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20 September 2022

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Johnny Ace: The Tear Beat on the Blue Note – Phantom Dancer 20 September 2022

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Johnny Ace, R’n’B star from the early 1950s, known as ‘The Tear Beat on the Blue Note’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 20 September at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

JOHNNY

John Marshall Alexander Jr., known by the stage name Johnny Ace, was an American rhythm-and-blues singer and musician. He had a string of hit singles in the mid 1950s. Ace died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound playing silly-buggers backstage at a concert, aged 25 and had two children.

Born the son of a baptist preacher who allowed no blues in the house. Ace dropped out of high school to join the US Navy. He was reported AWOL for much of his time there.

On discharge he joined Adolph Duncan’s Band as a pianist, playing around Beale Street in Memphis. The network of local musicians became known as the Beale Streeters, which included B. B. KingBobby BlandJunior ParkerEarl Forest, and Roscoe Gordon. Initially, they weren’t an official band, but at times there was a leader and they played on each other’s records.

In 1951 Ike Turner, who was a talent scout and producer for Modern Records, arranged for Ace and other Beale Streeters to record for Turner’s label. Alexander played piano on some of King’s records for RPM Records and backed King during broadcasts on WDIA in Memphis. When King departed for Los Angeles and Bland left the group, Ace took over both Bland’s vocal duties and King’s radio show on WDIA.

David James Mattis, program director at WDIA and founder of Duke Records, claimed that he created the stage name of Johnny Ace: “Johnny” for Johnny Ray and “Ace” for the Four Aces

ACE

Ace signed to Duke in 1952 and released his first recording, “My Song”, an urbane “heart ballad” which topped the R&B chart for nine weeks beginning in September. He began heavy touring, often with Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. In the next two years, Ace had eight hits in a row, including “Cross My Heart”, “Please Forgive Me”, “The Clock”, “Yes, Baby”, “Saving My Love for You” and “Never Let Me Go”.

In November 1954, Ace ranked No. 16 on the Billboard 1954 Disk Jockey Poll for R&B Favorite Artists.

In December 1954, he was named the Most Programmed Artist of 1954, according to the results of a national poll of disc jockeys conducted by the U.S. trade weekly Cash Box.

Early in 1955, Duke Records announced that three of his 1954 recordings, along with Thornton’s “Hound Dog“, had sold more than 1,750,000 copies.

“Pledging My Love” was a posthumous R&B number 1 hit for ten weeks beginning February 12, 1955. As Billboard bluntly put it, Ace’s death “created one of the biggest demands for a record that has occurred since the death of Hank Williams just over two years ago.”

Soon after Ace’s death, in early 1955, Varetta Dillard recorded ‘Johnny Has Gone’ for Savoy Records. She incorporated many of Ace’s song titles in the lyrics. This was the first of the many teen tragedy records that were to follow in the later 50s and early 1960s

20 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 September 2022
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
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
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
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
Les Brown 
Leap Frog (theme) + Long Ago and Far Away
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Butch Stone
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Going My Way
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Gordon Drake
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Bizet Has His Day + Leap Frog (theme)
Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Set 2
Woody Herman 
Blue Flame (theme) + The Magpie
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Apple Honey
 
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Caldonia
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) Woody Herman
‘World Jazz Series’
Madison Square Garden
WCBS CBS NYC
5 Jun 1960
Set 3
Stan Daugherty 
Blue Days (theme) + Just Anybody
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
Half a Love
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
A1 in the Army and A1 in my Heart + Few and Far Between
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
A Heavenly Hideaway + Blue Days (theme)
Stan Daugherty Orchestra
KXOK St Louis
5 Feb 1942
Set 4
Johnny Ace 1954 R’n’B 
Don’t You Know
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Never Let Me Go
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
No Money
Johnny Ace
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Pledging My Love + Let’s Go (close)
Johnny Ace + The Routers (on Let’s Go, 1962)
‘Musty Dusties’
AFRTS Hollywood
5 Jan 1968
Set 5
Women Singers on 1940s Radio 
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Ginny Simms
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC NYC
1 Mar 1947
There’s a Small Hotel
Ella Logan
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Long Ago and Far Away
Elizabeth Rogers (voc) Russ Morgan Orchestra
Garden Court
Hotel Claremont
San Francisco
11 Jul 1945
Santa Catalina
Dorothy Collins (voc) Raymond Scott Orchestra
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
16 Sep 1947
Set 6
1930s – 40s Australian Swing 
Pink Elephants
Jim Davidson and his Palais Royale Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
6 Jun 1933
Jungle Jive
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Hang Your Heart on a Hickory Limb
Jim Davidson and his Australian Broadcasting Commission Dance Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jul 1939
There Goes That Song Again
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Set 7
Radio Trad Jazz 
Strut Miss Lizzie
Graeme Bell and his Dixieland Jazz Band (voc) Roger Bell
3AW
Melbourne
1949
St Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
Blue Note
WLS ABC Chicago
11 Dec 1948
Royal Garden Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1950
Hindustan
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NYC
4 Jul 1939
Set 8
1930s Dance Bands 
The Very Thought of You (theme) + Flowers for Madame
Ray Noble Orchestra (voc) Al Bowlly
‘Coty Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
13 Mar 1935
The Continental
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1935
When Gimbal Hits the Cymbal
Joe Haymes Orchestra
Grill Room
Hotel Alpen
WABC CBS NYC
29 Jan 1935
Tea for Two + Close
George Hall Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1937
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