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Happy Birthday, Phantom Dancer! Bob Crosby is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, in broadcasts from 1937 – 41. You’ll also hear live 1950 radio featuring Afro-Cuban jazz by Machito. And this is the 500th national Phantom Dancer heard across Australia over stations of the Community Radio Network. See the play list below.

I’ve brought you The Phantom Dancer, mostly live, every week since 1985. It’s been heard across Australia over the Community Radio Network since 2013. Though I wanted this week to be live, this week’s show is a re-broadcast of the 17 November 2020 Phantom Dancer as Sydney is in Covid lockdown.

Bob Crosby is an unusual figure in the history of show business. While he had a brother, Bing, who was one of the biggest names in the business, (the first multimedia star, leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1930 to 1954), Bob was both similar enough and different enough not to be overshadowed. They could even work together sharing the same self-effacing and laid-back wit.

Hear how Bob and Bing’s voices and personalities blend in this 1950 aircheck of ‘Let’s Do It Again’…

Hear all Phantom Dancers with Greg Poppleton, Tuesdays 12:04-2pm and Saturdays 5-5:56pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney and online at 2ser.com

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BAND

Bob Crosby started singing in the early 1930s with the Rhythm Boys, which included vocalist Ray Hendricks and guitarist Bill Pollard, and with Anson Weeks (1931–34) and the Dorsey Brothers (1934–35).

He led his first band in 1935 when the former members of Ben Pollack‘s band elected him leader.

Crosby’s “band-within-the-band,” the Bob-Cats, was a dixieland octet with soloists from the larger orchestra, many from New Orleans.

The Bob-Cats included at various times Ray BauducYank LawsonBilly ButterfieldCharlie SpivakMuggsy SpanierIrving FazolaNappy LamareJack SperlingJoe SullivanJess StacyBob Haggart and Bob Zurke.

In the spring of 1940, during a performance in Chicago, teenager Doris Day was hired as the band’s vocalist.

For its theme song, the band chose George Gershwin‘s song “Summertime.” The band’s hits included “South Rampart Street Parade”, “March of the Bob Cats”, “In a Little Gypsy Tea Room”, “Whispers in the Dark”, “Day In, Day Out”, “Down Argentine Way”, “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby“, “Dolores”, and “New San Antonio Rose” . A bass-and-drums duet between Haggart and Bauduc, “Big Noise from Winnetka“, became a hit in 1938–39.

RADIO

During World War II, Bob Crosby spent 18 months in the Marines touring with bands in the Pacific. His radio variety series, The Bob Crosby Show, aired on NBC and CBS in different runs from 1943 – 1950. This was followed by Club Fifteen on CBS from 1947 -49, then 1950 – 53. A half-hour CBS daytime series, The Bob Crosby Show, followed from 1953 to 1957. Bob introduced the Canadian singer Gisele MacKenzie to American audiences and subsequently guest-starred in 1957 on her NBC television seriesThe Gisele MacKenzie Show.

In 1952, Bob replaced Phil Harris as the bandleader on The Jack Benny Program, remaining until Benny retired the radio show in 1955 after 23 years.

TV

Bob Crosby starred in his own afternoon variety show, The Bob Crosby show, that aired from 1953 to 1957. He also fronted a TV program in Australia in the 1960s. He was one of two featured singers (himself and Dennis Day) in mid-1950s episodes of The Jack Benny Program.

