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– Sonic Journey Glenn Miller – ABC Radio Sydney

This Saturday 20 July, 11:05am – 12 noon, ABC Radio’s Simon Marnie and I go on a Sonic Journey through the music of Glenn Miller. Glenn Miller, born Alton Glen Miller, was an American trombonist, composer, arranger and band leader. His swing orchestra was the best selling recording band  1939 – 1942 and the continues playing today. His Army-Air Forces band modernised US military music.

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– Crooning and The Original Amateur Hour – Phantom Dancer

CROONING, originated by female singer, Vaughn De Leath, for her first weekly broadcast on New York City Station, 2XG, in 1920, is a smooth, intimate, singing style tailored to the dynamic range of 1920s – 30s microphones.  It’s your Phantom Dancer feature this week.

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– Lena Horne, Singer, Actor, Activist – Phantom Dancer

Lena Horne was an American singer, actor, dancer, and civil rights activist. Her career spanned more than seventy years and covered film, television, and theatre. She recorded and performed into the 1990s, retiring from public view in 2000. She’s your Phantom Dancer featured artist this week.

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– Kay Starr Earthy Singer – Phantom Dancer

Kay Starr was a jazz singer who started professional at age 15 and sang into her 80s. She also sang country and pop. The lyrics to ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat were written for her. She is your Phantom Dancer feature this week.

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– Shortwave Broadcasting 1940 | Phantom Dancer

Shortwave broadcasting by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra from New York to Latin America in 1940 is your Phantom Dancer Feature this week. Hear the Tommy Dorsey Swing Orchestra broadcasting from New York in Spanish in 1942…

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– 1940s Jazz Harpsichord – Phantom Dancer

Jazz Harpsichord first appeared around 1940 when pianist Johnny Guarnieri played harpsichord in swing band leader Artie Shaw’s quintet “Gramercy Five”. 1940s Jazz harpsichord, by Primo Angeli, Sylvia Marlowe (born Sapira) and Ernesto Romanoni, is your Phantom Dancer feature this week.

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– Private Party

Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s vocals with piano, double bass and alto sax playing vintage swing jazz for a private party.

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– Great Art Deco Ball

The Carrington Hotel Katoomba, known for its Timeless Elegance, is holding the famous Great Art Deco Ball on Saturday 8th March 2024. On the bandstand, playing 1920s jazz for dancing, will be Greg Poppleton, in a 15 year residency at the Art Deco Ball.

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– Boyd Raeburn’s Weird Swing – Phantom Dancer

Boyd Raeburn was an American jazz band leader, tenor and bass saxophonist. No major label wanted to record him because his arrangements were considered “too weird” for dancers. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

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– Happy 45 Years 2SER Radio – Phantom Dancer

2SER radio, Sydney Educational Radio, celebrates 45 years of continuous, quality broadcasting this year. The Phantom Dancer has been on 2SER for thirty-nine of those years. Jazz birthdays live on 1950s radio for Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan feature on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

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– Gatsby – A Roaring Soiree

Immerse yourself in the opulence and glamour of “Gatsby: A Roaring Soiree”, a moment that resurrects the extravagant spirit of the Roaring 20s

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– Marlene Dietrich – Singer and Activist – Phantom Dancer

Marie Magdalene “Marlene” Dietrich was a German and American actress and singer whose career spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s. She was known for her humanitarian efforts during World War II, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and even advocating their American citizenship. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female screen legend of classic Hollywood cinema. She is your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

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– Horrie Dargie – Harmonica Genius 2 – Phantom Dancer

Horrie Dargie was an Australian harmonica player and clarinetist, television compère (Personally Yours (1959), BP Super Show (1959–1962) and The Delo and Daly Show (1963–1964)), talent manager, music label founder (Go!! Records) and music arranger. His Horrie Dargie Quintet was awarded the first gold record in Australia for ‘Horrie Dargie Concert’ (1952). Horrie is your Phantom Dancer feature artist again this week.

