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Little Jack Little – Phantom Dancer 7 December 2021

Little Jack Little is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Born John Leonard in London, he was a British-born American composer, singer, pianist, actor and songwriter.

His compositions include “Jealous”, “I Promise You”, “A Shanty in Old Shanty Town” and “You’re a Heavenly Thing”.

LISTEN to this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 7 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

I’m Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer producer and presenter every week on 107.3 2SER radio Sydney since 1985.

LITTLE

Little Jack Little, his stage name derived from his birth name and height, started as a piano player and singer in vaudeville in 1917 aged 17 or 18.

In an article in the New York Times it was explained that, “he would introduce his songs in a soft, almost whispering voice, while executing a series of little arpeggios and other piano embellishments. His radio approach was reminiscent of the arrival of a cheerful songbird.”

JACK

In 1930, Little Jack Little recorded a series of piano/vocal radio transcriptions titled, “Yors Very Truly, Little Jack Little” which evoked the atmosphere of a genial host at home trying out the latest sheet music on the piano.
He continued with this style on radio throughout his career which spanned WW2 (when he also toured USO shows with Jack Bolger) and into the 1950s on TV.

Here’s a list of his 1930s transcriptions, one of which you can enjoy on this week’s Phantom Dancer:
42300 A “ST. LOUIS BLUES”  10-06-30 :12:25

42300 B “LET THEM BE THEIR OWN JUDGES”  10-09-30 :13:35

42300 C “DIZZY FINGERS”  10-11-30 :13:14

42300 D “LOVE YOUR MAGIC SPELL IS  10-13-30 :13:14
EVERYWHERE”

42300 E “INDIAN LOVE CALL”  10-16-30 :13:27

42301 A “THE VOICE OF THE PUBLIC”  10-18-30 :13:21

42301 B “WHEN THE LITTLE RED ROSES GET 10-20-30 :13:16
THE BLUES FOR YOU”

42301 C “TELLING IT TO THE DAISIES” 10-23-30 :13:15

42301 D “LITTLE GYPSY SWEETHEART” 10-25-30 :13:20

53144 A “SWEEPING THE CLOUDS AWAY” 11-03-30 :13:02

53144 B “LUCKY LITTLE DEVIL”  11-06-30 :13:27

53144 C “I’M SAILING ON A SUMBEAM” 11-08-30 :13:15

53144 D “THE MAN FROM THE SOUTH” 11-10-30 :13:27

In 1933 he started his own orchestra (which you can see in the soundie above), playing hotels in New York City, Atlantic City, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago

His wife died in 1948, by the mid-50s he was being treated for hepatitis and was depressed.

In 1956, Little was found dead in bed by a maid. An autopsy revealed that traces of chloral hydrate or barbiturates in his stomach.

He left farewell notes to various people, including, “I know I’m dying and I’m afraid of the suffering I’ll have to go through,” and “All My Friends, Thanks for all the wonderful friendships and good times together. A little advice-take it easy, you’ll last longer. Always, Jack.”

little jack little record

7 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINE

Community Radio Network Show CRN #521

107.3 2SER Tuesday7 DECEMBER 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 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
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
Horace Heidt
Open + Margie
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
Star Dust
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights (voc) Gene Walsh
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
One of These Days
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
Brazil + Begin the Beguine
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
Set 2
Bell Sisters
Theme + Do It Again
The Bell Sisters
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
A Fool Such As I
The Bell Sisters
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
Glowworm
Frank deVol Orchestra
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
Take Back Your Gold + Close
The Bell Sisters
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
Set 3
 JImmy Dorsey Trad Band
Open + Georgia On My Mind
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
Instrumental
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
Deep in the Heart of Texas + Close
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
Set 4
Little Jack Little
I’m Sailing on a Sunbeam
Little Jack Little
‘Yours Very Truly, Little Jack Little’
Radio Transcription’
New York City
11 Aug 1930
Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love
Little Jack Little
‘Yours Very Truly, Little Jack Little’
Radio Transcription’
New York City
11 Aug 1930
My Wild Irish Rose + I Don’t Need Atmosphere To Fall In Love With You + Close
Little Jack Little
‘Yours Very Truly, Little Jack Little’
Radio Transcription’
New York City
11 Aug 1930
Set 5
Fats Waller
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
3 Dec 1940
You’re The One
Fats Waller (voc) Kay Perry
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Flat Foot Floogie
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club NYC
14 Oct 1938
After You’ve Gone
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club NYC
14 Oct 1938
Set 6
Eddie Condon
Rosetta
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
Memphis Blues
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Eddie Condon (voc) Red McKenzie
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
I Would Do Anything For You
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
Set 7
Miles
Open + Sid’s Ahead
Miles Davis
The Spotlight
Washington DC
Mutual
Feb 1959
Set 8
1940s Swing Radio
I’m Always Chasing Rainbows
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jan 1946
Swanee
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
3 Dec 1945
Hitsum KitsumJimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Quartet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mitchell Field
Long Is NY
Blue Network
15 Jan 1945
Even Stevens
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mitchell Field
Long Is NY
Blue Network
15 Jan 1945

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07 December 2021

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Little Jack Little – Phantom Dancer 7 December 2021

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Little Jack Little is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Born John Leonard in London, he was a British-born American composer, singer, pianist, actor and songwriter.