13 JULY PLAY LIST – 500th National Phantom Dancer Radio Show

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #500

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 JULY 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
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 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Anson Weeks 1932 Radio 
Theme + Let’s Fly Away
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Bill Moreling
Radio Transcription
San Francisco
1932
Medley
Anson Weeks Orchestra
Radio Transcription
San Francisco
1932
Who’s Your Little Who Zis?
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Bill Moreling
Radio Transcription
San Francisco
1932
Set 2
Duke Ellington 1952 Radio 
Theme + Bensonality
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
All of Me + Bakiff
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Set 3
Early Cab Calloway Records 
Jitterbug
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
NYC
22 Jan 1934
Lady With a Fan
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
NYC
1933
Doin’ The Rhumba
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
NYC
3 Mar 1931
Set 4
Bob Crosby 
Theme + Boogie Woogie Maxixe
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Blackhawk
WGN Mutual Chicago
29 Apr 1940
Theme + In A Minor Mood + Dogtown Blues
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Swing Concert
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC red Chicago
18 May 1937
It’s You, You, Darling
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Marian Mann
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker
WOR Mutual NY
25 Mar 1940
Smokey Mary + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Aircheck
23 May 1942
Set 5
African Rhythms 
Field Recordings
Various
‘Biography in Rhythm’
WRCA NBC NY
Jun 1955
Afro-Cuban Suite
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Band
‘Biography in Rhythm’
WRCA NBC NY
Jun 1955
Set 6
Machito 
Theme + Carambola
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Band (voc) Machito & Graziella
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Cao Cao
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Band (voc) Graziella
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Tanga
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Band with Zoot Sims
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Set 7
Leonid Utesov 
Komsommol
Leonid Utesov and the RSFSR Orchestra
Melodia Records
Moscow
1942
Mishka Odesset
Leonid Utesov and the RSFSR Orchestra
Melodia Records
Moscow
1942
Baron von der Pshek
Leonid Utesov and the RSFSR Orchestra
Melodia Records
Moscow
1943
Aosha
Leonid Utesov and daughter and the RSFSR Orchestra
Melodia Records
Moscow
1943
Set 8
1940s Bop Radio 
Low Ceiling
Beryl Booker
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
I Wished on the Moon
Beryl Booker
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
Mischevious Lady + The Moors
Melba Liston
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
I’ve Got The World on a String + Close
Hazel Scott
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951

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Happy Birthday – 500th CRN Phantom Dancer 13 July 2021

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Happy Birthday, Phantom Dancer! Bob Crosby is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, in broadcasts from 1937 – 41. You’ll also hear live 1950 radio featuring Afro-Cuban jazz by Machito. And this is the 500th national Phantom Dancer heard across Australia over stations of the Community Radio Network. See the play list below.

I’ve brought you The Phantom Dancer, mostly live, every week since 1985. It’s been heard across Australia over the Community Radio Network since 2013. Though I wanted this week to be live, this week’s show is a re-broadcast of the 17 November 2020 Phantom Dancer as Sydney is in Covid lockdown.

Bob Crosby is an unusual figure in the history of show business. While he had a brother, Bing, who was one of the biggest names in the business, (the first multimedia star, leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1930 to 1954), Bob was both similar enough and different enough not to be overshadowed. They could even work together sharing the same self-effacing and laid-back wit.

Hear how Bob and Bing’s voices and personalities blend in this 1950 aircheck of ‘Let’s Do It Again’…

Hear all Phantom Dancers with Greg Poppleton, Tuesdays 12:04-2pm and Saturdays 5-5:56pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney and online at 2ser.com

FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/gregpoppletonmusic

BAND

Bob Crosby started singing in the early 1930s with the Rhythm Boys, which included vocalist Ray Hendricks and guitarist Bill Pollard, and with Anson Weeks (1931–34) and the Dorsey Brothers (1934–35).

He led his first band in 1935 when the former members of Ben Pollack‘s band elected him leader.

Crosby’s “band-within-the-band,” the Bob-Cats, was a dixieland octet with soloists from the larger orchestra, many from New Orleans.

The Bob-Cats included at various times Ray BauducYank LawsonBilly ButterfieldCharlie SpivakMuggsy SpanierIrving FazolaNappy LamareJack SperlingJoe SullivanJess StacyBob Haggart and Bob Zurke.

In the spring of 1940, during a performance in Chicago, teenager Doris Day was hired as the band’s vocalist.

