2SER Sydney since 1985.

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1920s

James Hal Kemp was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader, composer, and arranger.

He formed his first band in high school. At age 19 he led the University of North Carolina band called the Carolina Club Orchestra. They sailed to England, where they made their first recordings.

On their return journey they made the acquaintance of the Prince of Wales who sat in with them on drums. This got the band mentioned in US press reports so that on their return they received several offers of contracts.

In 1927, Kemp formed his own jazz orchestra, which at various times featured singer Skinnay Ennis, trumpeter Bunny Berigan, and pianist John Scott Trotter.

1930s

In the 1930s, with the economic and social challenges of the Great Depression, Kemp’s band became better known for more soothing “sweet” dance music. From 1932 to 1934, they performed at the Blackhawk Restaurant in Chicago and were heard regularly on radio broadcasts. They became well-known nationally and secured a contract with Brunswick Records. Most of the vocals on their recordings were by Skinnay Ellis, whose vocal style and the arrangements by Trotter, which featured staccato triplets by the trumpeters and clarinets played through megaphones, gave Kemp’s records a distinctive sound.

Kemp and his orchestra had a number of hit records, including “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” (1933), “In the Middle of a Kiss” (1935), “There’s a Small Hotel” (1936), “When I’m With You” (1936), “This Year’s Kisses” (1937), and “Where or When” (1937).[4] From 1937, Kemp recorded for Victor Records.[4] His other recordings included “Got A Date With An Angel”, “Heart Of Stone”, “Lamplight”, “The Music Goes ‘Round And Around”, “You’re The Top”, “Bolero”, “Gloomy Sunday”, “Lullaby Of Broadway”, and many others.

In 1936, John Scott Trotter left, being succeeded as arranger by Hal Mooney and Lou Busch. Ennis left in 1938, and Bob Allen became the band’s featured singer. With the rising popularity of swing bands such as those of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, the popularity of Kemp’s orchestra declined and there were many changes in band membership, though they continued to make film appearances…

VIDEO

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is Hal Kemp playing clarinet, alto sax and conducting his tripling trumpets band in a Warner Brothers’ short filmed one day before he was killed by a car accident, December 1940.

21 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 21 July 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 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
2MCE Bathurst / Orange / Central West NSW Wednesday 9 – 10am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Swinging Big Bands on 1940s One Night Stand Radio
Open (Memories of You) + Blue Moon
Sonny Donham Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 Aug 1944
The Good Earth
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Aug 1945
The Man I Love + Out Of Nowhere
Gene Krupa Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
31 Mar 1946
Set 2
Jazz on 1960s Radio
Open + The Lamp Is Low
Oscar Peterson Trio
Montreal Jazz Festival
CBC Canada
1968
Just Lucky
Harry James Orchestra
El Patio Ballroom
KCBS CBS San Francisco
20 May 1961
Set 3
Early 1930s Music Radio
Cool Water
RCA Victor Concert Orchestra
‘His Master’s Voice of the Air’
Radio Transcription
Nov 1932
Shake Hands With A Million
Harry Richman
‘Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Dinah
Jimmie Grier Orchestra (voc) The Three Cheers
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
NBC Orange Los Angeles
1932
Set 4
Women Jazz Singers on the Air
Rockin’ Chair
Mildred Bailey
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NY
1951
Thank Your Stars
Ella Fitzgerald with her Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
25 Jan 1940
Open + Just A Moment More
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
21 Apr 1953
Set 5
Ray Noble on American Radio
The Very Thought Of You (theme) + And The Angels Sing
Ray Noble Orchestra (voc) Liz Tilton
Beverley-Wiltshire Hotel
KFI NBC LA
22 Oct 1939
I Never Had A Chance
Ray Noble Orchestra (voc) Al Bowlly
‘Coty Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Mar 1935
A Fountain in Havana
Ray Noble Orchestra (piano) Claude Thornhill
‘Coty Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
17 Apr 1935
Comanche War Dance + Theme (Goodnight Sweetheart)
Ray Noble Orchestra
Beverley-Wiltshire Hotel
KFI NBC LA
6 April 1940
Set 6
Swing Bands on 1944 Radio
Sleep
Benny Carter Orchestra
Aircheck
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
1944
No Love, No Nothin’
Lionel Hampton Orchestra (voc) Dinah Washington
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
KFI NBC LA
16 Jun 1944
Three Little Words
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA Blue LA
Oct 1944
Frantic in the Atlantic
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Sep 1944
Set 7
Hal Kemp’s Tripling Trumpets on 1934 Radio
When Summer Is Gone (theme) + It’s Winter Again
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Boulevarde of Broken Dreams
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Deane Janis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Last Year’s Girl
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea + When summer is Gone (theme)
Hal Kemp Orchestra
‘Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 8
Jazz on 1940s-50s TV
Soft Winds + Perdido
Roy Eldridge All-Stars
‘The Today Show’
WNBC TV NBC NY
18 Jan 1957
My Funny Valentine
Helen Ward (voc)
‘Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’
WNBC TV NBC NY
26 Mar 1949
Ridin’ High
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
‘Texaco Show’
WNBC TV NBC NY
9 Apr 1958
Intro + Drum Boogie
Ronald Reagan MC, Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
‘Ford Star Time’
NBC TV LA
9 Feb 1960

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