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08 March 2022

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International Women’s Day – Phantom Dancer 8 March 2022

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Women jazz and swing musicians, radio announcers and singers from live 1930s-50s radio are this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artists. 8 March is International Women’s Day.

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 International Women’s Day Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 8 March) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at

Below, some potted biographies of some of the women, famous and obscure, you’ll enjoy on this weeks International Women’s Day Phantom Dancer.

Here’s Ina Ray Hutton, her all woman orchestra, on her own 1958 network TV show…


Marjorie Hyams: Jazz vibraphonist, pianist and arranger. She played in Woody Herman’s Orchestra (1944 – 1945), the Hip Chicks (1945), Mary Lou Williams (1946), Charlie Ventura (1946), George Shearing (1949 – 1950), and led her own groups.

Melba Liston: Jazz trombonist, musical arranger and composer. She was the first woman trombonist to play in big bands. She was a star writer and arranger.

Adele Girard: Swing harpist, the first woman to bring the concert harp to prominence in jazz, with only Casper Reardon preceding her. As a musician she is known by her birth name Adele Girard, but she became Adele Girard Marsala after marrying clarinetist Joe Marsala.

Betty Glamann: Glamann learned to play harp at the age of ten. She attended a conservatory and was the harpist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for three years. She played with Spike Jones in 1948, founded the Smith-Glamann Quintet in 1955, played with Duke Ellington and Marian McPartland around 1955 and then with Oscar Pettiford during 1957–58. With Kenny Dorham’s band she recorded the album Jazz Contrasts in 1957. In 1958, she was involved in a Michel Legrand recording session with John Coltrane and Miles Davis; she played with Eddie Costa in 1958 and with the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1960.


Billie Hurt: Sydney radio announcer. Announcer for ‘Army on Parade’ a radio series produced at 2CH in Sydney and aired across Australia on the AWA Network.

Martha Wilkerson: known as GI Jill, was an American disc jockey and host of GI Jive, a music program on the Armed Forces Radio Service during World War II. She was notable for her positive effect of her personality and music selections on American troops’ morale and for being “universally credited with being the No. 1 overseas attraction” on AFRS. By the end of January 1945 she had made 870 broadcasts.

Here’s DJ GI Jill…


International Sweethearts of Rhythm: was the first integrated all-women’s band in the United States. During the 1940s the band featured some of the best female musicians of the day.  Read more in this Radio Lounge blog post

The Ingenues: a vaudeville all-girl jazz band based in the US Mid West, which toured the United States and other countries, including Australia, from 1925 to 1937.

Ina Ray Hutton: born Odessa Cowan, was an American singer, bandleader, and the half-sister of June Hutton. She led one of the first all-female big bands.

Here’s two all-women vaudeville jazz bands…



Rose Murphy: known as “the chee chee girl” because of her habit of singing “chee chee” in many of her numbers. Also known as “the girl with the pale pink voice”, Murphy began her musical career in the late 1930s, playing intermission piano for such performers as Count Basie.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: singer and guitarist. She attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and electric guitar. Read more in this Radio Lounge post.

Felicia Sanders: was a singer, and the most successful song she ever recorded was a theme song from a movie of the same title, A Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart) in which she was recruited by Percy Faith to sing, and was only paid scale. However, it catapulted her singing career, and the song become a hit for Percy Faith and His Orchestra in 1952-3

Libby Holman: American socialite, actress, singer, and activist. Holman was known for her bold personality. She was the frequent subject of contemporary gossip columns,[15] and became known in the press as “the dark purple menace”. Although friends observed her to be a “ball breaker” with men, she was tender and intimate in her same-sex relationships.

Here’s a  collection of 1940s Soundies from the all woman International Sweethearts of Rhythm for International Women’s Day…

8 MARCH International Women’s Day PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 8 March 2022
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
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 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1940s Swing Radio
Theme + Down By The Riverside
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (voc and g) Lucky Millinder Orchestra
AFRS Hollywood
2 Aug 1943
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Rose Murphy
AFRS Hollywood
18 Jan 1945
Sweet Georgia Brown
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
AFRS Hollywood
5 Jul 1944
Prelude in C# + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Dorothy Donegan
AFRS Hollywood
Set 2
1930s Torch Singers
When I Go A’Dreamin’
Helen Forrest (voc) Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
1 Dec 1938
East of the Sun
Bea Wain (voc) Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Victor Campus Club’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
2 Jul 1938
The Dixieland Band + Goodbye (theme)
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Pennsylvania Hotel
WOR Mutual NY
21 Oct 1937
Set 3
Modern Women Jazz Singers
Theme + Sound of Music
Felicia Sanders
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
3 Apr 1960
Theme + I’ve Got My Love to Keep Warm
Patti Page
‘The Big Record’
27 Nov 1957
My Colouring Book
Sandy Stewart (voc) Tony Motolla Quartet
‘The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Cry Me a River
Julie London (voc) Bobby Troup Trio
‘All Star Parade of Stars’
Cameo Club
Set 4
Women Radio Announcers
Open + Stomp, Mr Henry Lee
Announcer: GI Jill. Orchestra: Eddie Miller
‘Gi Jive’
AFRS Hollywood
I’ll See You Again
Announcer: Billie Hurt. Singer: Pat Burling
‘Army on Parade’
2CH Sydney
AWA Network
Swingin’ The Blues
Announcer: Billie Hurt. Orchestra: Wally Portingale
‘Army on Parade’
2CH Sydney
AWA Network
Set 5
1920s Women Stars
I Can’t Write The Words
Mildred Hunt
‘Philco Hour’
Tain’t No Sin To Take Off You Skin and Dance Around in Your Bones
Lee Morse
Comm Rec
New York City
Moanin’ Low
Libby Holman
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
Set 6
Women Harmony Singers
Andrew Sisters
‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC Los Angeles
6 Sep 1945
Jingle Bells
Thrasher Sisters
‘Fountain of Fun’
WLW Cincinnati
25 Dec 1943
Lucky Me Loveable You
Boswell Sisters
Radio Transcription
Continental Broadcasting System
Set 7
Women Led Radio Shows
I’m Beginning to See the Light
Mildred Bailey
‘Music Till Midnight’
19 Jan 1945
Open + My Guy’s Come Back
Ginny Simms
‘Ginny Simms Show’
28 Dec 1945
Open + If I Could Be With You
Peggy Lee
‘Peggy Lee Show’
Teach Me Tonight + Close
Dinah Shore
‘Chevrolet Show’
Dec 1954
Set 8
Women Jazz Instrumentalists
Open + Barrel Roll
Adele Girard (harp)
Log Cabin Farms
Armonk NY
30 Oct 1942
Woodchoppers’ Ball
Marjorie Hyams (vibraphone)
Palladium Ballroom
17 Oct 1944
Stella by Starlight
Melba Liston (tb)
Open + Nica’s Tempo
Betty Glamann (harp)
26 May 1957
All Gigs
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