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Lee Wiley – Phantom Dancer 3 November 2020

Lee Wiley is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. You’ll hear the American jazz singer in broadcasts from the 1930s and 40sThank you for supporting the Phantom Dancer during the annual 2SER Radiothon. Good luck in the main prize draw.LISTEN HEREThe Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV which I’ve been bringing you every week on 107.3 2SER Sydney since 1985. Listen hereJOIN ME ON FACEBOOK WILEYWiley began her radio career at KVOO in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She left home at 15 to sing 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. In 1931 she recorded three songs with Reisman, ‘Take It from Me’, ‘Time On My Hands’, and her composition ‘Got the South in My Soul’.She sang on the Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt program on NBC in 1932 and was featured on Victor Young’s radio show in 1933.
Lee Wiley 1933 radio
She rose to fame in the summer of 1934 on the Paul Whiteman Kraft Show. She was also heard on CBS with Willard Robison’s orchestra and then on her own 15 minute summer series in 1936, some of which we’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer.ALBUMSIn 1939, Wiley recorded an album of 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).
Lee Wiley 1936 radio
She was a favourite of Eddie Condon and sang on the later episodes of his 1944-45 Blue Network ‘Eddie Condon’s Jazz Concerts’ series which you’ll also hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer.On October 11, 1963, Bob Hope Theater on NBC-TV presented ‘Something About Lee Wiley’. Piper Laurie portrayed Wiley in the episode. Wiley’s singing voice was provided by Joy Bryan.
Lee Wiley TV
MARRIAGEWiley married  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.”VIDEO OF THE WEEKLee Wiley sings ‘Manhattan’


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107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 November 202012:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pmNational Program5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
Women Singers on 1950s Radio
Open + I Woke Up Crying
Les and Larry Elgart Orchestra (voc) Joni James
‘Let’s Go To Town’Radio Transcription1950s
Take Mine
Betty Madigan
‘Guest Star’Radio Transcription17 Feb 1957
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Lynn Franklyn
Salt-Air BallroomKDYL Salt Lake City5 Jun 1957
Set 2
Australian Radio
Over There
Wally Portingale Orchestra
‘All In Fun Revue’2CH AWA SydneySep 1943
Swingin’ the Blues
Wally Portingale Orchestra
‘The Army on Parade”2CH AWA SydneySep 1943
Here’s Hooey
Ward Leopold
Comm RecSydney1940
Set 3
Lee Wiley
Three Little Words
Lee Wiley
‘Lee Wiley Sings’WABC CBS NY12 Aug 1936
Song of the Wanderer
Eddie Condon Ensemble
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’WJZ Blue NY10 Feb 1945
You’re a Sweetheart
Lee Wiley
KHJ Mutual LA10 Mar 1938
Set 4
Chamber Music
Theme + Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Paul Lavalle
’The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street ’
WJZ NBC Blue NY8 Sep 1941
Diane Courtney
’The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street ’
WJZ NBC Blue NY8 Sep 1941
Jazz Me Blues
George Barnes
’The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street ’
WJZ NBC Blue NY8 Sep 1941
Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me
Henry Levine Octet
’The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street ’
WJZ NBC Blue NY8 Sep 1941
Set 5
Movie Music
Double or Nothing Medley
Louis Levy and the Gaumont British Symphony
Comm RecLondon1937
Bunny Berrigan (voc) Gail Reese
Paradise RestaurantWABC CBS NY10 Apr 1938
Pennies From Heaven
The Mills Brothers
‘Norge Program’Radio TranscriptionNYC1937
Swingin’ on a Star
Louis Armstrong (voc) Louis Armstrong Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’Tuskagee AirfieldAlabamaAFRS Re-broadcast5 Oct 1944
Set 6
Harry James
Theme + Joe Blow
Harry James Orchestra
The ClickWCAU CBS Philadelphia1943
I Can’t Begin To Tell You
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Ginny Powell
Meadowbrook GardensCedar Grove NJWABC CBS NY10 Feb 1946
Harry James Orchestra
‘Call for Music’KFI NBC LA1948
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
Hotel Astor RoofWNBC NBC NYC25 May 1953
Set 7
Mildred Bailey 1944-45 Radio
Rocking Chair (theme) + Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’WABC CBS NY1944
Stormy Weather
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’WABC CBS NY24 Nov 1944
From The Land of the Sky Blue Water
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’WABC CBS NY1944
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’WABC CBS NY12 Jan 1945
Set 8
1940s Progressive Radio
I’d Rather Have a Memory Than a Dream
Sarah Vaughan
Comm Rec25 May 1945
Hurry Home
Buddy Stewart
‘Symphony Sid Show’Royal RoostWMCA NY5 Mar 1949
Groovin’ The Blues
Miss Rhapsody (Viola Wells) (voc)
Comm RecNYC6 Jul 1944

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