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– Joe Liggins – The Honeydrippers – Phantom Dancer 19 March 2024

Joseph Christopher Liggins, Jr. was an American R’n’B, jazz and blues pianist and vocalist who led Joe Liggins and his Honeydrippers in the 1940s and 1950s. His band appeared often on the Billboard magazine charts. Joe Liggins was the older brother of R’n’B performer Jimmy Liggins. Joe is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

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– Sorcery and Swing in Sydney’s 1920s Room – Cellos, 169 Castelereagh St, City

Hurry, Book Now! Saturday August 10, 6:30-10pm Sorcery and Swing. Greg Poppleton 1920s Band and The Gentleman Magician Bruce Glen bring you a Sorcery & Swing dinner show of music and dazzling magic. All in Sydney’s only authentic 1920s room, Cellos, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel. Swing into the roaring 20s. Dress the part ◆ Feel the rhythm ◆ Experience the magic! Check out the show here. Book Now!

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– Art Tatum – Jazz Piano Genius – Phantom Dancer

Art Tatum was an American jazz pianist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever. From early in his career, fellow musicians acclaimed Tatum’s technical ability as extraordinary. Tatum also extended jazz piano’s vocabulary and boundaries far beyond his initial stride influences, and established new ground through innovative use of reharmonization, voicing, and bitonality. He is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

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– Rhapsody in Blue on 1930s Radio – 100th Anniversary | Phantom Dancer

Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition written by George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band. It premiered at Aeolian Hall NYC on 12 February 1924, 100 years and one day ago today, and for that reason its your Phantom Dancer feature this week. Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the famous opening clarinet glissando has become as instantly recognizable to concert audiences as the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Listen…

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– Billie Holiday Inspired by Louis Armstrong | Phantom Dancer

Billie Holiday was an American singer. Around 1927 she first heard the records of Louis Armstrong and she cited his “West End Blues” as an influence, saying the scat vocal duet with the clarinet was her favorite part. You can hear Louis Armstrong performing ‘West End Blues’ for her and dedicating ‘Kiss to Build a Dream On’ to her in a 1952 KCBS San Francisco broadcast in one of the videos on this page. Billie Holiday is your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

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– Hans Rehmstedt 1940-42 German Swing – Phantom Dancer

Hans Rehmstedt was a 1930s-40s German swing band leader and violinist. He is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. He recorded some moody atmospheric sides in the late 30s- early 40s, some of which you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer Listen here…

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– Jack Hylton: Britsh King of Jazz | Phantom Dancer

Jack Hylton was an English pianist, composer, band leader and impresario. Called the “British King of Jazz” and “The Ambassador of British Dance Music” because of his worldwide popularity, unusually large ensembles and polished arrangements. After 1940 he became a successful theatrical businessman. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist…

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– George Olsen | Phantom Dancer

George Olsen, was a U.S musician and bandleader. He was most popular in the years 1924-35, beginning with his recording of ‘The Hottest Man in Town’ becoming a hit. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week. Listen…

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– New Year’s Eve Radio | Phantom Dancer

Happy New Year! Enjoy this New Year’s mix of swing and jazz from 1930s-50s New Year Radio. And marvel at how Wynn the Astrologer on his live-to-air 1936 radio predictions got 1937 so wrong. Listen…

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– Freddie Rich – Academy Award Winning Band Leader

Freddie Rich, born in Poland, was a US pianist and band leader who lead dance bands then jazz bands in the 1920s, radio bands in the 1930s, and movie studio bands in the 1940s-50s.  Freddie Rich was co-writer of the song ‘I’m Just Wild About Animal Crackers’. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week. Listen…

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– Hills 100th Anniversary Show

“We recently booked the Greg Poppleton Band for our Hills Turns 100 Celebration at Hills Marketplace, Terrey Hills. A frequently heard comment at the end of the day was “great day….and the music was the best part!” Yes, Greg and his very talented band, and I mean VERY talented band, entertained and got people dancing […]

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– Shortwave Radio 1940

1940 Shortwave radio by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra from New York to Latin America is your Phantom Dancer Feature this week. And below are some relevant paragraphs on shortwave broadcasting taken from a 1942 article in ‘RCA Review’.

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– Scrappy Lambert, 1920s-30s Best Named Singer

Harold ‘Scrappy’ Lambert was not a scrapper nor scrappy. He was a US dance band singer who recorded over 1,500 records between 1926 – 1931 as well as radio transcriptions and musical movie shorts.  He is your Phantom Dancer Feature Artist this week. Tune in…

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