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05 September 2023

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Lee Wiley, Cherokee Jazz Singer

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Lee Wiley was a Cherokee jazz singer who broadcast on radio and recorded albums in the 1930s-50s. She is your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

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

LEE WILEY

Lee Wiley was a Cherokee jazz singer who broadcast on radio and recorded albums in the 19230s-50s.

She left home at 15 in 1923 to chase a singing career on New York City radio stations.

Her career was interrupted by a fall while horseback riding. She suffered temporary blindness but recovered.

At the age of 19 she was a member of the Leo Reisman Orchestra, with whom in 1931 she recorded three songs: “Take It from Me”, “Time On My Hands”, and her composition “Got the South in My Soul”

Her radio career started at KVOO in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She sang on the Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt program on NBC in 1932, and featured on Victor Young’s radio show in 1933.

From June 10, 1936, until September 2, 1936, she had her own show, Lee Wiley, on CBS. You’ll hear an aircheck from that WABC NYC radio series on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

She then had her own series of 15 minute shows on the Mutual Network from its KHJ studios in Los Angeles. You’ll also hear an aircheck from that on this week’s Phantom Dancer..

In 1939, Wiley recorded eight Gershwin songs on 78s with a small group for Liberty Music Shop Records. The set sold well and was followed by albums of 78s dedicated to the music of Cole Porter (1940) and Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (1940 and 1954), Harold Arlen (1943), and 10″ LPs dedicated to the music of Vincent Youmans and Irving Berlin (1951).

She sang with Paul Whiteman and later, the Casa Loma Orchestra.

In 1944-45 she sang on several episodes of the Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert series recorded by WJZ NYC and the Blue Network, You’ll hear her on one of those shows, too, this week.

A collaboration with composer Victor Young resulted in several songs for which Wiley wrote the lyrics, including “Got the South in My Soul” and “Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere.”

On October 11, 1963, Bob Hope Theater on NBC-TV presented “Something About Lee Wiley”. Piper Laurie portrayed Wiley in the episode, which was produced by Revue Studios. Wiley’s singing voice was provided by Joy Bryan.

Lee Wiley was a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and was buried in her family plot in Cherokee Nation.

Wiley married the jazz pianist Jess Stacy in 1943. The couple was described by their friend Deane Kincaide as being as “compatible as two cats, tails tied together, hanging over a clothesline”.

They divorced in 1948. Her response to Stacy’s desire to get a divorce was, “What will Bing Crosby be thinking of you divorcing me?”, while Stacy said of Wiley, “They did not burn the last witch at Salem.

5 September PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 September 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 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
Cab Calloway Orchestra
Minnie the Moocher (theme) + Foo a Little Ballyhoo
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) Cab Calloway
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1945
If This Isn’t Love
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) Cab Calloway
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1945
Russian Lullaby
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1945
I Was Here When You LeftCab Calloway Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Salter
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1945
Set 2
Stan Kenton
Memphis Lament
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Red Dorris
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Oct 1941
Deep River
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
20 Sep 1941
Trumpet Symphonette
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Oct 1941
A Setting in Motion
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
20 Sep 1941
Set 3
Lee Wiley
I’m Coming Virginia (theme) + Robins and Roses
Lee Wiley
‘Lee Wiley Sings’
WABC CBS NYC
17 Jun 1936
Medley: Who’s Sorry Now, I Love You So Much, Thinking of You, I Wanna Be Loved by You, Three Little Words
Lee Wiley
’30 Minutes with George Jessel’
KHJ Mutual LA
23 Jan 1938
Born to Dream (theme) + On the Sentimental Side
Lee Wiley
‘Lee Wiley Sings’
KHJ Mutual LA
31 Mar 1938
I’ve Got a Crush on You
Lee Wiley
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
5 Aug 1944
Set 4
Charles Agnew Orchestra
Open + When It’s Prayer Meeting Time in the Hollow
Charles Agnew Orchestra (voc) Chorus
‘Armand Dance’
Radio Transcription
1938
Old Spinning Wheel
Charles Agnew Orchestra
‘Armand Dance’
Radio Transcription
1938
I Want to Go Back to My Little Grass Shack
Charles Agnew Orchestra
‘Armand Dance’
Radio Transcription
1938
The Lamo is Low
Charles Agnew Orchestra
‘Armand Dance’
Radio Transcription
1938
Set 5
Dale Jones
Deacon Jones (theme) + Tessa’s Torch Song
Dale Jones Orchestra (voc) Mary Ann
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
6 Jun 1944
Better Do It Now
Dale Jones Orchestra (voc) Mary Ann, Dale Jones and Band
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
6 Jun 1944
How Sweet You Are
Dale Jones Orchestra (voc) Mary AnnPalladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
6 Jun 1944
Dallas Blues + Close
Dale Jones Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
6 Jun 1944
Set 6
Cafe and Salon Orchestras
Du, du gehst an mir vorbei
Georges Boulanger mit seinem Tanzorchestra
Comm Rec
Berlin
1939
Fasquita
Pat Bonen mit seinem Tanzorchestra
Comm Rec
Berlin
1938
Pardoname
Robert Gaden mit seinem Tanzorchestra
Comm Rec
Berlin
17 Jan 1939
Wenn es vom Schicksal bestimmt ist
Will Glahé mit seinem Tanzorchestra (voc) Rudi Schuericke
Comm Rec
Berlin
17 Jan 1939
Set 7
Les Brown
Leap Frog (theme) + Love is Just Around the Corner
Les Brown and his Band of Renown
Peacock Room
Hotel Baker
CBS Dallas Tx
9 Aug 1945
Leap Frog (theme) + Floatin’
Les Brown and his Band of Renown‘One Night Stand’
Hotel Pennsylvania
Cafe Rouge
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Dec 1945
I Wish I Knew
Les Brown and his Band of Renown (voc) Doris Day
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
16 Aug 1945
Bizet has his Day
Les Brown and his Band of Renown + Leap Frog (theme)
Hotel Pennsylvania
Cafe Rouge
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Set 8
Modern Jazz
Koko + Sunny Side of the Street
Charlie Parker
‘Bands for Bonds’
WOR Mutual  NYC
20 Sep 1949
The Street BeatCharlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC  NYC
30 Jun 1950
THis Time the Dream’s on Me
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC  NYC
30 Jun 1950
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