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06 February 2024

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Mysterious Eskimo Pie Orchestra on 1929 Radio | Phantom Dancer 6 Febuary 2024

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The Eskimo Pie Orchestra is one of a number of US orchestras named for commercial products in the 1920s. These include the B. F. Goodrich Silvertown Tyre Orchestra, The Ipana Troubadours, Michelin Tyre Orchestra, and The Studebaker Champions. The Eskimo Pie Orchestra 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.

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The announcer names the director for the orchestra as Harold Stokes.

Harold Stokes directed some of the orchestras of Jean Goldkette, including the radio orchestra which broadcast twice nightly over WGN Chicago in 1929. That radio dance orchestra was known as Jean Goldkette and his W-G-N Dance Orchestra

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Jean Goldkette spent his childhood in Greece and Russia, where he studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory as a child prodigy.

The family emigrated to the United States in 1911.

He performed in a classical ensemble in Chicago at the age of 18, later joining one of Edgar Benson’s dance orchestras.

He leased a ballroom in Detroit and formed a band which grew to success, and was the foundation for a business empire acting as an agency for twenty orchestras and owning many dance halls

Goldkette led many jazz and dance bands. The most popular was his Victor Recording Orchestra of 1924–1929.

The band defeated Fletcher Henderson in a battle of the bands contest. The head arranger was Bill Challis and the musicians included Bix Beiderbecke, Steve Brown, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Chauncey Morehouse, Don Murray, Bill Rank, and Spiegle Willcox.

Rex Stewart, a member of Henderson’s band, wrote that “It was, without any question, the greatest in the world…the original predecessor to any large white dance orchestra that followed, up to Benny Goodman.”

Goldkette was music director for the Detroit Athletic Club for over 20 years and co-owned the Graystone Ballroom in Detroit with Charles Horvath, who performed with the Goldkette Victor Band in its early years.

He owned his own entertainment company, Jean Goldkette’s Orchestras and Attractions, working out of the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. 

In 1927, Paul Whiteman hired most of Goldkette’s better players due to Goldkette’s inability to meet payroll for his top-notch musicians.

Goldkette helped organize McKinney’s Cotton Pickers and Glen Gray’s Orange Blossoms, which became popular as the Casa Loma Orchestra.

In the 1930s, he left jazz to work as a booking agent and classical pianist.

In 1939, he organized the American Symphony Orchestra which debuted at Carnegie Hall.

Singer, Frankie Laine, worked as Goldkette’s librarian

6 February PLAY LIST

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Set 1
Kay Kyser
Bugle Call Rag
Kay Kyser Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual
Chicago
25 Mar 1937
I Can’t Lose That Longing For You + I’ll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs
Kay Kyser Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual
Chicago
25 Mar 1937
I Don’t Want to Get Well
Kay Kyser Orchestra (voc) Sully Mason
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual
Chicago
25 Mar 1937
Like the Wind You Are Gone + Thinking of You (theme)Kay Kyser Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual
Chicago
25 Mar 1937
Set 2
Clint Noble
I’m Grateful to You
Clint Noble Orchestra
WENR NBC Blue Chicago
3 Jul 1936
Cross Patch
Clint Noble Orchestra (voc) Juile Land
WENR NBC Blue Chicago
3 Jul 1936
Without a Shadow of a Doubt + Shoeshine Boy
Clint Noble Orchestra (voc) Band

WENR NBC Blue Chicago
3 Jul 1936
The More I Know + Robins & Roses Evening Program Announcements
Clint Noble Orchestra (voc) Trio (ann. Milton J Cross)

WENR NBC Blue Chicago
3 Jul 1936
Set 3
Eskimo Pie Orchestra
I’m Just a Vagabond Lover
Eskimo Pie Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1929
What a Day
Eskimo Pie Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Jul 1929
Junior
Eskimo Pie Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Jul 1929
Yours Sincerely
Eskimo Pie Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Jul 1929
Set 4
Selling Shoes and Aeroplanes
I’ve Got Five Dollars (theme) + It’s the Girl
Freddie Rich and the Friendly Five Orchestra (voc) Freddie Rich
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
NYC
1931
Sweet and Lovely
Freddie Rich and the Friendly Five Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
NYC
1931
Light Plane Talk
Casey Jones
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
NYC
1931
It’s Great to Be in Love + Close
Freddie Rich and the Friendly Five Orchestra (voc) Freddie Rich
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
NYC
1931
Set 5
Frank Sinatra
Shine
The Hoboken Four
‘Major Bowes Amateur Hour’
WHN NYC
1935
I Fall in Love Too Early + Day by Day
Frank Sinatra
‘Songs by Sinatra’
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Feb 1946
Put Your Dreams Away for Another Day
Frank Sinatra & Jimmy Durante
‘Songs by Sinatra’
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Feb 1946
Speak Low
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WABC CBS NYC
18 Dec 1943
Set 6
Dorsey and Sinatra
Variation of I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You -opening theme
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NYC
11 Feb 1941
Everything Happens to Me
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NYC
11 Feb 1941
Swanee River
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NYC
11 Feb 1941
Oh! Look at Me Now
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra, Connie Haines and The Pied Pipers
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NYC
11 Feb 1941
Set 7
Glen Gray
It’s Mellow
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel New Yorker
NYC
May 1944
Blues Rhapsody
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Columbus OH
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Nov 1943
Blackberry Jam
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Columbus OH
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Nov 1943
The Lion and the Mouse
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel New Yorker
NYC
May 1944
Set 8
Louis Armstrong
That’s A’Plenty
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
NYC
7 May 1950
Fine and DandyLouis Armstrong All-Stars
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
NYC
7 May 1950
You Rascal You
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
NYC
7 May 1950
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