For its theme song, the band chose George Gershwin‘s song “Summertime.” The band’s hits included “South Rampart Street Parade”, “March of the Bob Cats”, “In a Little Gypsy Tea Room”, “Whispers in the Dark”, “Day In, Day Out”, “Down Argentine Way”, “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby“, “Dolores”, and “New San Antonio Rose” . A bass-and-drums duet between Haggart and Bauduc, “Big Noise from Winnetka“, became a hit in 1938–39.

RADIO

During World War II, Bob Crosby spent 18 months in the Marines touring with bands in the Pacific. His radio variety series, The Bob Crosby Show, aired on NBC and CBS in different runs from 1943 – 1950. This was followed by Club Fifteen on CBS from 1947 -49, then 1950 – 53. A half-hour CBS daytime series, The Bob Crosby Show, followed from 1953 to 1957. Bob introduced the Canadian singer Gisele MacKenzie to American audiences and subsequently guest-starred in 1957 on her NBC television seriesThe Gisele MacKenzie Show.

In 1952, Bob replaced Phil Harris as the bandleader on The Jack Benny Program, remaining until Benny retired the radio show in 1955 after 23 years.

TV

Bob Crosby starred in his own afternoon variety show, The Bob Crosby show, that aired from 1953 to 1957. He also fronted a TV program in Australia in the 1960s. He was one of two featured singers (himself and Dennis Day) in mid-1950s episodes of The Jack Benny Program.

13 JULY PLAY LIST – 500th National Phantom Dancer Radio Show

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #500

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 JULY 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
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 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Anson Weeks 1932 Radio 
Theme + Let’s Fly Away
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Bill Moreling
Radio Transcription
San Francisco
1932
Medley
Anson Weeks Orchestra
Radio Transcription
San Francisco
1932
Who’s Your Little Who Zis?
Anson Weeks Orchestra (voc) Bill Moreling
Radio Transcription
San Francisco
1932
Set 2
Duke Ellington 1952 Radio 
Theme + Bensonality
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
All of Me + Bakiff
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Set 3
Early Cab Calloway Records 
Jitterbug
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
NYC
22 Jan 1934
Lady With a Fan
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
NYC
1933
Doin’ The Rhumba
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
NYC
3 Mar 1931
Set 4
Bob Crosby 
Theme + Boogie Woogie Maxixe
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Blackhawk
WGN Mutual Chicago
29 Apr 1940
Theme + In A Minor Mood + Dogtown Blues
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Swing Concert
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC red Chicago
18 May 1937
It’s You, You, Darling
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Marian Mann
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker
WOR Mutual NY
25 Mar 1940
Smokey Mary + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Aircheck
23 May 1942
Set 5
African Rhythms 
Field Recordings
Various
‘Biography in Rhythm’
WRCA NBC NY
Jun 1955
Afro-Cuban Suite
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Band
‘Biography in Rhythm’
WRCA NBC NY
Jun 1955
Set 6
Machito 
Theme + Carambola
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Band (voc) Machito & Graziella
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Cao Cao
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Band (voc) Graziella
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Tanga
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Band with Zoot Sims
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Set 7
Leonid Utesov 
Komsommol
Leonid Utesov and the RSFSR Orchestra
Melodia Records
Moscow
1942
Mishka Odesset
Leonid Utesov and the RSFSR Orchestra
Melodia Records
Moscow
1942
Baron von der Pshek
Leonid Utesov and the RSFSR Orchestra
Melodia Records
Moscow
1943
Aosha
Leonid Utesov and daughter and the RSFSR Orchestra
Melodia Records
Moscow
1943
Set 8
1940s Bop Radio 
Low Ceiling
Beryl Booker
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
I Wished on the Moon
Beryl Booker
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
Mischevious Lady + The Moors
Melba Liston
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
I’ve Got The World on a String + Close
Hazel Scott
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
1951
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