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08 June 2021

(Until 08 June)

Linda Keene: The Singer Who Should Have Made It – Phantom Dancer 8 June 2021

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Linda Keene, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. You’ll hear three songs by Linda singing with Jack Teagarden’s Orchestra in an aircheck from 1939.

She’s the singer that should have made it in the Big Band Era. Though she sang with many of the top name bands in the 1940s, her career never gained momentum, despite her huge vocal talent. Discover her story below. It’s one of the rare stories of those with all that it takes not making it for reasons unknown.

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

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This Phantom Dancer mix will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 8 June, at Here’s a photo of Linda Keene, with Pee Wee Russell on clarinet and Eddie Condon, guitar

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For the full Linda Keene big band singer story, compiled through extensive research by The False Ducks Blahgger, check these links. Each article is a chronology of Linda’s career painstakingly sorted with newspaper clippings, photos and audio. The False Ducks Blahg is a rich source of archival material about bands from the 1930s and 40s. Happy reading!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney LISTEN ONLINE Community Radio Network Show CRN #494

107.3 2SER Tuesday 8 JUNE 2021 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 2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am 2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am 2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am 2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am 3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm 7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm 6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am 2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am 1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am 2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm 5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm 7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am 3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am 3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1940s One Night Stand Radio 
Cirribirribin (theme) + Loveless Love
Harry James Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’ Casino Gardens Ocean Park Ca AFRS Re-broadcast 29 Jun 1944
All of Me
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Claire Hogan
‘One Night Stand’ Cafe Rouge Hotel Statler NYC AFRS Re-broadcast 7 Apr 1949
Annie Laurie + Memories of You (theme)
Sonny Donham Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’ Palladium Ballroom Hollywood AFRS Re-broadcast 1 Aug 1944
Set 2
1932 Jimmy Grier Radio 
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Shadows on the Swannee
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Frank Foster
‘Cocoanut Grove’ Radio Transcription Hollywood 1932
I Couldn’t Tell Them What To Do
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Gogo Delys
‘Cocoanut Grove’ Radio Transcription Hollywood 1932
My Love + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
‘Cocoanut Grove’ Radio Transcription Hollywood 1932
Set 3
1920s Commercial Sides 
Hot Town
Fess Williams and the Royal Flush Orchestra
Comm Rec New York City 17 Apr 1929
If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Mound City Blues Blowers (tb) Glenn Miller
Comm Rec NYC 14 Nov 1929
All Muggled Up
Blue Steele and his Orchestra
Comm Rec Memphis 15 May 1930
Set 4
Linda Keene 
The Sheik of Araby
Jack Teagarden Orchestra (voc) Linda Keene and Jack Teagarden
‘Young Man with a Band’ WEAF NBC Red NYC Nov 1939
Tears From My Inkwell
Jack Teagarden Orchestra (voc) Linda Keene
‘Young Man with a Band’ WEAF NBC Red NYC Nov 1939
The Lady’s in Love with You
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
‘Young Man with a Band’ WEAF NBC Red NYC Nov 1939
Yankee Doodle + Close
Jack Teagarden Orchestra (voc) Linda Keene
‘Young Man with a Band’ WEAF NBC Red NYC Nov 1939
Set 5
1950s – 60s Radio Dance Bands 
Theme + Tea for Two
Leon Kellner Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’ Blue Room Roosevelt Hotel WWL CBS New Orleans 1964
Muskrat Ramble
Jimmy Dorsey ‘Dorseyland’ Jazz Band
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’ Magnolia Roof Hotel Claridge WMC NBC Memphis 1956
Whatever Lola Wants + Close
Prado Perez Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’ Birdland WNBC NBC NYC 24 Jul 1953
Set 6
Trad Radio 
Salty Dog
Southern Jazz Group
5AD Adelaide 18 Jun 1949
Bay City + New Orleans Shuffle
Turk Murphy
Easy Street KCBS San Francisco 7 Nov 1958
The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
Vic Lewis
‘Swing Session’ BBC London 13 Feb 1945
Shine + Close
Kid Ory
Club Hangover KCBS San Francisco 10 Oct 1954
Set 7
Radio Jazz Stars 
Theme + Coversation While Dancing
Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford
‘Johnny Mercer’s Music Shop’ WEAF NBC NY 1943
Theme + Pennsylvania 6-5000
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Aircheck 20 Apr 1940
Sweet Georgia Brown
Nat King Cole Trio
Trocadero KHJ Mutual Los Angeles 26 Apr 1945
Harry James Orchestra
Blue Room Hotel Lincoln WABC CBS NYC 20 May 1941
Set 8
Breakout Radio 
She’s the Ginchiest
Lee Gordon
Comm Rec Sydney 1959
Brown Betty
Elliot Lawrence Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 2 Dec 1947
Mel’s IdeaBenny Goodman Sextet
‘One Night Stand’ The Click Phildelphia AFRS Re-broadcast 3 Jun 1948
Sound Lee
Lee Konitz
Storyville Copley Square Hotel WHDH Boston 5 Jan 1954


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