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Happy New Year – Eddie Heywood – Phantom Dancer 29 Dec 2020

 Edward Heywood Jr was a distinctive swing and jazz pianist and composer. His speaking voice, as you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer, is just distinctive as his piano playing.

The Phantom Dancer, presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, since 1985 on 107.3 2SER Sydney, and heard on 23 stations of the Community Radio Network across Australia, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio.

This week’s Phantom Dancer is from New Years broadcasts from the 1930s-40s and 50s. Hear the show online from midday 29 December 2020 (AEST).


Heywood was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father, Eddie Heywood Sr., was also a jazz musician from the 1920s and provided him with training from the age of 12 as an accompanist playing in the pit band in a vaudeville theater in Atlanta. They occasionally accompanied singers such as Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters.

Heywood first moved to New Orleans and then to Kansas City, playing with several popular jazz musicians such as Wayman Carver in 1932 and Clarence Love from 1934 to 1937.

He moved to New York City where he played from 1939-40 in Benny Carter’s Orchestra .  Carter had heard him in Kansas City playing with Clarence Love.

With his own band, Heywood occasionally accompanied Billie Holiday in 1941. In 1943, Heywood put together a sextet, including Doc Cheatham (tpt), Vic Dickenson (tb), Lem Davis (as), Al Lucas (b), and Jack Parker (d). After their version of “Begin the Beguine” became a hit in 1944, selling over one million copies and awarded a gold disc, they had three successful years.

In 1947, Heywood was stricken with a partial paralysis of his hands and could not play at all. He made a comeback in 1951. In the 1950s, Heywood composed and recorded “Land of Dreams” and “Soft Summer Breeze” (1956) (which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard chart). He is probably best known for his 1956 recording of his composition “Canadian Sunset” (which peaked at number 2) which he recorded with Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra for RCA Victor. After a second partial paralysis from 1966 to 1969, Heywood made another comeback and continued his career into the 1980s.


Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream
Community Radio Network Show CRN #469

107.3 2SER Tuesday 29 December 2020
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 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 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
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
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
New Years Eve Aboard An Ocean LinerRaymond Scott QuintetteComm Rec
New York
21 Jul 1939
In The MoodGlenn Miller Orchestra‘Chesterfield Show’
27 Dec 1939
Never Should Have Told You + Predictions for 1937 + Chim Bomba + CloseRudy Vallee and Wynn the Astrologer‘Royal Gelatin Show’
31 Dec 1936
Set 2
Open + Happy HolidaysBing Crosby (voc) John Scott Trotter Orchestra‘Kraft Music Hall’
30 Dec 1943
Rhapsody In Blue (theme) + Zip-A-Dee-Doo-DahPaul Whiteman Orchestra and Chorus‘The Paul Whiteman Show’
1 Jan 1947
Romance with an Air Raid Warden + Poinciana + CloseElla Mae Morse (voc) + Bing Crosby (voc) John Scott Trotter Orchestra‘Kraft Music Hall’
30 Dec 1943
Set 3
Deep Forest (theme) + Dippermouth Blues + When The Saints Go Marching In + Tiger RagEarl ‘Fatha’ HinesClub Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
1 Jan 1957
Set 4
Auld Lang Syne + Newport Up + Together + Macarena + You Better Know ItDuke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Grissom and Ozzie Bailey‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Set 5
Sad SackHarry James Orchestra (Hollywood)‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
One O’Clock JumpCount Basie Orchestra (New York)‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Warsaw ConcertoFreddy Martin Orchestra (Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles)‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Woodchopper’s BallWoody Herman Orchestra (Meadowbrook Ballroom, Cedar Grove NJ)‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Set 6
Desciption of the New Year Countdown from Times Square (Ben Grauer) + One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Whirly BirdCount Basie Orchestra‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
1 Jan 1958
Open + Stompin’ At The Savoy + Tea For TwoTeddy Wilson Trio‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Embers
31 Dec 1957
Stompin’ Down Broadway + Opus 1 (close)Dorsey Brothers OrchestraMeadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
1 Jan 1956
Set 7
Afterthoughts + Canadian Sunset + Soft Summer Breeze + The Man I Love + Begin The BeguineEddie Heywood Trio‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Embers
31 Dec 1957
Set 8
Robin HoodLouis Prima Orchestra (voc) LP‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Gotta Be This Or ThatBenny Goodman Orchestra (with Slam Stewart b, Red Norvo vibes, Boston)‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Let The Zoomers DroolDuke Ellington Orchestra (Evansville, Indiana)‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945

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