His compositions include “Jealous”, “I Promise You”, “A Shanty in Old Shanty Town” and “You’re a Heavenly Thing”.

LISTEN to this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 7 December) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

I’m Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer producer and presenter every week on 107.3 2SER radio Sydney since 1985.

LITTLE

Little Jack Little, his stage name derived from his birth name and height, started as a piano player and singer in vaudeville in 1917 aged 17 or 18.

In an article in the New York Times it was explained that, “he would introduce his songs in a soft, almost whispering voice, while executing a series of little arpeggios and other piano embellishments. His radio approach was reminiscent of the arrival of a cheerful songbird.”

JACK

In 1930, Little Jack Little recorded a series of piano/vocal radio transcriptions titled, “Yors Very Truly, Little Jack Little” which evoked the atmosphere of a genial host at home trying out the latest sheet music on the piano.
He continued with this style on radio throughout his career which spanned WW2 (when he also toured USO shows with Jack Bolger) and into the 1950s on TV.

Here’s a list of his 1930s transcriptions, one of which you can enjoy on this week’s Phantom Dancer:
42300 A “ST. LOUIS BLUES”  10-06-30 :12:25

42300 B “LET THEM BE THEIR OWN JUDGES”  10-09-30 :13:35

42300 C “DIZZY FINGERS”  10-11-30 :13:14

42300 D “LOVE YOUR MAGIC SPELL IS  10-13-30 :13:14
EVERYWHERE”

42300 E “INDIAN LOVE CALL”  10-16-30 :13:27

42301 A “THE VOICE OF THE PUBLIC”  10-18-30 :13:21

42301 B “WHEN THE LITTLE RED ROSES GET 10-20-30 :13:16
THE BLUES FOR YOU”

42301 C “TELLING IT TO THE DAISIES” 10-23-30 :13:15

42301 D “LITTLE GYPSY SWEETHEART” 10-25-30 :13:20

53144 A “SWEEPING THE CLOUDS AWAY” 11-03-30 :13:02

53144 B “LUCKY LITTLE DEVIL”  11-06-30 :13:27

53144 C “I’M SAILING ON A SUMBEAM” 11-08-30 :13:15

53144 D “THE MAN FROM THE SOUTH” 11-10-30 :13:27

In 1933 he started his own orchestra (which you can see in the soundie above), playing hotels in New York City, Atlantic City, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago

His wife died in 1948, by the mid-50s he was being treated for hepatitis and was depressed.

In 1956, Little was found dead in bed by a maid. An autopsy revealed that traces of chloral hydrate or barbiturates in his stomach.

He left farewell notes to various people, including, “I know I’m dying and I’m afraid of the suffering I’ll have to go through,” and “All My Friends, Thanks for all the wonderful friendships and good times together. A little advice-take it easy, you’ll last longer. Always, Jack.”

little jack little record

7 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINE

Community Radio Network Show CRN #521

107.3 2SER Tuesday7 DECEMBER 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 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
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
Horace Heidt
Open + Margie
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
Star Dust
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights (voc) Gene Walsh
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
One of These Days
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
Brazil + Begin the Beguine
Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca.
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1945
Set 2
Bell Sisters
Theme + Do It Again
The Bell Sisters
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
A Fool Such As I
The Bell Sisters
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
Glowworm
Frank deVol Orchestra
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
Take Back Your Gold + Close
The Bell Sisters
‘Stand By For Music’
Radio Transcription
12 Jan 1955
Set 3
 JImmy Dorsey Trad Band
Open + Georgia On My Mind
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
Instrumental
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
Deep in the Heart of Texas + Close
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Jazz Band
‘Marine Corp Show’
Radio Transcription
1950
Set 4
Little Jack Little
I’m Sailing on a Sunbeam
Little Jack Little
‘Yours Very Truly, Little Jack Little’
Radio Transcription’
New York City
11 Aug 1930
Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love
Little Jack Little
‘Yours Very Truly, Little Jack Little’
Radio Transcription’
New York City
11 Aug 1930
My Wild Irish Rose + I Don’t Need Atmosphere To Fall In Love With You + Close
Little Jack Little
‘Yours Very Truly, Little Jack Little’
Radio Transcription’
New York City
11 Aug 1930
Set 5
Fats Waller
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
3 Dec 1940
You’re The One
Fats Waller (voc) Kay Perry
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Flat Foot Floogie
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club NYC
14 Oct 1938
After You’ve Gone
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club NYC
14 Oct 1938
Set 6
Eddie Condon
Rosetta
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
Memphis Blues
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Eddie Condon (voc) Red McKenzie
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
I Would Do Anything For You
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
16 Sep 1944
Set 7
Miles
Open + Sid’s Ahead
Miles Davis
The Spotlight
Washington DC
Mutual
Feb 1959
Set 8
1940s Swing Radio
I’m Always Chasing Rainbows
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jan 1946
Swanee
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
3 Dec 1945
Hitsum KitsumJimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Quartet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mitchell Field
Long Is NY
Blue Network
15 Jan 1945
Even Stevens
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mitchell Field
Long Is NY
Blue Network
15 Jan 1945
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