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24 October 2023

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Jack Fina Bumble Bee Piano- Phantom Dancer 24 October 2023

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Jack Fina was a pianist, songwriter (“Bumble Boogie”), composer and conductor.

He 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 24 October) and weeks of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

FINA

Jack Fina started out playing piano in Clyde McCoy’s band sometime in the 1930s, but it wasn’t until he joined Freddy Martin’s band in 1936 that he gained real fame, when he was featured on Martin’s famous recording of “Tonight We Love”.

In 1946, Jack Fina formed his own 16-piece band, with Freddy Martin’s blessing and financial backing. His first appearance was at the Claremont Hotel. He used his composition ‘Dream Sonata’ as his radio theme. With good air time and good recordings, Fina became a national figure.

His other song compositions include “Samba Caramba”, “Rhumbanera”, “Chango”, and “Piano Portraits”

He composed a boogie-woogie variation on Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee.” His, “Bumble Boogie”, became a huge hit, Fina played it as a solo piano specialty in the 1946 Columbia Pictures musical ‘It’s Great to Be Young’.

Fina appeared at some of the top venues in the US, including the Waldorf-Astoria, the Aragon Ballroom, and the famous illegal gambling casino in Galveston, the Balinese Room.

He also appeared in several films, including Melody Time (Bumble Boogie sequence, 1948) and Disc Jockey (1951).

24 October PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 24 October 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
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
7RPH Hobart Monday 3 – 4pm
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
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Sammy Kaye
Let There Be Love
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Yvette
‘Sensations in Swing’
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jun 1940
Medley: Say, Say / Say it Isn’t So / Say Si, Si
Sammy Kaye Orchestra
‘Sensations in Swing’
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jun 1940
A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Vass Family
‘Sensations in Swing’
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jun 1940
Down by the Ohio + CloseSammy Kaye Orchestra
‘Sensations in Swing’
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jun 1940
Set 2
Charlie Spivak
You Don’t Say
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Pleasure Beach Ballroom
Bridgeport Conn.
WRCA NBC NYC
26 Jun 1955
A Blossom Fell
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Audrey Morris
Pleasure Beach Ballroom
Bridgeport Conn.
WRCA NBC NYC
26 Jun 1955
Birth of the Blues
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Paul O’Connor
Pleasure Beach Ballroom
Bridgeport Conn.
WRCA NBC NYC
26 Jun 1955
I’ll Never Stop Loving You + Stardreams (theme)
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Pleasure Beach Ballroom
Bridgeport Conn.
WRCA NBC NYC
26 Jun 1955
Set 3
Jack Fina
Bumble Bee Boogie (theme) + Mama’s Gone, Goodbye.
Jack Fina Orchestra
Marine Dining Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
4 Jun 1950
You Are My Love
Jack Fina Orchestra (voc) Ted Nichols
Marine Dining Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
4 Jun 1950
Nola
Jack Fina Orchestra
Marine Dining Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
4 Jun 1950
Baby, Won’t You Say You Love Me? + Ol’ Piano Roll Blues
Jack Fina Orchestra (voc) Ted Nichols & Band
Marine Dining Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
4 Jun 1950
Set 4
Coleman Hawkins
It’s the Talk of the Town
Coleman Hawkins Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
19 Jun 1963
Honeysuckle Rose
Coleman Hawkins Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
19 Jun 1963
Set 5
English Dance Bands
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Johnny Claes and his Claepigeons
Comm Rec
London
1941
I’m Nobody’s Baby
Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans (voc) Anne Lenner
Comm Rec
London
1941
How Am I To Know?
Johnny Claes and his Claepigeons (voc) Benny LeeComm Rec
London
1941
Room Five Hundred and Four
Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans (voc) Anne Lenner
Comm Rec
London
1941
Set 6
1930s Harmony Groups
Swinging on the Strings
The Inkspots
WEAF NBC Red NYC
9 Aug 1935
Swing for Sale
The Mills Brothers
Radio Transcription
NYC 1937
A Stairway to the Stars
The Inkspots
WFIL NBC Red Philadelphia
12 Jun 1939
Pennies from Heaven
The Mills Brothers
Radio Transcription
NYC 1937
Set 7
Count Basie
Moten Swing (theme) + One’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WEAF NBC Red NYC
Nov 1937
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy RushingAircheck
Savoy Ballroom
NYC
30 Jun 1937
Study in Brown
Count Basie Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WEAF NBC Red NYC
Nov 1937
Swing Brother Swing
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Billie Holiday
Aircheck
Savoy Ballroom
NYC
30 Jun 1937
Set 8
Trad Jazz
Blues + Riverboat Shuffle
Wild Bill Davison
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WNBT NBC TV NYC
9 Jul 1949
Struttin’ with Some BBQHot Lips Page
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM NYC
1951
Jam Session
Bobby Hackett
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WNBT NBC TV NYC
16 Apr 1949
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